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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: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2009 1:04 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Have to go with Ted Williams as well.  If you take it one step farther, from 1939 to the late 80's, The Red Sox only had three regular left fielders except for Ted's military stints.  Williams, Yaz, and Jim Rice.  All three hall of famers, or about to be.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2009 5:03 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I'm going to go with Ted Williams.  Thanks for running this Lazer!

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 11:48 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

First off. I am not a Barry Bonds fan.  He didn't need to "juice" up, with his God-given ability.  I urge everyone to read "Game of Shadows" to understand the real Barry Bonds.  The man is just a flat-out liar.  He tainted the all-time HR record.  And this A's fan doesn't excuse Canseco, McGwire, or Giambi either. 
Enough steroids talk... 

Ted Williams'  God-given ability was 20-10 vision,  and hand-eye coordination. 
Piloting a fighter plane or hitting a major league curveball were equally "easy."  (TW could see the stitches on a pitched ball.)
 Not to mention trophy fishing...

He  missed a third Triple Crown by a single base hit, BTW.

Ted Williams was the Greatest Hitter Ever.

But on this fantasy roster you need a lead-off hitter.  

The Best Ever:  Rickey Henderson.

Useless trivia:  Ted Williams, Tim Raines, and Rickey Henderson are the only MLers to steal a base in four different decades. 

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2009 10:34 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

What a list.  Everyone on the list could be a member of this team, with little or no drop off (except Bonds).  I was able to narrow it down to Ted Williams and Stan Musial.  Both deserve it.  Each earned numerous accolades, both officially and those given them by the other posters to this blog.  Both played at a time when baseball was "king". 

Though Ted Williams deserves the vote, he seems to be running away with it here, my vote is for Stan the Man.  He deserves the recognition.

Another thought though, as someone else previously mentioned, not everyone on the team can be homerun hitters.  The team could also be put together with all the necessary pieces to make a great team.  The defense, the table setters, the power guy(s), and the guys that make the pitcher nervous when they get on base.  With those thoughts in mind, I would like to give honorable mention to Lou Brock and Rickey Henderson.  They made the batters that followed them in the lineup that much better because the pitcher didn't dare give them his full attention.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2009 10:01 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

For me it's between Williams and Bonds.  I grew up watching the clean Barry and he was amazing.  He could steal, had good power, defense was good and b.a. was fine before steriods.  But then again Ted Williams is Ted Williams (thanks Madden for "Brett Favre is Brett Favre").   But to keep this short I'm gonna go with my gut and pick Barry Balco Bonds.  Idiot ruined his legacy.

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 3:04 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Another great list you have put together Lazer. Once again so many incredible players to choose from. I have to go with my choice for the following reasons...This great one was a 17-time American League All-Star. He was a 5-time Major League Player of the Year. He was a 2-time American League MVP. He won 2 American League Triple Crowns. His career batting average of .344 ranks 7th all-time of all players (3rd for LF behind Shoeless Joe Jackson and Delahanty). His .483 On Base Percentage ranks 1st among all players. His Slugging percentage ranks 2nd all-time behind only Babe Ruth. He is 18th all-time in HRs (3rd for LF behind Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez). He was 4th all-time in Base on Balls (3rd for LF behind Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson). Finally, he was 13th all-time in RBIs (3rd for LF behind Bonds and Yaz). While not first in every category for even LF, he was consistantly near the top. He didn't play in the steriod era. He served the United States not once, but twice in war. My vote goes to Ted Williams. Keep up the great work Lazer.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:14 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Ted Williams

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:11 am

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

This is a tough choice. Thank you Lazer. I always like the stats. A nod to Ralph Kiner who didn't make the list. Respect to Lou Brock. I liked watching him play. That Delahanty must have been a heck of a player. I will not vote for Bonds. Al Simmons was great too. There's a bunch on this list. It came down to two choices for me. Stan "The Man" Musual and Ted Williams. This is difficult. I saw Stan play as a young kid. The way he cork screwed himself into that left hand batters box just amazed me way back then. Then he unwound like a spring and whack! He is my sentimental choice. However, Ted Williams was the greatest. He had those years off while serving our country. He was good always. The "Splendid Splinter". My vote for Ted Williams.

I want to thank everyone for the comments. I very much enjoy reading them. Peace to all you baseball fans.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2009 9:05 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Teddy Ballgame.  Probably the best hitter ever.

Caveat:  If I was putting together a team, I'd seriously consider Rickey Henderson. Which all time great would feel comfortable at lead-off.  Even worse, potentially, is his nose might be out of joint being "stuck" there.

Actually, batting in the two hole might be the biggest adjustment for these players that probably played at 3, 4 or 5 in the lineup.  Giving up an at bat to advance a runner would probably be a foreign experience for them.  Also, not good for their ego.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2009 8:15 pm

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

Manny Ramirez is my favorite player, but Ted Williams gets my vote.  Had he not spent time in the service in the prime of his career, his stats would be even more overwhelming.

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