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
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. The active player with the most career home runs is Takeo Otomo, with 387 (as of game date
May 24, 2020).
The single-season home run record is 64, set by Jim Lahey of the California Tidals in 2019, the first year of the 162-game schedule. 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 record for this length of season 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.
- Accomplishments. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/reports/html/2016/history/league_100_accomplishments_1.html. Accessed 10 August 2016.