Oakland Athletics Best Single Seasons

This is a list of the Oakland Athletics best single seasons. I decided to select two players for each infield position, six outfielders (regardless of specific position), and one designated hitter for each AL team. Hitters had to play at least 51% of games at their position. For pitching, we selected seven starting pitchers, three non-closers, and two closers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 20 games during the selected season. Relief pitchers were deemed non-closers if they saved less than 10 games. Closers are pitchers that save more than 10 games.


  • Catcher – Mickey Cochrane, 1933

  • Mickey Cochrane
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    154 .449 6.3 130 542 104 138 30 4 15 60 8 106 22 .322 .459 .515 .974

  • First Base – Jimmie Foxx, 1932

  • Jimmie Foxx
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    198 .522 10.5 154 702 151 213 33 9 58 169 3 116 96 .364 .469 .749 1.218

  • Second Base – Nap Lajoie, 1901

  • Nap Lajoie
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    186 .506 8.4 131 582 145 232 48 14 14 125 27 24 9 .426 .463 .643 1.106

  • Third Base – Home Run Baker, 1912

  • Home Run Baker
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    166 .441 9.3 149 648 116 200 40 21 10 130 40 50 38 .347 .404 .541 .945

  • Shortstop – Eddie Joost, 1949

  • Eddie Joost
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    136 .417 6.9 144 682 128 138 25 3 23 81 2 149 80 .263 .429 .453 .883

  • Outfield – Rickey Henderson, 1990

  • Rickey Henderson
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    190 .447 9.9 136 594 119 159 33 3 28 61 65 97 60 .325 .439 .577 1.016

  • Outfield – Reggie Jackson, 1969

  • Reggie Jackson
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    179 .442 9.2 152 678 123 151 36 3 47 118 13 114 142 .275 .410 .608 1.018

  • Outfield – Al Simmons, 1930

  • Al Simmons
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    174 .480 7.8 138 611 152 211 41 16 36 165 9 39 34 .381 .423 .708 1.130

  • Designated Hitter – John Jaha, 1999

  • John Jaha
    wRC+ wOBA WAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    149 .417 4.6 142 570 93 126 23 0 35 111 2 101 129 .276 .414 .556 .970

  • Starting Pitcher – Lefty Grove, 1931

  • Lefty Grove
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    46 10.1 41 30 31 4 2.06 288.2 27 4 5 84 66 62 175 5.5 1.077

  • Starting Pitcher – Jack Coombs, 1910

  • Jack Coombs
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    54 9.7 45 38 31 9 1.30 353 35 13 1 74 51 115 224 5.7 1.028

  • Starting Pitcher – Vida Blue, 1971

  • Vida Blue
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    56 9.0 39 39 24 8 1.82 312 24 8 0 73 63 88 301 8.7 0.952

  • Starting Pitcher – Rube Waddell, 1905

  • Rube Waddell
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    55 9.2 46 34 27 10 1.48 328.2 27 7 0 86 54 90 287 7.9 0.977

  • Starting Pitcher – Bobby Shantz, 1952

  • Bobby Shantz
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    66 9.1 33 33 24 7 2.48 279.2 27 5 0 87 77 63 152 4.9 1.048

  • Relief Pitcher – Joey Devine, 2008

  • Joey Devine
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    14 1.9 42 0 6 1 0.59 45.2 0 0 1 7 3 15 49 9.7 0.832

  • Relief Pitcher – Fernando Abad, 2014

  • Fernando Abad
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    43 1.7 69 0 2 4 1.57 57.1 0 0 0 11 10 15 51 8.0 0.855

  • Closer – Dennis Eckersley, 1990

  • Dennis Eckersley
    ERA- WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    16 3.3 63 0 4 2 0.61 73.1 0 0 48 9 5 4 73 9.0 0.614

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