New MLB Record……By Stephen Siracusa 

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Updated: July 7, 2017

 

MLB batters rewrote the record books on Friday night, setting a new mark for the most home runs hit in a single month in MLB  history.

June had seen 1,068 home runs entering the night, one shy of the mark set back in May 2000. It didn’t take long for this month to move into the top spot. The Giants’ Denard Span smacked a leadoff homer against the Pirates Gerrit Cole at PNC to tie the record, and the Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak went deep off the Red Sox’s Doug Fister in the bottom of the first at Rogers Centre to break it.

This month didn’t come out of nowhere, simply continuing a trend of rising home runs since the 2015 All-Star break. There were 863 home runs hit by the end of this April, second-most all-time behind 2000. There were 1,060 more in May, second-most for any month all-time behind the 1,069 set back in May 2000. Now this June holds the record, despite the month only having 30 days. It obliterated the previous high for June, which was 1,012, set just last year.