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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: May 10, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2009 10:23 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Wow there is alot amazing players on this list, and for me the toughest. My heart wants me to vote for Roberto Clemente not only due to the fact he is one of the most charitable people ever, but also because he was one of the greats, but I have to vote for the "The Sultan of Swat", "The King of Crash", "The Colosus of Clout","The Great Bambino","The Babe", George Herman Ruth. Babe Ruth changed the game of baseball unlike any other player, he made it America's Past time. Not only that but his numbers are though to argue agaisnt some of the best ever, thus my vote 1.) Babe Ruth 2.) Hank Aaron 3.) Roberto Clemente. Thank you once again Lazer for another great list

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 6:49 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Another tough talent pool to choose from Lazer, but I am casting my vote for Hammerin' Hank Aaron.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 6:48 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Here are the 9 permanant players who have already made the all time team.


C - Johnny Bench
1B - Lou Gehrig
2B - Rogers Hornsby
3B - George Brett
SS - Honus Wagner
LF - Ted Williams
CF - Willie Mays

C - Josh Gibson
Util - Pete Rose 

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2009 6:31 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

I said it on an earlier blog, but I had many fewer people reading and voting on it, so I'll say it again.   I don't intend on having a DH on my all time great team.  Reason #1 is that the talent pool goes back 130 years to where the DH rule is in only one league and is still less than a 40 year old position.   Many of the pre-1970 greats may have been able to further pad their numbers had they had the opportunity to DH after they became defensive liabilities.   As of today there is still no player who has been inducted into the HOF as a DH.  I plan on having my all time team with the following breakdown.

8 starting position players
7 starting pitchers  (6th and 7th place starters will be long relievers)
3 relief pitchers
8 reserves (this makes my roster 26 players, but what the hell, I'll fudge my roster by one)
1 manager.  Once we vote for a roster of 26 players, I'd like to have us vote for the best man to manage the team.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 7:32 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Babe Ruth (He could even come out of the bullpen if needed)

Hank Aaron needs to be on the team somewhere too. Maybe as DH

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 4:33 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Tony Gwynn has my vote.  7 Silver bats, flirted with .400 batting AVE.  3,300 or so hits, Golden Gloves.  Roberto Clemente wasn't able to complete his life.  Truly a tragic event, but Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on a humaniterian mission.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 4:09 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Only one name is possible!!! The greatest hitter the game has ever seen! He is number one on this list in BA/OBP/SLUG/R(tied), and number two in HR/RBI. He was a much better fielder in his youth than at the end of his career, and was not the fatty that you see in most of the classic films, until later in his career. Oh by the way! He did most of this while drunk!

Everyone knows about his HR's, but he was one of the greatest AVE. hitters of all time. In his later years he really dropped his fielding average, which was better than the numbers indicate, in his prime. And let's be real. He made the game the household name it is today. He is not only the best Right Fielder of all time, but arguably the best baseball player of all time. ( And was an all star pitcher, as a side note, and a World Series MVP in the last World Series for the Redsox, until recent years).

Quite simply....THE MAN!!!

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 3:55 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Frank Robinson.  Man, there are some great ball players on this list.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2009 3:26 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Most exciting: Clemente

Most durable and consistent: Aaron

Greatest: Ruth

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 2:32 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Most requests to select the best in a list of elite teams or player is very difficult,if not impossible. Not the case here-the clear answer is George Herman (Babe) Ruth. The Bambino revolutized the game and IMO was the greastest player of all time. A few on the list was his superior as a fielder but none was as a batter. He was simply the best.
I would rank Aaron second, Robinson third and Clemente fourth and Ott fifth. Obviously, it is quite honor to be included on the list of great players.

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