Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez breaks Johnny Bench's catcher record with 46th HR
Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run Monday, breaking Johnny Bench's record for homers by a catcher in a season, as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2. Wholesale 6 Cain MLB Jerseys,
Perez hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, topping Bench's total from 1970 for the most by a player who played at least 75% of his team's games at catcher Wholesale Kansas City Royals MLB Jerseys, .
Perez also moved into a tie for the major league lead in homers with Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and leads the majors with 115 RBIs, the first catcher with that many RBIs since Mike Piazza in 1999.
It has been a long road for Perez this season to put himself in contention for the home run title. He trailed Shohei Ohtani -- the home run leader at the time -- by 12 at the All-Star break and made up the distance by hitting 25 homers since July 24.
Only Jimmie Foxx in 1935 has won the home run title after trailing the leader by at least 12 dingers at the All-Star break, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.
"I had never hit 30 in my career,'' Perez said. "So I was looking for 30 homers and 100 RBIs. This is a dream come true.''
Perez's career high in home runs was 27, which came in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Being in the same company with Bench is something else special for the 31-year-old Perez who has been a mainstay for the Royals since reaching the majors in 2011.
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