Offensive Explosion: Trends in Hitting Production in Major League Baseball

By Laura Schreck and Eric Sickles

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

2014 was a record year for pitchers, but it was followed by an abrupt reversal in trends, with offensive numbers increasing steadily in 2015 and 2016, culminating in a record-setting year for hitters in 2017. This article explores similar offensive explosions throughout the history of major-league baseball in order to draw parallels to the current extraordinary increase in offense. Abstract 2014 was a record year for pitchers, but it was followed by an abrupt reversal in trends, with offensive numbers . . .

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