Batters in the 1990s are increasingly swinging for the fences (and also whiffing at air), and nowhere is that more evident than at mile-high Coors Field in Denver, where the Colorado Rockies play "arcade baseball." But the Rockies aren't the only team hitting home runs and crossing the plate in record numbers; in fact, it's a league-wide trend.
This unique reference compares the 1993-97 offensive surge with prior offensive peaks in the 1920s and 1930s. Combining baseball history with data not available elsewhere, it explains the origins of the 1993-97 increase in offense and follows the trend into the future. The work is divided into four parts: League Comparisons, Team Comparisons, Team Summaries and The Future. In 69 tables and 15 figures, league and team records for eight basic measures are ranked.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.96(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.47(d)|
About the Author
Statistical analyst Russell O. Wright is the author of a series of Chronology reference works on subjects including American housing, education, immigration, public health, transportation, and the stock market. He is also the author of several McFarland baseball books and lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||xi|
|List of Tables||xiii|
|Part I||League Comparisons||11|
|League Trends by Decade||34|
|Part II||Team Comparisons||51|
|Part III||Team Summaries||109|
|Key Measures Leaders 1993-97||166|
|Part IV||The Future||169|
|The Designated Hitter||170|
|League Trends by Year||172|
|Winning Percentage Leaders 1993-97||188|