Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

A New Way For Rating Baseball Players

The "New Statistic" for ranking baseball players incorporates a home run curve to effectively compare the power hitters of ALL eras – before, during and post-steroids

Baseball's Greatest Hitters' “NEW STATISTIC" (copyright #4729496 October 2008) was developed as part of the "STAT" Formula's Home Run Curve to create an effective baseball player rating system that addresses the all time great power hitters and the increased number of home runs that started during the Steroid Era. The Home Run Curve is linked to a point system that weighs the significance of HR production for each player based on the years they played Major League Baseball.

In 1927 when Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, it was said that Ruth hit more home runs than “teams” in baseball. This description clearly showed his home run dominance of that era.

Using home runs hit per team during the years a player has played is a simple, but very effective way to display the home run increases, as well as decreases, in the history of baseball.

Here are a few examples of how this “New Statistic” can be used for ranking baseball players::

Average Home Runs Per MLB Team: Notable Retired Players By Era  

   PLAYER       

Yrs. Played

Avg. Home runs hit per team during the
Players Career 
ERA Career Home Runs
 Ty Cobb * 1905-1928          40                       1         117
 Babe Ruth * 1914-1935          56     2         714
Joe DiMaggio * 1936-1951          95     3         361
Willie Mays * 1951-1972         131     4         660
ReggieJackson*    1967-1987         122     5         563
Mike Schmidt * 1972-1989         122           6         548
Mark McGwire 1986-2001         151     7         583
Jim Thome 1991-2012          162      8

612

As clearly seen above there is a significant difference between the Average Home runs hit per team during the career of Ty Cobb and Sammy Sosa. The “New Statistic” in conjunction with the Home Run Curve will allow HR production to be compared for any players no matter what era they played in.

Rating Baseball Players using the New Statistic

Below is a random list of 25 retired hitters with a minimum of 5,000 career at bats. This list is sorted using the “New Statistic” in order of most HR’s hit per team during the players’ respective careers. Our formula for ranking baseball players gives baseball fans a true perspective of how the amount of home runs hit has changed over the years.

Average Home Runs Per MLB Team: Retired Offensive Players Career

Player has been inducted into Hall of Fame *  Veterans Committee **
 
   PLAYER               Yrs. Played     Avg. Home Runs hit per team during the
Players Career        
       
40/50/60+H.R              .
Seasons
Career Home Runs

 
BARRY BONDS       1986-2007   ERA 7 167  8-   (7-0-0-1)   762
HANK AARON *  1954-1976    ERA 4 129     8-   (8-0-0)       755
BABE RUTH *  1914-1935    ERA 2  56       11- (6-4-1)       714
ALEX RODRIGUEZ  1994 -    ERA 8 168  8-   (5-3-0)       687
WILLIE MAYS *   1951-1972        ERA 4 131  6-   (4-2-0)       660
KEN GRIFFEY JR.  1989-2010   ERA 7 159  7-   (5-2-0)       630
JIM THOME  1991-2012   ERA 7 162  6-   (5-1-0)       612
SAMMY SOSA  1989-2007  ERA 7  157  7-   (3-1-3)       609
 PLAYER           Yrs.Played     Avg, Home Runs hit per year during the 
players career                                          
ERA Career HomeRuns
Edgardo Alfonzo 1995-2006              174    7     146
Juan Gonzalez 1989-2006              167    7     434
Frank Thomas * 1990-2008              160    7     521
Larry Walker 1989-2005              156    7     383
Fred McGriff 1986-2004              154    7     493
Cecil Fielder 1985-1998              144    7      319
Jim Rice * 1974-1989              124    6     382
Don Mattingly 1982-1995              133    6     222
Hank Aaron * 1954-1976              129    4     755
Carlton Fisk * 1969-1993              124    5     376
Rod Carew * 1967-1985              119    5      92
Johnny Bench * 1967-1983              117    5     389
Ted Williams * 1939-1960              113    3     521
Johnny Pesky 1942-1954              105    3      17
Joe DiMaggio * 1936-1951               95    3     361
Hank Greenberg * 1930-1947               86    3     331
Jimmy Foxx * 1928-1945               78    2     534
Hack Wilson ** 1923-1934               71    2     244
Rogers Hornsby * 1915-1937              60    2     301
Edd Roush ** 1913-1931              48    1      68
Ty Cobb * 1905-1928              40    1     117
Frank Baker ** 1908-1922              30    1      96
Honus Wagner * 1897-1917              24    1     101
Deacon McGuire 1884-1912               20    1        45
Willie Keeler * 1892-1910              20    1      33