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How many home runs does Shohei Ohtani have? Tracking every HR by Angels star

Shohei Ohtani continues to captivate the MLB world and accomplish some of baseball's rarest feats, but the two-way star can break another major record that was set last year: the American League home run record.

The Los Angeles Angels DH — he won't be pitching the rest of 2023 due to a UCL tear — leads the league in home runs. Ohtani was the only player at the halfway point with at least 30 dingers and became the first player to 40 with his Aug. 3 blast.

Although Ohtani is on pace to hit the most home runs in his six-year MLB career, he isn't too far off the pace of Aaron Judge last season, when the Yankees outfielder broke the AL record for homers in a single season (62).

Will Ohtani become the new AL home run king? Here's the latest on Ohtani's progress:

How many home runs does Shohei Ohtani have?

Ohtani hit his 44th home run of the season in the first game of a doubleheader vs. the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 23.

How many home runs is Shohei Ohtani on pace to hit this season?

With 44 home runs through 136 games, Ohtani is averaging 0.32 home runs per game. If he continues on this pace, he will finish the regular season with 52 home runs on the year.

How likely is it Shohei Ohtani would pass Aaron Judge?

If Ohtani keeps on his current pace, he will fall short of Judge's 62.

However, Judge averaged more home runs in the second half of 2022, so it's possible Ohtani could do the same.

How likely is it Shohei Ohtani would catch Barry Bonds?

The AL home run record is potentially within reach, but the overall home run record seems near impossible. If Ohtani wants to pass Barry Bonds' record of 73 home runs in one season, he would need to hit 30 home runs in the Angels' remaining 26 games.

Shohei Ohtani hitting stats 2023

Ohtani has hit his 44 home runs in 40 different games this season, including four two-home run games. He has hit a home run in 14 MLB stadiums this year, with 22 of them coming at Angel Stadium.

So far, Ohtani has hit the longest home run of the MLB season, when he bashed a 493-foot shot off a slider from the Arizona DiamondbacksTommy Henry at home on June 30. He ranks eighth in MLB in average exit velocity at 93.8 miles per hour.

If Ohtani doesn't catch Judge's home run record, he'll likely break a personal one; he needs three home runs to break his career-high of 46 set in 2021. As of Aug. 18, Ohtani has 170 career home runs, placing him in a tie for 53rd on the list of active players with the most home runs.

Shohei Ohtani home runs 2023

Home run

Date

Opponent

Pitcher

1

4/2/2023

OAK

Ken Waldichuk

2

4/3/2023

SEA

George Kirby

3

4/9/2023

TOR

Yusei Kikuchi

4

4/18/2023

NYY

Clarke Schmidt

5

4/23/2023

KCR

Jordan Lyles

6

4/26/2023

OAK

Chad Smith

7

4/30/2023

MIL

Colin Rea

8

5/10/2023

HOU

Ryan Pressly

9

5/15/2023

BAL

Grayson Rodriguez

10

5/18/2023

BAL

Tyler Wells

11

5/20/2023

MIN

Louie Varland

12

5/24/2023

BOS

James Paxton

13

5/30/2023

CHW

Lucas Giolito

14

5/31/2023

CHW

Lance Lynn

15

5/31/2023

CHW

Lance Lynn

16

6/6/2023

CHC

Hayden Wesneski

17

6/9/2023

SEA

Luis Castillo

18

6/10/2023

SEA

Bryan Woo

19

6/12/2023

TEX

Grant Anderson

20

6/12/2023

TEX

Cole Ragans

21

6/14/2023

TEX

Will Smith

22

6/15/2023

TEX

Brock Burke

23

6/17/2023

KCR

Taylor Clarke

24

6/18/2023

KCR

Zack Greinke

25

6/23/2023

COL

Kyle Freeland

26

6/26/2023

CHW

Dylan Cease

27

6/27/2023

CHW

Michael Kopech

28

6/27/2023

CHW

Touki Toussaint

29

6/29/2023

CHW

Kendall Graveman

30

6/30/2023

ARI

Tommy Henry

31

7/2/2023

ARI

Kyle Nelson

32

7/8/2023

LAD

Michael Grove

33

7/15/2023

HOU

Ryan Pressly

34

7/16/2023

HOU

Phil Maton

35

7/17/2023

NYY

Michael King

36

7/23

PIT

Mitch Keller

37

7/27

DET

Matt Manning

38

7/27

DET

Matt Manning

39

7/28

TOR

Kevin Gausman

40

8/3

SEA

Isaiah Campbell

41

8/13

HOU

Parker Mushinski

42

8/16

TEX

Jon Gray

43

8/18

TBR

Erasmo Ramirez

44

8/23

CIN

Andrew Abbott

Who hit the most home runs in a single season?

  • 2001 Barry Bonds: 73

  • 1998 Mark McGwire: 70

  • 1998 Sammy Sosa: 66

  • 1999 Mark McGwire: 65

  • 2001 Sammy Sosa: 64

  • 1999 Sammy Sosa: 63

  • 2022: Aaron Judge: 62

  • 1961 Roger Maris: 61

  • 1927 Babe Ruth: 60

Contributing: Rachel G. Bowers, Anthony Gharib

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How many home runs is Shohei Ohtani on pace for?