Best Offensive Seasons

10 Best Offensive Seasons By A Shortstop

Much like second base and catcher, the shortstop is a position that has historically been a defense first position. Players like Honus Wagner, Ernie Banks, and Cal Ripken set the stage for the offensive output the position has come to expect. A defensive player still has a place in today’s game but he needs to have a potential to produce at minimum average numbers at the dish.

Honorable Mention


  • 10. Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs, 1959

    • Age: 28
    • NL MVP
    • NL All-Star


    Ernie Banks Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    10.2 155 589 97 179 25 6 45 143 2 4 64 72 .304 .374 .596 .970

    • 9. Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals, 1917

      • Age: 21


      Rogers Hornsby Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      9.9 145 523 86 171 24 17 8 66 17 45 34 .327 .385 .484 .868

      • 8. Lou Boudreau, Cleveland Indians, 1948

        • Age: 30
        • AL MVP
        • AL All-Star


        Lou Boudreau Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        10.4 152 560 116 199 34 6 18 106 3 2 51 50 .355 .453 .534 .987

        • 7. Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1905

          • Age: 31


          Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          10.2 147 548 114 199 32 14 6 101 57 54 53 .363 .427 .505 .932

          • 6. Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners, 1996


          • Alex Rodriguez Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            9.4 146 601 141 215 54 1 36 123 15 4 59 104 .358 .414 .631 1.045

            • 5. Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1906

              • Age: 32


              Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              9.3 142 516 103 175 38 9 2 71 53 1 58 31 .339 .416 .459 .875

              • 4. Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1909

                • Age: 35


                Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                9.2 137 495 92 168 39 10 5 100 35 66 24 .339 .420 .489 .909

                • 3. Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1907

                  • Age: 33


                  Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  9.0 142 515 98 180 38 14 6 82 61 46 40 .350 .408 .513 .921

                  • 2. Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1904

                    • Age: 30


                    Honus Wagner Batting Statistics
                    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                    8.3 132 490 97 171 44 14 4 75 53 59 44 .349 .423 .520 .944

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