The 20 Greatest Power Hitters Of All-Time

Barry Bonds

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We all know that Barry Bonds hit more home runs than any other player in Major League Baseball history. Even if we ignore the Performance Enhancing Drugs allegations, that doesn’t necessarily mean he was the greatest slugger of all-time.But how do we compare power hitters?

Home runs is one measure. But that hurts players like Hank Greenberg, who only played 13 seasons. We could also use Slugging Percentage (SLG). But SLG includes singles, so somebody like Ty Cobb will still rank high even though he had almost no power.

One way to compare power hitters is to use a stat called Isolated Power (ISO) which is simply the number of extra-bases per at bat. It is also easily calculated by subtracting batting average from slugging percentage.

On the next few pages, we will take a look at the greatest pure power hitters of all-time (min. 1,000 games). And some of the names might surprise you.

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title=”#20 Mike Schmidt — .260 Isolated Power (ISO)”
content=”Home Runs: 548

At Bats per HR: 15.2

Extra-Base Hits: 1,015

At Bats per XBH: 8.2″
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title=”#19 Sammy Sosa — .261 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 609

At Bats per HR: 14.5

Extra-Base Hits: 1,033

At Bats per XBH: 8.5″
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title=”#18 David Ortiz — .262 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 388

At Bats per HR: 16.4

Extra-Base Hits: 875

At Bats per XBH: 7.3″
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title=”#17 Adam Dunn — .262 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 379

At Bats per HR: 14.6

Extra-Base Hits: 680

At Bats per XBH: 8.1″
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title=”#16 Alex Rodriguez — .263 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 634

At Bats per HR: 14.8

Extra-Base Hits: 1,163

At Bats per XBH: 8.0″
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title=”#15 Juan Gonzalez — .266 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 434

At Bats per HR: 15.1

Extra-Base Hits: 847

At Bats per XBH: 7.7″
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title=”#14 Carlos Delgado — .266 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 473

At Bats per HR: 15.4

Extra-Base Hits: 974

At Bats per XBH: 7.5″
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title=”#13 Ralph Kiner — .269 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 369

At Bats per HR: 14.1

Extra-Base Hits: 624

At Bats per XBH: 8.3″
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title=”#12 Albert Belle — .269 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 381

At Bats per HR: 15.4

Extra-Base Hits: 791

At Bats per XBH: 7.4″
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title=”#11 Manny Ramirez — .273 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 555

At Bats per HR: 14.9

Extra-Base Hits: 1,122

At Bats per XBH: 7.3″
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permalink=”10-jim-thome–278-iso-11″
title=”#10 Jim Thome — .278 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 604

At Bats per HR: 13.7

Extra-Base Hits: 1,074

At Bats per XBH: 7.7″
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title=”#9 Jimmie Foxx — .284 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 534

At Bats per HR: 15.2

Extra-Base Hits: 1,117

At Bats per XBH: 7.3″
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title=”#8 Albert Pujols — .284 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 449

At Bats per HR: 14.4

Extra-Base Hits: 928

At Bats per XBH: 7.0″
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permalink=”7-ryan-howard–285-iso-14″
title=”#7 Ryan Howard — .285 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 286

At Bats per HR: 13.3

Extra-Base Hits: 492

At Bats per XBH: 7.7″
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title=”#6 Ted Williams — .290 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 521

At Bats per HR: 14.8

Extra-Base Hits: 1,117

At Bats per XBH: 6.9″
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title=”#5 Lou Gehrig — .292 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 493

At Bats per HR: 16.2

Extra-Base Hits: 1,190

At Bats per XBH: 6.7″
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permalink=”4-hank-greenberg–292-iso-17″
title=”#4 Hank Greenberg — .292 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 331

At Bats per HR: 15.7

Extra-Base Hits: 781

At Bats per XBH: 6.6″
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title=”#3 Barry Bonds — .309 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 762

At Bats per HR: 12.9

Extra-Base Hits: 1,440

At Bats per XBH: 6.8″
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permalink=”2-mark-mcgwire–325-iso-19″
title=”#2 Mark McGwire — .325 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 583

At Bats per HR: 10.6

Extra-Base Hits: 841

At Bats per XBH: 7.4″
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permalink=”1-babe-ruth–348-iso-20″
title=”#1 Babe Ruth — .348 ISO”
content=”Home Runs: 714

At Bats per HR: 11.8

Extra-Base Hits: 1,356

At Bats per XBH: 6.2″
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title=”Now check out the greatest pitching performances of the last 40 years”
content=”Kerry Wood And The 15 Greatest Pitching Performances Since 1968
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