Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit home run #42 yesterday and now leads the majors in that stat this season.
Stanton is only the second Marlins player to ever hit 40 or more home runs in a season for the franchise (Gary Sheffield had 42 HRs for the Marlins in 1996).
There are now only two current MLB franchises that have not had two or more of its players hit 40 or more home runs in a season. The Kansas City Royals have never had one of its players hit 40 in a season (Steve Balboni holds the team record with 36 homers in 1986) and Tampa Bay has had only one player slug 40 in a season when Carlos Pena had 46 in 2007. The Atlanta Braves top the list with 11 different players who have hit 40 or more home runs in a season for the franchise.
Here are the number of players that have hit 40 or more home runs in a season for each of the 30 MLB franchises. (For the record, Babe Ruth holds the MLB record for most 40-HR seasons with 11.)
10: Red Sox, Yankees
9: Cubs, Blue Jays
8: Giants, Reds, Rockies
7: A’s, Dodgers, Indians, Orioles, White Sox
6: Brewers, Phillies, Rangers, Tigers
4: Mariners, Padres
3: Angels, Astros, Mets, Nationals, Twins
2: Diamondbacks, Marlins, Pirates
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
One of the stats that seem to get a lot of play during the NFL season is third down efficiency. The key for an offensive unit is to convert those third downs and stay on the field to score points, while the marching orders for a defensive unit is to stop the opponent on third down and force them to punt.
Last season the Packers had the second best offensive third down efficiency in the league. The Pack offense converted on 46.7 percent of third downs in 2016, second only to the New Orleans Saints who converted 48.6% of all their third downs.
The Packers defense, on the other hand, allowed the opposition to convert on 41.2 percent of their third downs… that ranked 24th in the league.
Last season only six NFL teams had an offensive third down efficiency above 40% and a defensive third down efficiency below 40%. Those six teams: Arizona (40.7/38.8), Dallas (42.3/39.1), Tampa Bay (43.9/34.4), New England (45.8/36.9), San Diego (42.5/39.9) and Tennessee (46.1/36.7).