Tim Salmon, 2000
Stats: .290/.404/.540/.945, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 165 H, 108 R, 104 BB, 135 OPS+, 307 TB
Baseball Reference WAR: 4.4
FanGraphs WAR: 4.5
Combined WAR: 4.45
Tim Salmon finds himself on this countdown a number of times. Today, we’ll look back at his 2000 campaign.
Overall, it was one of the better seasons Salmon had during his 14-year career. His 34 homers were tied for the most he’d ever hit in a season, his 108 runs scored were the second most, his OPS and slugging percentage were the second best and his 104 walks were the most. An overall successful season. The crazy thing is, he had much better seasons that we’ll get to at a later date.
For the month of August, Salmon was named the American League Player of the Week twice, but somehow didn’t take home the Player of the Month honor. For August, Salmon hit .387/.462/.753/1.215 with eight homers and 20 runs driven in. He also had eight doubles and scored 21 runs. If you actually stretch it back through his final eight games in July, Salmon hit .408 with an OPS of above 1.300. There wasn’t a better hitter in baseball during that time.