Home Runs and Strikeouts: Another Look

By Douglas Jordan

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

The 2017 MLB season set records for both home runs (6,105) and strikeouts (40,104). Conventional wisdom would suggest that this is not a coincidence. The argument is that players don’t mind striking out more often if they also hit more home runs. Additional insight into the relationship between home runs and strikeouts can be gained by relating both home runs and strikeouts to at-bats. Introduction The 2017 MLB season set records for both home runs (6,105) and strikeouts (40,104). Conventional wisdom . . .

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