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Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez sets MLB HR record for catchers

Sep 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) celebrates his two-run home run with shortstop Nicky Lopez (8) in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (13) celebrates his two-run home run with shortstop Nicky Lopez (8) in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals star Salvador Perez set a major league record for homers in a season by a team’s primary catcher after belting a two-run shot in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

Perez’s towering blast in the fifth inning served as his 46th homer of the season, moving him past Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for the record. Bench had 45 homers in 1970.

Perez’s homer gave Kansas City a 7-0 lead.

–Field Level Media