What Ever Happened to the Home Run? A Look at "The Disappearance"
In 2008, there was lack of home runs. In the American League, no one even reached 40. In the National, league Ryan Howard got 48 and Adam Dunn got 40.
The home run is disappearing from baseball. Just 10 years ago, we were on the other end of the spectrum. Many players reached 40, a few 50, two past 60, and one got 70. Here's the list of players who reached 40 home runs in 1998.
Mark McGwire, 70
Sammy Sosa, 66
Ken Griffey Jr, 56
Greg Vaughn, 50
Albert Belle, 49
Jose Canseco, 46
Vinny Castilla, 46
Juan Gonzalez, 45
Manny Ramirez, 45
Andres Galarraga, 44
Rafael Palmeiro, 43
Alex Rodriguez, 42
Mo Vaughn, 40
That is 13 players that hit 40 home runs in 1998. In 2008, two hit 40 home runs. Barely even that with Adam Dunn at 40. Except for Jose Canseco, any one of those players would have won the MVP if they got those numbers today. Most of them hit above .300; Mo Vaughn hit .337.
Baseball is breaking apart, the hitting talent is less and less. The numbers that weren't thought to be all that crazy in 1998 or even 1997 such as Larry Walkers 49 home runs, .366 BA, 33 stolen bases, and 130 RBI would be insane today.
Steroids is another likely reason.
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