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Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Posted on: May 2, 2009 3:50 pm
I want to thank everyone who's been participating and voting on my blogs.   Its greatly appreciated and its a great motivator for me to keep this fun and to continue this labor of love.  

Lets start this off with the final results on the vote for the greatest shortstop.  I was pleased to see that many of you hold a fond appreciation of the players who played back in the days when baseball was the ONLY thriving sport.   The Flying Dutchman, Honus Wagner  won this vote rather easily with 13 votes.   "Iron Man" Cal Ripken placed second with 6, "Let Play Two" Ernie Banks received 4 votes and the "Wizard" Ozzie Smith placed 4th with 2 votes.  

So now, we have the infield set, with Johnny Bench behind the plate and around the diamond with the Iron Horse at first, Rogers Hornsby at second, Pine Tar at third and the Flying Dutchman at short.  We have two permanent bench players of Josh Gibson and Charlie Hustle.  Apparently many of the greats have nicknames.  

Now is where it gets fun!  We get to start the outfield in left field.  In my list of the 17th greatest left fielders of all time I spot about 5 or 6 of the greatest 15-20 hitters/players of all time.  I think this position may require you to think a bit harder than prior positions.   In my list, I've included 13 players who have already been enshrined into the HOF, 2 that are awaiting enshrinement, one who is not yet eligible for the HOF and one active player.   To try to keep my list as short as I could, I did toss 5 HOF left fielders out of the voting, but since they had great and worthy careers, let me give them a mention.   They are Chick Hafey, Joe Kelly, Ralph Kiner, Jim O'Rourke and Zack Wheat.    Once again, rather than listing fielding percentages, I went with a +/- system to each players peers, both in fielding percentage and range.  You may notice, like I did while compiling this list that these many of these players didn't become legends with their gloves.   Enough of my rambling now, on with the list.....

PLAYER                             AVE/OBP/SLUG          HR       RBI       Runs       SB       Fldg +/-      Range +/-

Lou Brock                          293/344/410            149      900       1610       938     -.13            +.26
Jesse Burkett                     338/415/446             75       952       1720       389     -.19            -.04
Fred Clarke                        312/386/429             67      1015      1619       506     +.07           +.27
Ed Delahanty                      346/412/505            101     1464      1599       455     +.26           +,33
Goose Goslin                      316/387/500            248     1609      1483       175      -.07           +.05
Heinie Manush                    330/377/479            110     1183      1287       114      +.11          -.09
Joe Medwick                       324/362/505             205     1383      1198       42       +.04           even
Stan Musual                       331/418/559             475     1951      1949       78       +.13           -.02
Al Simmons                       334/380/535              307     1827      1507      88        +.14          +.16
Willie Stargell                     282/363/529             475      1540     1195       17        -.09           +.15
Billy Williams                      290/364/492             426      1475     1410       90        +.04          +.23
Ted Williams                      344/483/634             521      1839     1798       24        -.03           -.21
Carl Yastrzemski                 285/382/462             452      1844     1816       168      +.05          +.35
Barry Bonds                        298/444/607             762      1996     2227       514       +.03         +.14
Rickey Henderson                279/401/419             297      1115     2295      1406      -.01          +.43
Jim Rice                             298/352/502             382       1451    1249        58        +.03         +.26
Manny Ramirez                   315/412/594             532       1740    1463        37        -.05          -.10

HAVE FUN WITH THIS ONE!!!!!!                
Category: MLB

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 5:21 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

First off, to keep consistent with my post's, I am eliminating Barry Bonds, and (recently) Manny Ramirez, due to steroid use. Sorry guys, but they have taken them , and noone knows when they started. This is one of the mashers positions. This is where defense is not as important, as hitting. Defense will be a plus.

To me this is a 5 horse race, to include, Delahanty,Musial,Simmons,Ted Williams, and Henderson. Henderson's number for a speed guy are so dominating with R/SB/OB/ and good numbers in HR/RBI/Range, that he has to be in this picture, even though his AVE was just that. He did have some good years for BA.

Musial, was a great hitter who was the best at his position for a long time. Williams, was simply, The Splendid Splinter! Simmons was one of the most underated LF's of all time. And Delahanty played in a time where he was over shadowed by Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Nap Lajolie.

With that said, I would have to go with Stan Musial. As well as being one of the greatest hitters of all times, he was an excellent fielder.  And in my mind, still under rated as an all time great! Which is saying, I think he was that good!

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2009 3:40 pm

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1.  Ted Williams2.  Stan Musial3.  Barry Bonds4.  Rickey Henderson

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:33 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Well for me I would have to say Ted Williams but Ricky Henderson would be right on his tail. 

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:19 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I kind of thought Bonds got a low vote count as well.  The voters have spoken and they definitely hold the steroids against him.  As much as we try to be objective, its also hard to get around the fact that not only did Barry cheat, he is pretty much an A hole too.   His totals certainly are the best of the pack, but the power numbers are suspect due to the juice.  Ted Williams also has the best on base percentage of any one to ever play the game...that too is hard for Barry or any other player to overcome.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:39 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I Know the vote is over and Ted Williams won out, but something I am shocked to see is Barry Bonds only get two votes!?!? Really the guy won eight golden gloves, all-time leader in homers, and oh yeah he stole 514 bases 3rd most on this list, not to mention that he is a few at bats from 2000 Rbis and about half a season away from 3000 hits. I know the whole steroid stuff hurts him, but i liked it better when he was off them and was one of four players ever to be a 40-40 guy no disrespect to Ted Willams but i think Bonds is the best left fielder of all-time

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2009 2:07 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Willie Mays is the best Centerfielder of all time.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 6:59 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

To answer your questions freebird, no I don't plan on having a vote for the greatest DH.  There will be a vote for pitchers once we're done with the outfield.  The last votes to fill out the team will be the bench.  I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to run that just yet...I guess its just a problem I'll deal with once it arises.  

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 12:28 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Lou Brock and Rickey Henderson probably covered the most ground in left field during their careers.
Not sure how Manny Ramirez and "fielder" ended up in the same sentence. He may end up being the best hitter of the bunch.
Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams all played the Green Monster extreme;y well and could tear the cover off the ball when they hit it.

My vote goes to Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter. (in keeping with the nicknames)

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2009 6:32 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I think we should have an ALL JUICED UP team also for any player that played with an edge.

We could have the Babe, Bonds, McGuire, Sosa.....A-Roid....the list is long. We could even put Rose on there in case for the need of a bookie.

Hey Lazar..Are we going to have GREASTEST DH of all time? How about pinch hitter or base runner?

Are we going to have a pitching staff?

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2009 4:11 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I gotta with Stan "The Man" Musial here. Although like many of the positions we have voted on, the talent pool here is enormous!

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