Sunday, September 15, 2013

Balentien Breaks Oh's Japanese HR Record

(AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Former MLB player Wladimir Balentien broke Sadaharu Oh's nearly half-century old single-season Japanese home run mark today. The 29-year old Balentien hit his 56th and 57th homeruns—eclipsing Oh's old mark of 55. The mark had been tied twice previously—by former major leaguers Tuffy Rhodes in 2001 and Alex Cabrera in 2002. Balentien played for the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds before joining the Yakult Swallows in 2011. Oh still hold the Japanese career record for homeruns with 868.