Posted on: November 25, 2008 10:53 am
Edited on: January 15, 2009 7:00 pm
 

Alltime MLB Rosters

We really need this to help with trade talk and gameplanning

Goblue142- No Team Name yet

Park- Kauffman Stadim
1B-Frank Thomas
2B-Joe Morgan
3B-Home Run Baker
SS-Joe Sewell
C-Gabby Hartnett
LF-Sam Crawford
CF-Tris Speaker
RF-Babe Ruth

Bench-Albert Belle (OF), Larry Doby (OF), Charlie Keller (OF), Lou Whitaker (2B), Chase Utley (2B), Frank Chance (1B), Johnny Pesky (SS/3B), and Buck Ewing (C)

SP-Greg Maddux, Hal Newhouser, Robin Roberts, Chief Bender

Bullpen-John Wetteland (CL), Tom Henke, John Hiller, Bobby Jenks, and Red Faber

Nyyanks- NY Cyclones

Park- Camden Yards

Lineup:
vs. RHP:

  1. Eddie Collins 2B
  2. Barry Larkin SS
  3. Harry Heilmann RF
  4. Lou Gehrig 1B
  5. Al Simmons LF
  6. Ken Boyer 3B 
  7. Jim Edmonds CF (Hugh Duffy plays against LHP)
  8. Roger Bresnahan C
  9. SP

Starting Rotation:

  1. Lefty Grove
  2. Whitey Ford
  3. Kid Nichols
  4. Lefty Gomez

Bullpen:

  1. CL - Rollie Fingers
  2. SU - Trevor Hoffman
  3. MRP- Sparky Lyle
  4. MRP - Rick Aguilera
  5. MRP/LRP/5thSP - Jose Rijo
  6. MRP - Gene Garber
  7. LRP - Tony Mullane

Bench: Bench: Bobby Bonds (OF). Todd Helton (3B). Ernie Lombardi (C). Pete Runnels (1B, 2B, 3B, SS). Hugh Duffy (OF). Tony Lazzeri (2B, 3B, SS).

Lazer_Wright- Lazer's Legends

Park- Kingdome

  1. Jose Reyes  SS
  2. Charlie Gehringer 2B
  3. Mike Piazza C
  4. Ted Williams LF
  5. Johnny Mize 1B
  6. Larry Walker RF
  7. Jim Thome 3B
  8. Max Carey CF
  9. Pitcher's spot

Bench

  • Ed Delahanty OF/IF
  • Edgar Martinez  1b/3b
  • Bob Boone C
  • Goose Goslin OF
  • Tony Fernandez  IF
  • Frank White 2B

Rotation

  • Ed Walsh
  • Jim Bunning
  • Luis Tiant
  • Jack Morris
  • Rube Marquard

Bullpen

  • Dennis Eckersley
  • Troy Percival
  • Al Hrabowsky
  • Jeff Montgomery
  • Gary LaVelle 
  • Dave Foutz also 1B/OF

14 Straight- No team name yet

Park- Turner Field

Lineup:

  1. Tim Raines, LF
  2. Nomar Garciaparra, SS
  3. Rogers Hornsby, 2B
  4. Jimmie Foxx, 1B
  5. Eddie Mathews, 3B
  6. Dale Murphy, RF
  7. Fred Lynn, CF
  8. Ted Simmons, C
Rotation:
  1. Walter Johnson
  2. Rube Waddell
  3. Eddie Cicotte
  4. Dwight Gooden

Bullpen:

  1. Bruce Sutter
  2. B.J. Ryan
  3. Mark Wohlers
  4. John Smoltz 
  5. Mark Mulder
  6. Roger McDowell
  7. Herb Score 

Bench:

  1. Brian McCann, C
  2. Edgar Renteria, SS
  3. Snuffy Stirnweiss, 2B
  4. Adam Dunn, U
  5. Andruw Jones, CF
  6. John Olerud, 1B

Cordog- Bad News Bears

Park- Dodger Stadium

Lineup:

1.  Lou Brock (L)
2.  Willy Mays (R)
3. George Brett (L)
4. Eddie Murray (S)
5. Ernie Banks (R)
6. Dave Parker (L)
7.  Elston Howard (R)
8. Craig Biggio (R)
9. Pitcher

Bench- SS/2B-Lou Boudreau, OF-Juan Gonzalez, 1B/3B- Dan Brouthers, OF- Dwight Evans, 1B- Steve Garvey, C-Steve O'neill

Rotation- Roger Clemens, Gaylord Perry, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser, Mickey Lolich
Bullpen- Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith, Randy Meyers, Frank Viola, Willie Hernandez, Todd Jones

Goodfellas- No Team Name Yet
Park-Tiger Stadium

C- Roy Campanella
1B- Rafeal Palmeiro
2B- Luis Aparicio
SS- Ozzie Smith
3B- Ron Santo
LF- Hank Aaron
CF- Ricky Henderson
RF- Pete Rose

Bench- Minnie Minoso, Omar Vizquel, Carlos Delgado, Bernie Williams, Robin Ventura, Jason Varitek.

SP- Tom Seaver
SP- Eddie Plank
SP- Kevin Brown
SP- Andy Pettite
SP- Josh Beckett

RP- Jake Peavy
RP- Cole Hamels
RP- Kerry Wood
RP- Jason Isringhausen
RP- Armando Benitez

CL- Francisco Rodriguez.

Gonzagafan- Arizona Lizards

Park- Skydome

C-Joe Torre
1B- Ryan Howard
2B- Mickey Morandi
SS- Derek Jeter
3B- Scott Rolen
OF- Manny Ramirez
OF- Ty Cobb
OF- Sammy Sosa

Rotation: Johan Santana, Fergie Jenkins, Curt Schilling, Dazzy Vance, CC. Sabbathia
Bullpen: Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Mark Langston, Joaquim Soria, Jerry Reuss, Dave Stewart, Mel Stottlymere
Bench: Al Oliver, Gary Sheffield, Andres Galarraga, Chuck Knoblauch, Todd Hundley

Bigtenboy- Big Red Machine

Park-Sportsman Park

C-Bill Dickey
1B- Orlando Cepeda
2B- Frankie Frisch
SS- Joe Cronin
3B- Mike Schmitt
LF- Stan Musial
CF- Billy Hamilton
RF- Dave Winfield

Rotation-Warren Spahn, Jim Palmer, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro, Vida Blue
Bench-Jim Rice,Earl Combs, Bobby Doerr, Kenny Lofton, George Foster, Bob Boone
Relivers-Jose Mesa, Eric Gagne, Denny Mclain, Jimmy Key, Tom Gordon, Johnny Vander Meer

MrRedSoxBallr- Triple Crowners

Park- Wrigley Field

C-Micky Cochrane
1b- Albert Pujols
2b- Roberto Alomar
SS- Arky Vaughn
3b- Al Rosen
OF- Barry Bonds, Joe DiMaggio, Paul Waner

SP
Pedro Martinez
Bob Feller
Addie Joss
Catfish Hunter
Billy Pierce

RP
Mike Marshall
Doug Jones
Dave Smith
Fransisco Cordero
Jim Kaat
Bob Lemon

Bench
Alan Trammel
Earl Averril
Joe Medwick
Will Clark
Jimmy Rollins
Wally Schang

Tjwasnbury- Nap's Bats

Park- 3 Rivers Stadium

Rotation:

  1. Sandy Koufax
  2. Carl Hubbell 
  3. Early Wynn
  4. Fernando Valenzuela
  5. Tim Keefe

Bullpen(closer at top) :

  1. Hoyt Wilhelm
  2. Jeff Reardon
  3. Roberto Hernandez
  4. Rod Beck
  5. John Lackey

Lineup:

  1. Nap Lajoie
  2.  Paul Molitor
  3.  Carl Yastrzemski
  4.  Frank Robinson
  5.  Willie McCovey
  6. Yogi Berra
  7.  Hack Wilson
  8. Miguel Tejada

Bench:

  1. Roger Maris 
  2. Stan Hack 
  3. Joe Carter 
  4. Mark Grace 
  5.  Maury Wills
  6. Brett Butler
  7. Darrin Daulton

CraigFlorida- Tampa Staff Lightning-

Park- Petco

Rotation

  • Christy Matthewson
  • Pete Alexander
  • Smokey Joe Woods
  • Sam McDowell

Lineup:

  1. Tony Gwynn
  2. Dick Allen
  3. Duke Snider
  4. Hank Greenberg
  5. Ralph Kiner
  6. Rod Carew
  7. Bill Freehan
  8. Luke Appling
  9. P

Bench-Frank Howard, Andre Dawson, Roger Connor, Roger Davis, Cap Anson, Joe Mauer, Richie Ashburn
Bullpen- Bret Saberhagen, Dick Raddatz, Keith Foulke, Carl Mays, Greg Holsen, Ron Perranoski

RangersGiants- Greatest Active Players Alive

Park- Citi Field

 lineup     

  1.  Chipper Jones
  2.   Ivan Rodriguez
  3.   Roberto Clemate
  4.     Ken Griffy Jr.
  5.    David Wright
  6.     Mark Texeria
  7.     Hanley Rameriz
  8.     David Ortiz.
  9.    P

        Bench: Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Moises Alou, Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu

       Rotation

  1. Cy Young
  2.  Mike Mussina
  3.  Tom Glavine
  4.   Roy Owslat
  5.   David Wells

         Bullpen( In order)

  1.  Billy Wanger
  2.  Huston Street
  3.  Roy Halladay
  4.  Mark Eichron
  5.  J.J Putz
  6.  Ching Ming Wang
  7.  Duaner Sanchez

 

H20 Willy- No Team Name

Park- PNC Park

C- Thurmon Munson
1B- Don Mattingly
2B- Jackie Robinson
SS- Honus Wagner
3B- Wade Boggs
OF-Mickey Mantle
OF-Joe Jackson
OF-Vladamir Guerro

Rotation: Randy Johnson, Ron Guidry, JR  Richard, Tommy John, Dave Stieb
Bullpen- Goose Gossage, Dan Quissenberry, Joba Chamberlain, John Canderlai, Frank Tanana, Jeff Nelson
Bench- Darly Strawberry, Vince Coleman, Cecil Fielder, Benitiago Santiago, Jose Oquendo, Miguel Cabrera

MickeyMantl14- Daytona Beach Dachsaunds

Park- Riverfront Park

1B: Ted Kluszewski
2B: Billy Martin
3B Pie Traynor
SS: Pee Wee Reese
C: Johnny Bench
OF: Willie Stargell, Josh Hamilton, Reggie Jackson

SP:
Nolan Ryan
Iron Joe McGinnity
Mordecai Brown
Brandon Webb
Sal Magile

RP:
Preacher Roe
Virgil Trucks
Kent Tekulve
Don Larsen
Tug McGraw
Chris Welsh

Bench:
Sal Bando
Bill Mazeroski
Edd Rousch
Brandon Phillips
Ray Dandridge
Vada Pinson

Mike Oxlodge- Pride Worldwide

Park- Yankee Stadium

CF-Ichiro Suzuki
SS-Robin Yount
3B-Alex Rodriguez
1B-Harmen Killebrew
LF-Mel Ott
RF-Jose Canseco
2B-Jeff Kent
C-Gary Carter
Pitcher spot

Bench

1B/3B-Tony Perez
Utility-Julio Franco
OF-Alfonso Soriano
OF-Willie Mcgee
2B/SS-Michael Young
C-Jorge Posada

5-man rotation

SP-Bob Gibson
SP-Steve Carlton
SP-Juan Marichal
SP-Burt Blyleven
SP-Tim Lincecum

Bullpen

LRP-Pud Galvin
MRP-Bob Welch
MRP-Jesse Orosco
SU-Brad Lidge
SU-Dave Righetti
CP-Rob Nenn

Edwardsfan99- No Team name

Park- Fenway

 C C Fisk
1B Mark Mcqwire 
2B R Sandburg
SS Cal Ripkin Jr
3B B Robinson 
OF K Puckett
OF Billy Williams
OF Al Kaline

Pitchers:
Tim Hudson
D Dean 
Charles Radbourn
Red Ruffing
Wes Ferrell

Ted Lyons
Stan Covelseki
David Cone
S
 Paige 
John Franco

Bench 
Fred Mcgriff
G Sisler
B Terry
J Bagwell
Darrell Evens
G Nettles
John McGraw

This is it folks.  If I messed up your team, or you have a team name to submit, just comment on it

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 20, 2008 9:57 am
Edited on: January 11, 2009 9:59 am
 

Alltime MLB Mock Draft Divisions and Pool Play

Okay folks, goodfellas has asked me to take over for him as commish while he has personal business to attend to.  He gave me all of the divisions, and matchups for the 1st round of pool play.  Here is the divisions

Divison 1
14 Straight 2-1 (10-5)
Lazer_Wright  2-1  (10-9)
tjwasngbury  1-2 (6-8)
GoBlue942 1-2 (10-14)

Division 2
H20 Willy  3-0 (15-1)
EdwardsFan99  2-1  (12-7)
Goodfellas  1-2 (7-11)
RangersGiants  0-3 (1-16)

Division 3
MrRedSoxBaller  3-0 (13-1)
Cordog  2-1  (10-6)
BigTenBoy07  1-2 (7-10)
Gonzagafan  0-3 (2-15)

Division 4
Mike Oxlodge 3-0  (18-3)
CraigFlorida 2-1 (10-6)
nyyanks1524 1-2 ( 10-14)
MickMantl14  0-3 (1-16)

Starting next Monday, on November 24, we will have the first two games.  For the first few games, we will try 72 hour voting, but if that fails, we will go to 48 hour voting.  We will take a break from Thanksgiving until Monday December 1st, and then get the matches going again.  SO here are the games (all dates are subject to change due to emergencies and such)  The second team listed is the home team.  Games are 7 games series' in the same format as the World Series

Day 1, November 24
Goblue942 vs 14 Straight  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/11882903

Nyyanks1524 vs craigflorida  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/11883119

Day 2, December 1
H20 Willy vs rangersgiants  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12012479

MrRedSoxBaller vs Bigtenboy  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12012300

Day 3, December 4
Tjwansbury vs Lazer_Wright  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12074696

MikeOxlodge vs Mickeymant14  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12074549

Day 4, December 8
Goodfellas vs Edwardsfan99  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12162433

Clark Griswald vs cordog  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12162570

Day 5, December 11
MikeOxlodge vs nyyanks1523  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12225918

Goblue942 vs Lazer_Wright  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12226062

Day 6, December 13
Cordog vs bigtenboy  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12272638/0/1/12272663#ID
12272663

Edwardsfan99 vs rangersgiants  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12272536

Day 7, December 15
14 Straight vs tjwasngbury   http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12303528

craigflorida vs mickeymant14  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12303733

Day 8, December 17
Gonzagafan vs MRSB  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12347075

Goodfellas vs H20 Willy  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12347161

Day 9, Dec. 19
Lazer_Wright vs 14 Straight  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12389073

mikeoxlodge vs craigflorida  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12389178

Day 10, Dec. 21
MRSB vs cordog  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12433217

rangersgiants vs goodfellas  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12433384

Day 11, Jan.5
tjwasngbury vs goblue942  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12725675

mickmant14 vs nyyanks1524  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12725916/0/1/12725942#ID
12725942

Day 12, Jan. 7
bigtenboy vs Gonazagafan  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12774951

Edwardsfan99 vs H20 Willy  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
ges/chrono/12774874

These are the pool play matchups.  after that, i think we have a trade period, and then the second round of pool play for the tourney seeds starts.  The divisions for the second round of pool play will based on the order of each division.  Tiebreakers will be who has the highest voting percentage for them.  so good luck.

PM me your gameplan before midnight of the day your match is set.  You gameplan should contain the positions of  your players, your batting order, your rotation for the 7 game series, your park, how you plan to use your bench, and how you plan to use your bullpen.  If I dont get a gameplan from one person in the matchup, I will just post that persons roster.  If neither submit players gameplans, I will post their rosters and parks, and we will vote on that. 

Clark Griswald was once an owner, but has been replaced by gonzagafan62

Good luck, and feel free to ask me or goodfellas any questions or concerns!

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 14, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Top 10 NBA Shooting Guards of Alltime

For my next NBA installation, I will rank the top 10 shooting guards of alltime.  The SG position is mainly made for scores, and all of the top 10 were great scores with many ways to get some points.

1. Michael Jordan- Simply the best.

2. Kobe Bryant- Gets the nod over West mainly for the timeline effect.  West and Kobe both were great shooters and defenders.  Kobe has more height, and has played against tougher competition, not to mention he won 1 more MVP, and 2 more championships.

3. Jerry West- The Logo was as clutch as they come.  His 60 foot buzzer beater is legendary.  He was underrated as a passer, leading the league in apg with 9.7 in 71-72.    His career stats are 27 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.3 rpg.

4. Allen Iverson- Iverson barely beats Gervin, for a variety of reasons.   AI can play the PG posittion, which is a big plus.  While Iverson is a bit of a defensive liability, his speed creates turnovers, which is why he is 5th alltime in steals.  Iverson is also a warrior, dealing with dozens of injuries, but still playing hard every game.  He has only played less than 40 mpg in one season, and in that he played 39.4 mpg.  AI's 2000-2001 season is the most I have ever seen one player carry a team, and it shows what AI can do when the game is on the line.

5. George Gervin- The Iceman won 4 scoring titles.  He was the ultimate scoring machine, with unlimited moves.   His height generated many matchup problems for the opponents, and if he had played some more D, he would be No.2 on my list.

6. Clyde Drexler- A real do it all player.  The Glide could score, pass, rebound, and play D.  He led the Blazers to 2 finals, and won one with the Rockets.  Jordan overshadowed him, but Clyde put up a career stat line of 20.4 ppg, 5.6 apg, 2spg, and 6 rpg.

7. Pistol Pete Maravich- Better as a college player, but still led the league in ppg once.  Always played on terrible teams, and never got the benefit of the 3pt arc in his prime.  IMO the flashiest player in league history, made spectacular passes, and had uncanny ballhandling skills.

8. Reggie Miller- Owns the most 3s in history.  My favorite player, a guy who would always show up in big games.  His big playoff moments are endless, and his 8 points in 8.9 seconds was ridiculously clutch.  IMO the most clutch player to ever play, and maybe the best shooter ever.

9. Earl Monroe- The Pearl is called by many the best 1v1 player ever.  His spin moves and finger rolls defined his smooth all around game.  Injuries hurt him, but in his good days, he had good D and plenty of moves to score with.

10. Sam Jones- Another big game performer, only one other player can match Jones' ring total, and that is Bill Russell.  T-Mack, Joe Dumars, and David Thompson fought for this spot, but I can't ignore Sad Sam and his 10 rings.

Honorable mention- Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, David Thompson, Mitch Redmond, Chris Mullin

Category: NBA
Posted on: August 19, 2008 2:23 pm
 

100 Greatest Player, 91-100

This is my tenth, and final entry in my list of my 100 greatest baseball players. A few notes. I am not going to include players who primarily played before 1903, since the rules were so different back then. I also will not include Negro League players who did not play in the Majors. I know this seems unfair, but it is hard to rank someone who does not have credible statistics. I'm also leaving out some good players who just have begun their careers, like Pujols and Ichiro, but I'm sure they will rank here eventually, its just too early to determine where. I also deduct a few points for accused steroid users, but hopefully I can know for certain about the drug use in baseball, so my rankings can be more justified. So I hope you enjoy my list.

91. Robin Roberts- A real workhorse with great control.  Won 286 games, and finished in the top 3 in WHIP 9 times.  Led the league in wins 4 years, in innings 5 years, in complete games 5 years, and in strikeout to walk ratio 5 years.  Had the Cy Young award been around in his day, he could have won 4 of them.

92. Chipper Jones- Not much of a fielder, but a heck of a hitter.  Owns a .300/.400/.500 career mark, and 405 home runs.  49th alltime in runs created, with time to add some more.

93. Harry Heilmann- Won 4 batting titles, with averages of .394, .403, .393, .398.  Slow runner with little fielding range.  One of the best hitters of the 20s, with a .342 career batting average.

94. Mickey Cochrane- 2 time MVP, was a good hitting catcher, batting .320 in his short career.  3 time World Champion, part of many great teams.

95. Brooks Robinson- Spectacular fielder.  Won 16 Gold Gloves, an MVP award, and a WS MVP award.  Made many unbelievable plays at third.

96. Jim Thome- Eagle eyed power hitter.  532 career homers, and 1530 career walks.  Owns the 4th best AB per home runs ratio in history.

97. 3 Finger Brown- Has an awesome nickname, and the 6th best ERA ever.  May have been the first closer in histroy, leading the league in saves 4 times.  Won 239 games and lost only 130.

98. Dick Allen- Bill James painted an unfair pitcure of Allen, saying he was a clubhouse cancer.  Many of Allens teammates and coaches said all of the stuff James said was a lie.  I will believe them.  Has a career 156 OPS+, and won a ROY and MVP.  His numbers dont look too impressive into todays world, but back then they were amazing.

99. Ron Santo- Great fielder, and a good hitter.  Had a terrific arm at third, and overall good range.  Won 2 OBP titles, 4 BB titles, and 3 times on base titles.  Hit 342 homers in his career, and should be in the Hall of Fame.

100. George Sisler- Sisler is not one of the 100 greatest players of alltime.  I am only including him because a certain poster, who will remain nameless, harrassed me everday to include Sisler.  But lets be honest, Sisler has the lowest OBP of any player that batted over .340.  Gene Tenance has a better OBP.  Sisler fielded below average in his career, and had little power.  Had good speed, but there are plenty of better players, like Barry Larkin, who deserve the 100 spot other than George "Singlesfest" Sisler.

So that includes my list.  I thank everyone who has read my blog.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I will to continue to write some more baseball blog stuff, but this 100 list is the main point.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2008 1:20 pm
 

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

This is my ninth entry in my list of my 100 greatest baseball players. A few notes. I am not going to include players who primarily played before 1903, since the rules were so different back then. I also will not include Negro League players who did not play in the Majors. I know this seems unfair, but it is hard to rank someone who does not have credible statistics. I'm also leaving out some good players who just have begun their careers, like Pujols and Ichiro, but I'm sure they will rank here eventually, its just too early to determine where. I also deduct a few points for accused steroid users, but hopefully I can know for certain about the drug use in baseball, so my rankings can be more justified. So I hope you enjoy my list.

81. Vladmir Guerrero- One of the greatest players of this generation,Vlad has all the tools.  Maybe the best arm of any player in history, 2 power/speed number crowns, 386 homers, and a .323 batting average.

82. Juan Marichal-This great pitcher never won a Cy becuase of the era he pitched in, but finished in the top 3 in the league in wins 5 times.  He is 17th in career WHIP and 18th in career shutouts.

83. Kirby Puckett- Kirby lost the chance to get 3000 hits when disease struck him blind in one eye.   But before tragedy struck, Puckett had 5 200 hits seasons, 400 career doubles, 200 career homers, and 6 Gold Gloves in centerfield. 

84. Derek Jeter- I am probably overrating Jeter placing him in the top 100, but he likely end his career with over 3200 hits, so I have to include him.  A great winner with 4 rings, good speed, and some power.  Jeter is a terrible fielding SS, but hits very well for playing that position.  He strikes out way too much, and has a tendecy to hit into a double play too often.

85. Ozzie Smith- Probably the greatest defensive player in baseball history, Ozzie made ridiculous plays in the field.  He wasnt much of a hitter, but he could sure make plays.  Was also a good baserunner, with almost 600 steals.

86. Mariona Rivera- The greatest closer in baseball history, Mo is lights out in the clutch.  Has the best career ERA+ of any pitcher with over 1000 innings.  Is currently third alltime in saves, but the Sandmans legacy will always be in October, where he has 9 saves, and a 1.16 ERA.

87. Tim Raines- A highly underrated player, Raines is IMO the second best leadoff man ever.  Raines owns the best stolen base percentage in history, and was a good fielder.  And remember, Raines played a lot in a pitchers park in Montreal, so when his stats are adjusted, he bats over .300 with an OBP over .400.  Led the league in steals 4 times, times on base 3 times, and runs twice.  Is 5th alltime in steals.

88.  Frankie Frisch- Great switch-hitter, and a terrific fielding second baseman, Frisch was a team leader and a winner, with 4 WS rings.  He almost never struck out, stole a good amount of bases (over 400) and hit .316 in his career.

89. Sammy Sosa- Almost all of Sosa's value is in his homeruns.  He couldnt draw walks, run, hit for average, or field.  But he hit 609 home runs, and hit over 60 in a season 3 times.  But he struck out a lot, and his OPS+ is only 128, not good for a guy with 600 homers.

90. Paul Moliter- Played DH most of the times, but was a great player all of the time.  Scored over 1700 runs, hit over 200 homers, and stole over 500 bases.  Ranks 9th alltime in hits, and 11th in doubles.  Helped carry the Blue Jays to the 1993 World Series.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2008 11:49 am
 

100 Greatest Players, 71-80

This is my eighth entry in my list of my 100 greatest baseball players. A few notes. I am not going to include players who primarily played before 1903, since the rules were so different back then. I also will not include Negro League players who did not play in the Majors. I know this seems unfair, but it is hard to rank someone who does not have credible statistics. I'm also leaving out some good players who just have begun their careers, like Pujols and Ichiro, but I'm sure they will rank here eventually, its just too early to determine where. I also deduct a few points for accused steroid users, but hopefully I can know for certain about the drug use in baseball, so my rankings can be more justified. So I hope you enjoy my list.

71. Nolan Ryan- A fire ball pitcher, Nolan is the career leader in Ks.  Although he played on bad teams, Ryan still won over 300 games, and pitched 7 no hitters.

72. Steve Carlton- His 1972 season is one of the best ever. Led the league in Ks 5 times, innings 5 times, and wins 4 times.

73. Sam Crawford- Very underrated player, just missed 3000 career hits.  Career leader in triples, stole over 350 bases, and led his league in extra base hits four times.

74. Jeff Bagwell- This MVP was a very complete player.  Hit for power (449 home runs), drew a high amount of walks (.408 OBP), stole some bases (202 SBs), and played solid defense at first.

75. Wade Boggs- Had four straight years of 200 hits and 100 walks.  Led the league in OBP 6 times, and got 3010 career hits.  Not much of a fielder, but a great hitter, as long as he had chicken before the game.

76. Jim Palmer- The core of the great Orioles pitching staffs of the 1970s, Palmer had 8 20 win seasons.  His .638 winning percentage is great.  Jim won 3 Cy Youngs and 4 Gold Gloves.

77. Robin Yount- Did almost every thing right.  Good fielder with speed, and had some pop in his bat.  Won an MVP at shortstop, and an MVP at centerfield.  Stuck around long enough to get 3000 hits, 250 home runs, 250 steals, 1400 RBIs, and 1600 runs.

78. Craig Biggio- Very versatile player, could player second base, catcher, or outfield.  Could hit for power, bunt, or lean into a pitch.  Ran the bases very well.  Good fielder at second, managed 3000 hits.

79. Willie Stargell- Pops had 7 top 10 MVP finishes in his great career.  Hit 475 home runs, but struck out a lot.  Posted a very solid 147 OPS+.

80. Roberto Alomar- A bit overrated as a fielder, but a .300 lifetime hitter, with over 400 stolen bases.

Posted on: July 25, 2008 12:38 pm
 

100 Greatest Player, 61-70

This is my seventh entry in my list of my 100 greatest baseball players. A few notes. I am not going to include players who primarily played before 1903, since the rules were so different back then. I also will not include Negro League players who did not play in the Majors. I know this seems unfair, but it is hard to rank someone who does not have credible statistics. I'm also leaving out some good players who just have begun their careers, like Pujols and Ichiro, but I'm sure they will rank here eventually, its just too early to determine where. I also deduct a few points for accused steroid users, but hopefully I can know for certain about the drug use in baseball, so my rankings can be more justified. So I hope you enjoy my list

61. Rod Carew- A little guy with speed, who won 6 batting titles and an MVP award.  Led the league in times on base 4 times,has 3000 hits, and batted .328 in his career.

62. Whitey Ford- A great winner, has the most WS wins in history.  Also owns the 4th best career winning pecentage, and a 133 ERA+

63. Harmon Killebrew- The Killer was a great slugger, leading the league in 6 times.  Could play first or third, and drew a good amount of walks, leading the league 4 times.  Has 573 career homers.

64. Willie McCovey- Has a cove named after him, and deserves it with his 521 home runs.  Is 3rd all time in IBBs, and has a 147 OPS+

65. Manny Ramirez- He can't run or field, but boy he can hit.  His 154 OPS+ in a slugging era shows his talent.  It once was thought Manny would be the MLB leader in RBIs, but now its a long shot.  he should get close to 1900 RBIs though, and maybe top 550 home runs.

66. Reggie Jackson- Mr. October did two things well, hit home runs, and strike out.  Had a weak arm, but could hit the long ball.

67. Carl Hubbell- Known for his screwball and amazing ASG performance, Carl did a lot more. He had a 193 ERA+ in 1933, and led his league in WHIP 6 times.

68. Dave Winfield- Often unfairly labeled as being " unclutch", Winfield had the talent to paly either professional baseball, basketball or football.  A great athlete, Dave hit over 3000 hits, 500 doubles, 450 home runs, and he stole over 200 bases.  He had a powerfil arm and great range, so he captued 7 Gold Gloves.

69. Mark McGwire- Who can forget his home run chase with Sammy Sosa in 1998?  He may have used roids, but Mark could blast a ball, owing the career mark for fewest ABs per home run in history.  He also drew a ton of walks, and has a 162 OPS+.

70. Roy Campenella- It was a shame that this 3 time MVP got in a car wreck and could no longer play baseball.  He brought passion and power to the catching position.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 21, 2008 12:15 pm
 

100 Greatest Players, 51-60

This is my sixth entry in my list of my 100 greatest baseball players. A few notes. I am not going to include players who primarily played before 1903, since the rules were so different back then. I also will not include Negro League players who did not play in the Majors. I know this seems unfair, but it is hard to rank someone who does not have credible statistics. I'm also leaving out some good players who just have begun their careers, like Pujols and Ichiro, but I'm sure they will rank here eventually, its just too early to determine where. I also deduct a few points for accused steroid users, but hopefully I can know for certain about the drug use in baseball, so my rankings can be more justified. So I hope you enjoy my list

Oh and FYI, Im not writing little paragraphs for each player, just short sentences.

51. Randy Johnson- The Big Unit captured 4 Cy Young awards in his illustrious career, and has the most Ks per nine innings pitched for his career.  He is a long shot to make 300 wins, but he will end his career 2nd alltime in Ks.

52.  Ivan Rodriguez- Maybe the best defensive catcher ever, Pudge is also one of the best hitting, with a .302 average and 292 home runs, and 13 Gold Gloves

53. Frank Thomas- One of the best hitters ever, the Big Hurt amassed 500 home runs, 1700 RBIs, and over 1500 walks in his career, and had 6 seasons where he finished in the top 5 of MVP voting.

54. Paul Waner- A heck of a fielder with a rifle of an arm, Waner was also a terror of a hitter.  He ranks 11th alltime in doubles and 10th in triples.

55. Duke Snider- Snider was an all around player, placing in the top 5 in steals 3 times, hitting over 40 home runs 5 consecutive years, and leading the league in total bases 3 times.  He also had a heck of an arm, being able to throw the ball around 400 feet.

56. Sandy Koufax- He had a short career, but an awesome peak, leading the leauge in ERA for 5 straight years, and also in WHIP for 5 years.

57. Al Kaline- Kaline burst onto the scene in 1955, becoming the youngest player to win a batting title, and he stayed on top for a long time, getting 3000 hits, 399 home runs, and 10 Gold Gloves.  He had 9 seasons in the top 10 of the MVP voting.

58. Al Simmons- Maybe the best fielding left fielder, Simmons was an RBI machine, providing the offensive muscle for the great Philadelphia  Athletic teams. 

59. Eddie Murray- Steady Eddie lived up to his name, rolling out good season after good season.  He is the only switch hitter with 3000 hits and 500 home runs, and had the most sac. flies of alltime

60. Ernie Banks- No one had a better baseball attitude than Banks.  Banks was the first real power hitting shortstop, and he won 2 MVPs for his home runs.

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