Originally Posted by Salukifan2
The question is not what is the greatest season ever in comparison to what the other players in the league were doing. Unless they can determine the balls were wound tighter in 1930, or bats were harder in 1930 i dont think it really matters what the league average says. In fact it may help Wilson's case. In the year where so many were having MVP seasons his stood head and shoulders above the rest.
If how good the season is relative to compettitors is what we are looking at then Ruth's early Yankee seasons should win hands down.
I would also like to nominate Bob Gibson's 1968 season:
22-9, ERA of 1.12, 13 shutouts, 28 Complete games, 304.2 IP and only 198 hits, 268 k's, ERA+ 258, WHIP .853.
Accolades: MVP, Cy Young Award, All-Star, Gold Glove
Relative to the competitors, Bonds 2002 was still better than anyone in the history of the game.
On the pitching side of things, things get murkier, but I still say that what Pedro Martinez did in 2000 was the most incredible pitching performance ever. Height of the steroid era, he posted a 1.74 ERA in a hitter friendly park with a 0.74 WHIP, 128 hits, 284 strikeouts and 32 walks in 217 innings (I will admit, the innings total does work against him). That 1.74 ERA led the American League. The guy who finished in second place? Roger Clemens, who posted a 3.70 ERA. His ERA+ of 291 is second only to Tim Keefe in 1880 (in just 12 games).