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Best Batting Seasons of All-Time

1871-2016 (Regular Season).

Well, he did it again, and there's talk he won't get the Most Valuable Award. Yes, Mike Trout again joins the Top 100 Seasons Ever by a Position Player. Find out where he landed.



Rank Name First Year Team Lg HR RBI AVG Age PEVA-B
1 Ruth Babe 1923 NYA AL 41 131 0.393 28 58.931
2 Ruth Babe 1920 NYA AL 54 137 0.376 25 55.754
3 Bonds Barry 2001 SFN NL 73 137 0.328 37 55.207
4 Ruth Babe 1921 NYA AL 59 171 0.378 26 54.876
5 Bonds Barry 2002 SFN NL 46 110 0.370 38 54.848
6 Williams Ted 1942 BOS AL 36 137 0.356 24 52.075
7 Ruth Babe 1927 NYA AL 60 164 0.356 32 51.850
8 Williams Ted 1941 BOS AL 37 120 0.406 23 51.730
9 Ruth Babe 1926 NYA AL 47 146 0.372 31 51.603
10 Ruth Babe 1924 NYA AL 46 121 0.378 29 51.324
11 Gehrig Lou 1927 NYA AL 47 175 0.373 24 50.953
12 Shaffer Orator 1878 IN1 NL 0 30 0.338 27 50.240
13 Gehrig Lou 1934 NYA AL 49 165 0.363 31 50.136
14 Cobb Ty 1917 DET AL 6 102 0.383 31 48.911
15 Wagner Honus 1908 PIT NL 10 109 0.354 34 48.837
16 Bonds Barry 2004 SFN NL 45 101 0.362 40 48.632
17 Rosen Al 1953 CLE AL 43 145 0.336 29 48.401
18 Mantle Mickey 1956 NYA AL 52 130 0.353 25 47.236
19 Barnes Ross 1876 CHN NL 1 59 0.429 26 46.554
20 Gehrig Lou 1936 NYA AL 49 152 0.354 33 45.995


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  • What is PEVA?

    PEVA is the acronym for Stat Geek Baseball's New Player Rating value. This grade is given to each player and pitcher each season, rating their performance on a peer to peer review. Six components for pitchers and batters are melded together into the PEVA Rating, which ranges each year from 0.200 to 64.000. For more information on PEVA and the other new Stat Geek Baseball Stats, see our Definitions page. PEVA ratings are available for every pitcher and hitter in baseball history.

    PEVA Scale

    64.000 - Maximum
    32.000 - Cy Young/MVP Candidate
    20.000 - All League
    15.000 - All-Star Level
    10.000 - Very Good
    3.500 - Average
    0.200 - Minimum


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Notes: Photo Credits: Babe Ruth, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Ty Cobb, and Tris Speaker (Library of Congress).

Note: Age = Player age at the End of the Calendar Year. PEVA-B = PEVA Batting Player Rating.

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