• Best Seasons By An Old Full-Time D.H.

    Posted by on November 29th, 2011 · Comments (1)

    Here’s one list on that -

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    1 Dave Winfield 3.7 1992 40 TOR 156 670 92 26 108 82 89 2 .290 .377 .491
    2 Edgar Martinez 3.5 2003 40 SEA 145 603 72 24 98 92 95 0 .294 .406 .489
    3 Paul Molitor 3.4 1996 39 MIN 161 728 99 9 113 56 72 18 .341 .390 .468
    4 Brian Downing 2.5 1991 40 TEX 123 476 76 17 49 58 70 1 .278 .377 .455
    5 Harold Baines 2.3 1999 40 TOT 135 486 62 25 103 54 48 1 .312 .387 .533
    6 Frank Thomas 2.0 2007 39 TOR 155 624 63 26 95 81 94 0 .277 .377 .480
    7 Dave Parker 1.9 1990 39 MIL 157 669 71 21 92 41 102 4 .289 .330 .451
    8 Paul Molitor 1.4 1997 40 MIN 135 597 63 10 89 45 73 11 .305 .351 .435
    9 Reggie Jackson 1.3 1986 40 CAL 132 517 65 18 58 92 115 1 .241 .379 .408
    10 Carl Yastrzemski 1.2 1982 42 BOS 131 523 53 16 72 59 50 0 .275 .358 .431
    11 Chili Davis 0.7 1999 39 NYY 146 554 59 19 78 73 100 4 .269 .366 .445
    12 Al Kaline 0.6 1974 39 DET 147 630 71 13 64 65 75 2 .262 .337 .389
    13 Hal McRae 0.4 1985 39 KCR 112 369 41 14 70 44 45 0 .259 .349 .450
    14 Paul Molitor 0.1 1998 41 MIN 126 559 75 4 69 45 41 9 .281 .335 .382
    15 George Brett 0.0 1992 39 KCR 152 637 55 7 61 35 69 8 .285 .330 .397
    16 Hank Aaron 0.0 1975 41 MIL 137 543 45 12 60 70 51 0 .234 .332 .355
    17 Dave Winfield -0.2 1993 41 MIN 143 594 72 21 76 45 106 2 .271 .325 .442
    18 Gary Sheffield -0.3 2008 39 DET 114 482 52 19 57 58 83 9 .225 .326 .400
    19 George Brett -0.4 1993 40 KCR 145 612 69 19 75 39 67 7 .266 .312 .434
    20 Carl Yastrzemski -0.4 1983 43 BOS 119 437 38 10 56 54 29 0 .266 .359 .408
    21 Rico Carty -0.4 1979 39 TOR 132 512 48 12 55 46 45 3 .256 .322 .390
    22 Edgar Martinez -0.7 2004 41 SEA 141 549 45 12 63 58 107 1 .263 .342 .385
    23 Eddie Murray -0.8 1996 40 TOT 152 637 69 22 79 61 87 4 .260 .327 .417
    24 Dave Parker -1.4 1991 40 TOT 132 541 47 11 59 33 98 3 .239 .288 .365
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/29/2011.

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    So, the Big Hurt in 2007 was the last “good” old full-time DH in baseball history.  I wonder if we will ever see another?

    Comments on Best Seasons By An Old Full-Time D.H.

    1. KPOcala
      November 29th, 2011 | 2:38 pm

      Yeah, this out to get under a few skins, but I always suspected that Brian Downing at #4 was one of the first ‘juicers’. If you notice, Yaz is the only guy in the top ten that is a “for sure” non-user. Proves nothing, but it’s a smoking gun lying around a body,no?

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