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    Lesser-known players with high HR:H ratios?

    I'm looking for a lesser-known players who had high home run-hit ratios (basically, what percentage of their hits were HRs) throughout their careers. I've used this ratio in a side project, and I'd like to add more players to it. I've done this calculation using neutralized stats and players' three best seasons based on OPS, and here are some notable players who had at least 30% of their hits as HRs:

    Mark McGwire: 43.2%
    Barry Bonds: 37.2%
    Roger Maris: 31.9%
    Carlos Pena: 31.8%
    Sammy Sosa: 31.1%
    Chris Carter: 30.7%
    Jim Thome: 30.4%
    Harmon Killebrew: 30.3%
    Babe Ruth: 30.2%

    Who are some players from throughout baseball history who may not have had very notable careers, but had a high % of their hits as HRs?

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    The leaderboards at Fangraphs are great for these types of things

    Guys with < 4000 PA and 20 fWAR, >20% HR/H, and < .5% WAR per PA, yields 33 names:
    30.1% Chris Carter
    28.4% Russell Branyan
    27.8% Ken Phelps
    27.2% Ron Kittle
    26.3% Khris Davis
    25.6% Marcus Thames
    25.4% Steve Balboni
    24.8% Sam Horn
    24.6% Bobby Estalella
    24.0% J.P. Arencibia
    23.6% Bo Jackson
    23.5% Johnny Blanchard
    23.3% Evan Gattis
    22.9% Shane Andrews
    22.7% Pedro Alvarez
    22.6% Kevin Maas
    22.5% Mike Zunino
    22.4% Mark Trumbo
    22.2% Melvin Nieves
    21.9% Carlos Quentin
    21.7% Eric Munson
    21.4% Bob Hamelin
    21.2% Pat Seerey
    20.9% Jason Lane
    20.8% Nate Colbert
    20.7% Brandon Moss
    20.7% Norm Zauchin
    20.6% Jack Cust
    20.4% Juan Francisco
    20.4% Henry Rodriguez
    20.3% Mike Jacobs
    20.3% Dave Nicholson
    20.1% Bill Schroeder

    Fairly anonymous, outside of Bo Jackson?

    If we sacrifice HR/H to lower the WAR standards, we get 30 guys with >19% HR/H and < .25% WAR:
    30.1% Chris Carter
    27.2% Ron Kittle
    25.6% Marcus Thames
    25.4% Steve Balboni
    24.8% Sam Horn
    24.6% Bobby Estalella
    24.0% J.P. Arencibia
    22.9% Shane Andrews
    22.7% Pedro Alvarez
    22.6% Kevin Maas
    22.5% Mike Zunino
    22.4% Mark Trumbo
    22.2% Melvin Nieves
    21.7% Eric Munson
    21.4% Bob Hamelin
    20.9% Jason Lane
    20.7% Norm Zauchin
    20.4% Juan Francisco
    20.4% Henry Rodriguez
    20.3% Mike Jacobs
    20.3% Dave Nicholson
    20.1% Bill Schroeder
    19.9% Phil Plantier
    19.8% Wily Mo Pena
    19.6% Billy Bryan
    19.5% Lucas Duda
    19.3% Willie Greene
    19.2% Sal Fasano
    19.0% Oswaldo Arcia
    19.0% Mark Parent
    Last edited by Jar of Flies; 04-08-2017 at 12:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jar of Flies View Post
    The leaderboards at Fangraphs are great for these types of things

    Guys with < 4000 PA and 20 fWAR, >20% HR/H, and < .5% WAR per PA, yields 33 names:
    30.1% Chris Carter
    28.4% Russell Branyan Hit 194 career MLB HR. Also over 200 MiLB HR. Also holds a record for most seasons double figures in HR in MLB and MiLB same season. (3)

    27.8% Ken Phelps One of several Yankees to have a home run splash in few at bats
    27.2% Ron Kittle Won a Rookie of the Year Award. Last minor leaguer to hit 50 HR in a season
    26.3% Khris Davis
    25.6% Marcus Thames
    25.4% Steve Balboni Hit over 400 HR total in both MLB (181) and MiLB (239)
    24.8% Sam Horn
    24.6% Bobby Estalella
    24.0% J.P. Arencibia
    23.6% Bo Jackson All-star, pro football player (mentioned already)
    23.5% Johnny Blanchard Once hit 4 consecutive HR in 4 MLB At Bats
    23.3% Evan Gattis
    22.9% Shane Andrews
    22.7% Pedro Alvarez
    22.6% Kevin Maas One of several Yankees to have a home run splash in few at bats
    22.5% Mike Zunino
    22.4% Mark Trumbo MLB HR leader in 2016 with 47
    22.2% Melvin Nieves
    21.9% Carlos Quentin
    21.7% Eric Munson
    21.4% Bob Hamelin Won a Rookie of the Year Award
    21.2% Pat Seerey (Hit 4 HR in an MLB game)
    20.9% Jason Lane
    20.8% Nate Colbert Hit 5 HR in an MLB Doubleheader. Twice hit 38 HR in a season.
    20.7% Brandon Moss
    20.7% Norm Zauchin Drove in 10 runs in an MLB game
    20.6% Jack Cust
    20.4% Juan Francisco
    20.4% Henry Rodriguez Hit 4 HR for the Dodgers in a spring training game once
    20.3% Mike Jacobs
    20.3% Dave Nicholson Former all-time single season holder in MLB for strikeouts by a batter 175
    20.1% Bill Schroeder

    Fairly anonymous, outside of Bo Jackson?

    If we sacrifice HR/H to lower the WAR standards, we get 30 guys with >19% HR/H and < .25% WAR:
    ...
    19.9% Phil Plantier Hit 34 HR in one season, yet finished career with only 91
    19.8% Wily Mo Pena
    19.6% Billy Bryan
    19.5% Lucas Duda
    19.3% Willie Greene
    19.2% Sal Fasano
    19.0% Oswaldo Arcia
    19.0% Mark Parent
    Added some notes where I knew of something a player had done that was sort of noteworthy. Some of the others may have done something I don't readily know about. This is NOT an attempt at a comprehensive list. The Yankees have had a few players make few at bats (on a call up from MiLB for example) and have splashy HR runs. Phelps, Maas, Shane Spencer and Bob Geren are such players, as I recall.

    I just thought the notes might be of some interest, not making any attempt to call out "Jar of Flies" on calling the players anonymous.
    Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 04-08-2017 at 01:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calif_Eagle View Post
    Added some notes where I knew of something a player had done that was sort of noteworthy. Some of the others may have done something I don't readily know about. This is NOT an attempt at a comprehensive list. The Yankees have had a few players make few at bats (on a call up from MiLB for example) and have splashy HR runs. Phelps, Maas, Shane Spencer and Bob Geren are such players, as I recall.

    I just thought the notes might be of some interest, not making any attempt to call out "Jar of Flies" on calling the players anonymous.
    Ken Phelps is mentioned in a rant by George Costanza to George Steinbrenner about the awful trading away of Jay Buhner.
    Sam Horn is the inspiration for the "Sons of Sam Horn" website.
    Shane Andrews hit the first home run of the 2000s and in Japan? for an MLB game.
    Jack Cust was the picture of moneyball for a time.
    Bill Schroeder was an All-Star on the original RBI Baseball for Nintendo and became a long-time color commentator.

    This is good Calif_Eagle, I wanted to give some guys that fit the H/HR profile that weren't stars, although I like the notes you have added

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