Pre-Ruth—Pre Home Run
In this era we saw quite a bit of .400 hitters—The home run was not a factor
(Ruth, Gehrig, Hornsby, Foxx)
Definitely the Ruth era —change in statistics—increased home run production
Only two .400 hitting seasons after 1925
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 83.36 home runs
(Williams, Musial, DiMaggio, Greenberg)
World War II. The war years play a role in the lifetime stats of many players, Hank Greenberg for one, Ted Williams, check Joe DiMaggio’s stats before WWII and after WWII. This era saw the last .400 hitter…home run production rises at a moderate pace.
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 133.45 home runs
(Mantle, Mays, Aaron, Robinson)
Sharp increase in home runs up until the late 60’s, definitely a hitters era. Ruth’s single season homerun record is broken. We also see the first expansion in baseball history.
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 120.72 home runs
(Yazstremski, Rose, Morgan, Jackson)
In this era we see the first decrease in homeruns in baseball history. When rating the players of this era we must acknowledge the fact that these players really earned their statistics.
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 126.07 home runs
(Schmidt, Murray, Brett )
Homerun production levels out. We are looking at the last era of baseball that is for the most part steroid free.
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 154.17 home runs
Part 1 of Steroid Era
(McGuire, Sosa, Palmiero, Bonds, Griffey Jr.)
Homerun explosion. Era is marked with inflated statistics.
Average home runs hit per team per year in this era : 168.93 home runs Part 2 of Steroid Era
(Rodriguez, Pujols, Ramirez, Cabrera)
*From 1990 to 2013 the steroid era or era of inflated statistics, The average home runs hit per team per year is :168.93 home runs
And so we begin…. A new era in baseball
Average home runs hit per team per year in 2014 : 173.42 home runs per year.