Venezuelan receiver for the Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez equaled the record for home runs for a wide receiver in a season, hitting his 45th homer of the season on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics.
To be considered for the mark, you must have participated in the position in at least 70 percent of your team’s games. Of the 45 home runs so far this season, 30 have been as a catcher, while 15 (including # 45) have been as a designated hitter.
– Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 16, 2021
With the hit, he equals legendary Cincinnati Reds wide receiver Johnny Bench with the most by a defender from the plate, which he achieved in the 1970 season.
The homerun came in the bottom of the first inning off Oakland pitcher Paul Blackburn to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Royals.
He also tied for the home run lead in all of baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays infielder, who also has 45.
Perez also rose to second place in history in home runs for the Royals franchise, tying Mike Sweeney for second with 197 four-strikes. The leader in that category for the organization is Hall of Famer George Brett, who hit 317 in his career.