Category Archives: old guys

Late, Great Power Hitting Years

Ted Williams, Roy Campanella and Mickey Mantle had three seasons after age 28 with at least 30 home runs and a 150 OPS+...

Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista also has three such late, great power hitting years under his belt.

The all-time record is far out of reach at eleven seasons (Barry Bonds).

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The New Kent Hrbek?

A new addition to our “It’s Early” post is the Minnesota Twins slugger Chris Colabello.  The new version of Kent Hrbek is leading the American League in doubles and RBI.  To boot he is batting .350 through 16 games.

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Mr. Colabello.  That’s because he played seven years of baseball in the Canadian-American Association.  The Twins signed him out of Indy ball at age 28 and sent him to double-A.  He moved up to triple-A last year and raked.  In 2013 he led the International League in slugging percentage while cranking 24 home runs.

Again, it’s early and this is a very small sample size.  Twins fans and Colabello should enjoy the ride.

30 Months Later, a “Home Run!”

Texas Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a home run on Tuesday night in Arlington.  This was the first long ball off his bat in over thirty months.  3-0 months.

The former Padres standout hit his previous three major league home runs off the following pitchers: Xavier Cedeno, Lance Pendleton and Henry Sosa.  These names make it clear that it’s been a while.

Welcome back Kouz!

Ted Williams, Barry Bonds and…Raul Ibanez?

Seattle Mariners leftfielder Raul Ibanez has become one of 11 payers ever to hit 20 home-runs in a season after age 40.  Being just over halfway though 2013, Ibanez is on pace to match his age in dingers this year (41).

What is really shocking is that he is slugging greater than Barry Bonds did in any of his two awesome 40+ seasons.  Of all the 20+ HR seasons at age 40+ Ibanez ranks 2nd all-time in SLG% to Ted Williams crazy good final season.

Here is the full list sorted of old guy power seasons:

Rk

Player

SLG

HR

Year

Age

Tm

G

1

Ted Williams

.645

29

1960

41

BOS

113

2

Raul Ibanez

.576

24

2013

41

SEA

71

3

Barry Bonds

.565

28

2007

42

SFG

126

4

Barry Bonds

.545

26

2006

41

SFG

130

5

Harold Baines

.533

25

1999

40

TOT

135

6

Hank Sauer

.508

26

1957

40

NYG

127

7

Darrell Evans

.501

34

1987

40

DET

150

8

Dave Winfield

.491

26

1992

40

TOR

156

9

Hank Aaron

.491

20

1974

40

ATL

112

10

Edgar Martinez

.489

24

2003

40

SEA

145

11

Dave Winfield

.442

21

1993

41

MIN

143

12

Craig Biggio

.422

21

2006

40

HOU

145

13

Eddie Murray

.417

22

1996

40

TOT

152

14

Darrell Evans

.380

22

1988

41

DET

144

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/13/2013.