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Friday, May 4, 2018

Home Runs replacing Singles.

It's more about Home Runs replacing Singles than Triples declining.

Distribution of 1B, 2B, 3B, HR as percent of Hits and Total Bases 1903-2017. Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lately some attention has been given to the reduction in total triples in recent years. This post puts that into a broader context. See graphs below.

2017 had the lowest percent of Hits (64%) and Total Bases (38%) that were Singles.

2017 had the highest percent of Hits (14.5%) and Total Bases (34.6%) that were Home Runs.

Doubles have been pretty constant since 1997. For each of the previous ten years (2008-2017) about 20% of Hits and the percent of Total Base has trended down from 26% to 24%.

Doubles Percent of Hits:
low 12.5% in 1907; Singles peaked at 81.3%, HR lowest: 1.24%
high 20.5% in 2008; reached 20% for first time in 2001

Doubles Percent of TB:
low 19.7% in 1955
high 26.6% in 1931

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