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It is extremely rare to have two hitters post a 1.000 OPS in the same season. It hasn't happened since 2006, when the Red Sox (Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz) and the White Sox (Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome) did it. 

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching  
1 2004 St. Louis Cardinals NL 3 Jim Edmonds / Albert Pujols / Scott Rolen
2 2000 Houston Astros NL 3 Moises Alou / Jeff Bagwell / Richard Hidalgo
3 1996 Seattle Mariners AL 3 Ken Griffey / Edgar Martinez / Alex Rodriguez
4 1929 Chicago Cubs NL 3 Rogers Hornsby / Riggs Stephenson / Hack Wilson
5 2011 Boston Red Sox AL 2 Adrian Gonzalez / David Ortiz
6 2006 Boston Red Sox AL 2 David Ortiz / Manny Ramirez
7 2006 Chicago White Sox AL 2 Jermaine Dye / Jim Thome
8 2003 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Jim Edmonds / Albert Pujols
9 2002 Colorado Rockies NL 2 Todd Helton / Larry Walker
10 2001 Colorado Rockies NL 2 Todd Helton / Larry Walker
11 2000 Seattle Mariners AL 2 Edgar Martinez / Alex Rodriguez
12 2000 San Francisco Giants NL 2 Barry Bonds / Jeff Kent
13 1997 Cleveland Indians AL 2 David Justice / Jim Thome
14 1997 Seattle Mariners AL 2 Ken Griffey / Edgar Martinez
15 1996 Cleveland Indians AL 2 Albert Belle / Jim Thome
16 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers NL 2 Roy Campanella / Duke Snider
17 1939 Boston Red Sox AL 2 Jimmie Foxx / Ted Williams
18 1937 Detroit Tigers AL 2 Hank Greenberg / Rudy York
19 1937 New York Yankees AL 2 Joe DiMaggio / Lou Gehrig
20 1937 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Joe Medwick / Johnny Mize
21 1936 Cleveland Indians AL 2 Earl Averill / Hal Trosky
22 1936 New York Yankees AL 2 Bill Dickey / Lou Gehrig
23 1933 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
24 1932 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
25 1931 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
26 1930 Chicago Cubs NL 2 Gabby Hartnett / Hack Wilson
27 1930 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
28 1930 Philadelphia Athletics AL 2 Jimmie Foxx / Al Simmons
29 1930 Philadelphia Phillies NL 2 Chuck Klein / Lefty O'Doul
30 1930 New York Giants NL 2 Mel Ott / Bill Terry
31 1930 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Chick Hafey / George Watkins
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It goes on a while longer, about 40 of them in all.

But many of those occurred during eras of major offensive explosions — the 1930s and late 1990s/early 2000s — when getting to 1.000 was much easier. So how about those who posted a 165 OPS+ or better? 

Rk Year Tm Lg #Matching  
1 2011 Boston Red Sox AL 2 Adrian Gonzalez / David Ortiz
2 2004 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Jim Edmonds / Albert Pujols
3 1997 Seattle Mariners AL 2 Ken Griffey / Edgar Martinez
4 1992 San Diego Padres NL 2 Fred McGriff / Gary Sheffield
5 1989 San Francisco Giants NL 2 Will Clark / Kevin Mitchell
6 1963 San Francisco Giants NL 2 Orlando Cepeda / Willie Mays
7 1961 New York Yankees AL 2 Mickey Mantle / Roger Maris
8 1959 Milwaukee Braves NL 2 Hank Aaron / Eddie Mathews
9 1937 New York Yankees AL 2 Joe DiMaggio / Lou Gehrig
10 1937 St. Louis Cardinals NL 2 Joe Medwick / Johnny Mize
11 1933 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
12 1932 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
13 1931 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
14 1930 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
15 1929 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
16 1928 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
17 1927 New York Yankees AL 2 Lou Gehrig / Babe Ruth
18 1922 Detroit Tigers AL 2 Ty Cobb / Harry Heilmann
19 1921 Detroit Tigers AL 2 Ty Cobb / Harry Heilmann
20 1902 Cleveland Bronchos AL 2 Charlie Hickman / Nap Lajoie
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Nineteen pairs until this year and just four in the past 45. Let's look at those four and compare them to the fifth pair aspiring to join them:



1989 Giants

  • Kevin Mitchell, 1.023 OPS, 192 OPS+, 9.4 rWAR // .428 wOBA, 7.1 fWAR
  • Will Clark, .953, 175, 7.4 // .416, 8.3

1992 Padres

  • Gary Sheffield, .965, 170, 6.1 // .421, 6.8
  • Fred McGriff, .950, 166, 5.2 // .409, 5.8

1997 Mariners

  • Ken Griffey, 1.028, 165, 9.4 // .424., 9.4
  • Edgar Martinez, 1.009, 165, 6.2 // .434, 6.4

2004 Cardinals

  • Albert Pujols, 1.072, 172, 9.4 // .439, 8.4
  • Jim Edmonds, 1.061, 170, 8.4 // .436, 8.2

2011 Red Sox

  • Adrian Gonzalez, 1.010, 172, 9.8 (proj) // .432, 9.4 (proj)
  • David Ortiz, 1.000, 169, 5.5 (proj) // .430, 6.2 (proj)

Can Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz keep it up? If they can, they may be fighting Pujols and Edmonds for the title of most fearsome teammates at the plate in more than 45 years.

4 comments… add one

  • For what it’s worth, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday both have an OPS of 1.022 right now, as well.
    Sweet post though, Paul, as usual.

    Atheose - SF June 21, 2011, 12:29 pm
  • Stop writing love letters to your team Paul!!!!

    AndrewYF June 21, 2011, 1:03 pm
  • Andrew’s just upset because he’s a Hughes fanboy and yet Hughes sucks. Don’t lose hope! There’s still Phil Hughes, 8th inning guy (C)!
    The BABIPs of A-Gon and Ortiz give me hope we’ll see a regression to the mean.

    James YF June 21, 2011, 2:01 pm
  • Taking a quick look at teams in the top of the 2 lists until you get to the 30′s and the Yankees, few of them teams went on to win a WS, of the top 4 teams with 3 players, 2 of the teams didn’t make the WS and the Cards and Cubs both lost their WS’s.
    Personally I would rather have power pitchers in the post season

    Polf June 21, 2011, 3:26 pm

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