Major league batters are on pace to hit 600 more home runs than in any previous season, nearly 10% above the record set two years ago.
There were 1,057 home runs in July, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, breaking the previous July record of 961 in 2004.
A total of 4,478 home runs were hit in 1,621 games through Wednesday, an average of 2.76 per game. Batters are on pace to hit 6,712 home runs, well above the record 6,105 set in 2017 and up 20% from 5,585 last year.
Milwaukee‘s Christian Yelich began Thursday leading the major leagues with 36 home runs, followed by Los Angeles Angel‘s Mike Trout (35), New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso (34) and Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Cody Bellinger (34).
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