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Salvador Perez Sets Catcher Homerun Mark Amidst Stellar 2021 Campaign

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The last remaining member of the Royals 2015 core continues to put on a show for the Kauffman faithful, as 7x Salvador Perez continues to rake in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. Perez, a three-time Silver Slugger, is in his greatest season as a plate threat. Having already tied MLB Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the single-season catcher homerun record (45, set in 1970), Salvador Perez hit his 46th homerun of the season off of Indians’ Triston McKenzie in game one of today’s doubleheader.

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Salvador Perez breaks the MLB record for most HR by a catcher in a single season (46)

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Heading into today, the 31-year-old righty had posted an .856 OPS, 126 OPS+ and driven in a league-leading 113. While Perez most likely won’t end up as a frontrunner for the AL MVP in a year where the competition is hotter than its ever been (Shohei Ohtani, Marcus Semien, Vlad Guerrero Jr.), he seems poised for his first career top five finish as his mammoth season is among the all-time ranks for a catcher.

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