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Total MLB Home Runs This Century - Graph of the Day

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I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

 

The second in this continuing series, This Century, we see another standard counting stat drop significantly over the past 10 years. This time, it's home runs dropping from the 2000-2004 average of 5400 drop to a 2005-2009 average of 5000. Shocking on its own, but 2009 looks to have a more-than-300 home run drop from that. That's flabbergasting.

What changed? (more after the jump)

 

I submit to you the following:

Blame San Francisco.

 

 

YEAR TOTAL HR RANK
2000 226 6th
2001 235 2nd
2002 198 6th
2003 180 12th
2004 183 17th
2005 128 28th
2006 163 22nd
2007 131 25th
2008 94 30th
2009* 109 29th

 

Obviously, they represent a fraction of the Major League's power recession, but that San-Fran chart above certainly eerily mirrors the MLB chart does it not? What gives? One could make an argument that the mirror is merely a reflection of the renewed focus on sabermetric principles from front offices on their pitching staff, but wouldn't they also use that to help their batters? I could dance around the topic all day, but the truth is that it's probably just regression to the mean. Right?

Yes, I'm pretty much sayin'.  ;)