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Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Posted on: May 16, 2009 6:08 pm
First off, I want to thank the powers that be at CBS.   I'm pretty quick to criticize them when I disapprove of a policy or a change, but I have to also show my gratitude when they throw me a bone.  They featured this blog last week when we were voting for the greatest center fielder of all time and the response I got was tremendous and insightful.   I also want to thank all of you who took the time to stop by, vote and give your reasons.  I'd love to see all of you to stick around as we still have much more team building to do.   This week we'll be voting for the final position on the field before we move to the pitchers and the bench. 

Before we get to this vote, its time to announce the center fielder who you all voted as the best all time.  The clear cut winner was Willie Mays who garnered 35 of of the 75 votes that were cast.   Ty Cobb finished second with 19 votes, Mickey Mantle was a distant third with 6 votes and Ken Griffey Jr. was fourth with 5 votes.  Eight other centerfielders received either one or two votes.   Had I voted, I would have been torn between my heart and my head.   I began my love affair with baseball in the late 60s, so one of my early favorite players was Willie Mays and I jumped at every opportunity to watch a game he played in.  Unfortunately, back then there was only one or two baseball games a week to watch back then and you didn't get to choose what game they'ld decide to televise.  So my heart is with Willie Mays.  This being said, I can't overlook the chance of my all time team having a .366 lifetime batting average and .433 OBP leading off for me.  2246 runs scored and 892 stolen bases tells me that in those 43% of the time he reaches base, he's a great bet to score a run.  Judging from the defensive stats, Cobb appears to be on par with Mays, at the very least pretty darned close, so I would have personally picked Cobb.   Due to the need of a true leadoff hitter for this all time team, I may have chosen Speaker or Hamilton over Mays due to their speed, OBP and defense.   

Now we get to the matter at hand.   Who is the greatest right fielder.  If I was a slacker, I could have probably gotten by with just listing 3 or 4 names on my list and let it fly, but as you know, I'm a rather thorough fellow and I want to give as many great players as I can the recognition that they deserve.  My list consists of 22 past and present right fielders.  16 of these 22 are in the Hall of fame and the other 6 are a mix of current players or retired players who aren't in the hall but had distinguished careers.   The 7 HOFers not listed are Elmer Flick, Harry Hooper, King Kelly, Chuck Klein, Tommy McCarthy, Enos Slaughter and Ross Youngs.   I also nearly included the stats of two great retired right fielders that narrowly missed my cut, Andre Dawson and Dave Parker.  Some of you may feel that I should have included their numbers rather than the 6 non-HOFers I did include, well, sorry, but its my blog.   At least you vote...I'll only cast a vote if we have a tie.   Anyway, without further ado, here's my list....

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

Hank Aaron                       305/377/555          755     2297     2174      240       +.05           +.30
Roberto Clemente              317/362/475          240     1305     1416      83         -.04            +.37
Sam Crawford                    309/362/452          97       1535     1391      366        +.13           -.22
Kiki Cuyler                        321/386/474           128     1065     1295      328        +.01           +.04
Tony Gwynn                      338/388/359           135     138       1383      319        +.09           +.26
Harry Heilmann                 342/410/520           183     1539     1291       113        -.04           -.35
Reggie Jackson                 262/358/490           563     1551     1702      228         -.10           +.17
Al Kaline                           297/379/480           399     1583     1622      137         +.07          +.29
Willie Keeler                     341/388/415            33       810      1719       495         +.20          -.34
Mel Ott                             304/414/533           511     1860     1859       89           +.06         -.22
Sam Rice                          322/374/427           34       1078     1514       351         even         +.02
Frank Robinson                 294/392/537           586      1812     1829      204         +.10          +.19
Babe Ruth                         342/474/690           714      2213     2174      123         +.02          -.20
Sam Thompson                 331/384/505           127      1299     1256      229          +.29         -.23
Paul Waner                        333/404/473          113      1309      1627     104          +.02         -.05
Dave Winfield                    283/355/475           465      1833     1669      223          +.07         +.21
Vladimir Guerrero               322/389/573           393      1271     1129      173          -.18          +.29
Sammy Sosa                     273/344/534           609      1667      1475     234          -.05          +.32
Ichiro Suzuki                     330/376/431            77       481        898       320          +.10         +.43
Larry Walker                      313/400/465           383      1311      1355     230          +.07         +.18
Dwight Evans                     272/370/470            385      1384      1470     78           +.09          +.27
Gary Sheffield                    292/394/515           501       1640     1606     252          +.02          +.08

Have fun ladies and gentlemen and thanks again!

Category: MLB

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2009 12:35 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

I have been flip-flopping between Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.  I have decided to cast my vote for Hank Aaron because I saw him hit a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals when I was around twelve.  Thanks Lazer. 

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2009 7:30 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Another great list Lazer. Hopefully I am not to late getting in on this one. Better late than never! My vote goes for Mr. George Herman Ruth, the "Babe".  He was one of the most dominate players of his time. He led the American League in Home Runs 12 times (all-time he is 3rd).is  He was tops in RBIs 6 times. He led the league in Runs Scored 8 times. He was the leader in On Base Percentage 10 times (2nd all-time for his career. He was first in Slugging Percentage 13 times (the all-time career leader at .690). He led in Runs Scored 8 times (4th overall for his career). He also just missed a Triple Crown in 1924 falling 8 RBIs shy. And one could make an arguement for him being on the Greatest Pitcher list as well. His part-time pitching stats would rival some of the greatest pitchers if he had focused on pitching. So with that as a segway... on to the pitchers Lazer.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2009 12:01 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Thanks Lazer.
I'm not sure why Andre Dawson isn't in the Hall of Fame. Because he played in Chicago and Montreal he has no World Series' under his belt. He did not have a stellar post-season record either. Still, he had tremendous range, a great arm and could hit the ball real hard.

My first real taste of baseball was early '70's when the A's won 3 in a row. Reggie Jackson was king.

I did not see Babe Ruth, so I can only judge him by his legend.

Ichiro is probably the best pure hiitter that I've seen of the bunch.

My favourite player is Vladimir Guerrero but he doesn't seem to be able to play full seasons anymore.
Thanks for adding Larry Walker to the list. His NL MVP award certainly shows he deserves to be mentioned.
My vote goes to Mr. October because he was the best of the bunch that I've seen.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2009 11:02 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

I have to say that is the funniest thing I have read tonight.  It is hard to argue with that logic. Good post.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2009 1:42 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

I would of picked Reggie Jackson, one of my favorite California Angels. I'm going to pick Babe Ruth. He's the one everyone is measured up to.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2009 3:11 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

To me it's a toss up between Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth and since Hammering Hank never played for the Yankees he's got my vote.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2009 1:01 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 1:01 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Not only the greatest right fielder, but the greatest player of all time.....Babe Ruth.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2009 11:40 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

This is a great discussion to have.  I would have to say the greatest right fielder of all time would have to be Babe Ruth.  He is followed by Hank Aaron in second place.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 11:34 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

hey lazer

another tough one  -  i mean, if you look at offensive stats, its gotta be babe ruth (hank aaron a close second)
i grew up in Boston watching dwight evans and his rocket of an arm gun down many a baserunner (or scare one back a base) that alone is worth another run/game

but - as far as personality, sheer presence in the game and his offense - I choose Babe Ruth (even though the Red Sox traded him)

but i wonder - whats it gonna be like to have an all star team without hank aaron, frank robinson, regiie jackson, etc??

thanks again

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