At bats per home run

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In baseball statistics, at bats per home run (AB/HR) is a way to measure how frequently a batter hits a home run. It is determined by dividing the number of at bats by the number of home runs hit. Mark McGwire possesses the MLB record for this statistic with a career ratio of 10.61 at bats per home run and Babe Ruth is second, with 11.76 at bats per home run.[1] Ryan Howard currently holds fourth place with 12.104 AB/HR,[2] and currently holds the record among active players.

Major League Baseball leaders[edit]

Career[edit]

Mark McGwire holds the career record for fewest at bats per home run with at least 3000 plate appearances, at 10.61.

Totals are current through the end of the 2013 season, minimum 3000 plate appearances. Active players in bold.[1]

  1. Mark McGwire - 10.61
  2. Babe Ruth - 11.76
  3. Barry Bonds - 12.92
  4. Jim Thome - 13.76
  5. Ryan Howard - 13.96

Season[edit]

Single-season statistics are current through the end of the 2013 season. Active players in bold.[3]

  1. Barry Bonds - 6.52
  2. Mark McGwire - 7.27
  3. Mark McGwire - 8.02
  4. Mark McGwire - 8.13
  5. Barry Bonds - 8.29

Babe Ruth was the first batter to average fewer than nine at-bats per home run over a season, hitting his 54 home runs of the 1920 season in 457 at-bats; an average of 8.463. Seventy-eight years later, Mark McGwire became the first batter to average fewer than eight AB/HR, hitting his 70 home runs of the 1998 season in 509 at-bats (an average of 7.2714). In 2001, Barry Bonds became the first batter to average fewer than seven AB/HR, setting the Major League record by hitting his 73 home runs of the 2001 season in 476 at-bats for an average of 6.5205.

Ruth, McGwire and Bonds are the only batters in history to average nine or fewer AB/HR over a season, having done so nine times:

Nine or fewer at-bats per home run[4]
Batter Season HR AB AB/HR
Babe Ruth 1920 54 457 8.4630
Babe Ruth 1927 60 540 9.0000
Mark McGwire 1996 52 423 8.1346
Mark McGwire 1998 70 509 7.2714
Mark McGwire 1999 65 521 8.0154
Barry Bonds 2001 73 476 6.5205
Barry Bonds 2002 46 403 8.7610
Barry Bonds 2003 45 390 8.6670
Barry Bonds 2004 45 373 8.2890

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Career Leaders & Records for AB per HR. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ Ryan Howard Stats. MLB.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  3. ^ Single-Season Leaders & Records for AB per HR. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for AB per HR". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2012.