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Kyle Schwarber hit his 100th career home run Thursday. Where does this rank historically?

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The Cubs slugger is an unusual homer hitter in several ways.

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Lost in the debris of the Cubs’ defeat Thursday night was this home run [VIDEO].

It was Kyle Schwarber’s 28th home run of the season. Among other things, it established a career high in RBI for him, 62, surpassing last year’s total of 61 with 41 games remaining.

And, it was the 100th home run of his career. That established a Cubs franchise record for the fastest to 100 homers by a player who began his career with the Cubs:

Kyle has established a home run rate which compares favorably to some of the best home-run hitters in major-league history:

At the time of his home run, Kyle’s at bat per home run ratio ranked sixth, technically, tied with Ted Williams. It’s not a bad thing to ever be tied with Ted Williams in a batting category! The most at-bats per HR of the top 50 in home runs is Cal Ripken Jr. (one HR every 27 at-bats). Among active players, Khris Davis (1 in 14.72) and Giancarlo Stanton (1 in 13.81) are the two active players with a lower number of at-bats per home run.

And, Schwarber’s ratio is the best among all current Cubs who have 40 or more career homers:

One thing Kyle does not do is drive in a lot of runs, even with all the home runs. Here’s a couple of charts:

This is the one that stands out the most (and it may help justify some people’s claim he is not a clutch hitter). In the 1,379 career at-bats where Schwarber has not hit a home run, he only has 72 RBI (one RBI for every 19 at-bats). Applying that same “metric” to Mark McGwire (the person most similar to Schwarber in the charts abover), in the 5,604 at bats where McGwire did not hit a HR, he knocked in a run in one of every 12 at-bats.

Along with that, Schwarber has a very high percentage of his home runs as solo homers, both compared to the top home-run hitters in history, and current Cubs:

What are some of the takeaways from this?

Well, obviously RBI are a team-dependent stat. And Kyle has hit in the leadoff spot quite often, both this year and in the original experiment to have him there in 2017. He has five leadoff home runs, all this season. 24 of the 100 homers have come while he was batting in the leadoff spot, 25 while batting second, three in the cleanup spot, 19 batting fifth, 16 batting sixth, four from the seventh spot, five batting eighth and four from the No. 9 spot. (One of those No. 9 homers was as a pinch-hitter, his only pinch home run.)

These pretty closely track his PA in each spot. He has his most career PA hitting leadoff (439), second-most hitting sixth (373) and third-most batting second.

17 of the 24 leadoff homers are solo homers (which you’d likely expect) and 12 of those batting second are with no one on base. But 14 of Kyle’s homers batting fifth are solo shots, and 10 of the 16 batting sixth are with no one on base. So in some ways, it doesn’t seem to matter where he bats; the homers (61 of 100) tend to come with the bases empty. Here is this data in table form (note, the batting order position percentages add up to more than 100 due to rounding):

Kyle Schwarber career home runs by batting order position

Batting order position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Batting order position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
% of career PA in this spot 25.4 20.4 1.3 1.2 16.5 21.6 4.9 5.3 3.5
Home runs 24 25 0 3 19 16 4 5 4
Solo home runs 17 12 0 3 14 10 2 1 2

Anyway, with Kyle reaching this milestone I thought you’d enjoy a few details on the fastest Cub ever to 100 homers. Thanks to BCB reader Lifetime Cubs Fan for assistance with the data and making the charts.