Batting Average : 1982 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:

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"The baseball season - six months & 2,106 games - is flat out long, and it's a rare one of those games that doesn't ramble or sputter or digress or somehow violate the rules of dramatic narrative. Baseball takes its own sweet time reaching its conclusions." - Dwight Allen in Reds, Yanks and O's (1989)

1982 Batting Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Al Oliver .331 (.33063) Montreal Expos 1
Bill Madlock .319 (.31866) Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Leon Durham .312 (.31169) Chicago Cubs 3
Lonnie Smith .307 (.30743) St. Louis Cardinals 4
Bill Buckner .306 (.30594) Chicago Cubs 5
Pedro Guerrero .304 (.30435) Los Angeles Dodgers 6
Andre Dawson .301 (.30099) Montreal Expos 7
Dusty Baker .300 (.30000) Los Angeles Dodgers 8
Keith Hernandez .299 (.29879) St. Louis Cardinals 9
Tony Pena .296 (.29577) Pittsburgh Pirates 10
Terry Kennedy .295 (.29537) San Diego Padres 11
Ray Knight .294 (.29392) Houston Astros 12
Gary Carter .293 (.29264) Montreal Expos 13
Joe Morgan .289 (.28942) San Francisco Giants 14
Sixto Lezcano .289 (.28936) San Diego Padres 15
Ken Oberkfell .289 (.28936) St. Louis Cardinals
Cesar Cedeno .289 (.28862) Cincinnati Reds 17
Bo Diaz .288 (.28762) Philadelphia Phillies 18
Dave Concepcion .287 (.28671) Cincinnati Reds 19
Gene Richards .286 (.28599) San Diego Padres 20
Ken Landreaux .284 (.28416) Los Angeles Dodgers 21
Jason Thompson .284 (.28364) Pittsburgh Pirates 22
Steve Sax .282 (.28213) Los Angeles Dodgers 23
Steve Garvey .282 (.28160) Los Angeles Dodgers 24
George Hendrick .282 (.28155) St. Louis Cardinals 25
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Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros had his number twenty-five retired on October 3, 1992, and became the first Major League player with that particular retired number.

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

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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