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Royals’ Salvador Perez joins elite company with 40th home run of season

The Kansas Metropolis Royals fell to the first-place White Sox on Saturday night (CHW 10, KC 7), however notable within the shedding effort was veteran catcher Salvador Perez, who homered twice to present him 40 for the season. Here is a have a look at No. 40: 

With these two blasts, the seven-time All-Star, in his age-31 season, is batting .277/.316/.545. Given his wonderful manufacturing by positional requirements, Perez might be in line for some down-ballot AL MVP assist this season. What’s already sure is that Perez has joined elite firm with that Fortieth house run. 

Whereas Perez hit his two house runs on Saturday out of the DH spot, he is logged 78 p.c of his plate appearances in 2021 as a catcher. That makes him simply the sixth major catcher in MLB historical past to hit 40 or house house runs in a season. Here is a have a look at who’s achieved that uncommon feat: 

Catcher

12 months

Home Runs

Johnny Bench, Reds

1970

45

Javy Lopez, Braves

2003

43

Roy Campanella, Dodgers

1953

41

Todd Hundley, Mets

1996

41

Johnny Bench, Reds

1972

40

Mike Piazza, Dodgers

1997

40

Mike Piazza, Mets

1999

40

Salvador Perez, Royals

2021

40

Not all that surprisingly, half of the names on that record are Corridor of Famers. 

The Royals nonetheless have 27 video games left on the schedule, so there’s ample alternative for Perez to climb these ranks and maybe break Bench’s document for many house runs in a season by a catcher. 

Perez additionally joins Jorge Soler, who hit 48 in 2019, as the one Royals to hit 40 or extra homers in a season. Perez’s 192 house runs places him fourth on the Royals all-time record behind George Brett (317), Mike Sweeney (197), and Amos Otis (193). Coming into Saturday’s sport, Perez had been tied with Alex Gordon in fourth place. 

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