Yankees set new franchise record for homers in a single-season

New York Yankees OF Mike Tauchman aka The Sock Man was a true difference-maker. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
New York Yankees OF Mike Tauchman aka The Sock Man was a true difference-maker. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /

It only took one year for the Yankees to break their team record for most home runs in a season. On the back of three long balls versus the Red Sox, the Yanks’ new mark stands at 268 and counting.

Well, that didn’t take long. Just one season removed from setting the all-time record for most home runs hit by a club in a single-season, the 2019 Yankees broke the mark in Sunday night’s 10-5 win over the Red Sox.

In total, the Yanks hit three home runs at Fenway on the opening day of the NFL season. Aaron Judge bashed his 21st, Gleyber Torres hit his team-leading 35th and Mike Tauchman slugged his 13th.

Although the Twins have already set a new all-time MLB record, having slugged 275 longballs this season, there are still three full weeks to play — so it’s entirely possible the Yanks pass Minnesota for total dingers.

Juiced ball or not, this year has seen a dramatic increase in total home runs across the major leagues, as 17 teams have already surpassed 200 total home runs. In 2018, only 11 crossed the line.

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The Dodgers currently lead the NL in homers with 255, so it’s likely they too will overtake the Yanks’ mark from a year ago. Even the Astros have a legit shot with their 241 four-baggers.

Although people will debate the value of home runs come the playoffs, there’s no discounting the role they play during the regular season. When the Bombers have hit multiple home runs in a game this season they are 64-12. When they’ve slugged a minimum of three in a single contest, they are 35-4. At 94-50, the Yanks find themselves 44 games over .500, the most since 2009 when they finished 103-59.

The beauty of this year’s club is that contributions are coming from up and down the lineup, especially when you consider Giancarlo Stanton’s team-high 38 home runs in 2018 have only translated to one, this time around.

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Thirteen different players have slugged at least 10 homers. Both Cameron Maybin and Austin Romine have a chance to join that group, as Maybin sits at eight and Romine at six. Not to mention, Gary Sanchez has set a new career-high with 34.