Tony Gwynn and the 20 Best Hitters of the Past 50 Years

Very, very sad to hear about Tony Gwynn‘s passing. Not only was he one of the best pure hitters to ever play the game (.429 against Greg Maddux!), he was one of the nicest guys according to everything you hear.

Tony Gwynn is the hitter of a lifetime, and the best one in this go around. He’s a full 10 points ahead of anyone and everyone who played their full careers in the past 50 years (1964-2014).

Here is one statistical tribute, then, reminding those who got to see him play and showing the new generations just how good this guy was.

These are the top 20 hitters of the past 50 years.

But before that, another reminder and showcase of the Great Tony Gwynn.

PLAYER CAREER BATTING AVERAGE HITS AT BATS CAREER SPAN
1. Tony Gwynn .338 3,141 9,288 1982 2001
2. Wade Boggs .328 3,010 9,180 1982 1999
2. Rod Carew .328 3,053 9,315 1967 1985
4. Miguel Cabrera .321 2,077 6,473 2003 2014
5. Joe Mauer .319 1,478 4,626 2004 2014
5. Albert Pujols .319 2,418 7,586 2001 2014
5. Ichiro Suzuki .319 2,781 8,727 2001 2014
8. Vladimir Guerrero .318 2,590 8,155 1996 2011
8. Kirby Puckett .318 2,304 7,244 1984 1995
10. Todd Helton .316 2,519 7,962 1997 2013
11. Nomar Garciaparra .313 1,747 5,586 1996 2009
11 Larry Walker .313 2,160 6,907 1989 2005
13. Derek Jeter .312 3,380 10,850 1995 2014
13. Joey Votto .312 1,042 3,339 2007 2014
13. Manny Ramirez .312 2,574 8,244 1993 2011
13. Edgar Martinez .312 2,247 7,213 1987 2004
17. Ryan Braun .311 1,217 3,916 2007 2014
18. Robinson Cano .310 1,733 5,593 2005 2014
18. Matty Alou .310 1,646 5,315 1964 1974
20. Matt Holliday .309 1,747 5,648 2004 2014
20. Magglio Ordonez .309 2,156 6,978 1997 2011

 

Posted on June 17, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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