First, I want to list the players who had at least twenty more home runs in their top HR season than in their second-highest HR season. Twenty is just an arbitrary number, but it's round and not too exclusionary.
- Brady Anderson
Top Season: 50, 1996
Second Highest Season: 24, 1999
- Luis Gonzalez
Top Season: 57, 2001
Second Highest Season: 31, 2000
- Davey Johnson
Top Season: 43, 1973
Second Highest Season: 18, 1971
- Barry Bonds
Top Season: 73, 2001
Second Highest Season: 49, 2000
- Roger Maris
Top Season: 61, 1961
Second Highest Season: 39, 1960
- Adrian Beltre
Top Season: 48, 2004
Second Highest Season: 26, 2007
- Hit Career High in 2007
Here's a table of all players (with a career high of over 20 HR, there's that number again) who had a home run season at least twice that of each of the rest of their seasons. No player before 1930 managed to pull it off, but that's not really a surprise given the paucity of homers in the deadball era.
|Name||Highest HR Total||2nd Highest||Difference||Year|
Dave Roberts (not the active player)
Obviously, some of the players towards the bottom can potentially be bumped off the list. Note: I tried to find all of the players who made themselves eligible for the big list in 2007 for the short list at the end, but it's entirely possible I missed someone.