Baseball Is Having a Power Surge, but Nobody Knows Why Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 November 2016

Power SurgeBaseball Is Having a Power Surge, but Nobody Knows Why

An article by New York Times

If you looked through the annual home run leaderboards, the 2000 season would not stick out as particularly noteworthy. Sammy Sosa led Major League Baseball with a relatively modest 50 homers after consecutive seasons in which he and Mark McGwire each hit more than 60. A year later, Barry Bonds surpassed both of them by hitting 73.

What few people probably realized at the time was that 2000 would represent the majors’ high point for home runs. That season, players combined to hit 5,693 of them, a record average of 1.17 per team per game. The power was widespread, with 47 batters belting 30 or more, which was also a record.

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