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100 Greatest Players, 81-90

Posted on: August 12, 2008 1:20 pm

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

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2008 10:32 pm

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

whys that blage?  give me some good reasons.  Not many players match his all around skills.  a 40 SB season, a .320 career average.  best arm in history maybe, almost 400 home runs.  better have some good reasons for me b-lage

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2008 10:24 pm

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

ok list but vlad shouldnt be on the top 100

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2008 9:26 am

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

I think you rated Sosa fairly.  Of course a 600+ homer guy belongs in the top 20-25 but over the last half of Sosa's career he was less then average at most other statistical category.  As a young player he did steal quite a few bases and if I recall before he bulked up he had a pretty decent throwing arm as well.  He never did learn how to cut down on his swing behind in the count and hit for contact.   Hard to tell how many of his 600+ home runs were aided by HGH or cork.   He was a fun guy though.  The Sosa/McGwire home run chase was a fun time in baseball and we owe him credit for that.  

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 6:59 pm

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

Like him or not, Sosa and McGwire did help baseball rebound after its last work stoppage.  I recall at the time I really admired those two men.  I still like them, but have lost a little respect for both. 

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 2:04 pm
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Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:49 pm

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

Im 100 serious.  One of the worst fielding SS to play 3000 innings at the position.  sosa did roids probably, but was still a good home run hitter, and deserves some respect

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:46 pm

100 Greatest Players, 81-90

Do you realize that Sosa sucked after Canseco's book came out?

Are you serious about Jeter in the field? I sense a little sarcasm

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