MLB breaks record for home runs in season

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball set a record for home runs in a single season on Tuesday with Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's round-tripper in Toronto making it 5,694 for the year.

The previous record was set in 2000 during what has been dubbed the "Steroid Era".

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton has led the power resurgence this season with a league-leading 55 home runs, while rookie Aaron Judge has 44 to top the American League.

In 2014, there were only 4,186 home runs, the lowest total in a non strike-affected season since 1993. While there has been speculation that the upsurge in home runs is a result of changes to the baseballs themselves, MLB has denied it made any alterations to the ball.

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 12: Scooter Gennett #4 of the Cincinnati Reds dives for the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on September 12, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 12: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers jumps for the double hit by Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 12, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: Nick Williams #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets doused with a sports drink after the game and hitting a walk off RBI double in the 15th inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 12, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 9-8. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 13: Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins looks on as teammate Kennys Vargas #19 congratulates Eddie Rosario #20 on hitting a walk-off two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning of the game on September 13, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Padres 3-1 in ten innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball in the first half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Darwin Barney #18 of the Toronto Blue Jays crawls into third base after stumbling in the second inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen of FC Barcelona blocks the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Juventus on September 11, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
CHATTANOOGA, TN - SEPTEMBER 10: The men's professional triathletes start with the sunrise on the Tennessee River with John Ross Bridge in the background during the Men's IRONMAN 70.3 St. World Championships on September 10, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with fans after scoring a 6-yard rushing touchdown during the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on September 10, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Desmond Trufant #21 (L) and Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons during the season opening game at Soldier Field on September 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHATTANOOGA, TN - SEPTEMBER 10: Javier Gomez of Spain celebrates after he crossed the finish line to win the IRONMAN 70.3 Men's World Championship on September 10, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
EDMONTON, AB - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her victory over Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan in their women's bantamweight bout during the UFC 215 event inside the Rogers Place on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Ronald Jones II #25 of the USC Trojans flips into the end zone to score a fourth quarter touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 09: Jordan Smallwood #17 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates with fans after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-16 at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 14: Phil Mickelson hits his second shot on the third hole during the first round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 14, 2017 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (L) vies vies for the ball with Feyenoord's Dutch defender Miquel Nelom during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Manchester City at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, on September 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sep 14, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) dives in for a first down against the Houston Texans during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 11, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is tackled by New Orleans Saints linebacker A.J. Klein (53) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 11, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (31) leaps over Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) to score in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 14, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, right, celebrates with Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sep 11, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jared Hughes (48) tags out Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (55) trying to score on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Arsenal vs 1. FC Koln - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - September 14, 2017 FC Koln's Lukas Klunter in action with Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Soccer Football - Europa League - SV Zulte Waregem vs OGC Nice - Regenboogstadion, Waregem, Belgium - September 14, 2017 Nice's Allan Saint-Maximin in action REUTERS/Francois Lenoir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sloane Stephens (C) of the US poses with her winning trophy after defeating compatriot Madison Keys during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017. Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Boog Powell #3 of the Oakland Athletics jumps for a double that was out of reach, hit by Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park on September 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Cricket - England vs West Indies - Third Test - London, Britain - September 9, 2017 England's Stuart Broad appeals Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017. Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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