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Peak Peek
2003-12-04 06:17
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Looking at the ages of the hitters the Dodgers are pursuing, I got to wondering about how old certain Dodger players from the past were when they had their best offensive seasons.

I ended up looking up EQAs on Baseball Prospectus for about 50 Dodgers - just about everyone who was a regular for at least two seasons. (I omitted current, younger Dodgers, because they would skew the chart.)

Not surprisingly, some of the players were not with the Dodgers when they had their best season. But it's not as bad as the cynical among you might think.

I won't try to draw any conclusions from this chart, but I will say I thought I'd see more 27s than I saw 29s or 31s.

To think Rick Monday has been coasting for 35 years now ...

Career-Best EQAs of Selected Dodgers

Player EQAYearAge
Rick Monday.310196822
Tommy Davis.320196223
Dusty Baker.307197223
Ron Fairly.299196223
Delino DeShields.290199223
Jim Lefebvre.295196624
Roger Cedeno.290199924
Mike Scioscia.310198525
Mike Marshall.299198525
Marquis Grissom.287199225
Jeff Hamilton.250198925
Kal Daniels.325199026
Willie Crawford.312197326
Steve Sax.306198626
Raul Mondesi.304199726
Juan Samuel.283198726
Joe Ferguson.279197326
Gary Sheffield.356199627
Duke Snider.342185427
Eric Karros.308199527
Mariano Duncan.288199027
Mike Piazza.356199728
Shawn Green.323200128
Ken Landreaux.285198328
Charlie Neal.275195928
Ted Sizemore.265197328
Alfredo Griffin.262198628
Pedro Guerrero.350198529
Paul Lo Duca.309200129
Jose Offerman.304199829
Steve Garvey.302197829
Willie Davis.300196929
Franklin Stubbs.295199029
Maury Wills.289196229
Gil Hodges.311195430
Wes Parker.309197030
Greg Brock.283198730
John Shelby.280198830
Lou Johnson.276196530
Kirk Gibson.326198831
Wally Moon.322196131
Brett Butler.319198831
Carl Furillo.317195331
Ron Cey.313197931
Candy Maldonado.299199231
Tom Haller.297196831
Bill Buckner.291198131
Reggie Smith.337197732
Frank Howard.337196932
Eddie Murray.334199034
Davey Lopes.308197934
Jim Gilliam.297196334

I'm sure you're all fascinated to learn that Jeff Hamilton peaked at age 25.

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