In this piece, we’ll take a look at the baselines you need to know about when it comes to ground balls and fly balls. We will then explore the fly ball as it pertains to the big fly, i.e. the homer.

*Note: In All About the Home Run I broke down the big fly talking about historical tendencies as well as performances of sluggers in 2016. I also focused on which players hit the ball hardest, farthest or shortest in their home run exploits last season.

 

THE GROUND BALL

A ground ball is hit on about 45 percent of batted balls.

THE FLY BALL

A fly ball is hit on about 35 percent of batted balls.

GROUND BALL TO FLY BALL RATIO

1.29 was the league average in 2016.

HOME RUN TO FLY BALL RATIO

The HR/F ratio league average last season was 11 percent.

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