Major League Record Book: Runs in a Season

We will now turn our attention over to the seasonal major league record book. Like with the minor leagues, ATVL will focus on one of the seasons to profile, instead of additions and changes.

2006-2018
1 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2017 94
2 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2013 92
3 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2016 91
4 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2016 88
5 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2012 86
Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2013 86
Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2015 86
8 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2014 79
9 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2013 75
10 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2018 74
11 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2017 72
12 Jon Jay Staunton ’04 2012 70
13 Jason Kipnis Covington ’06-7 2018 65
14 Yonder Alonso Luray ’06 2018 64
15 Dan Murphy Luray ’04-5 2012 62

Daniel Murphy was pretty good a year ago. In 2017 with the Nationals, he hit 322/384/543, with 94 runs, 93 RBIs, 43 doubles, 3 triples, 23 home runs, and a 52/77 BB/K ratio. He was an All-Star, finished 19th in MVP voting, and won the Silver Slugger. According to baseball-reference, he earned 2.8 WAR.

All-Time
1 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1996 126
2 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1996 118
3 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2001 108
4 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1998 107
David Eckstein Harrisonburg ’95-6 2002 107
6 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1995 104
7 Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1997 101
8 John Kruk New Market ’81 1993 100
Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 1999 100
Steve Finley Harrisonburg ’85 2000 100
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2003 100
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2004 100
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2010 100
14 Mo Vaughn Harrisonburg ’87 1995 98
15 Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 2010 97
16 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2005 96
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2007 96
Aubrey Huff Staunton ’97 2008 96
Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’98 2010 96
Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 2017 96

According to OPS+, Steve Finley‘s age-31 season in 1996 was the best of his career. In 161 games and 655 at-bats, Steve scored 126 runs, drove in 95, and hit 45 doubles, 9 triples, and 30 home runs. He had a 56/87 BB/K ratio, and even stole 22 vases. He was 10th in the MVP voting, and won a Gold Glove. According to BR, he ended the season with 5.8 WAR, also the best of his career.

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