I wanted to put together a vote for the greatest all-time third baseman this weekend, but I don't have the time to put into it due to my out of town Easter plans. So I decided to just do a shorty this weekend that won't require research, writing and a buttload of typing.
To put together a roster of the greatest players/team of all time, one must also have a great bench of players who aren't exactly the greatest at their position but would provide great enough hitting and fielding so that you don't have much of a drop off when you replace one of your starters. I plan on having 10 pitchers on this 25 man roster and there will be 8 starters so that will leave room for 7 bench players. One bench spot has already been taken by my own direction which was Josh Gibson. The reason that I wish to hold a special vote for Pete Rose is because he is the "Hit King", but due to the fact that he played a varied number of positions throughout his career, he'll probably not get selected as the best at any one of them. So the purpose of this entry is simple. Vote either "yes" or "no" on Pete Rose as one of the 6 remaining bench players. I ask that you put your biases aside on Pete Rose the person and vote on how you value him as a player. I'm not going to opine on whether or not I think Rose should or shouldn't be, but I will say that its my belief that Rose's gambling did not have an effect with his performance as a player on the field.
I cannot finish this blog entry without announcing YOUR choice as the Greatest Second Baseman of All-Time. Rogers Hornsby was the winner with 14 votes. Nap Lajoie finished 2nd with 7 and Jackie Robinson finished third with 5. Eddie Collins and Ryne Sandberg each got 3 votes for fourth. So Rogers Hornsby joins Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig and Josh Gibson as permanent members on my 25 man team of all-time greats. Due to their good showings, Lajoie and Robinson should be thrown into a later vote for filling out the bench. Now that its all decided, I'll offer my own opinion. For an all-time team, I want excellent defense up the middle (catcher, second, short and center field) as well as great hitting. Of all the second basemen on my list Nap Lajoie was clearly the superior fielder and his batting average and OBP were high on the list as well. And although he played in the dead ball era, his career 1599 RBIs actually beat Hornsby out by 15. I'd have given my vote to Nap Lajoie.
One last thing before I hit "Submit", I'm not going to have a DH spot on my all-time roster. Although I love to watch runs being scored, don't consider me a huge fan of the DH rule. Players who finished their careers prior to the early 70s were not afforded the opportunity of extending their careers another year or two. This is one of the reasons I generally give the old timers a little lee way over the modern era players when comparing the two.
There is another thing worth mentioning. In the past 7-10 days, the site that I use to gleen my defensive stats, baseball-reference.com has reformatted and the fielding charts have been affected. I'm still trying to figure out their latest method of rating a players defensive range. If any of you informed posters feel you understand it, please take the time to clarify it for me.
Anyway, I thank you all for contributing to my blog and I wish you all a very Happy Easter.