Eddie Murray, 1990
Stats: .330/.414/.520/.934, 26 HR, 95 RBI, 184 H, 159 OPS+, .407 wOBA, 156 wRC+
Awards: Silver Slugger Award, MVP (5th)
Baseball Reference WAR: 5.2
FanGraphs WAR: 5.9
Combined WAR: 5.55
Eddie Murray has quite the resume for his career. He’s in the Hall of Fame, is an 8-time All-Star and a Rookie of the Year, not to mention winning a few Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. Though he spent a good part of his career with the Orioles, Murray did play for the Dodgers for three seasons, we won’t include those nine games he suited up for LA in 1997.
We’ll be highlighting his 1990 campaign, in which he finished fifth in the NL MVP voting, and won a Silver Slugger Award. Murray is one of eight Dodgers to finish a season with at least 26 home runs, 184 hits and a .330 average.
Though he was great all season, Murray really was a force to be reckoned with during the second half of the season. Over his remaining 89 games, Murray hit .362/.443/.560/1.003. He hit 17 home runs, drove in 59 runs and walked 49 times. During that stretch, he had 121 hits, which was a 162-game pace of 220 hits for a season.
His best stretch was from June 29 through August 10, where he hit .386 with an OPS just below 1.100.
Here’s where he ranked in the NL in 1990:
- .330 AVG (2nd)
- .414 OBP (3rd)
- .934 OPS (2nd)
- 184 hits (6th)
- 96 runs (8th)
- 95 RBI (9th)
- 290 bases (7th)
- 21 intentional walks (1st)
Game of the year
August 5 at San Francisco: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 IBB