Andruw Jones - 2006 (41 HRs), 2005 (51 HRs)
Soon to be Braves Hall of Famer, Andruw Jones displayed some magical defense and a powerful bat throughout his Braves career. Jones’ flirted with the 40 homer mark a few times early in his career, but in 2005 he put together the best home run season in franchise history.
In 2005 Jones went ballistic, smashing a franchise record 51 home runs, along with a .575 slugging percentage, 134 wRC+, and career-high 7.9 fWAR season. The ‘05 baby Braves was the first year I remember being really tuned in every night as a nine year-old boy.
The team was fun and energetic, and Andruw’s amazing season quickly made him my favorite Brave. It was a career year for Jones, one that saw him finish second in NL MVP voting to the great Albert Pujols.
Javy Lopez - 2003 (43 HRs)
We have touched on it a bit at the site, but the 2003 Braves had a BUNCH of sluggers. It has often been regarded as the best Braves offense of all-time, that is until this season perhaps?
Leading the way in the home run department was the heart-throb himself, catcher Javy Lopez. He set a career-highs in numerous categories in 2003 including: homers (43), wOBA (.442), wRC+ (170), and fWAR (6.8). Partner that with a ridiculous .328/.378/.687 slash line and you see why it was a career year for Javy.
As we mentioned that offense absolutely mashed, and it had another player finish just short of the 40 homer mark. Gary Sheffield finished that season with 39 bombs. That 2003 team had six different players break the 20 home run mark. Javy paced the group and his season should be talked about more.
Chipper Jones - 1999 (45 HRs)
I mentioned Chipper’s 1999 MVP season earlier for good reason. That season makes the fifth most recent entry on our 40 home runs in a season list. Chipper hit 468 career homers, but none more in a season than the 45 he hit in 1999.
We all know the pedigree Chipper has, he’s a hall of fame switch hitter with a career .303/.401/.529 slash line, eight-time all-star, and batting title winner. There’s a reason he is still involved with so many of our hitters today.
1999 was the peak of his power department, but his baseball talent never dipped from there. That type of consistent greatness is what made him a first-ballot hall of famer. Let’s take a look at that ‘99 season though, because it deserves some recognition.
Chipper put together a career-high in homers, along with .319/.441/.663 slash line, plus 110 RBIs and 25 SBs. For fun I will leave you with a display of all that, when Chipper had a day against a fellow hall of famer, and one of the greatest pitchers of all-time.