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2015 Hall of Fame Voting

January 5, 2015

My 2015 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot. Sorry for the typos and poor grammar- I’m writing this with my downtime at work.

1) Pedro Martinez

2827.1 IP, 10.04 K/9, 2.42 BB/9, 0.76 HR/9, 2.91 FIP, 87.1 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 11.9, 9.9, 8.6, 7.8, 7.8, 6.4, 5.8

6+ fWAR total: 16.4; fWAR/200IP: 6.16

His average season was MVP quality. 1999 may have been the best pitching season ever. In the AL East. During the highest run scoring era in baseball history. Yeah, this is a no-doubter.

2) Randy Johnson

4135.1 IP, 10.61 K/9, 3.26 BB/9, 0.89 HR/9, 3.19 FIP, 111.7 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 10.4, 9.6, 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 8, 7.7

6+ fWAR total: 22.2; fWAR/200IP: 5.40

I think his seven best fWAR seasons speak for his dominance. Another no-doubter.

3) Curt Schilling

3261 IP, 8.60 K/9, 1.96 BB/9, 0.96 HR/9, 3.23 FIP, 83.2 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 9.3, 8.4, 8.3, 7.4, 7.3, 5.7, 5.4

6+ fWAR total: 10.7; fWAR/200IP: 5.10

If his regular season numbers aren’t impressive enough, then his postseason stats give him bonus points that make him a HOF pitcher.

4) Mike Mussina

3562.2 IP, 7.11 K/9, 1.98 BB/9, 0.95 HR/9, 3.57 FIP, 82.5 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 6.9, 6.2, 6.2, 5.8, 5.4, 5.3, 5.3

6+ fWAR total: 1.3; fWAR/200IP: 4.63

His peak seasons weren’t on the same level of RJ or Pedro, but he was consistently an MVP level pitcher with 10 seasons of 5+ fWAR. That’s good enough for me, especially for another SP who had to deal with the AL East during the game’s biggest offensive era.

5) John Smoltz

3473 IP, 7.99 K/9, 2.62 BB/9, 0.75 HR/9, 3.24 FIP, 78.7 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 8.2, 6.7, 5.4, 5.2, 5.2, 5.1, 5.1

6+ fWAR total: 2.9; fWAR/200IP: 4.53

Starting Pitcher fWAR/200IP: 4.41; Relief Pitcher fWAR/200IP: 5.94

Pitched at an All-Star/MVP level as both a starter and reliever. He is close to borderline for me, but was good enough that I feel comfortable voting him in.

6) Mike Piazza

7745 PA, 427 HR, .308/.377/.545/.390/140+, 20.7 defensive runs, 63.5 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 9.1, 7.4, 6.6, 6.6, 6, 5.8, 4.6

6+ fWAR total: 5.7; fWAR/650PA: 5.33

Best hitter all-time at a position? Hall of Famer for sure.

7) Jeff Bagwell

9431 PA, 449 HR, .297/.394/.588/.415/157+, -138.5 defensive runs, 80.2 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 8, 7.8, 7.8, 7.7, 6.7, 5.9, 5.5

6+ fWAR total: 8.9; fWAR/650PA: 5.53

Another player whose average season was MVP quality. No doubter for a guy with similar career to Frank Thomas, a first ballot Hall of Famer.

8) Edgar Martinez

8672 PA, 309 HR, .312/.418/.515/.405/149+, -87.1 defensive runs, 65.6 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 7, 6.1, 6, 5.9, 5.7, 5.5, 5.5

6+ fWAR total: 1.1; fWAR/650PA: 4.92

Much like Piazza is the best offensive catcher ever, Martinez has been the best DH ever. Now, he didn’t play defense and that hurts him. But he was so good offensively, it doesn’t matter. Retiring with a .300+/.400+/.500+ line, even in the context of his era, is incredible. He is like the Mussina of hitters in this class. Consistently great even if he doesn’t have one “all-time” type of season.

9) Tim Raines

10359 PA, 170 HR, 808 SB (85%), .294/.385/.425/.361/125+, -109.6 defensive runs, 66.4 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 7.2, 6.7, 6.7, 6, 6, 5.5, 3.9

6+ fWAR total: 2.6; fWAR/650PA: 4.17

Raines is the SABR darling of this HOF class (along with Alan Trammell). Upon further review, he is closer to the outside looking in than I originally thought. However, a lot of lower fWAR/650PA is due to the fact he probably did stick around too long. But Raines is the best base stealer/runner of all-time. Rickey Henderson stole more bases, but at lower clip (80% compared to Raines’ 85%). Stealing bases at an 85% clip for a whole career, and to steal that many is amazing. Raines is 5th all-time among SB leaders, and has the highest of SB% of the top five. And base stealing is just one aspect of his game- he was also an OBP machine!

10) Larry Walker

8030 PA, 383 HR, 230 SB, .313/.400/.565/.412/140+, 3.5 defensive runs, 68.9 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 9.1, 7.6, 5.3, 5.3, 5, 4.7, 4.7

6+ fWAR seasons: 4.7; fWAR/650PA: 5.58

Larry Walker is has knock against him and it’s not Coors Field. It’s his injury history. Yes, he played in the best hitters park in the best hitters era. But his numbers were still far and away better than most of his peers. His home/road splits are drastic- but only because while he was amazing the road he was god-like at home. His per season fWAR totals might seem low but again, that’s due to injury-plagued seasons and this is supported by his MVP level career fWAR/650PA of 5.58. Dude is a Hall of Famer.

Now, I think there are more deserving players. However, a ballot only allows for ten votes. Therefore, I withheld all players who definitely used PED’s and were not just suspected of PED’s. Unlike most people, I don’t care about PED’s when it comes to the HOF. However, on a crowded ballot I won’t put them ahead of other deserving players. Therefore, the rest of eligible players I think are Hall worthy are…

Roger Clemens

4916.2 IP, 8.55 K/9, 2.89 BB/9, 0.66 HR/9, 3.09 FIP, 139.5 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 10.8, 9.7, 9.1, 9, 8.5, 8.5, 8.1

6+ fWAR total: 21.7; fWAR/200IP: 5.68

Most evidence points toward his first PED use being in 1997 with Toronto. If you look at his fWAR before that during his Boston tenure, he had 83 fWAR or 5.71 fWAR per season in nearly 3000 total innings. Hall of Famer.

Barry Bonds

12606 PA, 762 HR, 514 SB, .298/.444/.607/.435/173+, 67.6 defensive runs, 164 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 12.5, 12.4, 11.6, 10.5, 10.1, 9.9, 9.6

6+ fWAR total: 34.6; fWAR/650PA: 8.46

Best player of all-time not named Ruth- and that’s only because Ruth was also a good pitcher. HOF’er before he started using in 1999.

Mark McGwire

7660 PA, 583 HR, .263/.394/.588/.415/157+, -138.5, 66.3 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 8.5, 7.3, 6.3, 6, 5.7, 5.4, 5.1

6+ fWAR total: 4.1; fWAR/650PA: 5.63

I feel the worst about voting for McGwire because he used almost his entire career, if not his whole career, while Bonds and Clemens had HOF careers before their steroid use. But boy, could he hit.

And the following are guys that I am indecisive on- one minute I think they’re in and the next I don’t.

Craig Biggio

12503 PA, 291 HR, 414 SB, .281/.363/.433/.352/115+, -23 defensive runs, 65.1 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 9.3, 6.5, 6.2, 4.9, 4.8, 4.7, 4.5

6+ fWAR total: 4; fWAR/650PA: 3.38

Biggio is tough. He does have 3000 hits. He does have some superb seasons. But the more I think about him the more I think he was simply a good, All-Star caliber player who had a long career that allowed him to get his 3000 hits. A 3.38 fWAR/650PA is not HOF worthy. But if he retired before he wasn’t good anymore, that number would be better. So for now, I will keep him off the ballot until I can make my mind up either way.

Alan Trammell

9375 PA, 185 HR, 236 SB, .285/.352/.415/.343/111+, 184.4 defensive runs, 63.7 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 7.7, 6.9, 6.2, 5.7, 5.6, 5.3, 4.3

6+ fWAR total: 2.8′ fWAR/650PA: 4.42

Trammell is one of the game’s great fielding shortstops. He is a HOF worthy defender. Offensively, his numbers don’t look great. But in context of the era, he has really good numbers for a SS and was one of the game’s first great two-way players at that position. A 4.42 fWAR/650PA isn’t ideal for the HOF, but if you take away his first couple seasons and last couple seasons to focus truly on his prime playing days, and that number looks a whole lot better. If it wasn’t a crowded ballot I would vote for him, but that’s not the case. And a result, he only has a couple years left on the ballot and I fear the worst for him.

Nomar Garciaparra

6116 PA, 229 HR, .313/.361/.521/.376/124+, 18.8 defensive runs, 41.5 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 7.6, 7.3, 6.4, 6.3, 5.7, 4.8, 2.2

6+ fWAR total: 3.6; fWAR/650PA: 4.41

During his peak, Nomar was arguably the best shortstop in baseball- ahead of A-Rod and Jeter. But how much does a peak count. Clearly, he had HOF talent. The only reason he isn’t a legitimate candidate is because he often hurt and it ruined his ability perform well, and put up good full season numbers when he was at his best. I don’t think I’d ever vote for him, but I want his career to recognition.

Gary Sheffield

10947 PA, 509 HR, 253 SB, .292/.393/.514/.391/141+, -300.9 defensive runs, 62.4 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 7.5, 6.6, 6.5, 6.5, 4.9, 4.6, 3.8

6+ fWAR total: 3.1; fWAR/650PA: 3.71

Again, the average fWAR is low- but he played for a really long time. Plus, Sheffield could hit. Like really hit. He lost 30 wins(!) due to crappy defense and still had 62.4 career fWAR. So that begs the question- should I punish him for being so bad on defense? Or should I recognize him as a phenomenal hitter?

Brian Giles

7836 PA, 287 HR, .291/.400/.502/.388/136+, -80.8 defensive runs, 54.5 fWAR

7 Best fWAR seasons: 6.7, 6.7, 6.3, 5.7, 5.5, 4.8, 4.3

6+ fWAR total: 1.7; fWAR/650PA: 4.52

Giles was a consistent offensive force if he never did have that one above and beyond season like a Larry Walker. But he finished with a career OBP of .400 and SLG over .500. That’s really good. His average fWAR season is also borderline for me. The one thing keeping me from voting for him is a short peak. If he had sustained his prime longer and not simply had a bunch of All-Star level seasons instead of MVP seasons, he would have got my vote.

Lee Smith

1289.1 IP, 8.73 K/9, 3.39 BB/9, 0.62 HR/9, 2.93 FIP, 27.3 fWAR, fWAR/200IP: 4.24

I don’t think Lee Smith is quite a HOF’er. He’s better than I thought, but I wouldn’t put him in. However, if you compare him to other RP in the Hall, he is better. He is better than both Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter and on par with Trevor Hoffman, who most likely will be in the Hall of Fame. However, I don’t think the above should be in the Hall which makes this a tough vote. Put him in because inferior pitchers are in, or vote him out because he should be out.

 

This is just all my opinion folks (which is generally right) and if there’s one takeaway it’s this: what a class this is!

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Don Mattingly: Best Player At His Peak?

January 5, 2014

When looking at Don Mattingly’s Hall of Fame case many journalists mention how Mattingly was the best player in baseball during his peak and before his back was a problem. So that got me thinking- was Don Mattingly truly the best player in baseball during his peak?

Mattingly’s peak was four years- 1984 to 1987. He accumulated a 24.7 fWAR which was good for 6.2 WAR per season or 5.8 WAR/650 PA. So Mattingly was an MVP level player for four seasons- pretty dang good. Mattingly played another eight seasons after 1987 but only had a 3+ WAR season twice and only had 600+ PA a season four times in that span. His average wRC+ was 152 so the man could hit. This was achieved with a high .300’s OBP and mid .500’s SLG.

As the numbers show Mattingly does have a good case for the being the best player in baseball during his peak. But was he really “the best”?

Candidates:

Rickey Henderson- 2392 PA, .289/.397/.484/.391/145+; 274 SB, 26.7 fWAR, 7.3 WAR/650PA

Tim Raines- 2674 PA, .323/.409/.477/.388/146+; 265 SB, 26.6 fWAR, 6.5 WAR/650PA

Wade Boggs- 2844 PA, .353/.442/.489/.411/152+; 31.4 fWAR, 7.2 WAR/650PA

Cal Ripken- 2858 PA, .280/.352/.469/.362/124+; 25.6 fWAR, 5.8 WAR/650PA

Mike Schmidt- 2547 PA, .284/.384/.541/.395/148+; 24.3 fWAR, 6.2 WAR/650PA

Tony Gwynn- 2727 PA, .341/.400/.457/.376/139+; 24.2 fWAR, 5.8 WAR/650PA

After looking at it, I do not think Mattingly was the best player in baseball during his peak. Of the candidates, I would take Henderson, Raines, Boggs, Ripken, and Schmidt over him. Why? When it comes to Henderson and Raines I think both were simply better players. Mattingly certainly had more power, but Rickey and Raines were better OBP who could field, hit, and run. Mattingly was simply a hitter who played first base. That is partly why I would also take Mike Schmidt and Cal Ripken as well. Third and short are more valuable positions- and both Schmidt and Ripken were exceptional fielders who are also all-time hitters at their respective positions. As for Boggs, I think he may be the best player between 1984 and 1987, if not Rickey or Raines.

In the end though, it’s super close and still being a top five player at your peak is still impressive.

 

BBWAA screws up again

January 6, 2011

Another ballot, another mediots post. I am making this post separate from the previous one since I don’t want to ruin my congratulatory post with BBWAA nonsense.

This has to be one of the worse ballots in recent BBWAA history.

1) I will NOT give them credit for Alomar and Blyleven. Both were just a couple votes away from making it. Both were shoe-ins.

2) How does Kevin Brown fall off the ballot? Whether you believe he is a HOF’er or not, he has a case and thus is deserving of more time on the ballot. Juan Gonzalez will live to see another ballot but not K-Brown? Pathetic.

3) Edgar Martinez dropped in percentage points. How does that happen? You would think over time he would get support as people realize he put up godly numbers and they would relax on the DH thing. Guess not.

4) Larry Walker at 20%? Unlike some other deserving people on the ballot, I think Walker will get in at some point. But 20% is awfully. His % practically confirms my belief the majority of voters don’t care and don’t look at the numbers.

5) I give up. Trammell will never get 😦

6) No words need to be said on Bagwell. He clearly is one of the best first baseman EVER. But made up rumors are keeping him out. The BBWAA makes a mockery of professional journalism yet again.

 

At least Tim Raines gained support. I never thought I’d say this, but he might have a chance going forward. Today on MLBN, even someone like Mitch Williams gave him support- and even said he was the Rickey Henderson of the NL. Finally some mediot understands!

Also, I can almost guarantee Barry Larkin gets in next ballot. He jumped into the 60% range and the newcomers to the next ballot are weak. Larkin can jump 13% in support. I will not blame them for Mark McGwire. It’s a touchy subject and I can understand why he still gets no support.

My 2011 Hall of Fame ballot

December 22, 2010

Going off what The Yankee U did earlier today, I will be posting my hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot. Obviously I don’t have a vote, but if I did this is what my ballot would look like (in no order)

1. Bert Blyleven (4970 IP, 3.19 FIP, 87.6 rWAR)

Can we give the man his due, BBWAA? He was an extremely consistent, durable, and GOOD pitcher for a LONG time. If that is not Hall of Fame worthy than I don’t know what is.

2. Roberto Alomar (10400 PA, .300/.371/.443/.365/125 and 68.2 fWAR)

He just missed the 75% mark last year so I strongly believe he gets in this year and deservedly so. He was a phenomenal hitter for a second baseman and could bring it with the glove.

3. Barry Larkin (9057 PA, .295/.371/.444/.366/124 and a 69.8 fWAR)

Larkin is a contemporary of Alomar and arguably a better play than Alomar was. Barry was one of the first shortstops to the revolutionize the offensive side of the position, was a great fielder, and had seasons that were above the 6 WAR MVP threshold.

4. Edgar Martinez (8672 PA, .312/.418/.515/.405/151 and a 71.6 fWAR)

He only got 36.2% of the vote last year which is quite pathetic. And you know it’s because he was a DH. The BBWAA recognizes he was an all-time great hitter, but because he only “played half the game” they are gonna penalize him which is bullshit. The fact is, he was a .300 hitter, .400 OBP guy, and .500 power guy. That is exceptional. Moreover, despite being a DH and incurring a large positional penalty, he still accumulated an fWAR over 70. The man is a Hall of Famer.

5. Tim Raines (10359 PA, .294/.385/.425/.374/137 and a 71.0 fWAR)

Tim Raines is the poster boy for SABR-heads everywhere. The BBWAA shoots him down since he lacked power, was overshadowed by Rickey Henderson, and was a part-time player by the time he retired. But he was an on-base god in his prime. Moreover, he was arguably the best base stealer of all-time as he not only stole a high volume of bases (808) but did so at a super efficient rate (85%). He may never be voted into the Hall of Fame, which truly would be a shame.

6. Mark McGwire (7660 PA, .263/.394/.588/.415/161 and a 70.6 fWAR)

The only reason and I mean ONLY reason for leaving him out of the Hall is the whole steroids issue. When it comes to his on-field production, there is no way around the fact he is a Hall of Famer. I mean, just look at the stat line I posted.

7. Alan Trammell (9375 PA, .285/.352/.415/.434/115 and a 69.5 fWAR)

Trammell is another player who will probably never be recognized by the BBWAA. Why? Because they don’t understand context. Nowadays his offensive numbers don’t seem so great but during the era he played in, for a shortstop, those were some crazy good numbers. He was Cal Ripken before Cal Ripken. Also, the MSM fails to properly weight defense and Trammell was a defensive whiz. He and Lou Whitaker were arguably the best DP tandem in baseball history and yet neither is in the Hall of Fame. Something is wrong with that picture.

8. Jeff Bagwell (9431 PA, .297/.408/.540/.406/152 and an 83.9 fWAR)

Yeah, this one is a no-doubter. Bagwell is one of the best players of his generation and one of the best first baseman of all-time. Not even the BBWAA can screw this one up.

9. Larry Walker (8030 PA, .313/.400/.565/.414/145 and a 72.2 fWAR)

Walker should be another no-doubter. Yes, his offensive numbers were aided by Coors Field. BUT he put up great numbers before he got to Colorado, so he wasn’t just a product of Coors Field. Moreover, he was a remarkable defensive player. He was a career .300/.400/.500 guy which is quite impressive.

10. Kevin Brown (3256 IP, 3.33 FIP, 77.2 fWAR)

K-Brown is just the second pitcher on my ballot and a kind of close call for me. Dominant may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of him, but that’s because, like Mike Mussina, he was overshadowed by other dominant pitchers such as Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. The fact remains that Brown has a phenomenal ERA, FIP, and xFIP. His 77.2 fWAR is well above the Hall of Fame threshold and he had 7 MVP-esque seasons according to WAR. He is a Hall of Famer in my book.

 

So I used up all ten spots, but that’s okay since there was no one else I wanted to elect. If only the BBWAA could read this.

Top ten switch-hitters of all-time

July 2, 2010

Title is self explanatory. This idea popped into my head the other day when I was thinking of Chipper Jones. So lets cut the bs and get to the list.

+Stat line is ( BA/OBP/SLG/wOBA/wRC+/Park adjusted RAA based on wOBA)

10. Carlos Beltran (6877 PA, .283/.360/.496/.372/126/23.0):

Carlos Beltran is arguably the most unappreciated player of our generation. He is enjoying a HOF career thus far thanks to plus offense, plus defense, and plus base running. He could be entering the the end of his career with lots of injuries the past couple seasons, but what he’s done so far with his bat is enough for him to crack the top ten.

9. Jorge Posada (6505 PA, .277/.379/.481/.371/128/24.9):

Trying to place Posada and Beltran was tough and could have gone either way. Posada does have better numbers, but less of a sample size. However, that sample size is just a 300 PA difference. Posada has better offensive numbers in regards to OBP, wOBA, wRC+, and RAA. Not only that, but he put those numbers up as a catcher. That is what puts him ahead of Beltran for me. Sure, Posada is old and may run out of gas soon (but he is showing no signs of slowing down) while Beltran still might have something left in the tank once he gets healthy, but I’m not here to project the future.

8. Mark Teixeira (4988 PA, .286/.376/.535/.387/136/31.6):

Yes, he has under 5000 career PA, so it may be unfair to compare him to guys with 9000 PA and switch-hitters who have suffered a decline phase. But few switch hitters have started their careers the way Tex has. In his eighth season, he already has four seasons of .400+ wOBA and 148+ wRC. Carlos Beltran and Jorge Posada combined have just four seasons of .400+ wOBA. Mark has a legitimate case to be #8 on this list.

7. Bernie Williams (9053 PA, .297/.381/.477/.371/128/25.9):

Bernie and Posada have eerily similar numbers. Both have the same exact wOBA and wRC+ (.371 wOBA; 128 wRC+). The difference here though is the sample size. Bernie has about 2500 more PA than Posada, which means his numbers have his decline phase factored in, whereas Posada does not. Williams had a much better peak than Posada, which shows me he was a better switch-hitter. From 1996-2002 Bernie’s wRC+ never dipped below 141 and his career high was 162 in the magical 1998 season. Both were teammates from 1995-2006, and Bernie produced more offensively, if only slightly. It’s a shame his defense was horrifically bad, because he has the offensive numbers of a HOF’er.

6. Eddie Murray (12817 PA, .287/.359/.476/131/25.7):

In his prime, Murray was a fantastic hitter. He hung on just a bit too long, which hurt his overall numbers. Despite that, he still ranks in the middle of the pack on the list. From his rookie season in 1977 to his final season in LA in 1990, Murray was a stud with the bat. He posted a wRC+ six times, including five straight seasons from 1981-1985. Talk about raking.

5. Pete Rose (15861 PA, .303/.375/.409/.353/125/19.4):

This list wouldn’t be complete without baseballs all-time hits leader. If Murray suffered from a decline phase, than Rose was killed by it. He played about five seasons too many, when he was a fringe replacement level player. Despite a massive decline phase, he still has great career numbers that include a .375 OBP and 125 wRC+. But his prime was amazing. From 1965-1979 he truly was a hit king. He posted an excellent wOBA and wRC+ in fifteen consecutive seasons while playing a bevvy of positions. It’s easy to discount Rose for his overall numbers, but lets not forget that for the bulk of his playing days, he was truly a special player.

4. Tim Raines (10359 PA, .294/.385/.425/.374/137/30.3):

This is the point in the list where hitters have distinguished themselves. From Raines forward, the hitters are clearly superior to other names on the list. Looking at Raines though, it truly is a shame that only stat-heads recognize his greatness. He was an on-base god and one of the best players of his generation. Oh yeah, did I mention he is arguably the best base stealer of all-time with 808 stolen bases at an 85% success rate? No. Well, now I did. I love me some Tim Raines.

3. Lance Berkman (6619 PA, .297/.410/.549/.405/149/44.2):

I know he is having a bad season and it seems like his decline is swiftly approaching, which is to be expected with his body type, but look at those numbers. A .410 OBP! A .405 wOBA! A 149 wRC+! Holy cow! He has four seasons of 160+ wRC+. That is special. Lance Berkman surely was one of the best hitters of the past decade and quite frankly, of all-time. Yes, I know Minute Maid is a big hitters park, but he has nearly the same numbers on the road as he does at home. The dood is legit.

2. Chipper Jones (9535 PA, .306/.406/.536/.402/147/42.5):

Ah, Chipper Jones. He is the fifth active player on the list- and the best hitter of them all. While Berkman has similar numbers (and some better), Jones gets the edge. He has been killing the ball for a lot longer than Berkman has. Jones has never had a poor or even average offensive season, and has been an OBP monster/machine/etc.

1. Mickey Mantle (9909 PA, .298/.421/.557/.431/177/64.2):

Do I even need to explain this one? 177 wRC+…insane. It’s 30 higher than Chipper Jones, who ranks #2 on this list. Need I say more?

Well, there you go. Hope you enjoyed. Here’s a rough order of 11-15, or those who missed the cut.

11. Roberto Alomar

12. George Davis

13. Frankie Frisch

14. Max Carey

15. Victor Martinez


Top 100 players of all-time: 80-71

December 8, 2009

80. Luke Appling
.399/.398/.376/68.9

Luke was a great contact hitter. His batting average was .310 and he was 251 hits shy of 3,000. Appling has the highest single season batting average for a shortstop ever (.388). Appling was selected to seven All-Star games.

79. Kid Nichols
1.22/62.9 %/3.47/102.3

Nichols is one of the first dominant fastball pitchers ever. He accumulated 361 wins with an ERA of 2.95. In his first 10 seasons in the major leagues Nichols won twenty or more games. He ate up a lot of innings. 5056.1 total to be frank.

78. Tim Raines
.385/.425/.374/64.9

Raines was a speed demon. He could steal at will. He piled up over 1,500 runs scored and 2,600 hits. Raines won the 1986 Batting Title and led the National league in steals for four straight seasons. He is a one time World Series Champion. He hit for the cycle once and made the All-Star game seven times. His main stat was his 808 steals.

77. Paul Waner
.404/.473/.405/73.8

Waner was a great hitter. He is a part of the 3,000 hits club with 3152. He won three Batting Titles and finished top five in MVP voting three times while winning the 1927 MVP. He is a four time All-Star and has had five hitting streaks that lasted twenty games.

76. Bill Dickey
.382/.486/.394/54.3

Dickey owns the record of the most games caught in the World Series. (38). He was a key piece to the Yankees dynasties in the 30’s and 40’s. He took advantage of a short right field line at Yankee Stadium. He hit 135 of his 202 homers at home. Dickey was an eleven time All-Star.

75. Mike Piazza

.377/.545/.389/59.1

Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher in major league history. Piazza hit at least thirty home runs in nine seasons and totaled 427 home runs all together. He was a twelve time All-Star and won the 1993 Rookie Of the Year award. He was a poor defensive catcher, but still ranks as one of the greats.

74. Edgar Martinez
.418/.515/.405/67.2

Martinez is in his first of eligibility for the Hall Of Fame this year. I believe he did enough to get there. In his first three full seasons Martinez had a batting average of .300. Martinez was a part of the Mariners teams that had Griffey and A-Rod. He was a lonely superstar on the team. In his first year without Griffey he had 145 RBI, thirty seven homers, 100 runs scored, ninety-six walks and a .324 average. He was a seven time All-Star. I think of him as the only true Mariner.

73. Jim Edmonds
.377/.528/.384/66.6

When you look up web gem in the dictionary you see a picture of Jim Edmonds. Hes known for his amazing catches. He is either diving, twisting, or leaping for tough fly balls. The result is always the same though. An out. To show for his great defense he won seven Gold Gloves. Edmonds is also an excellent hitter. He hit .290-300 almost every season. He also hit forty-two home runs while teaming up with Mark Mcgwire in St. Louis. He has a total of 382 home runs. Edmonds is a four time All-Star.

72. Nolan Ryan
1.25/73.1 %/2.97/84.8

Nolan Ryan lasted from 66-93 in the Major Leagues. In that time he had an ERA of 3.19. Ryan was a fastball pitcher. It was overpowering. He shattered the strikeout record with a total of 5714 k’s. He also pitched seven no-hitters and had 324 wins. Ryan had been to the All-Star game eight times.

71. Al Kaline
.376/.480/.379/90.8

Kaline was a fifteen time All-Star and won the Gold Glove ten times. He also won a Batting Title. Kaline was one home run shy of the 400 mark. He was a good hitter and fielder. He had 3007 hits in his twenty seasons in a Tigers uniform.