Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Home run record set: 5694

Home run record set: 5694

The record-setting blast came courtesy of Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who took Toronto's Ryan Tepera deep in the eighth inning Tuesday for the 5,694th home run in the majors this season, breaking the previous record set in 2000. That would be up 47 percent from 4,186 in 2014.

With 12 days (or 168 games) remaining in the season following Tuesday's slate, there's even more time to pad this incredible record.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton leads the league with 55 home runs this season. This season has already set records for the number of players with at least 10 and 15 home runs, and a new record for 20-home-run seasons is in sight. Here are just a few of those career bests.

Yonder Alonso has blasted 25 after never hitting more than nine.

Chris Taylor has hit 20 with his previous best being one (he did hit eight in the minors in 2013).

Of the top 100 players with the most homers this season, 57 had either set or matched career highs in home runs entering Tuesday's games.

Much speculation has been made as to why the home run uptick has occured and the most likely explanation is the ball, which some believe is smaller because the seams are lower. Only White Sox pitcher Derek Holland has not.

When the previous record of 5,693 was set in 2000, Sammy Sosa led the major leagues with 50 home runs and Barry Bonds hit 49.

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