HOME RUN CURVE

A New Way For Rating Baseball Players

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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 Ave. Home Runs Hit
Per Team During
Player’s 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
Reggie Jackson* 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 Ave. Home Runs Hit
Per Team During
Player’s Career
40/50/60+HR;
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 1994-2016 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 Ave. Home Runs Hit
Per Team During
Player’s Career
ERA Career Home Runs
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
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