National League home run leaders by year are Aaron Judge, Salvador Perez, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, Khris Davis and Giancarlo Stanton. 

Hitting a home run in baseball is a highly sought-after accomplishment, as it entails a batter striking the ball out of the park and scoring a point for their team. Each year, the MLB acknowledges the player who hits the most home runs in a season as the home run leader.

Three time national league home run leader Barry Bonds currently holds the all-time record, having hit 762 home runs in his 22-year career.

In this article, we have collated a list of the MLB home run leaders by season and included details on their successful hits, runs scored and RBI.

National League Home Run Leaders By Year are: 

  • Aaron Judge - 2022
  • Salvador Perez - 2021
  • Luke Voit - 2020
  • Pete Alonso - 2019
  • Khris Davis - 2018
  • Giancarlo Stanton - 2017
  • Mark Trumbo - 2016
  • Chris Davis - 2015
  • Nelson Cruz - 2014
  • Chris Davis - 2013

Aaron Judge - 2022

Aaron Judge became the MLB 2022 home run leader with 62 home runs. He also won the highly coveted most valuable player award last season.

The NY Yankees right fielder scored 16 more HR than second-placed K. Schwarber and 22 more than the third-placed Mike Trout.

Aaron was a dominant force in MLB leading several key categories such as runs scored, RBIs, walks, and stolen bases. His impressive performance included a batting average of .311, an on-base percentage of .425, and a slugging percentage of .686. 

Judge at bat against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 14, 2022
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All Rise played in multiple positions throughout the season, including 78 games in center field, 25 games as a designated hitter, and 73 games in right field. He registered 177 hits, 28 doubles and 19 intentional walks to cap off a phenomenal season.

Salvador Perez - 2021

Salvador Perez hit a total of 48 home runs in the 2021 MLB season. This marked the highest HR ever hit by a catcher in a sole season in MLB.

He also led the Royals in home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage and was selected to the All-Star Game for the seventh time in his career.

His batting average of .273, an on-base percentage of .316, and a slugging percentage of .544 were commendable. Moreover, Salby recorded 153 hits, 31 doubles, and 121 RBIs. 

(Right) Salvador celebrates after hitting HR on 4 May 2021 in Kansas City
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Perez tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr of the Toronto Blue Jays for  2021 MLB home run leaders, giving him two-thirds of the batting Triple Crown.

Furthermore, Salvador surpassed the 45 HR record set by Johnny Bench in 1970 and created a new record for the most home runs in a single season by a catcher.

Luke Voit - 2020

Luke Voit became the 2020 MLB home run leader with 22 HR in 56 games. He was the first baseman for the Yankees on Opening Day 2020.

Voit played a major role in helping NY Yankees reach the playoffs with a batting average of .277, an on-base percentage of .338, and a slugging percentage of .610. 

Voit holding a bat created by Sam Holman in May 2020
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He finished the season with 52 RBIs, 41 runs scored, and 15 doubles, in addition to his 22 home runs. Voit hit his first career major league grand slam in the Yankees' 8-6 victory over Baltimore on July 30, 2020. 

He hit his 20th home run of the season on 17 September 2020 becoming the third player in franchise history to accomplish this feat in the team's first 50 games, following Babe Ruth, who was featured in the all-time home run leader card with 714 home runs and Mickey Mantle.

Pete Alonso - 2019

Pete Alonso made his MLB debut with the New York Nets in 2019. The rookie slugger went on to hit an incredible 53 home runs. 

The record he set surpassed the previous 52 held by Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees since 2017. Alonso's remarkable achievement in 2019 placed him first in the National League and second in all baseball.

Pete donning Nike Diamond's baseball gears in March 2020
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In August, Alonso hit his longest home run of the season, a mammoth 474-foot blast against the Kansas City Royals. The 28-year-old also set the record for the most home runs hit in a month by a rookie, with 14. 

Similarly, Alonso was invited to participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. His impressive season was not limited to HR, as he ended the campaign with a solid .260 batting average, 120 runs batted in, and a .941 OPS. 

Khris Davis - 2018

Designated hitter Khris Davis smashed 48 home runs in 2018 whilst playing for Oakland Athletics. The remarkable number topped all American League players and tied for the second-most in the majors that year.

Davis achieved this feat across 151 games, averaging an HR every 3.14 games. His home run percentage of 8.6% was also one of the highest in the majors that season, ranking fourth overall.

Of the 48 home runs he hit, 29 were achieved in the friendly confines of the Oakland Coliseum, while the remaining 19 were tallied on the road. 

Khris during his game at T.C.B. Tattoo in Glendale AZ on October 27, 2016
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Davis hit his first home run of the season against the Los Angeles Angels on March 31, 2018. He also had six multi-home run games throughout the season, including a three-home run against the Texas Rangers on July 15.

Besides the home runs, Davis had a tremendous overall offensive output in 2018. He batted .247 for the fourth consecutive season, with his 123 RBIs ranking second in all of baseball, behind only J.D. Martinez.

However, Davis also had the lowest line drive percentage among all major league hitters, clocking in at just 15.9% for the season.

Giancarlo Stanton - 2017

Giancarlo Stanton had a remarkable 2017 MLB season with 59 home runs. Stanton hit his first HR of the season against the Washington Nationals.

Mikey smashed his 20th home run on June 17th against the Atlanta Braves. He hit 33 of his 59 home runs at Marlins Park, the home stadium of the Miami Marlins.

Stanton playing baseball with the New York Yankees in 2018
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In August 2017, Stanton hit the most home runs in a month, hitting 18 in 24 games. Throughout the season, Stanton hit two or more home runs in a game nine times, and his longest home run of the season was 468 feet, which he hit on July 5th against the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Stanton finished the 2017 season with 59 home runs and 132 RBI, and a batting average of .281. He also hit the ball with the highest exit velocity in the major league, at 120.1 miles per hour, and had the highest ISO of all MLB players in 2017 at .350. 

Mark Trumbo - 2016

Seattle traded Mark Trumbo to the Baltimore Orioles for Steve Clevenger in 2015. His 2015-2016 season ended with a staggering 47 home runs. 

Trumbo made a phenomenal start in his first season with the Orioles hitting five home runs and eleven RBIs in his first ten games.

He was later named AL co-Player of the Week for hitting five more home runs, scoring eight times, and driving in 11 runs. Mark hit six home runs in April and collected 19 RBIs with a .958 OPS.

Mark batting at Camden Yards on June 27, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland
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In August, he hit his 35th home run against the Houston Astros, setting a new career high. Trumbo also hit the season's 40th and 44th home runs against the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively. 

He ended the season with a Major League-leading 47 home runs and 108 RBIs, setting career highs in several categories. Trumbo won the AL Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year and Silver Slugger awards. 

Chris Davis - 2015

Chris Davis topped the 2015 MLB chart with 47 home runs, triumphing over the likes of Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado.

The former first baseman was granted a therapeutic use exemption for Vyvanse, a stimulant medication, before the start of the 2015 season. Davis was suspended for one game on Opening Day for amphetamine use despite this exemption.

Davis at Camden Yards on August 7, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Greg Fiume)
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The Baltimore Orioles' star hitter Davis had a successful season in 2015 leading the league in strikeouts with 208. Moreover, he had a batting average of .262, an on-base percentage of .361, and a slugging percentage of .562. 

Nelson Cruz - 2014

Nelson Cruz inked a one-year contract worth $8 million with Baltimore on February 24, 2014. He donned the number 23 jersey for the Orioles.

The Dominican–American athlete relished an extraordinary season with the Orioles in 2014. Cruz led the home runs chart with 40, three more than the second-placed Chris Carter.

Nelson concluded the season with a .271 batting average, 32 doubles, and 108 RBIs in 159 games. He was also selected to participate in his third All-Star Game as a designated hitter for the American League. 

Boomstick during his match at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014.
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His outstanding performance was evident in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays in September when he hit four out of five times with two home runs and seven RBIs, including his 100th RBI of the season. 

Additionally, he demonstrated his skills in a July game, where he had a five-hit game that consisted of two singles, two doubles, and one home run, only narrowly missing a cycle as he was tagged out before reaching third base.

Chris Davis - 2013

Chris Davis smashed 53 home runs for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. He made a solid start to the season by hitting a grand slam and driving in 16 runs in the first four games.

Davis continued to hit home runs throughout the season, breaking multiple records for the Orioles and hit his 100th career home run in June and, in July, set a new Orioles record for most RBIs before the All-Star break with 93. 

Chris during the fourth inning at Oriole Park on June 14, 2019
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He also tied Reggie Jackson's record of 37 home runs before the All-Star break and also became the American League player with the most home runs before the break.

In September, Davis hit his 50th home run of the season, tying the Orioles record for most home runs in a single season set by Brady Anderson

Davis also became only the third player to hit 50 home runs and 40 doubles in a single season. A few days later, he hit his 51st home run, setting a new Orioles single-season record.