Top Ten Stat of the Week: HRs per AB Career (Active)

Monday June.11, 2012

Russell Branyan has raw power and was never given a chance to play full time despite ranking 6th amongst active players in HRs per AB. Photo courtesy of

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)- Chicks dig the long ball right?  Well so do dudes.  There is a certain folklore of a player that can absolutely cream a baseball regardless of their batting average or ability to make contact all of the time.  One of my favorite players to watch swing a bat is Russell Branyan.  I follow the Seattle Mariners since they are my closest team for geography.  I was able to see what Russell “The Muscle” was able to do once he was given a chance to play every day for the Mariners.  He rewarded the club by pasting 31 HRs and knocking in 76 RBI in just 116 games during the 2009 year.  The next season, he started with the Cleveland Indians before rejoining the Mariners again at the end of June.  Branyan would electrify the crowds at Safeco by hitting another 15 HRs in just 205 AB. Branyan hits as many HRs per AB for a rate in his career as Mickey Mantle did.  Branyan draws comparisons to another one of my favorite players in Jack Cust with his nickname ‘3TO’, which is short for 3 True Outs.  This is a strikeout, walk or HR.  Cust never made this upcoming list but he did hit 63 HRs in his first 1000 AB while striking out 430 times!  Branyan’s average 162 game season average (with full at bats) would have included striking out 171 times.   In this video you can see his power, (also click the link provided from at the top of the page on this link to see another shot of this mammoth blast that Branyan had at Yankee Stadium.  You can do this by copying the blue version of the link and pasting it into your browser.)


Rank       Player, HRs hit in Career                HRs Per AB    Rank All-Time

1.               Ryan Howard, 286                             13.27                 4

2.               Jim Thome, 605                                13.71                 5

3.               Albert Pujols, 454                              14.43                8

4.               Adam Dunn, 385                               14.55                10

5.               Alex Rodriguez, 638                          14.76                11

6.               Russell Branyan, 194                        15.12                T-16

7.               Prince Fielder, 240                            15.65                25

8.               Carlos Pena, 266                               16.24                35

9.               Jason Giambi, 429                             16.26                36

10.            Mark Reynolds, 161                            16.41               39

Just outside the bar are David Ortiz 16.43 and Mark Teixeira at 16.69.  Mark McGwire is the leader all time at 1 HR/10.61 AB, Babe Ruth is at 11.76 for 2nd and Barry Bonds hit a HR every 12.92 AB for 3rd.  In Bonds 73 HR record season of 2001, he hit a HR for every 6.52 AB.   which broke Mark McGwire’s record at just over 7 ABs for his 70 HR campaign in 1998. On a side note, You can also see why the Phillies are struggling so mightily without their top HR man in Ryan Howard and his usual 40 HRs.  It is really tough to find guys like this on the free agency market or find a team willing to part with this kind of power.

Adam Dunn is the favorite HR son of the MLB Reports.  He is currently on pace for a 54 HRs and 121 RBI season after his 2011 disaster.  What makes this man so awesome is that he is also on pace for 250 strikeouts-which would obliterate Mark Reynolds record of 223 for one season.  Dunn is also on pace for 130 walks and 100 runs.  I tweet his daily progress more than any other player on my account.  I have now referred to his epic games as a Dunn-Hat Trick (a HR, a walk and not one, but 2 strikeouts.)  Dunn’s 3TO this season is trumpeting anything that Jack Cust or Russell Branyan have done ever.  Adam Dunn is hitting a HR every 10.6 AB this year.  I have another reason to write this article, as I am sticking up for the founder of this website Jonathan, who called his comeback to prowess early in the off season.  He said Dunn would be the AL comeback player of the year.  I believed in Dunn too.  Albert Pujols’s early season struggles with the Angels prove the old theory of players switching leagues struggle for a while.  It is only a matter of time before player seep to their own water level.  Adam Dunn was a perennial 40 HR man before coming over to the White Sox.

I also took a lot of flak from people early in the year when I said that Albert Pujols would struggle for the first couple of months after seeing him in the opening weekend in Los Angeles.  Pujols was not himself.  He was putting too much pressure on his shoulders.  Everyone said that all you had to do was look at his Interleague numbers to see that this shouldn’t have been a factor.  To this I reply, Interleague always has its bulk of games played in June, where you are already ensconced in the rigors of a regular season, having played for 2 months before seeing the other leagues pitching.  It is quite another thing to see the other league fresh out of spring training.  Rhythm hitters such as these gentlemen need to have their timing down. Dunn and Pujols studied the pitchers for years in the National League, to say that it would ever be a seamless transition into another league, where the pitchers aren’t quite as familiar, would be an absolutely ludicrous statement.  Pujols has finally turned it around and will approach his numbers from last year.

These Paul Bunyan type hitters have always been part of the game and I always hope they will be.  I don’t even care when they miss the ball when swinging so hard.  So stats do tell a story and that is why I love baseball.  It is a game that has so much failure for every success.  I just know when Adam Dunn comes up I am not going to the bathroom or for food.  He will go big or go home.  Either that or he will walk!  Go for 50 HRs Dunn!

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the

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