Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time
Comparing Players At Their Best
The charts below compares the greatest hitting seasons of 9 of the best hitters in the history of the game. We began our study with Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays and added three future first ballot Hall of Famers, Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, and Miguel Cabrera. The main focus on the charts is to further examine the hitting careers of two players, Albert Belle and Barry Bonds. Albert Belle, one of the forgotten great hitters of the '90s, and the career of Barry Bonds which we divided into two parts: statistics before the 2000 season and statistics after the 2000 season.
(Please note: Babe Ruth, Point Total 29,296 and an Avg. 4.883 )
Player                   Year 1   Year 2         Year3          Year 4 Year 5 Year 6    Pts/Avg.  AVG          
 Mickey Mantle    1956         1957  1961  1962  1958   1955  27,452  
 Rating  4.717  4.654  4.648  4.486  4.476  4.471   4.575  4.575
 Willie Mays  1954  1955  1965  1962  1957  1958  27,082  
 Rating  4.572  4.559  4.523  4.501  4.474  4.453   4.514  4.514
 Manny Ramirez  1999  2000  2002  2008  2004  2006  26,998  
 Rating  4.613  4.586  4.494  4.451  4.433  4.421   4.500  4.500
 Ken Griffey Jr.  1997  1996  1994  1993  1998  1999  26.693  
 Rating  4.507  4.477  4.454  4.437  4.429  4.389   4.449  4.449
 Alex Rodriguez  2007  1996  2001  2005  2002  2000  27,072  
 Rating  4.579  4.530  4.502  4.493  4.487  4.481   4.512  4.512
 Albert Pujols 2003  2006  2009  2008 2004   2005  27,336  
 Rating  4.603  4.578  4.572  4.553  4.542  4.488   4.556  4.556
 Miguel Cabrera  2013  2010  2011  2012  2006  2007  26,701  
 Rating  4.545  4.474  4.465  4.456  4.406  4.355   4.450  4.450
 Albert Belle  1994  1995  1998  1996  1999  1993  26,777  
 Rating  4.563  4.546  4.536  4,503  4.328  4.301   4.463  4.463
 Barry Bonds I  1993  1996  1992  1998  1997  1995  26,824  
 Rating  4.606  4.510  4.462  4.457  4.417

4.732

 4.471  4.471
Barry Bonds II  2001  2004     2002   2003     1993       2000 28,529      
 Rating  4.909  4.894  4.861  4.701  4.606  4.558 4.755  4.755
                 
PLAYER POINTS  6 Year Average PLAYER  POINTS  6 Year Average     
1.) MANTLE  27,452  4.575   1. BONDS II     28,529   4.755    
2.) PUJOLS  27,336  4.556   2. MANTLE  27,452   4.575    
3.) MAYS  27,082  4.514   3. PUJOLS  27,336   4.556    
4.) RODRIGUEZ  27,072  4.512   4. MAYS  27,082   4.514    
5.) RAMIREZ  26,998  4.500   5. RODRIGUEZ    27,072   4.512    
6.) BONDS I  26,824  4.471   6. RAMIREZ  26,998   4.500    
7.) BELLE  26,777  4.463   7. BONDS I  26,824   4.471    
8.) CABRERA  26,701  4.450   8. BELLE  26,777   4.463    
9.) GRIFFEY JR.  26,693  4.449   9. CABRERA  26,701`   4.450    
      10. GRIFFEY  26,993   4.449    



           

CHART I With
Bonds I   
  CHART 2 With Bonds  II      

MANTLE 1956-4.717    BONDS II 2001-4.909      
     
MANTLE 1957- 4.654   BONDS II 2004-4.894      

MANTLE 1961- 4.648   BONDS II 2002-4.861      

RAMIREZ 1999- 4.613   MANTLE 1956-4.717      

BONDS I 1993- 4.606   BONDS II 2003-4.701      

PUJOLS 2003- 4.603   MANTLE 1957-4.654      

RAMIREZ 2000- 4.586   MANTLE 1961-4.648      

RODRIGUEZ 2007- 4.579   RAMIREZ 1999-4.613      

PUJOLS 2006- 4.578   BONDS I 1993-4.606      
  MAYS 1954- 4.572   PUJOLS 2003-4.603      
PUJOLS 2009- 4.572 RAMIREZ
2000-4.586   
            BELLE 1994- 4.563   RODRIGUEZ
2007-4.579
 
            MAYS 1955- 4.559   PUJOLS
2006-4.578
     
          PUJOLS 2008- 4.553   MAYS
1954-4.572
     
          BELLE
1995- 4.546
  PUJOLS
2009-4.572
     
             CABRERA
2013- 4.545
  BELLE
1994-4.563
     
             PUJOLS
2004- 4.542   MAYS
1955-4.559
     
             BELLE
1998- 4.536   BONDS II
2000-4.558
     
             RODRIGUEZ
1996  4.530   PUJOLS
2008-4.553
     
             MAYS
1965- 4.523   BELLE
1993-4.546      
            BONDS I
1996- 4.510   CABRERA 2013-4.545      
            GRIFFEY
1994- 4.507   PUJOLS 2004-4.542      
            BELLE
1996- 4.503   BELLE 1998-4.436      
           RODRIGUEZ
2001- 4.502   RODRIGUEZ 1996-4.530      
            MAYS
1962- 4.501    MAYS 1965-4.523       
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In conclusion, as we dissect the charts above, it is clear to see at his very best, Mickey Mantle was the most dominate post WW II hitter in baseball. As we examine the numbers put up by Albert Belle, the 7.7% Hall of Fame vote he received in 2006 and 3.5% in 2007 and off the ballot, is by no means an accurate account of his hitting dominance for a 10 year period, it is an insult to a great career. While he may fall short of the Hall of Fame, we feel Albert Belle should have received much more support for entry to Cooperstown. As we focus on the career of Barry Bonds, the baseball media has separated his career in two parts, Part 1 (1986-1999 ) and Part 2 (1986-2007 ) and the question that always pops up is: Did Barry Bonds have a Hall of Fame career before the 2000 season ?  At baseballsgreatesthitters.com the answer is YES. For all the baseball under the age of 95,we did get a chance to see the closest hitter to Babe Ruth the 5 Ruth-Like years (2000-2004) in the career of Barry Bonds.

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