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OPS+ of 150 in 35-year-old season

Posted by Andy on November 30, 2007

Chipper Jones and Jorge Posada just completed excellent seasons, both being 35 years old.

Here are all seasons since 1901 for 35-year-olds with OPS+ of 150 or better, minimum 500 PA:

  Cnt Player            **OPS+**  PA Year Age Tm  Lg  G   AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+--------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Babe Ruth            211   676 1930  35 NYY AL 145 518 150 186 28  9 49 153 136   0  61   1  21   0   0  10 10  .359  .493  .732 1.225 *97/1
    2 Ted Williams         201   526 1954  35 BOS AL 117 386  93 133 23  1 29  89 136   0  32   1   0   3  10   0  0  .345  .513  .635 1.148 *7
    3 Nap Lajoie           199   677 1910  35 CLE AL 159 591  94 227 51  7  4  76  60   0   0   5  21   0   0  26  0  .384  .445  .514  .959 *43
    4 Barry Bonds          188   607 2000  35 SFG NL 143 480 129 147 28  4 49 106 117  22  77   3   0   7   6  11  3  .306  .440  .688 1.128 *7
    5 Tris Speaker         182   693 1923  35 CLE AL 150 574 133 218 59 11 17 130  93   0  15   4  22   0   0   8  9  .380  .469  .610 1.079 *8
    6 Mark McGwire         177   661 1999  35 STL NL 153 521 118 145 21  1 65 147 133  21 141   2   0   5  12   0  0  .278  .424  .697 1.121 *3
    7 Hank Aaron           177   639 1969  35 ATL NL 147 547 100 164 30  3 44  97  87  19  47   2   0   3  14   9 10  .300  .396  .607 1.003 *9/3
    8 Honus Wagner         176   591 1909  35 PIT NL 137 495  92 168 39 10  5 100  66   0   0   3  27   0   0  35  0  .339  .420  .489  .909 *6/7
    9 Ty Cobb              170   612 1922  35 DET AL 137 526  99 211 42 16  4  99  55   0  24   4  27   0   0   9 13  .401  .462  .565 1.027 *8/9
   10 Chipper Jones        166   600 2007  35 ATL NL 134 513 108 173 42  4 29 102  82  10  75   0   0   5  21   5  1  .337  .425  .604 1.029 *5/D6
   11 Hank Greenberg       163   604 1946  35 DET AL 142 523  91 145 29  5 44 127  80   0  88   0   1   0  17   5  1  .277  .373  .604  .977 *3
   12 Lefty O'Doul         163   657 1932  35 BRO NL 148 595 120 219 32  8 21  90  50   0  20   7   5   0   0  11  0  .368  .423  .555  .978 *7
   13 Jack Fournier        161   649 1925  35 BRO NL 145 545  99 191 21 16 22 130  86   0  39   8  10   0   0   4  6  .350  .446  .569 1.015 *3
   14 Edgar Martinez       158   672 1998  35 SEA AL 154 556  86 179 46  1 29 102 106   4  96   3   0   7  13   1  1  .322  .429  .565  .994 *D/3
   15 Dwight Evans         156   657 1987  35 BOS AL 154 541 109 165 37  2 34 123 106   6  98   3   0   7  10   4  6  .305  .417  .569  .986 *3*9/D
   16 Johnny Mize          156   658 1948  35 NYG NL 152 560 110 162 26  4 40 125  94   0  37   4   0   0   7   4  0  .289  .395  .564  .959 *3
   17 Jim Thome            155   610 2006  35 CHW AL 143 490 108 141 26  0 42 109 107  12 147   6   0   7   4   0  0  .288  .416  .598 1.014 *D/3
   18 Jorge Posada         154   589 2007  35 NYY AL 144 506  91 171 42  1 20  90  74   7  98   6   0   3  18   2  0  .338  .426  .543  .969 *2/D3
   19 Frank Robinson       153   545 1971  35 BAL AL 133 455  82 128 16  2 28  99  72  11  62   9   1   8  21   3  0  .281  .384  .510  .894 *93/7
   20 Joe DiMaggio         151   606 1950  35 NYY AL 139 525 114 158 33 10 32 122  80   0  33   1   0   0  14   0  0  .301  .394  .585  .979 *8/3
   21 Tommy Henrich        151   673 1948  35 NYY AL 146 588 138 181 42 14 25 100  76   0  42   4   5   0  14   2  3  .308  .391  .554  .945 *93/78
   22 Larry Walker         150   553 2002  35 COL NL 136 477  95 161 40  4 26 104  65   6  73   7   0   4   8   6  5  .338  .421  .602 1.023 *9/D
   23 Al Oliver            150   687 1982  35 MON NL 160 617  90 204 43  2 22 109  61  15  59   4   1   4  11   5  2  .331  .392  .514  .906 *3
   24 Mickey Mantle        150   553 1967  35 NYY AL 144 440  63 108 17  0 22  55 107   7 113   1   0   5   9   1  1  .245  .391  .434  .825 *3

Chipper is 10th all time and Posada is 18th. Here's the interesting thing I noticed: if you check out the positions, 15 out of the 24 played at least a game at first base. However, Chipper is the only guy to play even a single game at third base, and Jorge is the only guy to play even a single game at catcher.

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2 Responses to “OPS+ of 150 in 35-year-old season”

  1. And The Babe is the only guy on the list to play a single game at pitcher. A complete game win in which (I just saw) he had 4 assists and 2 double plays. That's a game I would have loved to have seen.

  2. David in Toledo Says:

    Wow, they're all first basemen and outfielders except this year's two exceptions and Nap Lajoie.