To this point, we've laid out some pretty pathetic stories of guys being in the right place at the right and leading the league in home runs and RBI despite not having particularly great overall seasons.
Now we come to Tony Armas's 1984 season, perhaps the greatest right-place right-time season in baseball history.
In 1984, Tony Armas had a terrible season. He batted only .268, which is high compared to his .300 on-base percentage. His .531 slugging percentage was fine, and made his OPS tolerable at .831. He led the league in strikeouts with 156, and managed to take only 32 walks the whole year.
But Armas benefited from several circumstances beyond his control.
The 1984 season was Armas's second with the Red Sox after several season in Oakland. This was also Wade Boggs' second season in the league.
Jerry Remy, a major league veteran in his tenth season, started the season batting leadoff ahead of Dwight Evans, with Boggs batting third, Jim Rice fourth, Mike Easler fifth and Tony Armas sixth. However, Remy got off to a terrible start, which led to a reshuffling of the Red Sox lineup, with Boggs in the leadoff spot, Jim Rice moved up to third, and Armas moved to fourth ahead of Easler.
After that, the Red Sox became an offensive juggernaut, with Boggs, Evans, Rice and Armas all finishing in the top 10 in runs scored, and with Evans, Rice and Armas finishing in the top 10 in RBI.
There are a lot of players who could have batted cleanup in that lineup and would have done what Armas did, if not better.