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Greatest Baseball Team SS

Posted on: October 16, 2008 5:31 pm
Now we have gotten through the Catcher, 1st Base, and second base positions...We come to SS..
Team So Far
C- Johnny Bench
1B- Lou Gehrig
2B- Rogers Hornsby
Category: MLB

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 11:38 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

I wanted to vote for Davey Concepcion. Heck, I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall when I was a kid (along with the other members of The Big Red Machine!).

I love this quote from Wikipedia - "The best shortstop in baseball during the 1970s, Concepcion was a graceful fielder who made himself into a fine hitter and used his speed well on the base paths. He and Joe Morgan formed one of the finest all-around double play combinations in history. In nineteen seasons -all with the Reds- Concepcion played more than 2,100 games at the shortstop position. He was one of the last of the "Big Red Machine" everyday players to retire."

But his stats just come close to Honus Wagner's - avg. .327, hits, 3,415, 1,732. I never saw Honus play defense of course but he had to be good to play SS in almost 2,800 games.

Honus was one of the first 5 members voted into the Hall of Fame and received the 2nd most votes behind only Ty Cobb and tied with Babe Ruth!

Honus gets my vote.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2008 11:08 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

-I'll have to go with with Honus here, I think.

-Honorable mentions-  The "Wizard", Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken, Jr., and another defensive wizzard in his prime, Omar Visquel.

-Great poll, Clutch!  Unfortunate I missed out on the earlier rounds, but I'll be back...

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 11:05 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

Sorry I missed a few positions been out of commission for a little bit, but I am ready to jump back in the fray... Shortstop... this would be the one position that bares some additional thought... growing up this was the position that offense was sacrificed for defense... so my instincts would tell me that a good glove is imperative to this spot, yet recent years we have seen the position become dominated by some of the games best hitters... quite the conundrum??? Do you go with an Ozzie Smith, arguably the best defensive shortstop of all time, or the iconinc Cal Ripken, the monster that is Alex Rodriguez, the winner in Derek Jeter??? I will go with the player that they l look up to Honus Wagner... The Flying Dutchman played the position of shortstop even though he was just as adept at manning the outfield, handling the hot corner or holding down first base, but his skill was so superior to all around him that he was made a shortstop to be involved as much as possible. Fielding, hitting, baserunning and leading a team all make Honus Wagner an easy choice for the all time baseball team...

Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 10:26 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

Nice job on this clutch. My vote goes to the Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr. He played in 2000-something straight games, hard to remember exact #, which I think was 2188, wasnt it? Well anyway, playing that long for that many games in a row was one thing, but he also played it very well. Thats why my vote goes to Ripken. But Honus Wagner and Derek Jeter were both very close on my list.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 10:09 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

I would have to say
Ozzie Smith or
Davey Concepcion

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 10:00 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS


My vote goes to Honus Wagner.  I like the other players already picked.  Especailly Johnny Bench.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 9:17 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

Cal Ripken Jr.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2008 6:05 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

My vote goes to A-Rod, I've seen him play in his Seattle heydey and there is none that is as complete a package as he is.  He combines power and average at the plate, and defensively he makes it look easy.  Wagner is definitely a very close second.  From what I've read about him he was every bit as good an athlete as A-Rod and you could easily argue either way with them both. 

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2008 1:07 am

Greatest Baseball Team SS

Some great posts explaining their votes. Mine goes to Cal Ripken Jr. Just amazing durability  and quality in the same package - and a real credit to the game.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: October 16, 2008 10:53 pm

Greatest Baseball Team SS

This side of the diamond is a tad bit tougher than the other side. SS is a position in which many a great players have played in there time. Honus Wagner, Jeter, Ripken, Yount,Ozzie Smith, Even A-Rod as a Mariner in that part of his career could be considered. My vote is going to Cal Ripken Jr. Now I will tell you why. He played that position without a day off in how many years? He hit for power ( not Ruth numbers but Ruth should make this line up with no problem, but that will be later), led the AL in assists 4 times,rookie of the year 1982, MVP 83' &91'. 1983 World Series, 345 Hr's as a SS. Ozzie Smith and Honus Wagner get a spot as reserves. Lets not forget guys that everyone mentioned here is a GREAT ball player and that these are our personal opinions. Clutch you should keep track of reserve players also and have a full 25 man roster. That would be sick having some hall of fame player come off the bench. Hint Honus Wagner is a first electee. Cobb led that class in votes back in 36'( another hint for later guys).

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