epic outlier seasons

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Steve Finley magically transformed from an 8-HR-a-year guy to a slugger at age 31.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:00 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

Bobby Shantz's MVP year in 1952.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shantbo01.shtml

timellison, Friday, 3 April 2015 16:51 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Never realized the 1950 Whiz Kid Phillies included a relief pitcher MVP in Jim Konstanty.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/konstji01.shtml

timellison, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 23:34 (four years ago) link

He gets a chapter in the first baseball book I read as a kid, so I learned about him before three-quarters of the people in the HOF.

https://img0.etsystatic.com/038/0/8035771/il_570xN.636016346_2pwo.jpg

He wasn't the worst choice ever, but, just among Phillies pitchers that year, Robin Roberts would have obviously been much better.

clemenza, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 01:18 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Always thought Cito Gaston had more good years, but maybe not so much. 5.1 bWAR in 1970, but ended up with a negative for his career.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gastoci01.shtml

timellison, Monday, 18 June 2018 20:27 (one year ago) link

As I've posted before (but seemingly not on this thread), 1970 is the mother of all outlier seasons.

clemenza, Monday, 18 June 2018 22:37 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Jim Gentile 1961. 141 RBI tied for lead league the year Maris broke the record.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gentiji01.shtml

timellison, Saturday, 10 November 2018 23:28 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

Brady Anderson turns 55 today. With that in mind - when you think of one player in any sport having one season where they are mind-blowingly better than in any other year of their career - who do you think of and what year

— Nick Shepkowski (@Shep670) January 18, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 18 January 2019 17:08 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Another 1970 one, Tommy Harper:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/harpeto01.shtml

timellison, Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:38 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

It's not epic, and it's not a season, but this seems as appropriate a place as anywhere--Brian Harper's few years catching for the Twins in the late-'80s/early-'90s. (His picture popped up today in that little photo gallery to the left of the Baseball Reference page.) From '79 to '87, he plays for five teams, plays all over the diamond, and basically does nothing. Then he has five-and-a-half really solid seasons with the Twins, hitting .294-.325 every year, with OBPs around .350 and slugging averages in the low-mid .400s (except for his last year there, very much a pitcher's era), and has a fantastic Series when the Twins win everything in '91. Then he leaves in '94, gets 300 more AB elsewhere the next two years, then he retires.

clemenza, Monday, 12 August 2019 23:43 (two months ago) link

Dug up this:

http://www.banishedtothepen.com/brian-harper-a-baseball-life/

clemenza, Monday, 12 August 2019 23:49 (two months ago) link

Jesus Aguilar is looking like a potential inner circle outlier season guy

omar little, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:01 (two months ago) link

see also his former teammate, gio urshela

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 02:12 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

rick porcello's 2016

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:41 (three weeks ago) link

a whole bunch of guys you forgot about the moment they retired

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