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Orioles’ Jonathan Villar hits record-setting 6,106th home run of MLB season, sending his bat to Hall of Fame

Jonathan Villar’s seventh-inning home run Wednesday at Camden Yards was noteworthy in more than just the fact that it put the Orioles in position for their first win in over a week. It also made major league history.

In an unprecedented season for home runs across baseball, Villar’s 443-foot blast off left-hander Caleb Ferguson was the 6,106th home run in the majors this season, breaking a league-wide record set in 2017.

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Villar said after the game that the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, had requested the bat he hit the home run with, which gave an idea of the scope of the accomplishment.

“That’s unbelievable,” Villar said. "That’s very impressive to me. …

“That’s awesome. They’re putting the bat in the Hall of Fame. It’s unbelievable. I feel excited for that.”

“Home runs are up everywhere, and it’s tough to keep the ball in the ballpark,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s tough to keep the ball in this ballpark when it’s humid and the ball is traveling. I’ve seen enough home runs here from the other side, so it’s nice to get one here from our side.”

It seems where home runs are concerned, the Orioles are always in the thick of them. En route to their major league record 280 home runs allowed (and counting), the Orioles also allowed the most home runs in a season before May 1, gave up a record 62 to the New York Yankees and surrendered a record 13 to Gleyber Torres.

They were also not only the first team in major league history to hit multiple home runs in 10 straight games, but the first to allow multiple home runs in 10 straight games.

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