Recently I was informed by a very wise Sabermetrics professor, if there was one stat to quantify hitting, the statistic to use would be Adjusted OPS+.

The formula given at http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/onbase_plus_slugging_plus_career.shtml

100*(OBP/lg OBP + SLG/lg SLG -1) Adjusted to the player’s ballpark.

There is no definition of how each ballpark is adjusted. Shouldn’t they be adjusted differently for left and right handed batters? A left handed batter in Yankee Stadium probably would hit more home runs than in Fenway Park, and the opposite for right handed hitters.

However the formula is determined, it really does not matter, because by using this number you really could rate every hitter that ever played the game.

Babe Ruth Wearing Crown

If you start from 1900 the top ten lifetime  list looks like this:

1 Babe Ruth                                    206

2 Ted Williams                             190

3 Barry Bonds                               182

4 Lou Gehrig                                  179

5 Rogers Hornsby                       175

6 Mickey Mantle                          172

7 Shoeless Joe Jackson           170

8 Ty Cobb                                          168

9 Albert Pujols                               168

10 Jimmie Foxx                            163

Looking at this statistic one would say that Albert Pujols is one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game.

Last season Buster Posey led all of baseball with an OPS+ of 172, Mike Trout was next at 171. If Trout can keep that up for 20 years he will end up right between Mickey Mantle and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

When you look at the single season record for OPS+ you can see where Barry Bonds does not deserve to have his name on any of these records.

The top ten seasons for Adjusted OPS+ are scarred by Barry Bonds and his PED inflated numbers.

1 Barry Bonds (37)              268   2002

2 Barry Bonds (39)              263   2004

3 Barry Bonds (36)              259   2001

4 Babe Ruth    (25)            255   1920

5 Babe Ruth    (28)               239   1923

6 Babe Ruth    (26)               238   1921

7 Ted Williams (22)       235   1941

8 Ted Williams (38)            233   1957

9 Barry Bonds  (38)            231   2003

10 Babe Ruth   (31)             225   1926

10 Babe Ruth   (32)       225   1927

Barry Bonds ended up number three lifetime, but his four best individual seasons were all in the top ten ever from 2001-2004.

Baseball needs to take this fraud out of all of the MLB record books. Bonds does not deserve to be up there with Williams and Ruth.

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The top ten seasons ever for OPS+ should read like this:

1. Babe Ruth                  (25)   255   1920

2 Babe Ruth                   (28)   239   1923

3 Babe Ruth                   (26)   238   1921

4 Ted Williams             (22)    235   1941

5 Ted Williams             (38)    233   1957

6 Babe Ruth                  (31)   225    1926

7 Babe Ruth                  (32)   225    1927

8 Rogers Hornsby (28)  222    1924

9 Mickey Mantle         (25)  221    1957

10 Lou Gehrig         (24)  220    1927

Babe Ruth had the next three highest 1924, 1931, and 1919. followed by Ted Williams in 1942 and 1946.

Ruth’s 1919 year was in Boston. In 1957 both Mantle and Williams had two of the top ten hitting seasons ever in the same year. Mantle won the MVP award.

These numbers rate all the great hitters of the game. Now lets take Barry Bonds out of these record books and restore the Glory of the Game.

Do you agree that Barry Bonds name should not be included in the records.