Cal Ripken Is The Owner Of 2 Most Valuable Player Awards!!!
What is amazing about Cal Ripken, and his 21 seasons in the big leagues is that his production was pretty consistent throughout. Sure, just like every player with a lengthy career, Cal had spikes of success in various aspects of the game. But the consistent approach and results that he achieved from his hard work made him a superstar.
Let’s take a look at the two best years of his career. By the way, they came 8 years apart.
In 1983, in just his second full season in the majors, Cal began to dominate. Collecting 211 hits, a career high, Cal put it all together in ’83. He made the full-time switch to shortstop and his offensive game thrived. He became a key cog in the Orioles’ offensive attack, and his efforts helped land his team in the World Series. By the end of the 1983 campaign, Cal was sitting with 47 doubles, 27 homers, 121 runs scored, and 102 RBI. Cal became an All-Star in 1983 and also won his first Silver Slugger award.
In 1991, Cal Ripken won is second MVP award. He thrived again offensively, this time collecting 210 hits. And the power numbers kept coming as he tallied 46 doubles and 34 home runs, while driving in 114 and scoring 99 times. Cal was once again an All-star in ’91 and he also won his first ever Gold Glove award for his excellent defensive play.