Baseball is a numbers game. This isn’t news to anyone who follows the game regularly, but for those who just want to better understand and enjoy it, the sheer math can be daunting. As more and more technology begins to find its way into how we think about the game, and how we evaluate its brightest stars, we look to advanced metrics to help us parse out a players performance to ask a simple question: Is he REALLY that good?
No matter where you live, no matter where you play, a Home Run means the same thing. It’s the ultimate show of offensive force, the perfect merger of power, speed, and skill that can only be harnessed by so few who play the game. Even though baseball is the invention of America, so many around the world know the feeling when the ball vanishes over the outfield fence, and they begin their traditional stroll around the bases.