That was fun. But how about something a little more concrete, or meaningful?
What teams have hit the most home runs in a season?
These are modern, modern numbers. Fourteen of the 15 teams listed made their mark from 1996-on. Nine of those in the 2000’s.
Click on the team below to see their home run hitters, courtesy my source, baseball-reference.com.
|3.||2010||Toronto Blue Jays||257|
|7.||2012||New York Yankees||245|
|9.||2009||New York Yankees||244|
|9.||2000||Toronto Blue Jays||244|
|13.||2004||Chicago White Sox||242|
|13.||2004||New York Yankees||242|
|15.||1961||New York Yankees||240|
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).
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.
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|
|6.||Boston Red Sox||12,692||1901|
|12.||Los Angeles Dodgers||11,854||1884|
|13.||St. Louis Cardinals||11,303||1882|
|15.||Chicago White Sox||10,622||1901|
|18.||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||7,300||1961|
|20.||New York Mets||6,607||1962|
|22.||Toronto Blue Jays||6,147||1977|
|25.||San Diego Padres||5,480||1969|
|26.||Kansas City Royals||5,456||1969|
|30.||Tampa Bay Rays||2,634||1998|
AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON
|TEAM||AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON||TOTAL HOME RUNS||SEASONS||1ST SEASON|
|3.||Toronto Blue Jays||161.76||6,147||38||1977|
|4.||Tampa Bay Rays||154.94||2,634||17||1998|
|9.||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||135.19||7,300||54||1961|
|10.||New York Yankees||133.66||14,970||112||1903|
|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|
|17.||Boston Red Sox||111.33||12,692||114||1901|
|21.||San Francisco Giants||105.73||13,957||132||1883|
|26.||Chicago White Sox||93.18||10,622||114||1901|
|27.||Los Angeles Dodgers||90.49||11,854||131||1884|
|29.||St. Louis Cardinals||84.98||11,303||133||1882|
The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?
But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.
Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.
NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.
Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.
Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Los Angeles Lakers||20.09M||NBA Basketball|
|2.||Chicago Bulls||14.51M||NBA Basketball|
|3.||Miami Heat||13.46M||NBA Basketball|
|4.||Boston Celtics||8.29M||NBA Basketball|
|5.||New York Yankees||7.60M||MLB Baseball|
|6.||Dallas Cowboys||6.71M||NFL Football|
|7.||Pittsburgh Steelers||5.61M||NFL Football|
|8.||New York Knicks||5.12M||NBA Basketball|
|9.||New England Patriots||5.00M||NFL Football|
|10.||Boston Red Sox||4.67M||MLB Baseball|
|11.||Oklahoma City Thunder||4.39M||NBA Basketball|
|12.||Green Bay Packers||4.22M||NFL Football|
|13.||San Antonio Spurs||3.82M||NBA Basketball|
|14.||New Orleans Saints||3.71M||NFL Football|
|15.||Chicago Bears||3.60M||NFL Football|
|16.||Dallas Mavericks||3.50M||NBA Basketball|
|17.||New York Giants||3.35M||NFL Football|
|18.||San Francisco 49ers||3.23M||NFL Football|
|19.||Denver Broncos||2.92M||NFL Football|
|20.||Philadelphia Eagles||2.61M||NFL Football|