There It Goes! MLB Sets Record For Most HRs In A Season

first_imgMajor League Baseball hitters have punctuated a power-packed year by shattering the record for most home runs in a season.Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles connected Wednesday night for the 6,106th homer. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017.There are plenty more to come, too — the record was broken with 18 days left in the regular season. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther.Villar’s three-run shot off Caleb Ferguson of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards was the 22nd home run of the night. It was Villar’s career-high 21st homer. Baltimore entered Wednesday having allowed a record 279 home runs.New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso began the day with a major league-leading 47 home runs.The Minnesota Twins led the majors with 277 after Jorge Polanco connected in the third inning against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg at Target Field. The Twins’ total is the most for a team in a single season.In August, big league batters broke the monthly home run record for the third time this year when they hit 1,228 home runs, the Elias Sports Bureau said Sunday. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May.There were 5,585 home runs last year.In 2017, Alex Gordon hit the record-breaking 5,694th homer of the season. That topped the mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019 final: Australian bookmaker returns money to punters who bet on New Zealand

first_imgPopular Australian bookmaker Sportsbet has said it has refunded punters who placed bets on New Zealand cricket team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on Sunday.The Australian bookmaker said the manner in which England were crowned champions in the World Cup final after a tied Super Over against New Zealand was “absolute disgrace”. Sportsbet, according to reports, have refunded close to 11,500 people. The refund amounts to 426,223 AUD, according to New Zealand Herald.”Punters who backed New Zealand in both the head to head and the outright tournament market will be refunded their stakes in bonus bets,” Sporsbet spokesperson Rich Hummerston was quoted as saying.”Let’s not beat around the bush, for a World Cup to be decided in that manner is an absolute disgrace, and the punters shouldn’t have to pay for the ineptness of the ICC.”England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Highlights | ReportEngland were crowned champions even after a tied Super Over in the most dramatic Word Cup finals ever played. New Zealand posted 241 after winning the toss at Lord’s on Sunday and England were bowled for 241 in 50 overs, resulting in the first-ever tied World Cup final.The final went to the Super Over and incidentally the 2 teams finished with the same total in the Super Over as well. England batted first and posted 15 and New Zealand ended with 15 after Martin Guptill was run out in the final ball of the Super Over.England were crowned as world champions as ICC rules say that the winner of the Super Over would be decided by the number of boundaries hit during the entire match. New Zealand had managed only 17 bounadaries (sixes and fours) but England managed 26.advertisementICC’s Super Over rule has come under severe criticism after New Zealand’s heartbreak in the World Cup final.Several cricketers, including Scott Sytirs, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif have questioned the Super Over rule. A few from the cricket fraternity even opined that England and New Zealand should have shared the trophy after the tie.New Zealand captain was gracious despite the heartbreak. After the tense final, he was asked if the rule was a fair way to determine who would become world champions.”I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it,” Williamson said with a wry smile. “Yeah, while the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time and when sort of two attempts to separate them with a winner and a loser it still doesn’t perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know. It is what it is, really. The rules are there at the start.”No one probably thought they would have to sort of resort to some of that stuff. But yeah, very tough to swallow. A great game of cricket and all you guys probably enjoyed it.”Also Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso Read | How New Zealand lost this game: World Cup 2019 final in Jofra Archer’s tweetsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Why Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid walked away from England celebrations?Also See:last_img read more