Category Archives: MLB Baseball

Baseball Teams with the Most Home Runs in a Single Season

Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martinez And Jay Buhner Of The 1997 Seattle Mariners

Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martinez And Jay Buhner Of The 1997 Seattle Mariners

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day looked at baseball teams with the most home runs ever, over the total course of their existence.

That was fun. But how about something a little more concrete, or meaningful?

What teams have hit the most home runs in a season?

Below are the 15 that hit at least 240, headed by the 1997 Seattle Mariners who slammed 264. They and the 2005 Texas Rangers are the only two teams to smack over 260 in one go-round.

These are modern, modern numbers. Fourteen of the 15 teams listed made their mark from 1996-on. Nine of those in the 2000’s.

Roger Maris‘ (61) and Mickey Mantle‘s (54) 1961 New York Yankees are the only anachronism. The Yankees, by the way, appear four times.

Click on the team below to see their home run hitters, courtesy my source, baseball-reference.com.

SEASON TEAM HOME RUNS
1. 1997 Seattle Mariners 264
2. 2005 Texas Rangers 260
3. 2010 Toronto Blue Jays 257
3. 1996 Baltimore Orioles 257
5. 2000 Houston Astros 249
6. 2001 Texas Rangers 246
7. 2012 New York Yankees 245
7. 1996 Seattle Mariners 245
9. 2009 New York Yankees 244
9. 2000 Toronto Blue Jays 244
9. 1999 Seattle Mariners 244
12. 1996 Oakland A’s 243
13. 2004 Chicago White Sox 242
13. 2004 New York Yankees 242
15. 1961 New York Yankees 240

Photo: Mark Harrison via seattletimes.com

Baseball Teams with the Most Total Home Runs of All Time (1876-Today)

The New York Yankees, Led By Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle And Lou Gehrig, Have Hit More Home Runs Than Any Other Franchise

The New York Yankees, Led By Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle And Lou Gehrig, Have Hit More Home Runs Than Any Other Franchise

So what team has the most home runs ever in all of the land of professional baseball history, since the very, very beginnings (we’re talking 1876) of the game? The Bronx Bombers, of course.

The New York Yankees are on the verge of 15,000 bombs – and they weren’t even around for the first 27 years.

Surely, though, “being around” helps a franchise to the tops of today’s list of all the home runs ever, by team. The top 16 teams on it trace their origins to 1901 or earlier (except for the Yanks, who were founded in 1903).

But that’s sort of unfair to those teams that just haven’t been around that long – like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays, the youngest franchises at 17 years of age.

So, how about a second list – one that averages all those home runs over the number of seasons a franchise has been in play? Check that one out below, too.

With the uptick in home runs over the decades (and the dead ball of the first several decades), the average list looks almost like an inverse of the total list.

Still, some older teams make impressive appearances, most notably the Yankees again and three teams deriving from the 1960’s (Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels).

Tops on average? The Colorado Rockies, of course, thanks in part to that thin air.

TOTAL HOME RUNS

TEAM TOTAL HOME RUNS 1ST SEASON
1. New York Yankees 14,970 1903
2. San Francisco Giants 13,957 1883
3. Chicago Cubs 13,319 1876
4. Atlanta Braves 13,071 1876
5. Detroit Tigers 12,973 1901
6. Boston Red Sox 12,692 1901
7. Cincinnati Reds 12,456 1882
8. Baltimore Orioles 12,362 1901
9. Philadelphia Phillies 12,348 1883
10. Oakland Athletics 12,254 1901
11. Cleveland Indians 12,169 1901
12. Los Angeles Dodgers 11,854 1884
13. St. Louis Cardinals 11,303 1882
14. Pittsburgh Pirates 10,751 1882
15. Chicago White Sox 10,622 1901
16. Minnesota Twins 9,994 1901
17. Texas Rangers 8,250 1961
18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7,300 1961
19. Milwaukee Brewers 6,781 1969
20. New York Mets 6,607 1962
21. Houston Astros 6,284 1962
22. Toronto Blue Jays 6,147 1977
23. Washington Nationals 5,823 1969
24. Seattle Mariners 5,742 1977
25. San Diego Padres 5,480 1969
26. Kansas City Royals 5,456 1969
27. Colorado Rockies 3,891 1993
28. Miami Marlins 3,149 1993
29. Arizona Diamondbacks 2,815 1998
30. Tampa Bay Rays 2,634 1998

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AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON

TEAM AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON TOTAL HOME RUNS SEASONS 1ST SEASON
1. Colorado Rockies 176.86 3,891 22 1993
2. Arizona Diamondbacks 165.59 2,815 17 1998
3. Toronto Blue Jays 161.76 6,147 38 1977
4. Tampa Bay Rays 154.94 2,634 17 1998
5. Texas Rangers 152.78 8,250 54 1961
6. Seattle Mariners 151.11 5,742 38 1977
7. Milwaukee Brewers 147.41 6,781 46 1969
8. Miami Marlins 143.14 3,149 22 1993
9. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 135.19 7,300 54 1961
10. New York Yankees 133.66 14,970 112 1903
11. Washington Nationals 126.59 5,823 46 1969
12. New York Mets 124.66 6,607 53 1962
13. San Diego Padres 119.13 5,480 46 1969
14. Kansas City Royals 118.61 5,456 46 1969
15. Houston Astros 118.57 6,284 53 1962
16. Detroit Tigers 113.80 12,973 114 1901
17. Boston Red Sox 111.33 12,692 114 1901
18. Baltimore Orioles 108.44 12,362 114 1901
19. Oakland Athletics 107.49 12,254 114 1901
20. Cleveland Indians 106.75 12,169 114 1901
21. San Francisco Giants 105.73 13,957 132 1883
22. Chicago Cubs 95.82 13,319 139 1876
23. Atlanta Braves 94.04 13,071 139 1876
24. Cincinnati Reds 93.65 12,456 133 1882
25. Philadelphia Phillies 93.55 12,348 132 1883
26. Chicago White Sox 93.18 10,622 114 1901
27. Los Angeles Dodgers 90.49 11,854 131 1884
28. Minnesota Twins 87.67 9,994 114 1901
29. St. Louis Cardinals 84.98 11,303 133 1882
30. Pittsburgh Pirates 80.83 10,751 133 1882

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The Longest Serving Baseball (MLB), Football (NFL), Basketball (NBA) and Hockey (NHL) Commissioners

So, after all of these years – and long ones with a lot of baseball change and controversy (steroids, broken records, interleague play, wild cards, central divisions, four new teams and more) – Bud Selig is stepping down as baseball’s commissioner. Rob Manfred will take over in January. Of course, he has, as he told ESPN, “very big shoes to fill.”

And 23 years worth to catch up to Selig, the second-longest serving MLB commissioner, one season less than baseball’s first, Judge Landis.

But what about all commissioners (or in the case of the NHL, presidents)?

Below check out the longest serving commissioners of the four major North American sports – combined and later by sport.

And so you can get your bearings a bit, a final list that runs everybody down chronologically.

ALL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS SPORT
1. Clarence Campbell 31 1946-1977 NHL
2. David Stern 30 1984-2014 NBA
3. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989 NFL
4. Frank Calder 26 1917-1943 NHL
5. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944 MLB
6. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015 MLB
7. Gary Bettman TBD (21) 1993- NHL
8. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939 NFL
9. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006 NFL
9. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963 NBA
11. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984 MLB
11. John Ziegler 15 1977-1992 NHL
13. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959 NFL
14. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975 NBA
15. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984 NBA
16. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006- NFL
17. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951 MLB
18. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989 MLB
18. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946 NFL
20. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965 MLB
21. William Eckert 3 1965-1968 MLB
21. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992 MLB
21. Red Dutton 3 1943-1946 NHL
24. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941 NFL
25. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014- NBA
25. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989 MLB
25. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921 NFL
25. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960 NFL
25. Gil Stein 1 1992-1993 NHL
30. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015- MLB

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MLB COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Judge Kenesaw Landis 24 1920-1944
2. Bud Selig 23 1992-2015
3. Bowie Kuhn 15 1969-1984
4. Happy Chandler 6 1945-1951
5. Peter Ueberroth 5 1984-1989
6. Ford Frick 4 1951-1965
7. William Eckert 3 1965-1968
7. Fay Vincent 3 1989-1992
9. A. Bartlett Giamatti 1 1989
10. Rob Manfred TBD (0) 2015-

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NFL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Pete Rozelle 29 1960-1989
2. Joseph Carr 18 1921-1939
3. Paul Tagliabue 17 1989-2006
4. Bert Bell 13 1946-1959
5. Roger Goodell TBD (8) 2006-
6. Elmer Layden 5 1941-1946
7. Carl Storck 2 1939-1941
8. Jim Thorpe 1 1920-1921
8. Austin Gunsel 1 1959-1960

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NBA COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. David Stern 30 1984-2014
2. Maurice Podoloff 17 1946-1963
3. Walter Kennedy 12 1963-1975
4. Larry O’Brien 9 1975-1984
5. Adam Silver TBD (1) 2014-

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NHL COMMISSIONERS

  COMMISSIONER # YEARS YEARS
1. Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31
2. Frank Calder 1917-1943 26
3. Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21)
4. John Ziegler 1977-1992 15
5. Red Dutton 1943-1946 3
6. Gil Stein 1992-1993 1

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ALL COMMISSIONERS, CHRONOLOGICAL

MLB COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Judge Kenesaw Landis 1920-1944 24 MLB
Happy Chandler 1945-1951 6 MLB
Ford Frick 1951-1965 4 MLB
William Eckert 1965-1968 3 MLB
Bowie Kuhn 1969-1984 15 MLB
Peter Ueberroth 1984-1989 5 MLB
A. Bartlett Giamatti 1989 1 MLB
Fay Vincent 1989-1992 3 MLB
Bud Selig 1992-2015 23 MLB
Rob Manfred 2015- TBD (0) MLB
       
NFL COMMISIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Jim Thorpe 1920-1921 1 NFL
Joseph Carr 1921-1939 18 NFL
Carl Storck 1939-1941 2 NFL
Elmer Layden 1941-1946 5 NFL
Bert Bell 1946-1959 13 NFL
Austin Gunsel 1959-1960 1 NFL
Pete Rozelle 1960-1989 29 NFL
Paul Tagliabue 1989-2006 17 NFL
Roger Goodell 2006- TBD (8) NFL
       
NBA COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Maurice Podoloff 1946-1963 17 NBA
Walter Kennedy 1963-1975 12 NBA
Larry O’Brien 1975-1984 9 NBA
David Stern 1984-2014 30 NBA
Adam Silver 2014- TBD (1) NBA
       
NHL COMMISSIONER YEARS # YEARS SPORT
Frank Calder 1917-1943 26 NHL
Red Dutton 1943-1946 3 NHL
Clarence Campbell 1946-1977 31 NHL
John Ziegler 1977-1992 15 NHL
Gil Stein 1992-1993 1 NHL
Gary Bettman 1993- TBD (21) NHL

 

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