DK wrote:Maris also only hit 39 HR the previous year. 10% of 39 is 3.9, which would equate to 43 HR. How do you account for the other 18?
Roids. Roger had to be juicing.
11% was league average. The better hitters likely fared better then the worst hitters, to arrive at 11%. Norm Cash had his career year, with Maris, and Mantle hit his career high in hrs 54. It's why the hr record was broken in 61 and 98. From what i have seen, lineup protection seems to be a small factor. Maris was coming off a good year, (60) 39 hrs, and at age 26, in a expansion year (61), he peaked. Maris only hit 31 the next year with Mantle behind him.