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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dave Kingman: most homers in final season: 35; most final three: 100.

Dave Kingman, Chicago Cub
September 7, 1979
by Wahkeenah from Wikimedia Commons
Dave Kingman's home runs (HR) in his final three seasons, his three with Oakland, and OPS+:
1984 35  133
1985 30  104
1986 35  90
Total: 100

Kingman is probably the only player to hit 100 home runs in his final three seasons.  His diminishing OPS+ accounts for why he was not valued for his home runs.  Or they simply looked at his low batting average and high strike outs.

Kingman had his best season with the Chicago Cubs in 1979: OPS+ 146; led National League with 48 HR, .613 SLG, .956 OPS, ... 131 SO.  Kingman also led NL in HR in 1982 with the Mets: 37 ... and 156 SO.

Here are the only players with at least 20 HR in their final season.
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Dave Kingman 35 1986 37 OAK AL 144 604 561 70 118 19 0 94 33 3 126 3 0 7 16 3 3 .210 .255 .431 .686 *D/3H
2 Mark McGwire 29 2001 37 STL NL 97 364 299 48 56 4 0 64 56 3 118 3 0 6 7 0 0 .187 .316 .492 .808 *3/H
3 Ted Williams 29 1960 41 BOS AL 113 390 310 56 98 15 0 72 75 7 41 3 0 2 7 1 1 .316 .451 .645 1.096 *7H
4 Barry Bonds 28 2007 42 SFG NL 126 477 340 75 94 14 0 66 132 43 54 3 0 2 13 5 0 .276 .480 .565 1.045 *7H/D
5 Jermaine Dye 27 2009 35 CHW AL 141 574 503 78 126 19 1 81 64 2 108 5 0 2 15 0 2 .250 .340 .453 .793 *9/DH
6 Hank Greenberg 25 1947 36 PIT NL 125 510 402 71 100 13 2 74 104 73 4 0 16 0 .249 .408 .478 .885 *3/H
7 Jack Graham 24 1949 32 SLB AL 137 573 500 71 119 22 1 79 61 62 4 8 12 0 1 .238 .326 .430 .756 *3/H
8 Roy Cullenbine 24 1947 33 DET AL 142 607 464 82 104 18 1 78 137 51 0 6 10 3 2 .224 .401 .422 .823 *3/H
9 Kendrys Morales 23 2013 30 SEA AL 156 657 602 64 167 34 0 80 49 6 114 5 0 1 21 0 0 .277 .336 .449 .785 *D3/H
10 Albert Belle 23 2000 33 BAL AL 141 622 559 71 157 37 1 103 52 11 68 4 0 7 17 0 5 .281 .342 .474 .817 *9D
11 Kirby Puckett 23 1995 35 MIN AL 137 602 538 83 169 39 0 99 56 18 89 3 0 5 15 3 2 .314 .379 .515 .894 *9D/8H645
12 Phil Nevin 22 2006 35 TOT ML 129 450 397 54 95 13 0 68 48 1 106 2 1 2 13 0 0 .239 .323 .438 .761 D3H/792
13 Sammy Sosa 21 2007 38 TEX AL 114 454 412 53 104 24 1 92 34 3 112 3 0 5 11 0 0 .252 .311 .468 .779 *D9H
14 Paul O'Neill 21 2001 38 NYY AL 137 563 510 77 136 33 1 70 48 4 59 2 0 3 20 22 3 .267 .330 .459 .789 *9/DH
15 Will Clark 21 2000 36 TOT ML 130 507 427 78 136 30 2 70 69 3 69 7 0 4 7 5 2 .319 .418 .546 .964 *3/DH
16 Dave Nilsson 21 1999 29 MIL NL 115 404 343 56 106 19 1 62 53 6 64 2 2 4 7 1 2 .309 .400 .554 .954 *2H/D
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2014.

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