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.
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.