Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hit his 50th home run on Thursday, leaving me continually startled by his impressive batting this year. I called Bautista’s season the “most improbable and greatest power surge ever,” and I believe that is the case. In fact, I went through and analyzed the careers and stats for all 26 members of the 50 home run club. We know that Brady Anderson and Luis Gonzalez were some of the biggest fluke 50 home run hitters in history and that Bautista also fits in, but how do all the other hitters stack up? Here is a chart of the 50 home run hitters in baseball along with numbers that indicate their career power prowess. This helps us determine the legitimacy of each 50 home run hitter. (click twice to enlarge)
Based on this data, it appears as if the players who would qualify as flukes are Gonzo, Brady Anderson, George Foster, and Hack Wilson. What do you think? You buying Bautista’s 50 home runs? Who else from the group should be considered fluky?