Comparing Players At Their Best

Mike Trout vs.Willie Mays/Mickey Mantle/Miguel Cabrera

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 )

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PLAYERS, TOP SIX SEASONS

Player Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Pts/Ave Ave.
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
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PLAYERS, SIX YEAR AVERAGE

Player Points 6 Year Avg. Player Points 6 Year Avg.
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 28,824 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 Jr. 26,993 4.449
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PLAYERS, TOP SEASONS (WITH BONDS I  /  BONDS II)

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 BondsII 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 1965-4.530

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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