Jorge Soler homered off Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris in the third inning on Tuesday for his 39th home run to set the new club record for home runs in a season. The three-run blast traveled an estimated 431 feet.
With his 39th HR, @solerpower12 has set a new @Royals record for HR in a season. pic.twitter.com/IV1JBaVsI1— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 4, 2019
Mike Moustakas held the previous record with 38 home runs in 2017. He broke a record that had stood for over 30 years, after Steve Balboni hit 36 home runs in the championship season of 1985. Moose was gracious in congratulating Soler on the record.
"Couldn't happen to a better person. I love you guys."— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 4, 2019
Moose is proud to pass the baton to KC's new home-run king.#AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/25IAGP6AoI
Royals single-season club home run record
Soler trails only Mike Trout for most home runs in the American League and could potentially become the first Royals player ever to lead the league in homers. He also still has time to become the first Royals player ever to hit 40 home runs in a season. The Royals are the only team to never have a 40-home run season from a hitter, with the Mets having the second-lowest club single-season record for home runs going into this season with 41, although that was broken this season by Pete Alonso.
Soler has not only hit the most home runs in club history, he has hit some of the longest home runs ever seen by a Royals hitter.
NOT. COMING. BACK. ☀️ #AlwaysRoyal pic.twitter.com/LPTMXXVgzG— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) August 7, 2019
Congrats to Jorge Soler, and let’s see how many home runs he can hit by the end of the season!