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Most Home Runs By A Shortstop In A Season

By / 3 May 2023 03:23 AM

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Most Home Runs By A Shortstop In A Season is 57 by Alex Rodriguez in 2002. Ernie Banks had the second highest of 47 in 1958.

Rodriguez is the only player with a record for hitting at least 40 taters for five consecutive seasons. His performance is remarkable, with both right and left-handed pitches. 

The player was consistent with the gameplay and maintained at least seven homers every month. Alex also had good batting averages and RBIs. 

A shortstop in MLB is a prominent infield position that communicates about the ball's projection in the air with other infielders. They can call off the third baseman while releasing the same ball. 

The shortstops have excellent range command, strong throw power, and the ability to field battered balls swiftly. The primary work of these players is in the second base bag, which is the most important defensive position.

Most Home Runs By A Shortstop (Single Season)

Best shortstops of all time include Alex Rodriguez and Ernie Banks. They have the highest home runs in a single division. 

Rodriguez and Banks are the greatest shortstops in MLB history and are renowned for their incredible hitting abilities. 

Banks made history in 1958 by hitting 47 taters in a single division setting the record for the most tater by a shortstop in the National League. 

After a few decades, Rodriguez surpassed Banks' record with 57 homers for the Texas Rangers. He now holds the record for the most tater in a division by a shortstop in the American League.

Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez is a baseball shortstop and third baseman. He has played 22 MLB divisions for Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees.

He has achieved many career milestones, including over 600 homers, over 2000 runs batted in, and over 3000 hits. He also has over 2000 runs scored and over 300 stolen bases.

The player is a 14-time All-Star, winner of three American League MVP Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. He is considered the greatest of all time, with a career record for 25 grand slams.

He debuted in MLB on 8th July 1994 for the Seattle Mariners. Since, he has played with Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees. 

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks was a shortstop and first baseman in MLB. He played for the Chicago Cubs between 1953 and 1971. 

He began his career in Negro Leagues before embarking on National League Career in September 1953. He was NL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 1954 and NL All-Star for 11 divisions. 

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The player was the National League MVP in 1958 and 1959 and the first Glove winner as a Cubs player in 1960. He then became a regular first baseman for the Cubs in 1962. 

Ernie debuted in MLB on 17th September 1953 for the Cubs. He maintained 512 taters and an RBI of 1636. The player also had 2,583 career hits and a batting average of .274. 

He was inducted National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 and was a part of the MLB All-Century Team in 1999.

Most Home Runs By A Catcher

Most home runs by a catcher in a season are by Salvador Perez. He made 48 homers in 2021 for the Kansas City Royals. 

Perez hit those remarkable homers and scored 121 points with an average of .273 batting average and went on to make history in Major League. This feat is not achieved by other players in baseball. 

Perez played all 161 contests in the game. He also won American League's Hank Aaron Award and the Silver Slugger Award for catchers. Besides that, he finished fifth in the Most Valuable Player Voting. 

Homers by a Catcher in Single Season

Several other notable players have made over 40 Homers. These players are Salvador Perez himself, Johnny Bench, Javy Lopez, Roy Campanella, Todd Hundley, and Mike Piazza. 

Johnny Bench in 1970 with the Cincinnati Reds was also a remarkable performance to remember. He was dominant with 45 homers hit and drove in 148 runs. He had a .293-hitting average in the game. He won National League MVP and Gold Glove award in 1970. Johnny also made a 40 homer in 1972 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. 

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The player drove in 43 homers while maintaining a .328-hitting average. The player moved in 109 points and an At-Bat of 457. 

Todd Hundley and Roy Campanella are two other notable players having 41 homers each in the 1996 New York Mets and 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. 

Two outstanding seasons are Mike Piazza in 1999, New York Mets, and in 1997 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Piazza slammed 40 taters in both seasons while maintaining a .3.3 and .362 batting average.

Mike Piazza40 HR for New York Mets (1999)
Todd Hundley41 HR for New York Mets (1996)
Salvador Perez48 HR for Kansas City Royals (2021)
Roy Campanella41 HR for Brooklyn Dodgers (1953)
Johnny Bench45 HR for Cincinnati Reds (1970)
Javy Lopez43 HR for Atlanta Braves (2003)

Most Home Runs By A Second Baseman

Most home runs by a second baseman in a season is by Marcus Semien. He hit 45 home runs in 2021 for the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The player had an impressive season in 2021 with Blue Jays. He played all 162 games, hit 45 homers, and collected 102 RBIs. He had a batting average of .265 and has donated in 39 doubles and two triples in 351 bases. 

The player is followed by other players such as Davey Johnson, Brian Dozier, Rogers Hornsby, and Pete Alonso for the most homers as a second baseman in a season. However, Jeff Kent has made the most career homers as a second baseman with 354 taters. 

Davey Johnson hit 43 taters in 1973 with Atlanta Braves. He had a batting average of .270 and gathered 99 RBIs. Similarly, Dozier and Hornsby hit 42 each tater for the 2016 Minnesota Twins and the 1922 St. Louis Cardinals.

Another player, Alonso, made 40 home runs for New York Mets in 2022 with a batting average of .271. He played 160 games in the season.

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