By Scott Barancik, Editor

Last night, Joc Pederson stroked two HRs and Kevin Pillar added another, bringing the total number of Jewish home runs this season to 106, led by Alex Bregman’s 30.

According to statistical projection services cited by FanGraphs.com, the Jews of 2018 are likely to end the regular season with 112 to 114 HRs, just short of the record 115 set in 2016. But if Pederson stays hot, or Bregman catches fire, it’s possible the record could fall.

Jewish stats through 9/17/2018

Jewish stats through 9/17/2018

The 2018 season already stands out. On June 8, five Jewish batters set a record by homering on the same day, with Ryan Braun hitting two. Five players have reached double-digits in home runs this season, and the only thing stopping Danny Valencia (9) from joining them was Baltimore’s decision to release him on August 15.

Power at the plate has ebbed and flowed since Lip Pike became the first Jewish player to homer, in 1871, and Bregman smashed the 3,000th Jewish home run in 2016.

As shown in the table below, there have been 49 seasons where Jewish players did not hit a single round-tripper. From 1986 to 1990, in fact, there was not a single Jewish at-bat.

No Jewish player had hit even 10 HRs in a season until a Detroit Tigers rookie named Hank Greenberg stroked 12 in 1933. This helps explain why Jewish fans went so crazy over Greenberg, who went on to hit a then-N.L. record 58 home runs in 1938, two short of Babe Ruth’s then-Major League record of 60.

In terms of home-run frequency, the greatest season in Jewish history was 1950, when Jewish players such as Al Rosen (37 HRs) and Sid Gordon (27 HRs) homered a total of once every 18.37 at-bats. Through Monday’s games, the Jews of 2018 are homering once every 23.98 at-bats.

Jewish HRs by season

(* Through games played 9/28/2018)
Year
AB
HR
199000
198900
198800
198700
198600
189940
188740
190290
1881180
1985220
1901260
1903270
1920310
1882410
1919470
1991510
1910560
1908580
1927740
1895740
1916760
1918810
1909910
1911920
1907950
1906990
19051110
19041180
19641640
19762380
18753120
19174330
190000
189800
189700
189600
189400
189300
189200
189100
189000
188900
188800
188600
188500
188400
188300
188000
187900
1984631
19572041
18742341
19132491
18762821
18784191
19652372
19252862
19831323
19812233
19593023
19364903
19216373
18711344
19582254
18772664
18732854
19633154
19243554
19305984
19426804
19144225
19266145
19297015
19239495
19622576
19822636
19933116
19125246
18722857
19154367
19614817
19225767
19924248
19318988
19603789
19773959
19435359
19757149
19287579
19321,1609
199447110
194180911
194469913
196775213
195669516
197887518
19331,26118
198085119
199596521
19741,22121
196650622
197979323
194955726
19961,32226
19341,18927
194857930
19681,12231
19731,70534
19551,06035
19711,33536
19451,34837
194789739
19701,48540
20031,80540
19351,28741
20051,64141
19971,71845
20132,00647
19691,43750
19981,52750
19461,30454
19401,47154
19721,90754
20062,41455
19541,61456
20142,29556
19391,87457
20001,99160
19521,87962
20042,04563
19371,95764
19501,19465
20021,86866
19511,90269
20011,70973
19531,71077
20102,30978
19382,45681
20152,82781
20072,44484
20112,16294
20082,223100
20092,277101
19992,089102
20122,598113
20162,783115
20172,938102
2018*2,704117

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