Bryce Harper had a Pujol-like Ruthian season in 2015

by Bill Chuck on February 3, 2016

Ruth Harper

I anticipate there will many times in Bryce Harper’s career in which he is compared to the Babe

Just look at the amazing 2015 season for Bryce Harper

Year Age G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Awards
2015 ★ 22 153 654 521 118 172 42 99 124 131 .330 .460 .649 1.109 AS,MVP-1,SS
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Generated 2/2/2016.

What I’d like you to notice in particular is that Harper had a season in which he had 100+ runs scored, 40+ homers, and an OPS in excess of 1.100.

Only one player since 2004 has had a season with 100+ runs scored, 40+ homers, and an OPS in excess of 1.100

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals

Year Age G PA AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Awards
2006 ★ 26 143 634 535 119 177 49 137 92 50 .331 .431 .671 1.102 AS,MVP-2,GG
2009 ★ 29 160 700 568 124 186 47 135 115 64 .327 .443 .658 1.101 AS,MVP-1,SS
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Generated 2/2/2016.

Not surprisingly, no player had more seasons of 100+ runs scored, 40+ homers, and an OPS in excess of 1.100, than Babe Ruth

A season like this has been achieved only 53 times, first by the Babe in the back-to-back seasons of 1920-21 and then by Rogers Hornsby in 1922.

There have only been 12 seasons in which this was achieved by more one player

The record is four, done three times and once legitimately in 1930.

Nine to Know: Player with multiple seasons of 100+ runs scored, 40+ homers, and an OPS in excess of 1.100

Rk Name Yrs From To
1 Babe Ruth 11 1920 1932
2 Barry B*nds 6 1993 2004
3 Lou Gehrig 5 1927 1936
4 Jimmie Foxx 4 1932 1938
5 Albert Pujols 3 2003 2009
6 Mark McGwire 3 1996 1999
7 Hank Greenberg 3 1937 1940
8 Todd Helton 2 2000 2001
9 Mickey Mantle 2 1956 1961
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Players under 25 years old, to achieve this feat

Rk Name R HR OPS Year Age Tm Lg
1 Bryce Harper 118 42 1.109 2015 22 WSN NL
2 Albert Pujols 137 43 1.106 2003 23 STL NL
3 Jimmie Foxx 151 58 1.218 1932 24 PHA AL
4 Lou Gehrig 149 47 1.240 1927 24 NYY AL
5 Mickey Mantle 132 52 1.169 1956 24 NYY AL
6 Jimmie Foxx 125 48 1.153 1933 25 PHA AL
7 Chuck Klein 158 40 1.123 1930 25 PHI NL
8 Babe Ruth 158 54 1.379 1920 25 NYY AL
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Nine to Know: Players 35+ years old, to achieve this feat

Rk Name R HR OPS Year Age Tm Lg
1 Barry B*nds 129 45 1.422 2004 39 SFG NL
2 Barry B*nds 111 45 1.278 2003 38 SFG NL
3 Barry B*nds 117 46 1.381 2002 37 SFG NL
4 Babe Ruth 120 41 1.150 1932 37 NYY AL
5 Barry B*nds 129 73 1.379 2001 36 SFG NL
6 Babe Ruth 149 46 1.195 1931 36 NYY AL
7 Barry B*nds 129 49 1.127 2000 35 SFG NL
8 Mark McGwire 118 65 1.120 1999 35 STL NL
9 Babe Ruth 150 49 1.225 1930 35 NYY AL
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Generated 2/2/2016.

And look who’s the face of 2016 Topps Baseball Cards Series 1

Harper TOPPS

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