Major League Record Book: Home Runs in a Season

Time to look at the big one: home runs!

2006-2018
1 Yonder Alonso Lury ’06 2017 28
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2016 25
3 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2016 23
Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2017 23
Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2018 23
6 Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2016 20
7 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2018 18
8 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2013 17
9 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2012 14
Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2015 14
Ryan Schimpf Luray ’08 2017 14
12 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2013 13
Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 2017 13
14 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2009 12
Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2017 12
Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2018 12
Tyler White Haymarket ’10 2018 12
18 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2011 10
Clint Robinson Harrisonburg ’05-6 2015 10

2017 was the year Yonder Alonso figured some things out. Changing his approach at the plate, Yonder hit 266/365/501 with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s. In 451 at-bats, he hit 22 doubles, 28 home runs, scored 72 runs, and drove in 67, along with a 68/118 BB/K ratio. He finished the season with a 134 OPS+ and 1.9 WAR. He was an All-Star for the first time, too.

All-Time
1 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1996 44
2 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1998 40
3 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1995 39
4 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 2000 36
Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 2004 36
6 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1997 35
Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 2000 35
8 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1999 34
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2003 34
10 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1999 33
Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 2001 33
12 Mike Lowell Waynesboro ’93 2003 32
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2008 32
14 Larry Sheets Staunton 1987 31
Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 2003 31
16 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1996 30
17 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1993 29
Chris Hoiles Harrisonburg 1993 29
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2004 29
20 Reggie Sanders Winchester ’87 1995 28
Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1997 28
Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2017 28

Big Mo Vaughn had an incredible year in 1996 for the Boston Red Sox. With his big uppercut, Mo hit 326/420/583 in 635 at-bats, with 118 runs, 143 RBIs, 29 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, and a 95/154 BB/K ratio. He finished the season with 5.6 WAR and a 150 OPS+, which means he was 50 percent better than the average player. He was an All-Star, and finished 5th in MVP voting (he won the American League MVP in 1995).

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