Nationals announcer says 'global warming' may be leading to record home run pace

Nationals announcer says 'global warming' may be leading to record home run pace
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Washington Nationals play-by-play announcer F.P. Santangelo on Tuesday argued during a broadcast of a game that "global warming" is contributing to a considerable rise in home runs across MLB this season.

"I think the bats, plus the balls, plus launch angles, plus pitchers throwing hard, plus global warming is why there's so many home runs," Santangelo said after White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez hit a long home run in the fifth inning.

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The White Sox went on to beat the Nats, 7-5. There were four home runs in the game.

Santangelo, who played for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics during his career, hit a total of 21 home runs in the big leagues.

MLB saw more home runs hit in the month of May than any single month in league history, with the league's 30 teams combining for 1,135 during the 31-day stretch.

The previous record was 1,119 in August 2017.

For the 2019 season, there have been 2,279 home runs hit through June 7, putting the league on pace to break the single-season mark set in in 2017 of 6,105 home runs.

For context, there were only 5,585 home runs hit last season, leading some fans and baseball pundits to question if the league has adjusted baseballs this season to create more offense and excitement.