At bats per home run
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. Ryan Howard currently holds fourth place with 12.104 AB/HR, and currently holds the record among active players.
Major League Baseball leaders
Single-season statistics are current through the end of the 2013 season. Active players in bold.
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:
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- Career Leaders & Records for AB per HR. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Ryan Howard Stats. MLB.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Single-Season Leaders & Records for AB per HR. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Single-Season Leaders & Records for AB per HR". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
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