The Paradox: You Have To Be A Really Great Pitcher To Allow The Most Home Runs
May 9, 2010 | Permalink
This same paradox explains how Brett Favre has thrown the most career INT's, while also holding numerous "good" records. =)
Posted by: Vince | May 10, 2010 9:36:14 AM
It's the result of sampling bias. Good pitchers will have longer careers and get more play time. As a result, any stat that's based on total number rather than rate (amount / time played) will favor them. Yeah math!
Posted by: Andrew CLunn | May 10, 2010 10:50:56 AM
And for years and years, the example was that Babe Ruth set the record for most career strikeouts.
I discussed this subject in more detail in my previous post The Roger Craig Paradox
Posted by: Tom McMahon | May 10, 2010 11:21:26 AM
"You have to be a really great pitcher to allow the most home runs."
Or a Pittsburgh Pirate.
Posted by: mike | May 10, 2010 12:15:18 PM
Good one, Mike!!
My brother Tim sent in this one: Career Leaders for Striking Out. Some pretty good hitters on that list.
Posted by: Tom McMahon | May 10, 2010 12:48:55 PM
or to lose 20...
Posted by: McGonnigle | May 11, 2010 7:37:02 AM
And, apparently, a Phillie for a most or at least a good part of your career. (Go Phils!)
Posted by: Gene | Jul 14, 2010 11:38:21 PM