Posted by Andy on August 26, 2011
Paul Konerko is putting together yet another great season, following his career-best 2010 at age 34 with a season nearly every bit as good at age 35.
During the steroids era, we became accustomed to guys putting up huge numbers at age 35. However, one of the nice things about OPS+ is that it normalizes to league strength and scoring, so an OPS+ of 150 is impressive regardless of era.
Konerko has now put up 2 straight seasons (where he qualified for the batting title) with an OPS+ of at least 150. There are not so many players to have done that in their age 34 and 35 seasons:
|1||Paul Konerko||2||2010||2011||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Larry Walker||2||2001||2002||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Mark McGwire||2||1998||1999||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Edgar Martinez||2||1997||1998||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Frank Robinson||2||1970||1971||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Hank Aaron||2||1968||1969||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Johnny Mize||2||1947||1948||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Babe Ruth||2||1929||1930||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Jack Fournier||2||1924||1925||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Tris Speaker||2||1922||1923||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|11||Ty Cobb||2||1921||1922||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|12||Nap Lajoie||2||1909||1910||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
|13||Honus Wagner||2||1908||1909||34-35||Ind. Seasons|
That's a damn impressive group he joins including not only mostly Hall of Famers, but some inner-circle HOFers at that.