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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: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

In a close one I give it to Babe Ruth.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Babe Ruth, no doubt.

Career OPS+


Mark McGwire, Kevin Youkilis, Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Barry Bonds, Willie McCovey, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gherig, and Ted Williams. have matched that in a single season since he played his last game.

I've got more fingers.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

714 fueled on hot dogs and beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Between rule changes, hitter friendly parks, and steriods the man would have hit 2500. 

Throw a 340 average into the mix and you have the easiest question to answer in all of sports....

Babe Ruth is the best right fielder of all time.

No offense Hank but if i was picking a team I'd have to move you to left.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 9:00 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

 Henry Aaron was great,one of the top players of all time. Consistent as any player could possibly be. Hit for a high average and endured when things were not easy for a man of his color. Also the career home run leader. Well I guess second but that is a debate for another day.

 Roberto Clemente is thought by many to be the finest defensive outfielder they ever saw. Great range and a gun for a arm.Really outstanding offensive player also.

 The best player in the history of the game was Babe Ruth, numbers that are hard to imagine. A legend that is surreal. There is nobody to even compare him to. How can the greatest not have a starting position ( no DH ). I do not even think anyone else who played the game would want to take his posistion. Babe Ruth is the easiest answer to the easiest question your ever going to be ask.

 Not even close     

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 8:21 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Al Kaline

Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 7:39 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

 Roberto Clemente.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2009 7:14 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

Nicely done, danswak. You got across what I tried to much better than I did. And I agree wholeheartedly.

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 6:46 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

With all due respect, Clemente did play a full career. He at most had 2 years left in his body at the time of his crash. I believe he only played around 100 games his last season when he got his 3000th hit in is last game played. He played in cavernous Forbes Field and then Three Rivers stadium which was never considered a homerun hitters paradise. He was hidden by the Brooklyn Dodgers for a few years in Montreal and thus lost a few productive years early in his career. He was a line drive hitter who could hit homeruns when needed. He hit for average (.316 I believe). He also played in the era when the mound was much higher and pitchers were allowed to throw inside (as did Hank Aaron). At 5'10" tall and 175 lbs soaking wet he got the most out of is body than anybody I ever saw play. When I hear Babe Ruth I think homerun. When I hear Clemente I think unbelievable all around player.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2009 6:37 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

It's got to be Babe Ruth. To do what he did in todays game, one would have to hit 300 HRs a season while not on juice, but while slamming a 12 pack every night. He didn't have a personal trainer, Club dieticians, handlers, specialized bats...

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 6:29 pm

Vote for the Greatest RIGHT FIELDER of All Time

If you are voting for the Greatest "Right Fielder" of all time nobody compares to Clemente. His arm, speed and reckless abandon in right field are unmatched.  If you are voting for the best player who also happened to play right field then Babe Ruth would have to be the winner. In todays game Ruth would be a DH. In today's game Clemente would still be unmatched for his defensive ability. Nobody ran on Clemente.  

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