Home Run Analysis

The 2016 Major League Baseball season was one for the books. Between two endearing teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, facing off to end their century- and half-century-long World Series title droughts, tensions ran high and die-hard fanatics came hyped!

Both clubs wouldn’t have made it to this pivotal game without help from their supercharged rosters. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Addison Russell led the Windy City with the most home runs and RBIs completed during the season. Over at the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World,” Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli, and Jason Kipnis reigned as Cleveland’s batting leaders.

All in all, home runs in the MLB are on the rise, and the baseball analysts at Fanatics compiled all batting stats from the 2016 season to provide you with enough home run data to hold you over until we start seeing some bombs this season.

Continue reading to see which teams and players stepped up to the plate this season with a home run state of mind!

Teams With the Swing

Major League Baseball players are some of the hardest hitters in the world. Let’s take a look at which teams have been crushin’ balls out of the park and dropping the jaws of teammates and fans alike.

The Baltimore Orioles topped the charts this season by scoring a total of 253 homers – the most nailed by any team in the MLB. Mark Trumbo – first baseman and outfielder for The O’s – led the Maryland-based squad with 47 at-bats converted into critical home run hits. Fielders Chris Davis and Manny Machado backed up the home run batting leader by nailing 38 and 37 home runs, respectively. The Orioles enjoyed a strong home run lead advantage over the rest of the clubs in the league for the majority of the season. The only team to step up to the plate to rival the Orioles was their inter-league competitor – the St. Louis Cardinals – trailing the Birds by 28 homers.

Rounding out the top five in season home runs were the Seattle Mariners (223), Toronto Blue Jays (221), and New York Mets (218).

Home Run State of Mind

Being the batting leader in your respective league is quite an impressive feat to boast on a major league resume.

Slugger Mark Trumbo hit a total of 47 home runs during his time at the plate this past season. Although the first baseman has been described as “one-dimensional,” his home run abilities are unrivaled. Trumbo’s excellence against inside pitches is what sets him apart from the rest, designating him an elite power hitter. No. 45’s exceptional performance could be accredited to his newfound happiness after signing a multiyear contract with the Orioles.

Trailing behind the seasoned slugger was Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a notable 43 homers under his belt in 2016. Cruz’s talent at the plate is prodigious and is showing no decline in this department as he is the only player to have surpassed the 40-homer threshold throughout the past three Major League seasons.  

Brian Dozier, Edwin Encarnación, and Khris Davis finished up as the top five hardest hitters in the league – all reaching the 42 home run mark by season end.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

Just as the weather fluctuates by season with reason to Earth’s axial tilt, the MLB tends to witness a spike in home runs depending on the month of the year.

Data suggest that sluggers at the plate are less likely to hit a dinger in April, with only 740 pitches hit out of town during the rainy month. It appears that the weather wasn’t the only thing on fire this summer. MLB batters were on a hot streak between the months of June and August, slamming a total of 2,928 homers. August takes the cake by far, recording an astronomical 1,053 home run hits alone within the 31 calendar days.

Major League history was made this season when the Baltimore Orioles set the all-time home run mark for the month of June with 56 dingers. Hyun Soo Kim is responsible for the record-setting rocket after his solo blast during the seventh inning against the Mariners.

Hey Batta, Batta!

The world of baseball is riddled with an array of written and unwritten rules. One of those “unwritten” rules entails not swinging at a risky 3-0 pitch as the batter is just one ball away from being handed first base. The majority of sluggers who step up to the plate attempt to hit a long ball on the first pitch thrown, and it seems to be working. Batters launched the most rockets to flight off 0-0 pitches with a total of 983 homers – dominating all other situational pitches with a 300-plus home run lead.

Curtain Call

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The 3,000 Hits Club: Adrián Beltré


Adrián Beltré, who currently plays for the Texas Rangers and is in his 20th Major League Baseball season, joined the exclusive 3,000 Hits Club on Sunday, July 30, 2017. This is a rare feat indeed – the third baseman is only the 31st player in MLB history to cross over the 3,000 mark. Let’s take a look back at Beltré’s career to see how he achieved this incredible goal.

Hittin’ That Cheese


Adrián Beltré hails from the Dominican Republic and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was only 15 years old – a controversial move considering he was technically too young to play for an MLB team. However, he persevered by competing in the Dominican Summer League in 1995 and left his island home for minor league ball the following summer. His minor league performance was impressive, and he was called up to the big leagues in 1998 at age 19.

While his rookie year wasn’t big on hits with only 42 knocks, Beltré soon grew to be a ball smasher in his own right. The following year, he nailed 148 hits and continued with over 100 hits per season every year after that. He reached 200 hits in a season while playing for the Dodgers in 2004, and came very close to doing it a second time while playing for the Rangers in 2013, with 199 hits.

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Beltré played for the Dodgers for seven seasons, racking up 949 hits in the process. He then entered MLB as a free agent and signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2005, netting 751 hits over five seasons. During a single season with the Boston Red Sox in 2010, he collected another 189 hits. He then headed over to the Texas Rangers, signing a contract worth $96 million over six years (this is his seventh year with the Rangers, by the way). So far, he’s accomplished more than 1,100 hits for the team.


Beltré joins 30 other MLB players in the 3,000 Hits Club. The most recent addition was Ichiro Suzuki, who nailed his 3,000th hit in 2016 and is the only other active MLB player in this exclusive club. Other baseball greats in the club include Willie Mays (his 3,000th hit was in 1970), Cal Ripken (2000), George Brett (1992), Wade Boggs (1999), Roberto Clemente (1972), Derek Jeter (whose 3,000th hit was a homer in 2011), Rod Carew (1985), and Alex Rodriguez (also with a homer in 2015). The first player to reach 3,000 hits was Cap Anson in 1897.


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Seattle Mariners Home Run Hot Spots: Safeco Field


Seattle’s Smash Hits

Major League Baseball landed back in the Pacific Northwest after awarding an expansion team to Seattle in 1977. The Emerald City was originally home to the Seattle Pilots, but after a disastrous first season and ownership swap, the pilots jetted for Milwaukee and left Seattle without an MLB team for eight years.

Life as a Seattleite baseball fan is not easy. The “M’s” haven’t seen playoff action since 2001, and have yet to win a World Series title. And while their superstar roster boasted exceptional players like Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez, the team fell short in the ALCS to the New York Yankees.

The Seattle-based team is now burdened with the lengthiest playoff drought (15 seasons) in the league. The Seattle Mariners now look to break the curse this season with flamethrower Felix Hernandez and heavy hitter Robinson Cano leading the ranks.

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Beyond the city’s rainy reputation, Seattle is home to grunge music, the iconic Space Needle, and arguably one of the best stadiums to watch America’s pastime, of course. Safeco Field is situated in the SoDo neighborhood and is ultimately a part of the Industrial District – providing Seattleites with an extraordinary panoramic view of the downtown skyline and breathtaking sunsets.

Staying up to speed with the ’90s trend of new ballparks being constructed throughout major league baseball, the Emerald City bid farewell to the outdated Kingdome and welcomed a new state-of-the-art facility to town: Safeco Field. The Mariners christened their new home to a capacity crowd of 47,000 in the summer of 1999 during a faceoff against the San Diego Padres.

The Seattle-based stadium taps a traditional architectural style, yet boasts modern amenities such as a brick facade, natural grass fields, and the most important ballpark quirk of all … a retractable roof.

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Seattle’s rainy reputation is well-deserved and is the catalyst behind the modification of the stadium’s roof structure. Sometimes referred to as a “retractable umbrella,” Safeco’s roof offers a unique feature to the ballpark experience (it is currently one of only six MLB stadiums to have a retractable roof). Serving as a haven from the torrential rainfall, the retractable roof covers the entire stadium but does not fully enclose it – generating an open-air atmosphere.

Other must-see areas around the ballpark include the Bullpen Market (behind left field), Lookout Landing (the upper decks of the left field line), the Outside Corner Picnic Patio (just above home plate), and the Children’s Hospital Playfield (the main entrance in center field).

In 2013, the outfield fences were moved closer to home plate to make the ballpark more “hitter-friendly.” The efforts appeared to pay off as a total of 234 long balls were sliced into the stand during the 2016 season, with the farthest homer smacking off the bat of Nelson Cruz and traveling a true distance of 457 feet.

Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners, Seattle, Washington


Heading over to Safeco Field? Before strapping on your rain boots, check out our home run heat map above to boost your chances of catching that souvenir home run ball from the convenience of your selected seat.

While there is no surefire section to guarantee a high flier will land your way, the odds increase if you’re situated along the outfield fencing – specifically sections 106, 107, 108, and 109. If those seats are sold out, try settling down near the bullpens.

Whether you’re looking to escape Seattle’s rainy weather or heighten the chances of bringing that home run ball home for yourself, be sure to check out Fanatics.com to arm your wardrobe with the latest Mariners fan gear and apparel this season!