Had his most plate appearances since 2003, and put up his best rate stats since his MVP season. Actually, since offensive levels are slightly down since 1999, his adjusted rate stats were very nearly equal — his OPS+ of 166 was just two points lower. His .337 batting average was a career high, and he just missed the batting title. Has still never led the league in an official stat, but his OPS, OPS+, and Offensive Winning Percentage were best in the NL. In other words, he was the best hitter in the league, if you ignore that he missed 29 games.
Some thought he should have won the Gold Glove; I didn’t, but he was much improved and would have been a better pick than David Wright. He’s a far better third baseman than he was before his exile in the outfield, which is odd when you think about it. His range isn’t great, but he doesn’t make many errors… 5 of 6 on stolen base attempts, now 18 of 21 over the last four years. Hit four triples and 42 doubles, the latter a career high. Not bad for a guy with bad legs.
Passed Murphy on the franchise home run list last year, and now holds virtually every important Atlanta career hitting record. Fourteen homers short of 400, one RBI and four runs short of 1300. 31 games away from passing Murphy for the Atlanta record for games played, third on the franchise list. 89 RBI behind Mathews for second on the franchise list behind the all-time MLB leader. Six triples behind Garr for the Atlanta record.
His most-similar hitter (through Age 35), as for most of his career, is Gary Sheffield. His most-similar retired hitter is Duke Snider, and his list includes three other Hall of Famers (Billy Williams, Schmidt, and Reggie) and five guys who aren’t yet eligible. He in fact has similar career statistics to the final stats of three Hall of Famers, Snider, Chuck Klein, and Johnny Mize. A batting title would have come in handy come voting time, though.