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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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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.

Chris Davis or Mickey Mantle?

Mickey Mantle’s highest single season slugging pct was .705 back in 1956.  Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is slugging .720 through 72 games this season.  

We are isolating just 303 plate appearances so expect Davis to regress quite a bit in the second half of the year, but if he kept this pace up it would be historic.  Besides one-off seasons by Mark McGwire and Frank Thomas, Davis’ .720 slugging would be the highest in the American League since Ted Williams in 1957 (.731 SLG).