We’ve spent plenty of time discussing which players have hit the most homers in a single season for various scenarios. But what about the teams that have gone deep the most? If you’ve been wondering who has hit the most home runs in a season by a team, then the answers are here.
The top 15 are listed in detail below, followed by the remainder of the top 30.
Most Home runs in a Season by a Team: Top 15
Minnesota Twins, 2019: 307 Home Runs
There have been just two teams to hit 300-plus homers in a season in MLB history. It not only happened in the same year, but they finished separated by just one dinger. The Twins have been dominated by the Yankees in many ways since the turn of the century. Beating them out on this list doesn’t erase all the postseason disappointments, but it’s better than nothing.
What’s interesting is only 17 different players went deep for the Twins in 2019. However, 11 of them reached double digits, with eight of those hitting 20-plus dingers.
The guys who led the way were Nelson Cruz (41), Max Kepler (36), Miguel Sano (34), Eddie Rosario (32), and Mitch Garver (31). Outside of Cruz, it was the first time each of these players enjoyed a 30-plus homer campaign as a big leaguer. Since then, Sano is the only one out of that first-timer group to reach the benchmark again. He hit 30 dingers in 2021, and it also included the longest homer of the regular season.
New York Yankees, 2019: 306 Home Runs
During such a powerful season in the Bronx, the Yankees produced just two hitters with 30-plus homers in 2019. This included Gleyber Torres (38) and Gary Sanchez (34). However, 22 different players went deep while wearing pinstripes, with 14 of them hitting double digits.
There were seven players to slug more than 20 dingers in 2019 for New York. Torres and Sanchez were joined by Brett Gardner (28), Aaron Judge (27), DJ LeMahieu (26), Gio Urshela (21), and Luke Voit (21).
What I love about Torres’ season is he got to this number by annihilating Baltimore Orioles pitchers. In 18 games played, the infielder slashed .394/.467/1.046 against them. This included 13 homers, 20 RBI, and 22 runs scored. The only other team he hit more than three home runs against was the Boston Red Sox. He slugged five dingers in 19 games.
Houston Astros, 2019: 288 Home Runs
The Astros eventually came up short to the Washington Nationals in the 2019 World Series. However, this must be one of the most complete teams to not win a title. Houston had 19 players go deep during the year, with seven of them hitting more than 20.
Alex Bregman led the way with a career-high 41 home runs. He was followed by George Springer (39), Jose Altuve (31), Yuli Gurriel (31), Yordan Alvarez (27), Michael Brantley (22), and Carlos Correa (21).
The 2022 season was the first time Bregman got himself back over the 20-homer mark (he hit 23). In 2019, though, it was consistency and one big month that helped him surpass 40. He didn’t hit fewer than four dingers in any month. His best of all was May. Bregman slugged 12 homers with 23 RBI while slashing .260/.363/.635.
Los Angeles Dodgers, 2019: 279 Home Runs
Cody Bellinger’s NL MVP performance included a team-leading 47 home runs. It was also one of the most powerful seasons in franchise history. Joc Pederson (36), Max Muncy (35), and Justin Turner (27) were the only other Dodger hitters to hit at least 20 dingers. Manager Dave Roberts did watch 11 different batters collect at least 11 homers, though.
There were a couple of situations that just worked for Pederson from a power perspective. He slugged 10 within the first month of play. The left-handed hitter followed that up with seven in May but didn’t hit more than four in a month again until September/October when he slugged nine.
Pederson also enjoyed the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine. The outfielder slugged 24 of his 36 dingers in front of the home crowd.
New York Yankees, 2018: 267 Home runs
No MLB team has hit more homers in a two-year span than the Yankees from 2018-19. If you don’t want to do the math at home, New York slugged a total of 573 dingers during this period. It won’t be the last time we see them on this list, either.
Giancarlo Stanton led the way with 38 dingers. He was followed by Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar, and Didi Gregorius, who each hit 27 homers. Gleyber Torres was the sixth and final 20-homer hitter for the Yankees that year, slugging 24.
A year after hitting 59 in an MVP performance for the Marlins, Stanton’s first year in pinstripes included those 38 dingers, 100 RBI, and 102 runs scored. Despite playing home games at a much more hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium (compared to loanDepot park), Stanton only hit 20 of his 38 dingers in the Bronx.
Seattle Mariners, 1997: 264 Home Runs
The 1997 campaign was the first of two straight years with 56 homers for Ken Griffey Jr. While the Mariners produced just three 30-homer sluggers and six 20-homer hitters, they get an extra special distinction. Between Griffey and Jay Buhner (40), they’re the team highest on this list with multiple 40-homer players in a year. Paul Sorrento was the other Seattle slugger with 30-plus homers (31, to be exact).
Speaking of Buhner, 1997 was the third straight season he reached 40 homers while playing for the Mariners. He had four years of 20-plus homers leading up to that span between 1995 and 1997. He played parts of four more seasons, but only surpassed the 20-homer mark once more (26 in 2000).
Toronto Blue Jays, 2021: 262 Home Runs
And just like that, we have another squad with two hitters who slugged 40-plus homers. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. enjoyed a powerful breakout with 48 homers, while Marcus Semien’s 45 homers broke a single season record for second basemen.
Speaking of Vlad Jr., he loved hitting at home, where 31 of his homers took place (home included both Toronto and Dunedin, Florida in 2021). He only enjoyed one month of double-digit homers (10 in June). However, he never hit fewer than six in a month and reached nine twice (May and September/October).
Texas Rangers, 2005: 260 Home Runs
The Rangers had seven players slug at least 20 homers in 2005. Most of the power was supplied by Mark Teixeira (43) and Alfonso Soriano (36), though. David Dellucci (29), Kevin Mench (25), Hank Blalock (25), Michael Young (24), and Rod Barajas (21) rounded out this group.
Those 43 homers ended up being a single-season career-high for Teixeira. But it was also the second season of an eight-year stretch where he slugged at least 30 homers with 100-plus RBI. He didn’t hit fewer than six homers in any month during 2005. In fact, the first baseman hit exactly six on three occasions (April, July, and August).
Oakland Athletics, 2019: 257 Home Runs
Ah, yes – another 2019 team on this list. And it won’t be the last. Matt Chapman and Matt Olson tied for the Athletics team lead with 36 homers each. Semien wasn’t far behind with 33 dingers of his own. He was followed by Mark Canha (26), Ramon Laureano (24), Khris Davis (23), and Jurickson Profar (20).
Chapman and Olson also drove in 91 runs each. The third baseman beat out his fellow corner infielder in the runs scored (102 to 73) and fWAR (5.7 to 4.1) departments. The Coliseum isn’t know for being a great hitter’s park, but Chapman enjoy hitting there much more than on the road. He slugged 21 of his homers there while posting a much higher wRC+ (148) at home than he did on the road (102).
Toronto Blue Jays, 2010: 257 Home Runs
The 2010 Jays were dominated by what Jose Bautista was doing, and rightfully so. All he did was lead the league and set a new franchise record with 54 home runs. Vernon Wells was a distant second with 31 homers. He was followed by Aaron Hill (26), Adam Lind (23), Edwin Encarnacion (21), John Buck (20), and Lyle Overbay (20).
Those 31 homers was the third and final time Wells slugged more than 30 in a season as a big leaguer. His power started to plummet from there. He hit 25 in 2011 for the Los Angeles Angels. It was followed by 11 in 2012 for L.A. and 11 more in 2013 for the Yankees.
His 2010 performance was reinforced by both a strong start and finish. Wells slugged eight homers with 16 RBI while posting a 1.113 OPS in March/April. He didn’t hit that number of homers again until September/October. He hit eight more with 19 RBI and a .973 OPS during the final stretch.
Baltimore Orioles, 1996: 257 Home Runs
The was the infamous season by Brady Anderson. Despite never hitting 30-plus homers in a year before or after 1996, he slugged 50 during this campaign. That was an Orioles franchise record until Chris Davis came along.
Baltimore’s only other 30-homer hitter was Rafael Palmeiro, who slugged 39 taters. He was followed by Bobby Bonilla (28), Cal Ripken Jr. (26), Chris Hoiles (25), Roberto Alomar (22), and B.J. Surhoff (21). There was a big jump between there and the next-closest hitter. Eddie Murray was the eighth and final Oriole to slug double-digit homers, and he hit 10.
As for Anderson, you’d think he’d hit most his home runs at Camden Yards, but the opposite happened. The outfielder slugged 31 of his 50 homers on the road. His .952 OPS at home was excellent, but still almost 100 points lower than what it was as a visiting player (1.122).
Chicago Cubs, 2019: 256 Home Runs
This Cubs power display was led by Kyle Schwarber, who hit 38 home runs. That was a career-high mark for a single season before he slugged 46 in 2022 for the Phillies. Kris Bryant was the only other Cubs hitter to slug at least 30 homers in 2019 (31, to be exact). There were four other players to surpass the 20-homer plateau: Javier Baez (29), Anthony Rizzo (27), Willson Contreras (24), and Jason Heyward (21).
Bryant split up his power production quite evenly. He hit 15 at home and 16 on the road, as well as 17 in the first half and 14 more after the All-Star Game. The third baseman slugged five dingers in each of the final three months of the season. His highwater mark came in May, which included 10 homers and 22 RBI in 115 plate appearances.
New York Yankees, 2022: 254 Home Runs
The 2022 Yankees had a great foundation for making this list thanks to Aaron Judge’s American League record 62 dingers. The closest players to Judge were Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 32 and 31 homers, respectively. Gleyber Torres was the only other Yankees hitter with 20-plus homers. He slugged 24. Matt Carpenter tied Josh Donaldson, as they each hit 15 homers in 2022. However, Donaldson needed 132 games to do that, while Carpenter did it in just 47 games played.
This was Stanton’s third 30-homer season as a Yankee, and his seventh overall. However, it was easily his weirdest one yet. He missed the majority of August and hit at least seven homers in three different months. But after posting a .269 and .301 batting average in April and May, respectively, he failed to hit above the Mendoza line the remainder of the season.
Baltimore Orioles, 2016: 253 Home Runs
The 2016 campaign was one of the few seasons in a row that the Orioles had the AL home run leader on their roster. It was Mark Trumbo this time, who slugged 47 dingers. Chris Davis (38) and Manny Machado (37) nearly joined him in the 40-homer club, but just missed. Adam Jones (29), Jonathan Schoop (25), and Pedro Alvarez (22) rounded out the top six for Baltimore.
While he’s tied it once, those 37 homers in ’16 remains a single-season career-high mark for Machado as he enters 2023. Despite playing with a homer-friendly left field at Camden Yards, the third baseman hit more homers on the road (19) than he did at home (18). Just a shade over 40% of Machado’s homers came in the final two months. He slugged 15 from August 1st through the end of the regular season. This included a 10-homer August.
Milwaukee Brewers, 2019: 250 Home Runs
The 2019 season was the last time Christian Yelich performed like an MVP candidate for the Brewers. Milwaukee had just two 30-homer hitters in ’19, with Yelich (44) and Mike Moustakas (35) leading the way. Three other Brewers hitters hit 20-plus taters to round out the top five. That includes Yasmani Grandal (28), Eric Thames (25), and Ryan Braun (25). Keston Hiura just missed joining that group with 19 homers of his own.
Those 44 dingers from Yelich are easily a career-high mark. He’s only slugged 35 homers between 2020 and 2022. His 2019 was powered by a ridiculous first month. Once the calendar flipped to May 1st, Yelich already had 14 homers, 34 RBI, and 26 runs scored. This was accompanied by a .353/.460/.804 line and a 207 wRC+.
Most Home runs in a Season by a Team: Rest of Top 30
If you’re interested in what the remainder of the top 30 looks like for the most home runs in a season by a team, you can see them below:
- Atlanta Braves, 2019: 249 home runs
- Houston Astros, 2000: 249
- Toronto Blue Jays, 2019: 247
- Texas Rangers, 2001: 246
- Boston Red Sox, 2019: 245
- New York Yankees, 2012: 245
- Seattle Mariners, 1996: 245
- New York Yankees, 2009: 244
- Toronto Blue Jays, 2000: 244
- Seattle Mariners, 1999: 244
- Atlanta Braves, 2022: 243
- Oakland Athletics, 1996: 243
- New York Mets, 2019: 242
- Chicago White Sox, 2004: 242
- New York Yankees, 2004: 242
To see what the full list looks like, you can head over to FanGraphs.