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 Post subject: The Homerun Explosion: 538 Finds the Smoking Gun
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:43 am 
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Check out table below. original table link here Below only shows since 1993 but you can go to the link to view history before 1993. Look at the difference in HR per game from just 2014 to now. The current rate is the highest all time and blows away previous historic high set in 2000.

Check also the K per game. from 5.8 in 1993 to over 8.23 today.

The proliferation of both K's and Strikeouts is making the game quite different from the traditional game we knew. Is it better or worse ? Well that depends on your viewpoint. Supposedly fans like K's and Homers, but this approach also leads to more pitches per plate appearance, and more time between pitches, affecting "pace" of game. It also leads to lower batting average, (check that out too!) and that means less action on the bases, and less interaction with the defense. Personally I like to see hits, doubles and triples, players running, guys making throws, cutoffs, relay throws, the quick bang bang action of a play at a base, etc. Homers are cool too of course. They make you jump out of your seat and pump fists. But when there are too many of them, at the extreme sacrifice of all else, it just feels a little out of balance. That is a personal opinion. YMMV




























YearTmsR/GHRBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS
2017304.671.263.278.23.255.324.425.750
2016304.481.163.118.03.255.322.417.739
2015304.251.012.907.71.254.317.405.721
2014304.070.862.887.70.251.314.386.700
2013304.170.963.017.55.253.318.396.714
2012304.321.023.037.50.255.319.405.724
2011304.280.943.097.10.255.321.399.720
2010304.380.953.257.06.257.325.403.728
2009304.611.043.426.91.262.333.418.751
2008304.651.003.366.77.264.333.416.749
2007304.801.023.316.62.268.336.423.758
2006304.861.113.266.52.269.337.432.768
2005304.591.033.136.30.264.330.419.749
2004304.811.123.346.55.266.335.428.763
2003304.731.073.276.34.264.333.422.755
2002304.621.043.356.47.261.331.417.748
2001304.781.123.256.67.264.332.427.759
2000305.141.173.756.45.270.345.437.782
1999305.081.143.686.41.271.345.434.778
1998304.791.043.386.56.266.335.420.755
1997284.771.023.466.61.267.337.419.756
1996285.041.093.556.46.270.340.427.767
1995284.851.013.536.30.267.338.417.755
1994284.921.033.486.18.270.339.424.763
1993284.600.893.335.80.265.332.403.736
YearTmsR/GHRBBSOBAOBPSLGOPS



Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/29/2017.

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 Post subject: Re: The Homerun Explosion: 538 Finds the Smoking Gun
 Post Posted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:16 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: The Homerun Explosion: 538 Finds the Smoking Gun
 Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:16 pm 
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INFINITELY WORSE!
And Goodman yesterday carried on for quite a while about it in this jsut concluded series and other long time broadcasters are going on about it, and I am
sure starting tomorrow, Hershiser will have something to say about it.
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When you need just a single in the last of the ninth with the tying run on third and two out, and your guy at the plate is so obsessed with a home run,
and comes up with only one kind of swing, I think Shoe can find stats to prove that your chances are less of getting him in if you try for a home run,
rather than a well-placed ball onto the outfield green.
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Consider that little guy Tapia playing for Colorado. The guy has lightning speed yet in every AB this series, he comes up with the big power swing, and
actually did hit one out and nearly another, but it's just as exciting to watch guys like him try to lay down an bunt and beat it out.
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Why can't we move baserunners? two guys get on and --- oh,yeah, where did all the double steals go that we got earlier in the season --
so with two guys on three guys come up and try for a three run homer and the two runners never move off the bases. Let's play a little trivia quiz:
Who hit the last three run homer for Arizona, and on what date? Hint: It was NOT Goldschmidt or Lamb. The last three run homer by Lamb was on June 9 vs
Milwaukee. and on June 7 vs. San Diego. For Goldy, you have to go back to May 5 in Colorado. The last three run homer? Owings on June 22.
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Try a squeeze? Nope, not in the playbook. We're playing at Home Run Heaven known as Chase Field.
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Enough rant. I agree completely with Shoe.


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 Post subject: Re: The Homerun Explosion: 538 Finds the Smoking Gun
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Likewise. And a DH makes it worse.

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 Post subject: Re: The Homerun Explosion: 538 Finds the Smoking Gun
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:13 am 
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MLB sent out a memo.

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