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The 30 greatest offensive seasons in baseball history

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Per Baseball Reference.

Rank Player (age that year) Offensive WAR Year Bats
1. Barry Bonds (36) 12.4 2001 L
2. Babe Ruth+ (26) 12.2 1921 L
Babe Ruth+ (28) 12.2 1923 L
4. Barry Bonds (37) 11.8 2002 L
Babe Ruth+ (25) 11.8 1920 L
6. Rogers Hornsby+ (28) 11.5 1924 R
7. Barry Bonds (39) 11.4 2004 L
Honus Wagner+ (34) 11.4 1908 R
9. Lou Gehrig+ (24) 11.3 1927 L
Mickey Mantle+ (25) 11.3 1957 B
11. Rogers Hornsby+ (26) 11.2 1922 R
Babe Ruth+ (32) 11.2 1927 L
13. Babe Ruth+ (31) 11.0 1926 L
14. Ted Williams+ (22) 10.9 1941 L
15. Babe Ruth+ (29) 10.8 1924 L
16. Mickey Mantle+ (24) 10.7 1956 B
Stan Musial+ (27) 10.7 1948 L
18. Ty Cobb+ (30) 10.6 1917 L
Mickey Mantle+ (29) 10.6 1961 B
20. Ted Williams+ (27) 10.5 1946 L
21. Babe Ruth+ (36) 10.4 1931 L
22. Ty Cobb+ (24) 10.2 1911 L
Lou Gehrig+ (31) 10.2 1934 L
Rogers Hornsby+ (29) 10.2 1925 R
25. Nap Lajoie+ (35) 10.1 1910 R
Ted Williams+ (23) 10.1 1942 L
27. Jimmie Foxx+ (24) 10.0 1932 R
Rogers Hornsby+ (32) 10.0 1928 R
Babe Ruth+ (35) 10.0 1930 L
Mike Trout (21) 10.0 2013 R

Comments:

PEDs must have been unusually beneficial in Bonds’ case.

Mickey Mantle is, oddly enough, one of the more under-rated hitters of all time.

Mike Trout is, in baseball terms, radically younger than anyone else on this list other than Ted Williams (in regard to projecting future performance, there’s an enormous difference between 21 and 24).

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