A career season for Salvador Perez is on the verge of becoming a record-breaking one.
With his second grand slam in two days against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, the Royals’ franchise player is just one home run away (36) from tying Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk‘s record for most home runs hit by an American League.
Many have argued that this record should be null and void because 11 of Perez’s home runs this year have come at the DH (designated hitter) position. But I will counter that argument with the fact that four of Fisk’s 37 home runs in 1985 also came as a designated hitter.
The most important aspect of note is that: Perez has shown no signs of slowing down. At 31 years old, he is still in the prime of his career. In 2021, Perez has been hitting .275, with 36 home runs as well as 90 RBI’s.
At the pace he has been going, he will aim to win his fourth AL Silver Slugger Award.
On Friday night, Perez also became the first Royals catcher to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games.
It was an amazing comeback win that pushed the Royals record to 57-70 on the season.
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