Frank Robinson, 1973
Stats: .266/.372/.489/.861, 30 HR, 97 RBI, 142 H, 85 R, 29 2B, 151 OPS+
Baseball Reference WAR: 4.8
FanGraphs WAR: 4.2
Combined WAR: 4.5
Frank Robinson was one of the better players of his generation. His Hall of Fame career spanned 20 years, and nearly 2 seasons of it was actually spent in Anaheim with the Angels. He technically played 1 3⁄4 seasons with the club, as in 1974 he was traded to the Indians in middle of September.
Today we’ll be looking back at his 1973 season, which was his last great season of his career. He finished 15th in MVP voting, the final season he’d receive votes.
Robinson had a slow first half, hence why he wasn’t named to the All-Star team. He began to really go on a tear during the second half, which is what led to him receiving MVP votes. During the second half of the 1973 campaign, Robinson hit .289/.381/.530/.911 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in only 66 games. A pretty good pace if you ask me.
In addition, Robinson scored 45 runs and walked 36 times. At the age of 37, he was averaging a combined two hits and runs per game.