This is where you say “Berkman played rightfield?” Well, I admit, this one is kind of cheating. Berkman played 90 games in right and 70 in left on the 2004 team that was, again, oh-so-close. So sue me, I want to throw the Big Puma into the mix.
- 30 home runs/40 doubles/106 RBI
- (not going to brag about strikeout numbers on this one)
By Berkman’s career’s standards, this is actually a pretty average offensive season. (This is your friendly reminder that when Lance was in his prime, he was one of the best all around hitters in the game). It was slightly above his average defensively though: he made 11 outfield assists that season and only made two errors.
His 6.0 WAR was, um, pretty good, too. That’s actually tied for third-best in his career though, and in 2005, a very special year as we all know, his WAR was just 3.2. Wacky how these things work out sometimes.
Nonetheless, yes, Berkman was only *technically* the primary rightfielder, but I felt I couldn’t leave him off this list. That kind of production out of a corner outfielder is about as good as you can ask for.
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