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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
41 Speaker Tris 1916 CLE AL 2 79 0.386 28 42.388
42 Bench Johnny 1972 CIN NL 40 125 0.270 25 42.271
43 Brouthers Dan 1892 BRO NL 5 124 0.335 34 42.196
44 Ruth Babe 1931 NYA AL 46 163 0.373 36 41.968
45 Hornsby Rogers 1929 CHN NL 39 149 0.380 33 41.923
46 Aaron Hank 1959 ML1 NL 39 123 0.355 25 41.920
47 Williams Ted 1949 BOS AL 43 159 0.343 31 41.778
48 Mathews Eddie 1953 ML1 NL 47 135 0.302 22 41.677
49 Mathews Eddie 1960 ML1 NL 39 124 0.277 29 41.382
50 Trout Mike 2013 LAA AL 27 97 0.323 22 41.371
51 Musial Stan 1943 SLN NL 13 81 0.357 23 41.278
52 Thomas Frank 1994 CHA AL 38 101 0.353 26 41.278
53 Foxx Jimmie 1932 PHA AL 58 169 0.364 25 41.252
54 Piazza Mike 1997 LAN NL 40 124 0.362 29 41.108
55 Trout Mike 2014 LAA AL 36 111 0.287 23 41.098
56 Schmidt Mike 1981 PHI NL 31 91 0.316 32 40.963
57 Mays Willie 1962 SFN NL 49 141 0.304 31 40.947
58 McGwire Mark 1998 SLN NL 70 147 0.299 35 40.809
59 Rodriguez Alex 2007 NYA AL 54 156 0.314 32 40.717
60 Mantle Mickey 1957 NYA AL 34 94 0.365 26 40.637


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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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