Aaron Judge has now overtaken 2018 Mookie Betts for the…

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Aaron Judge has now overtaken 2018 Mookie Betts for the highest single season fWAR total in the AL since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967

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  1. Flip to the NL and take a gander at Stan Musial’s 1948 season, which I consider to be one of the greatest (non-steroid) single seasons by a hitter in the history of our national pastime. Musial led the league in runs (135), hits* (230), doubles* (46), triples* (18), RBI (131), average (.376), OBP (.450), slugging* (.702), OPS* (1.152), OPS+* (200) and total bases* (429). He came in 2nd in homers with 39 – Mize and Kiner tied for 1st with 40. If he had hit 1 more homer, he would have led in every single offensive category while only striking out 34 times in 698 plate appearances. Scrub only swiped 7 bags. The asterisks mean he lead the majors.

    It’s always a matter of opinion, but this stat line always appeals to me as one of the best seasons ever accomplished.

    As an aside, Ralph Kiner’s prowess gets lost in history because of his injury shortened career. He broke into the league in 1946 and promptly led the NL in homers. He then went on to lead the majors in each of the next 6 seasons. He was one of the most feared hitters of the mid to late 40s before back injuries put him on the shelf in his age 32 season. He put up 369 homers in just north of 5200 at bats. Kiner had a clean shot at the 600 home run threshold and an outside chance at 700. He wasn’t the complete player like Mayes but his greatness is largely forgotten unless you’re a student of the game or had the pleasure to hear him call a Mets game in the 80s.

    I don’t know why I went on this rant. Just had time on the Q train between Brooklyn and Chinatown and felt like writing.

  2. It’s kind of funny how AL records have essentially become the non-steroid records, with the big-three of Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa all playing in the NL.

  3. FWIW, he’s still also behind 1999 Pedro and 1973 Bert Blyleven.

    Which… I new Bert Blyleven was good, I didn’t know Bert Blyleven was *that* good. 10.8 fWAR in his age 22 season is some Doc Gooden shit.

  4. Can someone more familiar with the difference between fWAR and bWAR explain why he’s “only” at 9.7 bWAR? I know the differences are usually subtle with some exceptions (i.e. framing for catchers) so not sure what makes up a full win’s worth of a discrepancy in this case — bWAR still has him behind 2018 Betts and a few Trout seasons.

  5. I can’t wait to shit on either the Yankees for not winning the World Series with their best player since Babe Ruth or the Dodgers for not winning the World Series after Dave Roberts guaranteed it before the season started. It’s a win/win.

  6. George Brett had a 9.1 fWAR in 117 games in 1980. Projecting that to a full season of 162 games is a fWAR of 12.6, which would be good for fourth on this list. I realize injuries happen yada yada, but Brett was on another level that season.

  7. Excellent. Every statistical achievement will add to the cost of the Giants’ acquisition of this player thus impairing their ability to field a complete team sufficient to compete with the Dodgers.