Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Matt Musico
We’ve spent a lot of time here at MLB Daily Dingers discussing some memorable (and powerful) performances that enabled certain players to set a franchise record for home runs in a single season. There are many more details to stories like that beyond their specific performance. So, not too long ago, we set out on a journey to shine light on MLB home run leaderboards for each of the league’s 30 teams.
It took a while, but we’ve finally made it, folks, and just in time for Opening Day. To make it easier to view each of these leaderboards, they’ll be organized and linked accordingly below. Some of the details for each squad’s leaderboard will be divulged — with a random video of home runs to enjoy — but for more context to each of the performances (and videos for virtually all of the players) simply click the link and enjoy.
MLB Home Run Leaderboards For All 30 Teams
- Gonzo: 57 homers in 2001
- Mark Reynolds: 44 homers in 2009
- Jay Bell: 38 homers in 1999
- Troy Glaus: 37 homers in 2005
- Paul Goldschmidt: 36 homers in 2013
For a deep dive on each of these seasons (and a chance to watch them launch some homers via video), head over to the Diamondbacks‘ single-season leaderboard.
When it comes to any home run list involving the Braves, it’s easy to automatically assume Hank Aaron is going to be at the top. That’s the case for the Atlanta Braves‘ all-time leaderboard (which he accomplished quite easily), but not for a single season. Here’s how the top five shakes out:
- Matt Olson: 54 homers in 2023
- Andruw Jones: 51 homers in 2005
- Eddie Mathews: 47 homers in 1953
- Hank Aaron: 47 homers in 1971
- Eddie Mathews: 46 homers in 1959
- Hank Aaron: 45 homers in 1962
I mean, if you’re going to join an exclusive group like Aaron and Mathews, you might as well grab the top spot, right? Jones knew what he was doing. Here is the Braves’ single-season leaderboard for your viewing pleasure.
4/5/2013: Chris Davis slugged his fourth homer in four games to start the season, and this one was a grand slam. He’d go on to slug a league-leading 53 dingers for the #Orioles. #Birdland (via MLB) @CamdenChat @BirdsWatcherFS pic.twitter.com/sNd5jYGq9R
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Yes, it’s hard to remember now after his career ended so rough, but Chris Davis was one of the league’s premier power hitters for a period of time. He’s one of two hitters in Orioles history to surpass the half-century mark, as well. Here’s the top of Baltimore’s single-season list:
- Chris Davis: 53 homers in 2013
- Brady Anderson: 50 homers in 1996
- Frank Robinson: 49 homers in 1966
- Chris Davis: 47 homers in 2015
- Mark Trumbo: 47 homers in 2016
Plenty of context to each of the above seasons — and accompanying videos — can seen on the Orioles’ leaderboard.
Boston Red Sox
Jimmie Foxx held the single-season home run record for two separate teams for quite a while, until Big Papi came along and ruined the party for him. It wasn’t the only time the designated hitter had a performance good enough to be in Boston’s top five. Here’s what it looks like right now:
- David Ortiz: 54 homers in 2006
- Jimmie Foxx: 50 homers in 1938
- David Ortiz: 47 homers in 2005
- Jim Rice: 46 homers in 1978
- Manny Ramirez: 45 homers in 2005
Check out the full Red Sox leaderboard right here.
Chicago White Sox
Admiring home runs from the past on a daily basis has truly helped me appreciate the kind of production Albert Belle fit into a career that was cut too short. In addition to setting the single-season record for the White Sox, he simultaneously held the same honor in Cleveland for a couple of years. Here is Chicago’s top five:
- Albert Belle: 49 homers in 1998
- Jermaine Dye: 44 homers in 2006
- Frank Thomas: 43 homers in 2000
- Jim Thome: 42 homers in 2006
- Frank Thomas: 42 homers in 2003
It’s not surprising to see Thomas find his way on this list, but it was surprising to see him not land in the top two. Check out the full White Sox leaderboard here.
The Cubs’ single-season home run leaderboard was first owned handily by Ernie Banks, until Sammy Sosa put together one of the most dominant five-year spans in history. He’s owns five of the top six spots on Chicago’s leaderboard, so here’s what the top 10 looks like:
- Sammy Sosa: five seasons of 49-plus homers
- Hack Wilson: 56 homers in 1930
- Andre Dawson: 49 homers in 1987
- Dave Kingman: 48 homers in 1979
- Ernie Banks: 47 homers in 1958
- Derrek Lee: 46 homers in 2005
Get all the detes for each of these players and their performances by checking out the Cubs’ single-season leaderboard.
The Reds have one of the older single-season home run record holders with George Foster still manning the top spot. Only two performances since the turn of the century have entered the top five, though.
- George Foster: 52 homers in 1977
- Ted Kluszewski: 49 homers in 1954
- Eugenio Suarez: 49 homers in 2019
- Ted Kluszewski: 47 homers in 1955
- Adam Dunn: 46 homers in 2004
Learn more about each of these performances by checking out the Reds’ single-season leaderboard.
Jim Thome’s fingerprints are all over the Guardians’ record books, especially whenever we talk about home runs. That’ll happen for a Hall of Fame slugger who is on MLB’s all-time home run leaderboard. Here’s what Cleveland’s top five looks like:
- Jim Thome: 52 homers in 2002
- Albert Belle: 50 homers in 1995
- Jim Thome: 49 homers in 2001
- Albert Belle: 48 homers in 1996
- Manny Ramirez: 45 homers in 1998
You can watch all these dudes blast home runs by heading over to the Guardians’ single-season leaderboard.
Although Coors Field is still an offensive haven, it was interesting to find out that no Rockies hitters have put themselves in the five most powerful seasons in franchise history since 2001. Here’s what the top of the leaderboard looks like:
- Larry Walker: 49 homers in 1997
- Todd Helton: 49 homers in 2001
- Andres Galarraga: 47 homers in 1996
- Vinny Castilla: 46 homers in 1998
- Todd Helton: 42 homers in 2000
There have been a couple of close calls in the top 10 when looking at recent individual player performances, but that’s about it. Check out the Rockies’ full leaderboard here.
Speaking of records that have stood the test of time so far, the Tigers’ single-season home run record is the second-oldest one in baseball. Here’s the top of the leaderboard:
- Hank Greenberg: 58 homers in 1938
- Cecil Fielder: 51 homers in 1990
- Rocky Colavito: 45 homers in 1961
- Miguel Cabrera: 44 homers in 2012 and 2013
- Hank Greenberg: 44 homers in 1946
To get the full story on all these Tigers sluggers, head this way.
Jeff Bagwell never led the league in home runs during his Hall of Fame career. What he lacked in that category, though, he made up for in Astros-specific scenarios. He’s another one that holds the single-season record and is the all-time leader in homers for Houston, so you just know he’s going to be heavily featured here:
- Jeff Bagwell: 47 homers in 2000
- Lance Berkman: 45 homers in 2006
- Richard Hidalgo: 44 homers in 2000
- Jeff Bagwell: 43 homers in 1997
- Jeff Bagwell: 42 homers in 1999
Check out the details to these monster seasons on the Astros’ single-season leaderboard.
Kansas City Royals
It took the Royals decades before they had the pleasure of watching a player in their uniform slug 40-plus homers in a season. And now it’s happened in two of the past three years. Here’s what the top of the leaderboard looks like:
- Jorge Soler: 48 homers in 2019
- Salvador Perez: 48 homers in 2021
- Mike Moustakas: 38 homers in 2017
- Steve Balboni: 36 homers in 1985
- Gary Gaetti: 35 homers in 1995
Get all the juicy details from the most powerful seasons in Royals history right here.
Los Angeles Angels
No Angels leaderboard would be complete without Mike Trout being included, and that’s no different here. It’s just weird that this is something he hasn’t totally conquered yet by taking the top spot. Here’s what it looks like:
- Troy Glaus: 47 homers in 2000
- Shohei Ohtani: 46 homers in 2021
- Mike Trout: 45 homers in 2019
- Mike Trout: 41 homers in 2015
- Troy Glaus: 41 homers in 2001
It’s not very often we see a top five completely filled with seasons from 2000 onward. Read more about these performances from Angels’ history here.
Los Angeles Dodgers
I love having the Angels and Dodgers side-by-side here because their leaderboards are so different. For the Angels, we just mentioned how all of their top five have happened since the turn of the century. That’s almost true for the Dodgers, as well, but the top spot has only changed hands a couple of times since the 1950s. Here’s who is on the list:
- Shawn Green: 49 homers in 2001
- Adrian Beltre: 48 homers in 2004
- Cody Bellinger: 47 homers in 2019
- Duke Snider: 43 homers in 1956
- Gary Sheffield: 43 homers in 2000
Check a bunch of cool stats and videos by viewing the Dodgers’ single-season leaderboard.
Can you imagine what the Marlins’ single-season leaderboard would look like without Giancarlo Stanton as part of the picture? Yea, me neither, and I’m glad we don’t have to. Here’s what it’s looking like at the moment:
- Giancarlo Stanton: 59 homers in 2017
- Gary Sheffield: 42 homers in 1996
- Giancarlo Stanton: 37 homers in 2014
- Marcell Ozuna: 37 homers in 2017
- Jorge Soler: 36 homers in 2023
- Miguel Cabrera: 34 homers in 2007
Get the details you need by heading this way to check out the most powerful seasons in Marlins history.
Sure, Prince Fielder had proven to be a master at collecting inside-the-park home runs over his career, but as we’ll see in a moment, he was also pretty good at hitting balls over the fence for traditional dingers. Here’s what the top five looks like in Milwaukee’s history:
- Prince Fielder: 50 homers in 2007
- Prince Fielder: 46 homers in 2009
- Gorman Thomas: 45 homers in 1979
- Richie Sexson: 45 homers in 2003
- Richie Sexson: 45 homers in 2001
To get the full details and admire a bunch of long homers off Fielder’s bat (along with the others), check out the Brewers’ single-season home run leaderboard.
You legitimately can’t talk about Twins home run history without mentioning Harmon Killebrew. In fact, he’s put himself all over the record books so much that there isn’t much time to talk about anyone else. He owns the top six most powerful seasons in franchise history and eight of the top 10. Here’s who else snuck their way onto the list:
- Harmon Killebrew: too many homers to count
- Brian Dozier: 42 homers in 2016
- Roy Sievers: 42 homers in 1957
- Nelson Cruz: 41 homers in 2019
Get all the specifics about exactly how much Killebrew dominated during his career by checking out the Twins’ single-season leaderboard.
New York Yankees
Babe Ruth obviously has a stronghold of the New York’s best single-season performances. But still, it was surprising to see that not many recent performances have challenged what certain Bronx Bomber legends did many years ago:
- Aaron Judge: 62 homers in 2022
- Roger Maris: 61 homers in 1961
- Babe Ruth: four seasons of 54-plus homers
- Mickey Mantle: 54 homers in 1961
- Alex Rodriguez: 54 homers in 2007
- Mickey Mantle: 52 homers in 1956
- Aaron Judge: 52 homers in 2017
- Lou Gehrig: 49 homers in 1934
Take a stroll down memory lane by checking out the Yankees’ home run leaderboard.
New York Mets
Pete Alonso just torched all the Mets’ home run records in his Rookie of the Year campaign, and something tells me this performance won’t be the only one he records with 40-plus homers.
- Pete Alonso: 53 homers in 2019
- Pete Alonso: 46 homers in 2023
- Carlos Beltran: 41 homers in 2006
- Todd Hundley: 41 homers in 1996
- Pete Alonso: 40 homers in 2022
- Mike Piazza: 40 homers in 1999
- Darryl Strawberry: 39 homers in 1987 and 1988
And here we are — the oldest single-season home run record belongs to the Athletics, and it happened in 1932 by Jimmie Foxx. Judging from the rebuild they’ve begun prior to the 2022 season, it seems as if this record will remain safe for a while.
- Jimmie Foxx: 58 homers in 1932
- Mark McGwire: 52 homers in 1996
- Mark McGwire: 49 homers in 1987
- Jimmie Foxx: 48 homers in 1933
- Khris Davis: 48 homers in 2018
It’s interesting that Davis is the only one from this millennium that’s in the top five. Get more information on the Athletics’ most powerful seasons ever here.
Since the end of his career was a bit of a rough road, it’s easy to forget how dominant Ryan Howard was when he first debuted with Philadelphia. Well, this will serve as a good reminder:
- Ryan Howard: 58 homers in 2006
- Mike Schmidt: 48 homers in 1980
- Ryan Howard: 48 homers in 2008
- Kyle Schwarber: 47 homers in 2023
- Jim Thome: 47 homers in 2003
- Ryan Howard: 47 homers in 2007
- Kyle Schwarber: 46 homers in 2022
If you enjoy watching monster home runs, then check out the Phillies’ single-season leaderboard because there are plenty of them.
Ralph Kiner spent just 10 years in the big leagues, but he made them just about as powerful as possible. He owns five of the top-10 best home run-hitting seasons in Pirates history, including three of the top five:
- Ralph Kiner: five seasons of 40-plus homers
- Willie Stargell: 48 homers in 1971, 44 homers in 1978
- Brian Giles: 39 homers in 1999, 38 homers in 2002, 37 homers in 2001
Get more details about all of these performances on the Pirates’ single-season home run leaderboard.
San Diego Padres
San Diego’s single-season home run record hasn’t changed hands since Greg Vaughn set a new mark in 1998. However, I’ll venture a guess and say that Fernando Tatis Jr. will challenge it at some point soon:
- Greg Vaughn: 50 homers in 1998
- Fernando Tatis Jr.: 42 homers in 2021
- Phil Nevin: 41 homers in 2001
- Ken Caminiti: 40 homers in 1996
- Adrian Gonzalez: 40 homers in 2009
For some context around these performances (and videos to enjoy), check out the Padres’ single-season leaderboard here.
San Francisco Giants
Barry Bonds‘ 73-homer barrage in 2001 is the most home runs in a season in MLB history, so it’s no surprise that it lands at the top of San Francisco’s list. The rest of the top five is mostly dominated by Willie Mays, though:
- Barry Bonds: 73 homers in 2001
- Willie Mays: 52 homers in 1965
- Willie Mays: 51 homers in 1955
- Johnny Mize: 51 homers in 1947
- Willie Mays: 49 homers in 1962
Get the reminder we all need periodically about just how good Mays was during his Hall of Fame career by checking out the Giants’ single-season leaderboard.
What Killebrew is to the Twins, Ken Griffey Jr. is to the Mariners. He owns five of the most powerful seasons in franchise history. With that in mind, we expanded this list to 10 for some variety:
- Ken Griffey Jr.: five seasons of 45-plus homers
- Nelson Cruz: 44 homers in 2015, 43 homers in 2016
- Jay Buhner: 44 homers in 1996
- Alex Rodriguez: 42 homers in 1998 and 1999
Get all the details you need by checking out the Mariners’ single-season leaderboard here.
St. Louis Cardinals
Similar to Bonds and the Giants, Mark McGwire’s 70-homer campaign in 1998 is the obvious record here for the Cardinals. But, the majority of the top of this leaderboard is dominated by someone else:
- Mark McGwire: 70 homers in 1998
- Mark McGwire: 65 homers in 1999
- Albert Pujols: five seasons of 42-plus homers
- Johnny Mize: 43 homers in 1940
- Jim Edmonds: 42 homers in 2000 and 2004
- Rogers Hornsby: 42 homers in 1922
As Pujols gears up for his final big-league season, get a reminder of just how dominant he was during the first 11 years of his career by checking out the full Cardinals single-season home run leaderboard.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have had just one season of 40-plus homers since their first season in 1998, but they’ve had a few close calls along the way. Here’s what the top five looks like:
- Carlos Peña: 46 homers in 2007
- Brandon Lowe: 39 homers in 2021
- Carlos Peña: 39 homers in 2009
- Logan Morrison: 38 homers in 2017
- Evan Longoria: 36 homers in 2016
See who else made the top 10 and watch some videos of these performances by checking out the Rays’ home run leaderboard for a single season.
He’s already made appearances in two other spots. However, Texas is where Alex Rodriguez finds himself at the top of a team-specific single-season list:
- Alex Rodriguez: three seasons of 47-plus homers
- Frank Howard: three seasons of 44-plus homers
- Rafael Palmeiro: 47 homers in 1999 and 2001
- Juan Gonzalez: three seasons of 45-plus homers
To get the full rundown of how these players made it here, check out the Rangers’ single-season home run leaderboard.
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Bautista continues to reign supreme in this department. But judging from how the team is constructed for the immediate future, the top of the single-season homer list may change quite a bit in the coming years:
- Jose Bautista: 54 homers in 2010
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: 48 homers in 2021
- George Bell: 47 homers in 1987
- Jose Canseco: 46 homers in 1998
- Marcus Semien: 45 homers in 2021
If you’re interested in seeing lots of balls fly out of the yard north of the border, check out the Blue Jays’ single-season home run leaderboard.
This is a list for the Nationals, but it has a heavy tone of Expos thanks to one dude in particular. Here’s what the top of the list looks like:
- Alfonso Soriano: 46 homers in 2006
- Vladimir Guerrero: 44 homers in 2000
- Bryce Harper: 42 homers in 2015
- Vladimir Guerrero: 42 homers in 1999
- Vladimir Guerrero: 39 homers in 2002
Take a stroll down memory lane to remember how ridiculously good Vlad Sr. was by checking out the Nationals’ single-season home run leaderboard.
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