Wladimir Balentien homers twice, sets Japanese single season home run record


Wladimir Balentien hit two home runs on Sunday to set a new single season home run record in Japan’s Central League.

Balentine hit his 56th an 57th home runs of the season to break the record which was shared between Sadahara Oh (1964), Tuff Rhodes (2001) and Alex Caberea. (2002)

The 29-year-old Balentine showed glimpses of power while state side while bouncing around the minor leagues but could never put it together at the major league level.

Balentine left for Japan in 2011 and signed a three year extension this winter worth $7.5 million.

Prior to going to Japan, Balentien hit .221/.281/.374 (74 OPS+) with 15 homers in 170 career MLB games with the Mariners and Reds from 2007-09.

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