MLB crossed the quarter mark of the season late last week. We're not quite at the point when numbers have completely stabilized, but one thing is pretty clear - the long ball is back in force.

There are 52 batters on pace to hit 30+ home runs - 12 over 40

There are 45 guys slugging over .500. We have a month until summer starts and then we we'll get to see baseballs really move.

For comparison sake, (using 2010 since the steroid era unofficially ended around 2008-2009ish:

2010 - 27 slugged over .500 and 18 hit 30+

2011 - 26 slugged over .500 and 23 hit 30+

2012 - 29 slugged over .500 and 26 hit 30+

2013 16 slugged over .500 and 14 hit 30+

2014 - the nadir, 13 slugged over .500 and only 11! guys hit 30+

2015 - 19 slugged .500, 19 hit 30+.

And - the height of the steroid era - the summer of McGwire and Sosa

1998 - 51 slugged over .500 and 32 hit 30+

Two years ago, 20 guys struggled to crack an ISO of .200. This year there are 72 over that.

There are 52 batters on pace to hit 30+ home runs - 12 over 40

There are 45 guys slugging over .500. We have a month until summer starts and then we we'll get to see baseballs really move.

For comparison sake, (using 2010 since the steroid era unofficially ended around 2008-2009ish:

2010 - 27 slugged over .500 and 18 hit 30+

2011 - 26 slugged over .500 and 23 hit 30+

2012 - 29 slugged over .500 and 26 hit 30+

2013 16 slugged over .500 and 14 hit 30+

2014 - the nadir, 13 slugged over .500 and only 11! guys hit 30+

2015 - 19 slugged .500, 19 hit 30+.

And - the height of the steroid era - the summer of McGwire and Sosa

1998 - 51 slugged over .500 and 32 hit 30+

Two years ago, 20 guys struggled to crack an ISO of .200. This year there are 72 over that.

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