The Major League Baseball season got underway on Wednesday in Japan, with the Mariners beating the Athletics by a score of 3-1.
Mariners' second baseman Dustin Ackley hit the first home run of the 2012 season, launching a ball over the center field fence during the fourth inning.
Home run totals were relatively low in 2011, as teams averaged just .94 home runs per game. This portrays a significant drop from the 1.17 home runs per game hit in 2000.
Last season's top 10 home run hitters looked like this:
1. Jose Bautista, 43
2. Curtis Granderson, 41
3. Mark Teixeira, 39
Matt Kemp, 39
5. Prince Fielder, 38
6. Albert Pujols, 37
Mark Reynolds, 37
8. Dan Uggla, 36
9. Giancarlo Stanton, 34
10. Ryan Howard, 33
This season, many of the same names figure to appear on this list. There will also be a few new names cracking the top 10.