Mark Mcgwire Stats
From his rookie year in 1987 until he retired in 2001, Mark McGwire stats rank as some of the best by a right handed hitter in history. The Big Red Menace terrorized pitching in both leagues from the time he stepped foot onto a Major League field until he left. His power was historic and is now the stuff of legend.
- From start to finish Controversy and injuries aside, Big Mac had statistics only seen amongst the greatest power hitters. Even the most potent power hitters could hardly match the pace that Mark McGwire set. If McGwire were healthy throughout his career, there is little doubt he would have eclipsed the home run record.
- Mark McGwire burst onto the scene with a league leading 49 home runs his rookie year for the Oakland Athletics. The year that Mark McGwire retired, he hit a mere .187, but still hit 29 homeruns. If this were a full season for any normal hitter, it would still be respectable. Mark McGwire hit those 29 homeruns in only 299 at bats over 97 games. Injuries robbed Big Mac of games in seven seasons, and he was able to play in more than 100 games in only two of those injury plagued campaigns.
- Awards and accomplishments In his 1987 rookie season, McGwire easily took home the rookie of the year honors and led the league in home runs and slugging percentage. Big Mac won the home run crown four times and finished in the top five other times, and in the top ten one other year. McGwire averaged a homerun every 10.6 at bats over his career, a truly incredible accomplishment. McGwire can also claim twelve All-Star game appearances appearing in 42 post-season games and three World Series.
- Big man with a big glove Mark McGwire was a huge presence on the field as well as the batter’s box. His statistics with the glove rank well with his counterparts during his career. He led the league in put outs once and in assists as a first baseman, and even won a Gold Glove in 1990. In 1998, he even led the league in Range Factor by first baseman.