The Power Outage of 1988
You think we don’t have home runs today. Think about baseball fans of 1988. The entire National League saw just two players hit 30 long balls. No team averaged one HR/game that season.
This was on the heels of a record-setting 1987 when 19 teams averaged one homer per night.
Twenty-eight players hit thirty bombs in ’87 including:
- 40 year-old Darrell Evans
- 21 year-old Ruben Sierra
- Larry Sheets….a man who hit more career HR’s in the minors than the big leagues
The following year Cubs, Blue Jays and Braves fans wanted to know what happened to their favorite slugger. Andre Dawson, George Bell and Dale Murphy were all cranking out a long ball every 13 at-bats in 1987. In ’88? It took each of them 25 AB’s to hit one HR.
The best power hitters all around baseball saw their home run output fall by half in the matter of just 12 months.
Baseball fans in 2014 are seeing 15% more home runs than those in 1988. Enjoy Jose Abreu, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout while you can because league wide power production can fall much further from today’s levels.
Posted on September 13, 2014, in 1980s stars, MLB, MLB history, power hitting and tagged 1987, 1988, Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Darrell Evans, George Bell, home runs, Ruben Sierra. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.