Month in Review: MLB off to a slow start with 80 fewer home runs than last year

The first month of the season is in the books, and so far, Major League Baseball has hit fewer home runs than at this point last season. Here’s a look at the season so far:

(DISCLAIMER: Games played in March are added to April totals)

  • This year, through April 30, MLB has hit 720 home runs. Last season by this point, MLB had hit 800 home runs, thanks in part to 50 home runs hit on the final day of the month. At this point, MLB is on pace (more…)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record breaking home run

Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s record:

 

Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record (Milo Hamilton calls it for the Braves):

 

Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s record (Vin Scully calls it for the Dodgers):

Opening Week Recap: Who hit the most home runs?

Well the first week of baseball is in the books. We’ve had some hot starts (Mark Trumbo) and some not so hot starts (Royals, Yankees).

Through Sunday, Major League Baseball has hit 159 home runs. The National League is currently out-slugging the American League 87 home runs to 72, and the San Francisco Giants are the only team with double digit home runs (11). There have already been a few surprises to start the season: the Houston Astros lead the American League with nine home runs, the Yankees only hit their first home run yesterday, and White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza, not known for his power, is tied for the AL lead with three home runs.

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Yankees break through to get their first home run of the year

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner homered in the fourth inning against the Blue Jays today, giving New York its first home run of the season.

It took the Yankees six games to get their first homer of the season. It was the longest it has taken for the Yankees to get their first home run since 1998, when it took them four games to get their first homer. The Yankees had hit a home run in every opening day game from 1999-2012, but now it has been two consecutive opening days without a home run for New York.

Now that the Yankees have their first home run, the Kansas City Royals are the only remaining MLB team to have not hit a home run.

Milestones galore through the first nine games today

If you weren’t sure, baseball is definitely back, and the players are crushing it! We already have some notable home runs through today’s first nine games:

  • HEEEEEE’S BAAAAACK: Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore made his major league return, starting in center field in his first regular season game since September 22, 2011. Sizemore went 2-4 in the loss to Baltimore, including his first regular season home run since July 15, 2011 also against the Orioles.
  • GRAND OLD TIME: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit his 200th career home run in a 14-10 slugfest win over the Rangers. With two out in the second inning, Rollins crushed a grand slam home run off Texas starter Tanner Scheppers to give Philadelphia the 6-0 lead. According to ESPN:

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Opening Night and a preview of today’s games

Last night’s Padres-Dodgers game marked the first day of uninterrupted baseball for the next 106 days until the All Star Break, and Padres outfielder Seth Smith kicked it off with a long, game-tying home run to right field in the eighth inning.

For the fifth time in the last six years, Smith homered within the first 10 games of the season. This was his first Opening Day home run since 2009 with the Colorado Rockies, when he hit a game tying home run against the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning. (more…)

What to look forward to this year at Long Ball Stats

We have entered year two at Long Ball Stats, and I am making some new changes.

  1. New Data: I’m adding several new categories to this year’s spreadsheet. I’ll be tracking pitch speeds, home runs by inning, as well as career milestones.
  2. All Star and Postseason Home Runs: Beginning this year, I’ll be inputting data on home runs hit during the postseason and the All Star Game. Be sure to look for special coverage just before the ASG and the postseason begins.
  3. Weekly and Monthly updates: On top of any posts that are made throughout the week, I will be posting weekly recap/update posts on home runs hit, and I will post an update once a month that includes my full spreadsheet of data.

Hopefully this year will be even better than last year! If you ever want to know a specific fact (Who has hit the most home runs on 2-2 count this year?, Who has hit the most walk off home runs?), send me a tweet at @longballstats

Two games, two home runs: Opening Series 2014

Credit: Major League Baseball

Welcome back baseball! With the Dodgers-Diamondbacks Opening Series doubleheader in Australia, we have our first two home runs of the 2014 regular season.

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Baseball is back!

Hey everyone! Spring Training is here and we have our first set of games playing today!

So far we have had three home runs hit today. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched the first home run of Spring Training with two outs in the top of the first inning against Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roberto Hernandez. Yangervis Solarte, a minor league utility man and recent addition to the New York Yankees system, hit the Yankees’ first home run of Spring Training in the top of the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, driving in new Yankee outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez hit a three run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the Yankees 5-5.

Check back throughout the day, and throughout the rest of Spring Training for more home run news.

UPDATE: Day 1 of Spring Training is in the books, and we saw six home runs hit to kick off the year. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey hit a two run shot in the top of the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians, and third baseman Adam Duvall and shortstop Ehire Adrianza both homered in the bottom of the ninth inning for the San Francisco Giants in the 10-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics to close out the day.

Looking at every home run from 2013

AP / Gail Burton

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