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Chicks Dig The Long Ball

Updated on June 29, 2017

Baseball Getting Better

As the age of the pitchers dominated baseball, many fans saw very few homerun hitters. Still there were a few players that put up some decent numbers, but it seemed that pitching was starting to take over the Major League Baseball modern era. With many different teams relying on pitching to win, fans saw a number of different teams make the playoffs each year which kept things interesting. However, we all can agree mostly that we love the long ball. That when many home run hitters are in a race amongst themselves to put up the highest season total of homeruns in any given year. This year, seems to be more of an exciting homerun race. Many more players are hitting the long ball, and two rookies look to be on pace to break an all-time MLB record.

Almost to the All-Star Break

It is almost time for the mid-summer classic, also known as the MLB All-Star game. The rosters will be loaded, and the homerun derby challenge will be an exciting one I am sure. Though they have not announced who will be participating, regardless it should be a fun to watch. Especially if these young talented players make the roster.

As we come closer to the half way point of the MLB season, we have already seen several players on pace to put up some monster homerun numbers. It seems like the bats are cracking and the balls are flying out of the park lately, and many of these players show no sign of slowing down. It should be an interesting race this season. And it seems many more people are becoming fans of baseball and are enjoying the show.

Long Ball Hitters

As we approach the All-Star in early July, many players have already hit twenty or more homeruns. This is a pretty large number to get to with only a half of season played. Two rookies, Aaron Judge for the New York Yankees and Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the Senior circuit in each league. And they crazy thing is, this is their first season at the Major League level. They have been putting on a show for fans all over the world.

As of now, Judge has hit twenty seven long balls and leads all of MLB in homeruns. Bellinger is second in all of MLB and first in the Nation League with twenty four bombs. Both players are on pace to break Mark McGwire's homerun rookie record which stands at forty nine homeruns his first season as a big leaguer. Judge is on pace to hit fifty six homeruns and Bellinger is on pace as of now to hit fifty homeruns. Both incredible homerun numbers for their first full season. Here are some of the other players who have hit twenty or more homeruns before the All-Star break.

Homerun Leaders In both Major Leagues

Player
Long Balls Hit
League
Aaron Judge, Yankees
27
American League
Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
24
National League
George Springer, Astros
24
National League
Logan Morrison, Rays
22
American League
Joey Votto, Reds
21
National League
Kris Davis, Atheletics
21
American League
Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
21
American League
Jay Bruce, Mets
20
National League
Mike Moustakas, Royals
20
American League
Joey Gallo, Rangers
20
American League
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
20
National League
Eric Thames, Brewers
20
National League
Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
20
National League
Scott Schebler, Reds
20
National League

The list is a longer one than normal. Usually only a handful of power hitters reach twenty or more homeruns by the All-Star break. Being a huge baseball fan, I am enjoying every minute of it. I cannot wait to see who will be in the homerun derby challenge. You will definitely see several amounts of long balls hit at the derby. These players make baseball so much fun to watch. They bring a lot of energy and power. They make the sport exciting to watch. I know I have a few friends that really didn't care for baseball who are now fans because of how exciting the past few seasons the MLB has had. It is great for baseball and awesome to see the sport becoming more popular each season.

Do you think Judge or Bellinger will break the rookie homerun record?

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It will be interesting to see what the final total of long balls will be at the end of the baseball season. It has made for some exciting baseball already, and cannot wait to continue to track these hitters till the end of the season. It is always great to see baseball history and a all-time record could be possibly changed. Each year it seems more teams are trusting their farms systems to coach and mold young talented players. This process has become more common in recent years. Which makes many teams more competitive and the game of baseball more exciting to follow.

My team, the Atlanta Braves in the midst of a re-build. They have gathered a large collective group of some of the top prospects and young talents in baseball. Although it is not fun to watch them lose, I am excited about all the young players they have acquired over the past few seasons. They are moving in the right direction and stacking young talent that should be ready to make their Major League debut soon. I cannot wait to see how competitive this team becomes. I cannot wait for the Braves to become winners again. And not for one season, but for many seasons to come.

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Homeruns are on of the more popular stats in the game of Baseball. And there are many players who are hitting them this year. If you want some exciting stats to follow, make sure to check in on the list of hitters I provided. There are also many players who are in the double digit homerun numbers and some players who are in the high teens. A lot of long balls are being hit. You should check them out. And if you get a chance, you should tune in to the Homerun Derby challenge during the All-Star break and see if the guys I listed above participate.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Yeah Bellinger is putting up some impressive numbers for a rookie and a MLB player. Such a fun player to watch. Dodgers will probably win it all this year. Their pitching depth and loaded line up makes them a sure win for at least the National League this year. Thanks for stopping by Kosmo

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      Kelley 2 months ago from California

      Hey, I'm a big Dodger fan, so I really like your story! Anyway, it's hard to figure why so many homers are being hit this season. Maybe the balls are "juiced" while the players aren't? I don't know, but it's fun to watch Bellinger wallop the ball on a regular basis. Later!

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      And that kid from the Dodgers is putting on a tear too. Thanks for checking this article out.

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      Angel Guzman 2 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      The great game of baseball :) I am no longer an avid follower anymore because adulthood is getting the better of me :( I'm surprised my Cubs are in contention with their record. This kid with the Yankees wow.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      You are right about that Linda. Thank you for checking out my article and for the comment.

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      Linda Rogers 2 months ago from Minnesota

      Had to check this out with the funny title. I love seeing a home-run! Something so magical about it.

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      Cricket is kind of confusing to me but I would love to learn it. Not to many Australian players in the MLB, but I do run across one every now and then. Thanks for stopping by.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Baseball is not so big in Australia but I found this an interesting read, and I used to like playing at school and watching baseball movies. Cricket is the more popular sport here in Australia and we all love those big hitters that hit the ball out of the ground.