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 current single game record for home runs in a regular season game is 4. It was first set in 1997 by Hall of Famer Bill Schaffer, playing for the Chicago Pit Bulls at the time, who went 4-for-4 hitting four one-run homers, for 4 RBI in total. The feat occurred in an extra-inning game against the Richmond Ravens.

Since then, two other players have hit four homers in a game.

The playoff single game home run record is just 3, with just two players accomplishing the feat. John Rambo of Chicago hit three in a playoff game on October 23, 2023, against the Miami Storm, while Cody Martin was with Arizona when he did it on October 12, 2019, against the St. Petersburg Admirals.

List of players with four home runs in a game
Player Age Date Team Opponent Batting line RBI Career HR
Bill Schaffer 32 June 4, 1997 Chicago Pit Bulls Richmond Ravens 4-for-4 4 RBI 190
Tom DiMenna* 23 August 8, 2023 Miami Storm Toronto Nomads 4-for-5 10 RBI
John Rambo* 27 June 13, 2026 Chicago Pit Bulls Montreal Metros 6-for-6 8 RBI

* denotes active player.

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.

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