In 1996, 17 different players hit over 40 homers…
But for me, there was one outlier amongst those 17: Brady Anderson of the Baltimore Orioles who that season hit 50 of the 210 homers he totaled in his 15 season MLB career.
Anderson never hit 50 before or after the 1996 season.
In fact, Anderson never hit 40 before or after the 1996 season.
Nor did Anderson ever hit 30 before or after the 1996 season.
Anderson never even hit 25 before or after the 1996 season.
Anderson hit 20+ homers only twice: 21 in 1992 and 24 in 1999. In case you are curious, in the season prior to his 50 homer explosion, Brady hit 16 homers.
Now, it is commonly assumed that Anderson was using steroids during his anomaly season and there are numerous articles debunking the conspiracy theory. I’m not here to debunk or to bunk Brady Anderson‘s season, all I know is that season certainly created many controversies.
What we pretty much do know is that this season the baseballs are filled with helium and we can only hope that next season we will return to normal. The only trouble is we will be forever confused as to how good the hitters are today and just like Barry B*nds, Sammy Sosa, and Mark McGwire desecrated baseball history, this season will do the same.
Let us hope that this season is truly an outlier and that it will forever be known as “The Brady Anderson Season.”
Most 40+ HR Hitters in a Season
|Rk||Year||# of Players|
Five Players Have Already Hit 40+ Homers – the Record is 17
Here are the 40+ Home Run Hitters since 2010
|2019||5||Pete Alonso / Cody Bellinger / Eugenio Suarez / Mike Trout / Christian Yelich|
|2018||3||Khris Davis / Joey Gallo / J.D. Martinez|
|2017||5||Khris Davis / Joey Gallo / Aaron Judge / J.D. Martinez / Giancarlo Stanton|
|2016||8||Nolan Arenado / Chris Carter / Nelson Cruz / Khris Davis / Brian Dozier / Edwin Encarnacion / Todd Frazier / Mark Trumbo|
|2015||9||Nolan Arenado / Jose Bautista / Nelson Cruz / Chris Davis / Josh Donaldson / Carlos Gonzalez / Bryce Harper / Albert Pujols / Mike Trout|
|2013||2||Miguel Cabrera / Chris Davis|
|2012||6||Ryan Braun / Miguel Cabrera / Adam Dunn / Edwin Encarnacion / Curtis Granderson / Josh Hamilton|
|2011||2||Jose Bautista / Curtis Granderson|
|2010||2||Jose Bautista / Albert Pujols|