Detroit Tiger Ian Kinsler, who had 28 home runs in 2016, hit the record-breaking round-tripper Sept. 28 against Cleveland, less than half an hour after Los Angeles Dodger Joc Pederson tied the record with his 25th homer of the year against San Diego.
Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun was the top Jewish slugger of the season with 30 homers. Also contributing to the record season were Danny Valencia of the Oakland A’s (17), Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros (eight) and Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays (seven).
Pillar also hit one out in Game 2 of the Blue Jays’ playoff series against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 7.
Bregman hit the 3,000th Jewish home run in regular-season major-league history Sept. 10, according to Jewish Baseball News’ count. That history goes back to 1871, the year Lip Pike hit four homers as a rookie for the Troy Haymakers.