MLB batting average historically low

The major league batting average dropped to .244 this season, its lowest level since the pitcher’s year in 1968, although offense r...

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The major league batting average dropped to .244 this season, its lowest level since the pitcher’s year in 1968, although offense rebounded notably after baseball’s midseason crackdown on pitching-enhancing substances.

MLB’s stricter enforcement had the desired impact, ending a streak of 12 consecutive full seasons in which strikeouts had set records annually.

THERE WERE JUST AVERAGE 4.35 RACES PER GAME

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Fernando Tatis Jr, despite his good numbers, had a tremendous slump with the Padres. AP Photo

From Opening Day through June 2, the last day before offense, hitters hit .236 with a .395 slugging percentage, a .707 OPS and an average of 4.36 runs per team in each game.

From June 3 through the end of the regular season, the average rose to .248 with a .419 slugging percentage, a .738 OPS and a 4.62 run average.

RECORD PUNCHES IN 2021, MORE WIDENING THE GAP WITH HITS

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Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles represented the offensive low in Major League Baseball. AP Photo.

There was a record 2,664 more strikeouts than hits, the gap increasing from 1,147 during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season to 784 in 2019, when strikeouts exceeded hits for the first time.

While there were 42,145 strikeouts, a slight decrease from 42,823 in 2019, punches declined from 42,039 to 39,481 as computer-assisted defensive changes proliferated. The Major League Baseball batting average was .271 in 1999 at the height of the Steroid Era, when there were 45,327 hits.

HISTORICAL MINIMUM JUST ABOVE WHAT HAPPENED IN 1968

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Bryan de la Cruz and the Marlins a clear example of a disastrous offense this season. Photo: AP

The Major League Baseball batting average fell to a record low of .237 in 1968, prompting the MLB to lower the pitcher’s mound from 15 inches to 10 the following season and reduce the strike zone.

The percentage of plate appearances that ended in strikeouts fell from 24.2% before the crackdown to 22.7% after, while walks fell from 8.9% to 8.2%. Home runs increased from 3.1% to 3.4% and pitches were flat at 1.16%. All of those numbers exclude intentional walks.

A YEAR THAT LEFT A BAD TASTE IN THE OFFENSIVE MOUTH

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Shohei Ohtani of the few who were saved from the burning with his impressive numbers. AP Photo

This year’s batting average of .243799 was just below the .243807 of 1972, down from .245 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and .252 in 2019. The average was at .260 from 2001-09 before the increase in defensive changes. .

There were 5,944 home runs, up from a record of 6,776 in 2019, which broke the 6,105 mark set in 2017. Baseball officials they are concerned about the decline in action caused by the dominance of the so-called Three True Results: home run, walk and strikeout.

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