The Top-50 Hitters Ever: Nos. 31-35

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The Top-50 Hitters Ever: Nos. 31-35

The following is the fourth part of an 11-part series chronicling the Top-50 hitters of all-time.

 

35. Jeff Bagwell, 1B, Houston Astros (1991-2005)

Jeff Bagwell is the first player who played first base and was born on May 27, 1968 to appear on the list.

During his 15 MLB seasons, Bagwell had very impressive offensive numbers.

His career wOBA of .406, as well as his career OPS+ of 149, are both very excellent numbers, and put him with some of the best hitters in this history of the game.

During Bagwell’s career, he was a prototypical major-league hitter, with a great combination of power and on-base ability.

These great abilities helped him to have an OPS of .948 for his career, .188 above the league average; his OBP was .408, .070 above the league average, while his SLG was .540, ,118 above the league average.

During Bagwell’s career-best year, 1994, he had an amazing OPS+ of 213, with an OBP of .451 and a SLG of .750.

 

34. Eddie Collins, 2B, Philadelphia Athletics/Chicago White Sox (1906-1930)

During baseball's dead-ball era, Eddie Collins was one of the steadiest hitters in the game.

Though he had just 46 home runs in his career, Collins had a career OPS+ of 141, 67th all-time.

Collins' most impressive feat was his ability to get on base. His .424 OBP ranks 14th all-time.

He also had a career wOBA of .370, despite his lack of power, which is contributed to the era in which he played.

All in all, during his impressive 25 major-league seasons, the second baseman was a very steady offensive force and an on-base machine, and that warrants a ranking of 34th on the list of the all-time best hitters.

 

33. Ed Delahanty, LF, Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies/Cleveland Infants/Washington Senators (1888-1903)

“Big Ed” Delahanty was one of the great hitters of the 1890s and was a dominant source of power and on-base prowess during his 16-year career.

Delahanty led the league in OPS+ four times, during 1895, 1896, 1899, and 1902. His 152 career OPS+ ranks 29th all-time.

His .404 career wOBA ranks as the third-best of players that played the majority of their careers during the 19th century.

Also, Delahanty was dominating when compared to the league average during his time period. His .916 OPS was .190 above the league average, while his .505 SLG was .127 above the league average, and his .411 OBP was .063 above the league average.

Though his career ended tragically at age 35 when he was swept over Niagara Falls, his legacy as one of the top hitters rightfully remains.

 

32. Jim Thome, 1B, Cleveland Indians/Philadelphia Phillies/Chicago White Sox (1991-present)

The 37-year-old Jim Thome has been one of the best power hitters in Major League history during his 18 years in the majors.

Thome has 535 career home runs in 7241 at-bats. That gives him 13.53 at-bats between home runs, bested only by Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, and Barry Bonds.

Thome also has a career wOBA of .408, while his career OPS+ of 149 ranks 37th all-time.

Compared to the league average during his career, Thome’s OPS (.969) is .194 above the league average, his OBP (.407) is .065 above the league average, and his SLG (.562) is .129 above the league average.

Thome has been one of the best power hitters in the history of the league, and he’s still going strong, with 105 home runs in his last three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, helping to cement his legacy.

 

31. Harry Heilmann, RF/1B, Detroit Tigers/Cincinnati Reds (1914-1932)

Harry Heilmann was one of the great hitters of the 1920s, and he amassed a .395 wOBA during his 17-year MLB career.

His career OPS+ of 148 ranks 41st all-time, and he had an OPS of .930 for his career, .181 above the league average.  

Though he was nicknamed “Slug” because of his slow speed on the bases and in the field, Heilmann was still one of the great hitters of his generation, although being unknown by many in the shadow of Babe Ruth.

The long-time Detroit Tiger also could pose as a hero, as he saved a woman from drowning in the Detroit River in 1916.

Intro | 7-10 | 11-15 | 16-20 | 21-25 | 26-30 | 31-35 | 36-40 | 41-45 | 46-50

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