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Still more baseball questions from my dad

Whenever I watch a ballgame with my dad, he asks me a lot of questions. He doesn't really care who's up or down, he's more interested in macro stuff... What percentage of left-handed hitters are really right-handed? and How many players are from the Dominican? On the face of it, his questions seem simple, but in actuality require a lot of research to answer, or at least a subscription to Baseball-Reference's Play Index.

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Is the American League still better than the National League?

Betcherass. American League teams have won 109 games against the National League this season, against 98 losses, for a .527 winning percentage.

How long has the AL been better?

The American League has won the season series against the National League every year for the last ten years. Their winning percentage over that time is .548.

Why are they better?

I think it mostly has to do with money. From 2005-2012, the American League outspent the National League by about $11 million per team, per year.

I also think American League teams have been quicker to adopt sabermetrics than NL teams, and that this has contributed to the AL's ascendancy, but I couldn't really prove it.

I'll buy that. What percentage of runs are scored off of home runs?

It fluctuates a bit from year to year. This season, major-league teams have scored 35.5 percent of their runs from home runs.

TEAM HR HRRBI RUNS PCT
Mariners 122 191 414 0.461
Orioles 137 217 491 0.442
Braves 122 192 443 0.433
Cubs 111 177 409 0.433
Astros 95 159 376 0.423
Rangers 117 178 428 0.416
Blue Jays 123 189 460 0.411
White Sox 93 145 376 0.386
Tigers 113 195 509 0.383
Indians 110 181 479 0.378
Rockies 112 166 448 0.371
Nationals 93 140 379 0.369
Pirates 99 140 389 0.360
Rays 115 165 475 0.347
Mets 92 141 408 0.346
Yankees 88 136 395 0.344
Phillies 95 135 393 0.344
Athletics 104 154 451 0.341
Brewers 96 133 394 0.338
Padres 92 139 414 0.336
Angels 108 149 451 0.330
Twins 89 132 402 0.328
D'backs 82 136 426 0.319
Red Sox 104 165 519 0.318
Dodgers 86 127 409 0.311
Reds 99 142 461 0.308
Marlins 59 92 319 0.288
Cardinals 82 135 495 0.273
Royals 64 99 389 0.254
Giants 63 94 396 0.237
TOTAL 2965 4544 12798 0.355

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