Rays’ Randy Arozarena ties MLB record for home runs in a postseason, breaks Derek Jeter’s rookie hits mark

Jesse Yomtov


Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena tied baseball’s record for home runs in a single postseason with his eighth of the 2020 playoffs in his team’s 6-2 loss in Game 3 of the World Series.

Arozarena’s solo shot in the ninth inning against Kenley Jansen on Friday evened him up with Barry Bonds (2002), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Nelson Cruz (2011). This was the first home run in the World Series for Arozarena, who went long three times in the ALDS against the Yankees and four in the ALCS against the Astros.

The home run also gave Arozarena his 23rd hit of the playoffs, setting a rookie record that was previously set by Derek Jeter in 1996.

It’s worth noting that a number of single-year postseason marks will likely be broken this year due to the addition of the best-of-three wild-card series.

Arozarena has homered in eight of his 73 plate appearances, which is fewer than Bonds (74 PA), but more than Cruz (70) and Beltran (56).

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