The devil is in the details. Fernando Tatis Jr. (24-San Diego Padres) has set the record for the most home runs in Major League Baseball history.
Tatis Jr. batted second and started in right field against the Colorado Rockies in the 2023 Major League Baseball game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
After being quiet throughout the game, Tatis Jr.’s bat came alive in the final inning. With runners on first and second in the top of the ninth inning and his team leading 5-1, Tatis Jr. took a Daniel Bard slurve and smashed a three-run home run (his 19th of the season) over the left field fence. The ball traveled 444 feet (about 135.3 meters) at a speed of 109.3 miles per hour (175.9 km/h) with a launch angle of 29 degrees. The final line was 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, one walk and one run scored in the team’s 11-1 victory.
On the day, Tatis Jr. hit his 100th career home run. It came five years after he made his big league debut in 2019. According to Sarah Lance of MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, Tatis Jr. hit his 100th home run in 362 games, moving him into fourth place on the league’s all-time list for fewest games played.
In his rookie year at shortstop, Tatis Jr. hit 22 home runs with a .590 on-base percentage. A lot of attention was paid to his explosive firepower, as shortstop is a defensively demanding position. And Tatis Jr. has only gotten better year after year. In a career-high 2021 season, he hit 42 home runs and slugged .611, establishing himself as a star player in the league in just his third season.
Tatis Jr. was cruising, but then things took a turn for the worse. He was injured in a motorcycle accident before the start of last year’s season, and during his rehabilitation, he was suspended for 80 games for taking clostebol, a banned drug that aids in muscle development. Not only was he out of action, but his image and reputation as an all-time great talent were instantly tarnished.바카라사이트
However, after rehabilitation and serving his suspension, Tatis Jr. returned this season. In 89 games, he is batting .270 (101-for-374) with 19 home runs, 58 RBIs, and an OPS of .820. He’s had a lot of baggage following him after it was revealed that he took banned substances last year, but he’s still using his talents to energize the lineup.
Meanwhile, Tatis Jr. told ‘MLB.com’ after the game, “I’m thankful for everybody who helped me. This (100 home runs) is for them.”