Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox was the last player to bat over .400 in a season. Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres made a run for it in 1994 when he hit .394 and the only other player to make a serious go at the elusive plateau was George Brett in 1980. He hit .390 that year. Gwynn only appeared in 110 games and had just 475 plate appearances. Brett played in just 117 games and had slightly more at-bats that Gwynn at 515. That makes Williams’ feat all the more impressive. Williams played in 146 games and had 606 plate appearances and finished .406 1941.
Brett was at .407 on Aug. 26, but then hit just .265 that final month and some change. In an interview with Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, Brett says there will never be another player that hits .400 or even comes close. Brett cites better pitchers and more specialists used in the bullpens that will make it impossible for hitters to achieve that standard. Check out this segment and the entire interview below from CBS Sports.