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Best Batting Seasons of All-Time

1871-2016 (Regular Season).



Rank Name First Year Team Lg HR RBI AVG Age PEVA-B
21 Yount Robin 1982 ML4 AL 29 114 0.331 27 45.717
22 Ruth Babe 1919 BOS AL 29 114 0.322 24 45.484
23 Hornsby Rogers 1922 SLN NL 42 152 0.401 26 45.149
24 Robinson Frank 1962 CIN NL 39 136 0.342 27 44.982
25 Jones Charley 1879 BSN NL 9 62 0.315 29 44.728
26 Williams Ted 1946 BOS AL 38 123 0.342 28 44.043
27 Pujols Albert 2009 SLN NL 47 135 0.327 29 43.955
28 Hines Paul 1879 PRO NL 2 52 0.357 24 43.731
29 Cobb Ty 1915 DET AL 3 99 0.369 29 43.671
30 Bonds Barry 1993 SFN NL 46 123 0.336 29 43.404
31 Speaker Tris 1912 BOS AL 10 90 0.383 24 43.198
32 Mays Willie 1965 SFN NL 52 112 0.317 34 43.109
33 Robinson Frank 1966 BAL AL 49 122 0.316 31 42.918
34 Stone George 1906 SLA AL 6 71 0.358 30 42.914
35 Barnes Ross 1873 BS1 NA 2 62 0.425 23 42.762
36 Delahanty Ed 1899 PHI NL 9 137 0.410 32 42.557
37 Foxx Jimmie 1933 PHA AL 48 163 0.356 26 42.539
38 Cobb Ty 1911 DET AL 8 127 0.420 25 42.464
39 Mantle Mickey 1961 NYA AL 54 128 0.317 30 42.398
40 Mantle Mickey 1960 NYA AL 40 94 0.275 29 42.394


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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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