COLLEGE PARK — For the fourth consecutive season in 2016, the Major League Baseball home run champion wore Baltimore Orioles black and orange. When Mark Trumbo took home the award Monday with a league-leading 47 home runs, he became the third different Oriole to hold the honor since 2013. Chris Davis won in 2013 and 2015, and Nelson Cruz led the league in 2014.
If an Orioles’ batter wins in 2017 and 2018, the team will match the league’s longest streak, established by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle of the last century. Pirate Ralph Kiner led the league every year between 1947 and 1952. The Orioles current streak marks the first time in MLB history that any one team had three different players combine to win four straight home run titles.