Looking at every home run from 2013

AP / Gail Burton

Last April, I decided to begin a project that has culminated in this blog. Using MLB.com for the most part, and occasionally getting information from BaseballReference.com, I decided to keep track of every single home run hit during the 2013 season. With this project, I kept track of various aspects of the home run, including what the count was, how many outs, and what type of pitch was used.

Here is a link to the finished spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet is completely sortable, so you can easily look up who hit the most home runs in a 2-2 count (Miguel Cabrera, 8), or who hit the most home runs off of a curveball (Robinson Cano, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gomez, 5).

Here are some of the highlights from the data in the spreadsheet:

  • There were two home runs hit off of a screwball in 2013. Alfonso Soriano hit both of them.
  • 799 of the 4,661 home runs hit in 2013 came on the first pitch of the at-bat. The next two highest totals came on a 1-0 count (556) and a 1-1 count (519).
  • Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Napoli each hit three grand slams, the most in the majors.
  • April 30 was the day of the long ball, as a season high 50 home runs were hit in a single day.
  • 4,661 home runs were hit in 2013, 273 fewer than in 2012. That being said, it was the second most home runs hit this decade.
  • There were 67 walk off home runs hit in 2013. Paul Goldschmidt led the majors with three:

His first came on June 18.

Number two came on August 9.

And then four days later he hit walk off number three.

  • There were six inside-the-park home runs last season. The first one of the season was a walk off hit by Angel Pagan.

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