What is more fun than data analysis? Data analysis with baseball trend data, that’s what! It is being said this year that most Major League Baseball at bats are ending in either a strikeout or a home run. That is an exaggeration, of course, but it does seem to be true that these two outcomes are becoming increasingly common for at bats. I was wondering if the strikeout trend was even true and, if so, when this trend may have started. Using the Lahman database, let’s look at the history.
First, let’s look at our raw data showing the number of strikeouts by year.