Home run

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A Home run (abbreviated to HR) is scored when a ball is hit in such as way that the batter is able to run around and touch all of the bases and safely reach home plate, and where no errors by fielders occur during the play.

A home run normally occurs when a ball is batted over the outfield fence, between either of the foul poles, of a baseball stadium. These are referred to an automatic home run.

A home run can also occur when the batted ball remains in play within the playing field, and the batter is still able to circle the bases and reach home plate before the fielding team is able to get the batter out. These rare instances are referred to "inside-the-park" home runs.

A home run also results in one or more runs batted in, depending on whether there were any base-runners on bases at the time the home run was hit. When a home run is hit with all three bases occupied ("bases loaded") is referred to as a grand slam.

Home run records

Career

The Bull League record for career home runs is held by Hall of Famer Carl Simms, with a total of 441 between 1991 and 2013.

Single season

The 162-game single-season home run record is 77, set by [[John Rambo] of the Chicago Pit Bulls in 2021. Previously, the record was 51 set a year before by Takeo Otomo while playing for the St. Petersburg Admirals, when the schedule was 100 games long. From 1995 to 2017, the league used an 80- or 82-game schedule, and the season home runs record for this period was 41, also set by Otomo, in 2009, while playing for the Nevada Speeders.

Single game home run record

The record for most home runs in a single game is held by Hall of Famer Bill Schaffer, who hit 4 during an extra-inning game on June 4, 1997, while playing for the Chicago Pit Bulls, in a game against the Richmond Ravens.[1]

In 2023, Tom DiMenna of the Miami Storm set the regulation game record for home runs with 4. On August 8, he went 4-for-5 against the Toronto Nomads.

Youngest to hit 3 HR in a game

Numerous players have hit 3 home runs in a single game, but this feat is still remarkable. However, achieving this early in a career is a good indication of a long career as a slugger.

The following players are among the youngest to hit 3 HRs in a single game.

Rank Player Age Team Date
1 Victor Torres 21 yrs 8 days Arizona Cowboys August 20, 2014
2 Brad Bogus 21 yrs 12 days Nevada Speeders July 8, 2004
3 George Slammer 22 yrs 1 mo 25 days Ohio Oxen June 18, 1995
4 Jon Guillot 22 yrs 9 mo 8 days Chicago Pit Bulls July 24 ,2018
5 Jorge Velasquez 23 yrs 6 mo 5 days Arizona Cowboys August 18, 2019

Streaks

The longest home run streak was 10 games by Hall of Fame catcher Eric Tessier of the Toronto Ducks, set in 2006. The streak began on August 18, and ended on August 29. That season was the year he won the Carl Simms MVP Award, with a LL-leading .378 average and 1.319 OPS. He placed 2nd on the home run leaderboard behind Ohio's Narushi Ohata.

References

  1. Accomplishments. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/reports/html/2016/history/league_100_accomplishments_1.html. Accessed 10 August 2016.