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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
61 Musial Stan 1953 SLN NL 53 113 0.337 33 40.502
62 Yaztremski Carl 1967 BOS AL 44 121 0.326 28 40.383
63 Delahanty Ed 1896 PHI NL 13 126 0.397 29 40.317
64 Aaron Hank 1963 ML1 NL 44 130 0.319 29 40.268
65 Trout Mike 2016 LAA AL 29 100 0.315 25 40.170
66 Gehrig Lou 1931 NYA AL 46 184 0.341 28 40.131
67 Holmes Tommy 1945 BSN NL 28 117 0.352 28 40.065
68 Ruth Babe 1928 NYA AL 54 142 0.323 33 40.061
69 Gehrig Lou 1930 NYA AL 41 174 0.379 27 39.839
70 Cobb Ty 1909 DET AL 9 107 0.377 23 39.724
71 Brouthers Dan 1883 BFN NL 3 97 0.374 25 39.597
72 Posey Buster 2012 SFN NL 24 103 0.336 25 39.507
73 Mays Willie 1955 NY1 NL 51 127 0.319 24 39.404
74 Brett George 1985 KCA AL 30 112 0.335 32 39.324
75 Cabrera Miquel 2012 DET AL 44 139 0.330 29 39.160
76 Pujols Albert 2010 SLN NL 42 118 0.312 30 39.067
77 Ruth Babe 1930 NYA AL 49 153 0.359 35 39.019
78 Sosa Sammy 2001 CHN NL 64 160 0.328 33 38.918
79 Mays Willie 1960 SFN NL 29 103 0.319 29 38.898
80 Musial Stan 1944 SLN NL 12 94 0.347 24 38.717


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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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