MLB home run craziness: 34 players have already set career bests – with six weeks remaining

Mike Trout, the greatest player in baseball today and one of the greatest all-time, might be enjoying the best season of his career, which is really saying something.

He has hit 42 home runs, already surpassing his career best of 41, and still has 32 games remaining.

And that’s hardly saying anything at all.

Oh, it’s certainly impressive, particularly since Trout is tied for the major league lead in home runs. But here’s the thing: Everybody is setting a career high in home runs.

And they don’t even need the last six weeks of the season to do it.

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Thanks in part to the most homer-happy offensive environment in baseball history – thanks, Rawlings and MLB! – Trout is one of 34 veteran players who have already set new career standards for home runs.

There’s no telling what 2020 will bring, particularly as Major League Baseball aims to rein in its rabbit ball, but for now, there’s no denying the getting is good. And the group of players already with career home run years reflects how the environment has floated all boats – from superstars to scrubs to long-awaited breakouts.

Mike Trout has already set a career-high for home runs in 2019. (Photo: Raymond Carlin III, USA TODAY Sports)

With that, the 34 players with, roughly speaking, at least two full seasons of experience who could head to Cancun tomorrow and still call this a career year:

Trout, Angels – 42 (previous best, 41, 2015)

Cody Bellinger, Dodgers – 42 (37, 2017)

Christian Yelich, Brewers – 41 (36, 2018)

Jorge Soler, Royals – 35 (12, 2016)

Max Kepler, Twins – 34 (20, 2018)

Josh Bell, Pirates – 31 (26, 2017)

Hunter Renfroe, Padres – 31 (26, 2017/2018)

Trey Mancini, Orioles – 29 (24, 2017/2018)

Matt Chapman, Athletics – 29 (24, 2018)

Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks – 28 (23, 2018)

Renato Nunez, Orioles – 27 (8, 2018)

Kole Calhoun, Angels – 27 (26, 2015)

Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox – 27 (23, 2018)

Anthony Rendon, Nationals – 27 (25, 2017)

Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks – 27 (14, 2018)

Yuli Gurriel, Astros – 25 (18, 2017)

Mitch Garver, Twins – 23 (7, 2017)

Starling Marte, Pirates – 22 (20, 2018)

Christian Walker, Diamondbacks – 22 (3, 2018)

Freddy Galvis, Reds – 21 (20, 2016)

DJ LeMahieu, Yankees – 21 (15, 2018)

Danny Santana, Rangers – 21 (7, 2014)

Roberto Perez, Indians – 20 (8, 2017)

Mark Canha, A’s – 19 (17, 2018)

Derek Dietrich, Reds – 19 (16, 2018)

Jorge Polanco, Twins – 19 (13, 2017)

Kevin Pillar, Giants – 19 (16, 2017)

Christian Vasquez, Red Sox – 19 (5, 2017)

Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks – 17 (16, 2018)

Omar Narvaez, Mariners – 17 (9, 2018)

Dansby Swanson, Braves – 17 (14, 2018)

Tommy La Stella, Angels – 16 (5, 2017)

James McCann, White Sox – 14 (13, 2017)

Eric Sogard, Rays – 13 (3, 2017)

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