Ranking the Greatest Single-Season Efforts in Baltimore Orioles History

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Ranking the Greatest Single-Season Efforts in Baltimore Orioles History
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Davis is only nine HR away from cracking the Orioles' single-season top-ten.

It's a pretty good time to be a Baltimore Orioles fan.

The team is fresh off it's first winning-season—and playoff berth—since 1997, and they're on pace to make it back-to-back appearances if they keep up their winning ways.

As if that wasn't enough, fans are blessed with an incredible collection of young talent, the likes of which haven't been seen in the Charm City in nearly 40 years.

Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and Jim Johnson are among the top performers at their respective positions and each is age 30 or younger. Heck, the elder statesmen on this year's squad are shortstop J.J. Hardy (30), outfielder Nate McLouth (31) and starting pitcher Jason Hammel (30).

O's fans should count themselves especially lucky that they are getting the chance to witness two of the most impressive single-season campaigns in not only team history, but also the annals of Major League Baseball.

Manny Machado, at the tender age of 20, is currently on pace to break the 82-year-old record for most doubles in a single season. As if that wasn't enough, he's also second in all of baseball with 117 hits and second in WAR (5.0).

He's been just as good in the field, posting the second-highest defensive WAR (2.5) in the majors. Based on the number of plays he's made—and some have been truly incredible—he's been worth 15 runs. If he keeps this up, he should finish around 30-35, which would put him inside the top 10 all time at any position and within striking distance of the record for third basemen currently held by Baltimore's own Brooks Robinson. He's also on pace for over 400 putouts, which would also rank him among the top-10 third basemen of all time. 

In fact, it's hard to envision a world in which Machado won't be honored with his first Gold Glove this season. Not bad for a 20-year-old that had never played the hot corner professionally before last summer.

And then there's Chris "Crush" Davis.

Davis is having such an incredible year that he would be a shoe-in for American League MVP if there wasn't some guy named Cabrera chasing down a second consecutive Triple Crown.

Through 84 games, Davis has slugged 32 homers and driven in 83 runs, putting him on pace for a 60-homer, 156-RBI campaign. Only four players in baseball history, and just two since 2000, have hit that many home runs in a single-season. No Oriole has ever hit more than 50 long balls, and only two have hit the 150-RBI mark.

He is also pacing the majors in total bases, slugging percentage and extra-base hits, and ranks inside the top 10 with a .331 average, 61 runs and 26 doubles.

Both Machado and Davis got me thinking about other great single-season performances in Orioles' team history, and after much consideration and tons of research, I have settled upon a list of the top 25 single-season efforts.


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