Royals’ Salvador Perez breaks Johnny Bench’s MLB report with forty sixth residence run by catcher



Royals catcher Salvador Perez made historical past on Monday, hitting his forty sixth residence run of the season and breaking Johnny Bench’s longtime single-season report for homers by a catcher (45) within the course of.

Perez’s large second got here within the fifth inning in Sport 1 of a doubleheader vs. the Indians. His record-breaker, Kansas Metropolis’s third two-run homer of the sport, gave the Royals a 7-0 lead in an eventual 7-2 victory:

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Bench, who set the report in 1970 — in simply his fourth season within the majors — was blissful to congratulate Perez on his accomplishment:

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Perez, who had a 274/.314/.542 slash line coming into Monday’s doubleheader, has had a profession yr on the plate, setting private bests in residence runs, runs (80), hits (157) and RBIs (115).

The Eleventh-year catcher has extra than simply Bench’s report accessible to him this yr. He is additionally in a decent race with the Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (46) and the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (44) for the MLB lead in residence runs. The final participant to guide the majors in homers whereas a major catcher (75 p.c of video games performed that season) was Bench when he homered 40 occasions in 1972. He might additionally turn out to be the primary catcher to guide MLB in RBIs since Bench drove in 129 in 1974.

Perez (115) has a slender lead over second-place Jose Abreu of the White Sox (113).




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