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Dodgers keep hitting home runs

3 more homers Wednesday added to LA’s league-leading total

MLB: SEP 23 Athletics at Dodgers Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Dodgers lead the majors with 107 home runs through 56 games, and last Saturday they surpassed the entire (full) season total home runs hit by the 1988 team.

But that’s not all. If the Dodgers hit four home runs in their final four games, they will have more home runs than any of the four championship teams in franchise history since they moved to Dodger Stadium in 1962.

Dodgers team home runs

Year HR NL rank Games HR/gm Season result
Year HR NL rank Games HR/gm Season result
1963 110 7th 163 0.67 won World Series
2020 107 1st 56 1.91 TBD
1988 99 8th 162 0.61 won World Series
1981 82 1st 110 0.75 won World Series
1965 78 10th 162 0.48 won World Series

That’s your fun fact for today.

Links & notes

Mike DiGiovanna at the Los Angeles Times looked at the six teams that could potentially be the No. 8 seed, the Dodgers’ opponent in the wild card round, and found a common trait.

Dodger Stadium will be open for early voting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from October 30 to November 2, and available on election day November 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the vote center at the stadium’s top deck. More details here.

Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced the independent Atlantic League as a “designated partner” with MLB through 2023. The league was used in 2019 to test an automated ball-strike system as well as other various rules changes in the development stage. In a press release, MLB says the agreement “permits MLB to test experimental playing rules and equipment during Atlantic League games.”

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America says the Atlantic League won’t be the last independent league to partner up with MLB.

Eric Nusbaum, author of ‘Stealing Home’, a wonderful book on the history of how Dodger Stadium came to be, will be a panelist as part of a virtual conversation Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.