It started overseas in the Tokyo Dome when the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners combined for seven homers in their brief two-game set. It continued stateside opening day with 48 long balls. Through Monday's action, MLB is on a pace to blast 6,372 long balls, shattering 2017's record 6,105 home runs.
There are three primary elements influencing the number of balls leaving the yard:
Fly ball percentage
Fly ball distance
The first two are straightforward. The more fly balls struck, the greater the opportunity for a home run. The third, fly ball distance, correlates