The Season Bob Feller of the Indians Would Strike out More Than 500 Batters

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The Season Bob Feller of the Indians Would Strike out More Than 500 Batters
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Bob Feller in 2010

In 2011, a strikeout is considered just another out, but it used to be a disgrace when a batter struck out.

There are so many strikeouts in the modern game that many fans have lost their perspective with respect to the great number of strikeouts in today's game.

How many strikeouts would Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, or Sandy Koufax have if they pitched today?

To get an estimate, we have taken the number of strikeouts five top strikeout artists had in their best season and compared it to the number of league strikeouts.

For example, in 1946, Feller struck out 348 of the league's 5,227 strikeouts.

Feller accounted for 6.57 percent of American League strikeouts.

Here comes the incredible part.

In 2010, 15,350 American Leaguers struck out.

Feller had 6.57 percent of his league's strikeouts.

Using 2010 numbers, 6.57 percent of 15.350 strikeouts equals 1,008 strikeouts.

More realistically, American League teams averaged 653 strikeouts in 1946.

In 2010, American League teams averaged 1,087 strikeouts.

Based on that, Feller would strike out 579 batters, or almost two per inning.

Nothing can emphasize how prevalent strikeouts have become.

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