Jim Thome – 52
Many people forget about Thome’s’ excellence in 2002 because Alex Rodriguez hit 57 home runs. But Thome was also fantastic but did everything without using performance-enhancing drugs. Very few players escaped accusation during the Steroid Era but Thome was one of the few.
That’s why he’s in the Hall of Fame but most of his generation didn’t get a place. Thome didn’t even lead MLB in home runs this year but he proved that he was one of the NL’s top sluggers. He was phenomenal for the Indians in 2002 and played well for multiple other franchises (via Canton Rep).