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Mike Moustakas sets the single-season club home run record with #37

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Bye-bye, Balboni!

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Mike Moustakas hit his 36th home run on September 1, to tie the single-season club record for home runs in a season, set by Steve Balboni in 1985. But he had been homerless since then, thanks in part to an aggravated knee injury. That home run drought came to an end Wednesday night, when Mike Moustakas etched his name into the record books.

The Royals were already up 12-0 in a laugher in Toronto when Moustakas faced right-hander Carlos Ramirez in the sixth inning.

It was the third hit of the night for Moose, whose previous high for home runs in a season was 22, set in 2015. Moose is now fifth in the American League in home runs behind only Aaron Judge, Khris Davis, Justin Smoak, and Joey Gallo.

The previous record-holder, Steve Balboni, had a classy message for Kansas City’s new home run king.

It may be a disappointing month for the Royals, but at least Moose finally eclipsed a 32-year old record and put a cherry on top of his remarkable season. Congrats, Moose!