Slugging Average : 1997 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:

"I don't think I stayed for a complete game that first year (in Arizona). But something happened. During the second year, I started watching more intently, listening to the broadcasters talk about strategy. I started getting it. Suddenly, a 162-game season didn't seem ridiculously long anymore." - Richard Ruelas in The Arizona Republic (11-07-2001)
1997 Slugging Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Larry Walker .720 (.72007) Colorado Rockies 1
Mike Piazza .638 (.63849) Los Angeles Dodgers 2
Jeff Bagwell .592 (.59187) Houston Astros 3
Andres Galarraga .585 (.58500) Colorado Rockies 4
Ray Lankford .585 (.58495) St. Louis Cardinals 5
Barry Bonds .585 (.58459) San Francisco Giants 6
Todd Hundley .549 (.54916) New York Mets 7
Vinny Castilla .547 (.54739) Colorado Rockies 8
Tony Gwynn .547 (.54730) San Diego Padres 9
Raul Mondesi .541 (.54058) Los Angeles Dodgers 10
J.T. Snow .510 (.51036) San Francisco Giants 11
Dante Bichette .510 (.50980) Colorado Rockies 12
Ken Caminiti .508 (.50823) San Diego Padres 13
David Segui .505 (.50545) Montreal Expos 14
Butch Huskey .503 (.50318) New York Mets 15
Craig Biggio .501 (.50081) Houston Astros 16
Moises Alou .493 (.49257) Florida Marlins 17
Ryan Klesko .490 (.49036) Atlanta Braves 18
John Olerud .489 (.48855) New York Mets 19
Wally Joyner .486 (.48571) San Diego Padres 20
Jeff Blauser .482 (.48170) Atlanta Braves 21
Sammy Sosa .480 (.47975) Chicago Cubs 22
Chipper Jones .479 (.47906) Atlanta Braves 23
Henry Rodriguez .479 (.47899) Montreal Expos 24
Rondell White .478 (.47804) Montreal Expos 25

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

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.

Jack Clark , Denny Galehouse , Dizzy Trout and Tony Conigliaro .

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