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Home Runs Per Hits Over Time

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This is inspired by a conversation from yesterday's graphic about Nelson Cruz where I noticed he was hitting a home run nearly 1/4th of the time (23%, actually). Turns out, that's not so unique (h/t Julian Levine). In fact, players have hit at least 23% or greater home runs per hits at least 555 times!

Here's the fun part. While it's not that unique of an occurrence, the HR/H phenomena is happening more frequently:


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Note the recent trend. Neat!

 

 

For fun, here are the players that did it in 2011:

 

Player HR H %
Mark Reynolds 37 118 31%
Jose Bautista 43 155 28%
Curtis Granderson 41 153 27%
Mark Teixeira 39 146 27%
Evan Longoria 31 118 26%
Dan Uggla 36 140 26%
Carlos Pena 28 111 25%
Mike Stanton 34 135 25%
Josh Willingham 29 120 24%
Ryan Howard 33 141 23%
Nelson Cruz 29 125 23%