MLB: Highest All-Time Home Run Percentages (HR/Hits, HR/AB)

Who are the top 10 home run hitters of all time?

They are, steroids or not, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Thome, Sammy Sosa, Frank Robinson and Mark McGwire.

But, again steroids or not, are their numbers simply an accumulation over time (for sure that does play a part) or were these guys truly the purest of home run hitters – racking up high home run percentages (vs. total hits and vs. total at-bats)?

Or, for that matter, what about the top 51 career home run leaders (the number of players who breached the 400-HR barrier)?

How do things change when we take a look at the averages?

As for the top 10, only half – Mark McGwire, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Babe Ruth – rank in the top 10 of home runs-to-hits average. Four of those five played in the steroid era, though Jim Thome has not been linked.

For home runs over at-bats, those five again make the top 10, along with Mr. Steroid himself, Alex Rodriguez.

Sadly, Mark McGwire heads both lists, and, relative to the gradients, by big margins.

On the lighter side of things, though, how about the Babe, the forever anachronism on slugging lists?

Adam Dunn, Dave Kingman (!), Harmon Killebrew, Mike Schmidt (and icky Jose Canseco) boast at least a 24 percent home run cut of their total hits.

Ted Williams and doper Manny Ramirez join the home run-per-at bat top 10 party in the second list.

And you can check out all 51 400-HR hitters sorted by both ratios below (and the straight up 1-51 list for reference).

By the way, what about the purest singles hitters ever? Answer here.

HOME RUNS-TO-HITS RATIO

  PLAYER HR-HITS AVERAGE HOME RUNS HITS CAREER HOME RUNS RANK BATS
1. Mark McGwire 35.85% 583 1,626 10. R
2. Adam Dunn 28.44% 459 1,614 36. L
3. Dave Kingman 28.06% 442 1,575 40. R
4. Harmon Killebrew 27.47% 573 2,086 11. R
5. Jim Thome 26.29% 612 2,328 7. L
6. Barry Bonds 25.96% 762 2,935 1. L
7. Sammy Sosa 25.29% 609 2,408 8. R
8. Babe Ruth 24.85% 714 2,873 3. L
9. Jose Canseco 24.61% 462 1,877 34. R
10. Mike Schmidt 24.53% 548 2,234 15. R
11. Willie McCovey 23.56% 521 2,211 18. L
12. Carlos Delgado 23.21% 473 2,038 31. L
13. Ken Griffey 22.65% 630 2,781 6. L
14. Andruw Jones 22.45% 434 1,933 44. R
15. Juan Gonzalez 22.42% 434 1,936 44. R
16. Alex Rodriguez 22.25% 654 2,939 5. R
17. Mickey Mantle 22.19% 536 2,415 16. B
18. Eddie Mathews 22.12% 512 2,315 22. L
19. Jason Giambi 21.91% 440 2,008 41. L
20. Reggie Jackson 21.79% 563 2,584 13. L
21. Manny Ramirez 21.56% 555 2,574 14. R
22. David Ortiz 21.53% 461 2,141 35. L
23. Willie Stargell 21.28% 475 2,232 29. L
24. Frank Thomas 21.11% 521 2,468 18. R
25. Albert Pujols 20.71% 515 2,487 21. R
26. Jimmie Foxx 20.18% 534 2,646 17. R
27. Willie Mays 20.10% 660 3,283 4. R
28. Mike Piazza 20.08% 427 2,127 47. R
29. Hank Aaron 20.02% 755 3,771 2. R
30. Frank Robinson 19.91% 586 2,943 9. R
31. Ernie Banks 19.82% 512 2,583 22. R
32. Fred McGriff 19.80% 493 2,490 27. L
33. Alfonso Soriano 19.67% 412 2,095 50. R
34. Ted Williams 19.63% 521 2,654 18. L
35. Jeff Bagwell 19.40% 449 2,314 38. R
36. Duke Snider 19.23% 407 2,116 51. L
37. Gary Sheffield 18.93% 509 2,689 25. R
38. Rafael Palmeiro 18.84% 569 3,020 12. L
39. Paul Konerko 18.78% 439 2,337 42. R
40. Darrell Evans 18.62% 414 2,223 49. L
41. Lou Gehrig 18.12% 493 2,721 27. L
42. Mel Ott 17.77% 511 2,876 24. L
43. Vladimir Guerrero 17.34% 449 2,590 38. R
44. Chipper Jones 17.17% 468 2,726 32. B
45. Andre Dawson 15.79% 438 2,774 43. R
46. Billy Williams 15.71% 426 2,711 48. L
47. Eddie Murray 15.48% 504 3,255 26. B
48. Dave Winfield 14.95% 465 3,110 33. R
49. Cal Ripken 13.54% 431 3,184 46. R
50. Carl Yastrzemski 13.22% 452 3,419 37. L
51. Stan Musial 13.09% 475 3,630 29. L

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HOME RUNS-TO-AT-BATS RATIO

  PLAYER HR-AB AVERAGE HOME RUNS AT-BATS CAREER HOME RUNS RANK BATS
1. Mark McGwire 9.42% 583 6,187 10. R
2. Babe Ruth 8.50% 714 8,399 3. L
3. Barry Bonds 7.74% 762 9,847 1. L
4. Jim Thome 7.27% 612 8,422 7. L
5. Harmon Killebrew 7.03% 573 8,147 11. R
6. Sammy Sosa 6.91% 609 8,813 8. R
7. Ted Williams 6.76% 521 7,706 18. L
8. Adam Dunn 6.75% 459 6,804 36. L
9. Manny Ramirez 6.73% 555 8,244 14. R
10. Alex Rodriguez 6.66% 654 9,818 5. R
11. Juan Gonzalez 6.62% 434 6,556 44. R
12. Dave Kingman 6.62% 442 6,677 40. R
13. Mickey Mantle 6.62% 536 8,102 16. B
14. Albert Pujols 6.58% 515 7,821 21. R
15. Jimmie Foxx 6.57% 534 8,134 17. R
16. Mike Schmidt 6.56% 548 8,352 15. R
17. Jose Canseco 6.55% 462 7,057 34. R
18. Carlos Delgado 6.49% 473 7,283 31. L
19. Ken Griffey 6.43% 630 9,801 6. L
20. Willie McCovey 6.36% 521 8,197 18. L
21. Frank Thomas 6.35% 521 8,199 18. R
22. Mike Piazza 6.18% 427 6,911 47. R
23. Lou Gehrig 6.16% 493 8,001 27. L
24. David Ortiz 6.15% 461 7,502 35. L
25. Hank Aaron 6.11% 755 12,364 2. R
26. Jason Giambi 6.07% 440 7,254 41. L
27. Willie Mays 6.07% 660 10,881 4. R
28. Eddie Mathews 6.00% 512 8,537 22. L
29. Willie Stargell 5.99% 475 7,927 29. L
30. Frank Robinson 5.86% 586 10,006 9. R
31. Jeff Bagwell 5.76% 449 7,797 38. R
32. Andruw Jones 5.71% 434 7,599 44. R
33. Reggie Jackson 5.71% 563 9,864 13. L
34. Duke Snider 5.68% 407 7,161 51. L
35. Fred McGriff 5.63% 493 8,757 27. L
36. Gary Sheffield 5.52% 509 9,217 25. R
37. Vladimir Guerrero 5.51% 449 8,155 38. R
38. Ernie Banks 5.43% 512 9,421 22. R
39. Rafael Palmeiro 5.43% 569 10,472 12. L
40. Mel Ott 5.40% 511 9,456 24. L
41. Alfonso Soriano 5.32% 412 7,750 50. R
42. Paul Konerko 5.25% 439 8,360 42. R
43. Chipper Jones 5.21% 468 8,984 32. B
44. Darrell Evans 4.61% 414 8,973 49. L
45. Billy Williams 4.56% 426 9,350 48. L
46. Eddie Murray 4.45% 504 11,336 26. B
47. Andre Dawson 4.41% 438 9,927 43. R
48. Stan Musial 4.33% 475 10,972 29. L
49. Dave Winfield 4.23% 465 11,003 33. R
50. Carl Yastrzemski 3.77% 452 11,988 37. L
51. Cal Ripken 3.73% 431 11,551 46. R

 

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TOP 51 CAREER HOME RUN LEADERS (400 OR MORE HR)

  PLAYER HOME RUNS HITS HR-HITS AVERAGE AT-BATS HR-AB AVERAGE BATS
1. Barry Bonds 762 2,935 25.96% 9,847 7.74% L
2. Hank Aaron 755 3,771 20.02% 12,364 6.11% R
3. Babe Ruth 714 2,873 24.85% 8,399 8.50% L
4. Willie Mays 660 3,283 20.10% 10,881 6.07% R
5. Alex Rodriguez 654 2,939 22.25% 9,818 6.66% R
6. Ken Griffey 630 2,781 22.65% 9,801 6.43% L
7. Jim Thome 612 2,328 26.29% 8,422 7.27% L
8. Sammy Sosa 609 2,408 25.29% 8,813 6.91% R
9. Frank Robinson 586 2,943 19.91% 10,006 5.86% R
10. Mark McGwire 583 1,626 35.85% 6,187 9.42% R
11. Harmon Killebrew 573 2,086 27.47% 8,147 7.03% R
12. Rafael Palmeiro 569 3,020 18.84% 10,472 5.43% L
13. Reggie Jackson 563 2,584 21.79% 9,864 5.71% L
14. Manny Ramirez 555 2,574 21.56% 8,244 6.73% R
15. Mike Schmidt 548 2,234 24.53% 8,352 6.56% R
16. Mickey Mantle 536 2,415 22.19% 8,102 6.62% B
17. Jimmie Foxx 534 2,646 20.18% 8,134 6.57% R
18. Willie McCovey 521 2,211 23.56% 8,197 6.36% L
18. Frank Thomas 521 2,468 21.11% 8,199 6.35% R
18. Ted Williams 521 2,654 19.63% 7,706 6.76% L
21. Albert Pujols 515 2,487 20.71% 7,821 6.58% R
22. Ernie Banks 512 2,583 19.82% 9,421 5.43% R
22. Eddie Mathews 512 2,315 22.12% 8,537 6.00% L
24. Mel Ott 511 2,876 17.77% 9,456 5.40% L
25. Gary Sheffield 509 2,689 18.93% 9,217 5.52% R
26. Eddie Murray 504 3,255 15.48% 11,336 4.45% B
27. Lou Gehrig 493 2,721 18.12% 8,001 6.16% L
27. Fred McGriff 493 2,490 19.80% 8,757 5.63% L
29. Stan Musial 475 3,630 13.09% 10,972 4.33% L
29. Willie Stargell 475 2,232 21.28% 7,927 5.99% L
31. Carlos Delgado 473 2,038 23.21% 7,283 6.49% L
32. Chipper Jones 468 2,726 17.17% 8,984 5.21% B
33. Dave Winfield 465 3,110 14.95% 11,003 4.23% R
34. Jose Canseco 462 1,877 24.61% 7,057 6.55% R
35. David Ortiz 461 2,141 21.53% 7,502 6.15% L
36. Adam Dunn 459 1,614 28.44% 6,804 6.75% L
37. Carl Yastrzemski 452 3,419 13.22% 11,988 3.77% L
38. Jeff Bagwell 449 2,314 19.40% 7,797 5.76% R
38. Vladimir Guerrero 449 2,590 17.34% 8,155 5.51% R
40. Dave Kingman 442 1,575 28.06% 6,677 6.62% R
41. Jason Giambi 440 2,008 21.91% 7,254 6.07% L
42. Paul Konerko 439 2,337 18.78% 8,360 5.25% R
43. Andre Dawson 438 2,774 15.79% 9,927 4.41% R
44. Juan Gonzalez 434 1,936 22.42% 6,556 6.62% R
44. Andruw Jones 434 1,933 22.45% 7,599 5.71% R
46. Cal Ripken 431 3,184 13.54% 11,551 3.73% R
47. Mike Piazza 427 2,127 20.08% 6,911 6.18% R
48. Billy Williams 426 2,711 15.71% 9,350 4.56% L
49. Darrell Evans 414 2,223 18.62% 8,973 4.61% L
50. Alfonso Soriano 412 2,095 19.67% 7,750 5.32% R
51. Duke Snider 407 2,116 19.23% 7,161 5.68% L

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Pete Rose, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and the Top 20 Players with the Most Singles in Baseball History

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Two Of The Greatest Singles Hitters Of All Time, Derek Jeter And Ichiro Suzuki, Have Nearly 5,000 Singles Between Them, But Pete Rose Stands Alone At The Top

Probably – and I haven’t gone through everybody’s numbers – most players’ hits, the highest percentage, are singles.

They’re just the easiest to create.

But within that 60%-90% or so range are enough differences to “single” out those hitters who were primarily singles hitters and those who collected doubles and home runs (and much more rarely, triples) more often than the others.

Take a look at the top 20 players with the most singles ever, below. In many ways, this list mimics the all-time hits leaders list, if not always in order, at least in terms of the players themselves.

Pete Rose, man with the most hits, also has the most singles – and just over 75 percent of the bunch. He and Ty Cobb have over 3,000 singles alone (never mind total hits).

Derek Jeter rounds out the top five, all of whom have singles percentages in the middle 70’s or higher, give or take.

That’s about middle of the road.

At the high end of scale – the purest singles hitters – you have Wee Willie Keeler  (85.7%) of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and Ichiro Suzuki (81.3%), who’s still active today.

At the other end, you have these three awesome hitters: Hank Aaron (60.8%), Stan Musial (62.1%) and Carl Yastrzemski (66.2%). Definitely not singles hitters.

PLAYER SINGLES TOTAL HITS SINGLES PERCENTAGE BATS
1. Pete Rose 3,215 4,256 75.5% B
2. Ty Cobb 3,053 4,189 72.9% L
3. Eddie Collins 2,643 3,315 79.7% L
4. Cap Anson 2,614 3,435 76.1% R
5. Derek Jeter 2,576 3,439 74.9% R
6. Willie Keeler 2,513 2,932 85.7% L
7. Honus Wagner 2,424 3,430 70.7% R
8. Rod Carew 2,404 3,053 78.7% L
9. Tris Speaker 2,383 3,514 67.8% L
10. Tony Gwynn 2,378 3,141 75.7% L
11. Paul Molitor 2,366 3,319 71.3% R
12. Nap Lajoie 2,341 3,243 72.2% R
13. Hank Aaron 2,294 3,771 60.8% R
14. Ichiro Suzuki 2,289 2,816 81.3% L
15. Jesse Burkett 2,273 2,850 79.8% L
16. Sam Rice 2,271 2,987 76.0% L
17. Omar Vizquel 2,264 2,877 78.7% B
18. Carl Yastrzemski 2,262 3,419 66.2% L
19. Wade Boggs 2,253 3,010 74.9% L
19. Stan Musial 2,253 3,630 62.1% L

Photo: Charlie Neibergall (AP) via espn.com

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