Wladimir Balentien broke the new ground in NPB history last night. He broke the great Sadaharu Oh (and Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera)'s 55 HR record in a single season.
First, let's see the historical HR from 3 different angles.
Then he pumped his fist.
By my count, Balentien trotted around the bases at 25.68 seconds.
After that, he held the banner with the Swallows's mascot which they call "Tsubakuro".
Balentien's mom was pumped, too.
Sadaharu Oh's record stood for 49 years, but 56 HR record by Balentien didn't even last 49 minutes, because he broke it in the very next at-bat with his 57th HR of the season.
Balentien set Arizona League's HR record in 2003. He held it until Joey Gallo broke it last year. His time of not possessing a HR record in any professional baseball league lasted less than 13 months.
Wladimir Balentien is one of those players who rack up a ridiculous amount of home runs. Last night, he did something no one has ever done in Nippon Professional Baseball's 87-year history.