Top 10 Active List: Homers Per At Bat

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part-Owner) 

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I guess I was pretty surprised to that despite 181 HRs in just 2567 AB – Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t have enough AB to qualify for the career lead in this category.

For the record Stanton has gone deep for every 14.18 AB thus far, including his 2015 year where he did yard work 27 times in just 279 AB – which is just 10.33 AB per jack.

Mike Trout is operating at a Home Run so far at 1/17.61 AB.  Bryce Harper is just 3 HRS shy of the 100 Homer plateau.  He has a HR/per 18.86 AB in his career, but he was at an incredible 1 longball per 12.40 AB last season.

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It is tough to remember how prolific Ryan Howard was back in the day as well.  He has hit only 71 HRs over the last 5 campaigns, after bashing out 262 big flies between 2006 – 2011, including a phenomenal 58 HRs in 2006.

Mark Reynolds failed to hit 20 HRs for the 1st time since 2007 in 2015.  He is not a full time hitter anymore because of his flagrant Strikeout out rate – and I expect him to fall off of this list in the next few years, although playing at Coors Field might be a little boost to his career.

Mike Napoli is also a curious name on the list considering he was a Catcher for he majority of his early career.

Prince Fielder has really seen his power wane from the days he was clocking jacks left and right with Milwaukee.   At one point I was convinced he was a lock for 500 HRs in his career – and now I am not so sure with 311 Homers right now at age 32.

When you look at Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz, they are in the twilight of their careers, yet both of them hit 33 and 37 HRs last year respectively.

Alex Rodriguez may be the current active leader but he is just 11th on the ALL – Time List.

My favorite name on the top 15 list of ALL – Time has to be Russell Branyan – who cracked 194 Homers in 2934 AB which has him just slightly ahead of Mickey Mantle for 1 HR/per 15.12 AB.  A-Rod and Howard could fall below that mark again this season.

Just for the record, Stanton’s 1 HR/14.18 AB would place him right behind Ralph Kiner (14.11) and just ahead of Harmon Killebrew (14.22).

Of course Mark McGwire‘s 1 jack for every 10.61 AB is still heavily scrutinized for his steroid use.  Barry Bonds is also at 12.92 for every AB – which is good for 3rd.

Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez also appear in the top 10 career list, which will always be clouted with steroids taints.

Jim Thome at 4th overall is a pretty damn good clip at a HR/13.76 AB.

Babe Ruth would have certainly hit almost 1000 HRs for his career if he played in these shorter ballparks, or was permitted to be a Designated hitter.

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Russell Branyan had raw power and was never given a chance to play full time despite ranking 6th amongst Active players in HRs per AB with a HR for every 15.12 AB. He was the last Mariners player to crank 30 HRs in a year.

Russell Branyan had raw power and was never given a chance to play full time despite ranking 6th amongst Active players in HRs per AB during his time playing in the Majors. with a HR for every 15.12 AB. He finished playing slightly ahead of Mickey Mantle for 15th ALL – Time in the category.  Branyan hit 194 HRs in just 2934 AB – but only topped the 30 HR plateau once in his career.

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