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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: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 2:16 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Babe is definitely the icon of the home run hitter but overall, hitting and fielding would have to go to Roberto Clemente.  That man was pure speed, ability and agility.  There was nothing he couldn't do on a ball field.  He could steel any base whenever he wanted to as well.  Clemente could read a pitchers move then be gone to the next base.  I have to go Clemente as my first choice.  I would pick Al Kaline 2nd as he was one of the fiercest batters of that era.  Pitchers cringed when they had to pitch to him.  He had pure power and a great eye for the strike zone.  Wasn't a speed demon in the field but did cover alot of ground when he was out there.  Just my opinion.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2009 1:05 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Have we all forgotten Bobby Higginson?

All kidding aside, I think it's pretty cut and dry.... Babe Ruth.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 11:42 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

hands down the greatest rf all time  AL KALINE no doubt about it!!!

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2009 10:38 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Ty Cobb was runner up to Willie Mays in this poll.  He was a centerfielder.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 10:26 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Babe Ruth.  Those Yankees back then were very fortunate to have both Ruth and Gehrig on the same team.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2009 9:34 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

 Ty Cobb was not only the greatest RF of all time but possibly the greatest ball player of all time and I didnt see him on your list. Check out his stats. He batted over .400 three times and one year hit .420. I realize that history has made him look like a "jackarse" but in terms of pure baseball skills I challenge you to find anyone better than Cobb.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 9:31 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

The Babe plain and simple.   However Hank Aaron should be on the team somewhere.  Is this all time team going to feature a DH? If so the problem is solved and both can start as they should.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2009 9:06 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Babe Ruth.  Ruth is the player that immediately comes to mind when you think of baseball greats. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2009 8:07 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Well, I saw Aaron, Clemente, F. Robby, Kaline and everybody since play, but I have to go with Babe Ruth, by a landslide.  Nobody came anywhere close to doing what he did, in as few at-bats.   And though personality shouldn't have anything to do with the vote, what a character!  There's a story in Chicago about the time the Yankees were playing a doubleheader with the White Sox here, and, between games, Ruth trotted across the street to McCuddy's, in full uniform, and got a couple of hot dogs and a beer.

Babe Ruth, with Aaron second and Clemente third.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2009 7:43 am

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

when i saw the topic there was one name that instantly popped into my mind.  if you are looking for the best all-around right fielder of all-time, it is undoubtedly roberto clemente.  it may be a homer pick, but the guy was an animal.  there may be guys out there with better offensive numbers, but if you need someone to throw out a runner trying to leg out a triple or trying to score on a sac fly, its all about roberto.  he had power and accuracy in his right arm.  hes the guy that i would want in right field for my team.

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