Batting Average : 1978 National League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

"Over 162 games, if my big guys are hitting and we get even halfway decent pitching, we'll beat their (our opponents) brains out." - Cincinnati Reds' Manager Sparky Anderson
1978 Batting Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Dave Parker .334 (.33391) Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Steve Garvey .316 (.31612) Los Angeles Dodgers 2
Jose Cruz .315 (.31504) Houston Astros 3
Bill Madlock .309 (.30872) San Francisco Giants 4
Dave Winfield .308 (.30835) San Diego Padres 5
Gene Richards .308 (.30811) San Diego Padres 6
Jack Clark .306 (.30574) San Francisco Giants 7
Pete Rose .302 (.30229) Cincinnati Reds 8
Jeff Burroughs .301 (.30123) Atlanta Braves 9
Dave Concepcion .301 (.30088) Cincinnati Reds 10
Warren Cromartie .297 (.29654) Montreal Expos 11
Enos Cabell .295 (.29545) Houston Astros 12
Reggie Smith .295 (.29530) Los Angeles Dodgers 13
Larry Bowa .294 (.29358) Philadelphia Phillies 14
Tony Perez .290 (.29044) Montreal Expos 15
Ellis Valentine .289 (.28947) Montreal Expos 16
Terry Whitfield .289 (.28893) San Francisco Giants 17
Terry Puhl .289 (.28889) Houston Astros 18
Bob Watson .289 (.28850) Houston Astros 19
Ken Griffey .288 (.28827) Cincinnati Reds 20
Garry Maddox .288 (.28763) Philadelphia Phillies 21
Ted Simmons .287 (.28682) St. Louis Cardinals 22
Bill Russell .286 (.28640) Los Angeles Dodgers 23
Gary Matthews .285 (.28481) Atlanta Braves 24
Richie Hebner .283 (.28276) Philadelphia Phillies 25

The first player from the Angels franchise (they were the California Angels at the time) to wear the number twenty-five was Bob Perry .

The most recognizable Detroit Tiger to wear the number twenty-five was probably Norm Cash (who wore it from 1960 through 1974), but did you know that Hall of Famer Larry Doby also wore it during his single season with Detroit?

Jim Thome wore number twenty-five since he first came up with the Cleveland Indians making him the franchise record holder for that particular number ( Mike Garcia is second).

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