On Saturday night, the Dodgers set an all-time franchise record for home runs in front of the home crowd. Joc Pederson and Manny Machado set up Yasmani Grandal to make some history, and the Dodgers’ catcher did just that in the sixth inning off a man named Brad Wieck. The home run was Grandal’s 24th of the season, and the team’s 222nd; breaking the 2017 record of 221.
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Did @YazmanianDVL08 just hit the Dodgers' franchise record 222nd home run?
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 23, 2018
Los Angeles has achieved this mark of history in a little bit of unique fashion. While the team didn’t have one masher knock out 40 or 50 – and won’t – the sum of the parts helped get the Dodgers to the franchise mark.
Max Muncy has led the way with 33 home runs. Grandal and Pederson are next with 24 each. Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Kiké Hernandez and Matt Kemp have all tallied 20 or more. From there, several more players are in the double-digits.
Still, with seven team games remaining on the schedule; the team has a chance to really put some distance between themselves and the record mark. There’s no way of telling where the final tally lands, but it will be short of the all-time baseball record of 264 set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.
That said, the 2018 Dodgers should be in your memory bank forever as a team who could knock down the fences. There is no play that thrills a crowd more than a home run – and the Dodgers have done it routinely this season. Could the most powerful team in franchise history also have the mark of a World Champion? We find out that answer soon.
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