This is the Brady Anderson Season

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

RkYear# of Players
1199617
2200016
3199913
3199813
5200112
5199712
7200611
8200310
920159
920059
920049

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/3/2019.

Five Players Have Already Hit 40+ Homers – the Record is 17

Here are the 40+ Home Run Hitters since 2010

Year #
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
2014 1 Nelson Cruz
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