Stats and Ranks
Some Interesting Stats and Facts
- One of 5 players, and the only infielder, to win the regular season and World Series MVP in the same season (Sandy Koufax, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson and Willie Stargell).
- Led the NL by a wide-margin in several categories including HR (13 more than 2nd place), SLG% (107 points), OPS (102 points), RBI (12), Extra Base hits (16)
- 2nd most HR ever by a full-time 3B (A-Rod, 54 in 2007)
- 13th best OPS+ by a 3B in history
- 7th highest SLG% by a 3B in history
- One of 4 3B in history to win a Gold Glove at 3B with an OPS over 1.000 (George Brett 1985, Scott Rolen 2004 and juiced-out-of-his-gourd Ken Caminiti 1996).
- Was 2 full wins better than anyone else in the National League per the WAR stat, and was the 3rd best fielder at any position
Why He’s Here
The greatest season ever by the greatest Phillie ever. Pretty easy, right?
It’s possible that 1981 would have ended up as a better season were it not shortened by a strike, but 1980 really had it all for Schmidt. Best player in the league, best player in the World Series.
It falls at 3 because it isn’t in the discussion for a top-25 season in baseball history like the 2 ahead of him, but it is certainly in the discussion for the best ever by a 3B.
He dominated the NL in almost every offensive category and did it while being one of the best fielders as well. He hit the ball like he was in the steroid era, in a year where only 3 players hit 30+ HR in the NL (let alone 48) and 7 players had over 50 steals. If not for A-Rod’s steroid binge, his 48 HR by a full-time 3B would still be the benchmark (tied by Adrian Beltre in his fluke 2004 season).
#10. Dick Allen, 1966
#11. Jimmy Rollins, 2007
#12. Billy Hamilton, 1894
#13. Ed Delahanty, 1895
#14. Curt Schilling, 1997
#15 - Lefty O’Doul, 1929
#16 - Brad Lidge, 2008
#17 - Chris Short, 1964
#18 - John Denny, 1983
#19 - Tug McGraw, 1980
#20 - Greg Luzinksi, 1977
#21 - Gavvy Cravath, 1913
#22 - Lenny Dykstra, 1993
Five pitchers that just missed (and criteria for rankings)