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Going, Going ... Gonzo

Why are hitters crushing homers at a historically insane rate? The answer will shock you to your core! (Well, maybe not, but it’s still really fascinating.)

Epic blasts are leaving ballparks nearly every night in this summer of the long ball, and everybody has favorites—a Cody Bellinger moon shot here, a Joey Gallo walk-off there. I thought no home run accomplishment in 2017 could surpass a guy named Scooter clubbing four in one game until Matt Olson, Franklin Barreto and Jaycob Brugman of Oakland each mashed his first major league tater on the same day. That hadn’t happened since three members of the Kansas

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