Yankees season of shattered records

DJ LeMahieu #26 of the New York Yankees at bat during the London Series game against Boston Red Sox. London Stadium on June 30, 2019 in London, England. Getty Image by Dan Istitene

DJ LeMahieu #26 of the New York Yankees at bat during the London Series game against Boston Red Sox. London Stadium on June 30, 2019 in London, England. Getty Image by Dan Istitene

Karina Cope

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Records are made to be broken and the New York Yankees are the powerhouse breaking them. On Aug. 25, in a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Yankees set yet another MLB home run record.

The record for most home runs by a team in a single month was broken when DJ LeMahieu hit a home run off of Clayton Kershaw, marking the Yankees’ 59th during this month alone.

Later that night, Aaron Judge and Mike Ford contributed two more home runs for a total of 61 in August. There previous record was held at 58 home runs by the 1987 Baltimore Orioles and the 1999 Seattle Mariners.

It’s not surprising that this record was broken by the Yankees. In late September 2018, the Yankees cracked the 1997 Seattle Mariners MLB record for the most home runs in a single season.

With a run from Gleyber Torres, the club gained 265 team home runs. Torres, a 22-year-old All-Star, has been on a roll with 12 homers in only 21 games, he has contributed the most shots this month and season. He reached a total of 32 home runs and his spot in the lineup rose.

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Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees hits home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2019 in New York City. Getty Image by Mike Stobe

Earlier in the 2019 season, Gary Sanchez hit two runs against the Orioles, setting a new Yankee record with 18 consecutive runs scored. This remains the longest streak in the league since 1977, when 16 consecutive runs was the record.

While the 2019 season progressed, they also managed to reach a streak of 28 consecutive games with at least one team homer, earning them a new major league record.

Earlier this August, the club hit their 30th home run in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, setting the bar for the most long-shots a team has hit in a single road ballpark during just one season. The team’s nickname “Bronx Bombers” is well earned.

The most impressive factor in this record-smashing feat is the fact that the Yankees did all this without help from star players Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton, Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hicks.

While all of them have been listed on the disabled list throughout the month, they are expected to return in early to mid-September. If the Yankees can put up stats and break records while missing four key players, what kind of havoc could they create with a full lineup?

The important question here is: Do the Yankees have what it takes to reach 300 home runs before the end of the regular season? With 25 games to go and already 250 homers on their stat sheet, this is a strong possibility. The Yankees club has already broken several long-ball records both this season and past seasons. So why not make a crack at another?

Karina Cope can be reached at [email protected] and @KarinaICope on twitter.

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