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Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Posted on: June 7, 2009 8:35 pm
Of course these guys we're voting for here were never reserves, they're just reserves for my all-time team.  There is a reason we're voting for 3 reserves even though there are 4 infield spots.   About 2 months ago, Pete Rose was voted in as a reserve.  He split his time between the outfield, 1st, 2nd and 3rd base.   I'm thinking since Rose spent most of his career as an infielder that he should be a reserve infielder on my team, rather than an outfielder.   I am NOT considering him as a viable reserve as a shortstop, so I'll ask you all to please make one of your 3 votes for a shortstop.  So for picking my bench I'll take the top vote getting shortstop and the two highest vote getters between the first, second and third basemen.    Rose then will fill in the remaining reserve infielder slot. 

Before we get to this particular list and vote, I'll announce the 3 relief pitchers that you all voted in as the greatest relief pitchers of all time.   Dennis Eckersley and Mariano Rivera tied with 14 votes as the top 2 picks.   Trevor Hoffman garnered 7 votes to win the third spot by a narrow margin over Goose Gossage and Rollie Fingers who each received 5 votes.  I'd say I have a pretty astute group of voters.   To me, Eck and Mo had to be in the top 3.   Hoffman, Gossage, Fingers, Wagner, Sutter, Wilhelm, Quisenberry and Henke would have all been suitable options for the third spot.   

Now before we get to pick the top 3 reserves to join Pete Rose on the infield, let me refresh your memories as to who the starters are just in case you're using that in helping you make your picks.   The all-time greatest infield consists of Lou Gehrig at first, Rogers Hornsby at second, George Brett at third and Honus Wagner at shortstop.   

I'm also making a change in representing the player stats.   One of you posters pointed out that doing a 162 game average may be a more accurate indicator in comparing players than career stats do, so for the purpose of this blog entry, I'm going to give the 162 game average a I tend to believe that poster was right.    I also want to pay my e-respects and e-sympathy for one of my regular blog buddies and fellow Royals poster, MajorE.Reckshun.  Major got banned this past week.   After being a CBS member for 6 months and making superstar, suddenly his screen name became too inappropriate for CBSs...ahem...high standards.   I remember him for his quick witted sense of humor and respect for other members.    The dude knew his sports too, I'll miss Major.   

Okay, without further ado, lets get to the vote.   Remember, just vote for 3 and please make one of your votes for a shortstop.   Also remember, these stats reflect a 162 game average...

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

Jimmie Foxx             1B       325/428/609       37      134      122       6        +.02           +1.94
Albert Pujols              1B       335/426/626       42      128      124       7        +.01           +2.72
Eddie Murray             1B       287/359/476       27      103       87        6        +.01           +2.76
Johnny Mize              1B       312/397/562       31      115       115      2         +.02           +1.95
Hank Greenberg        1B       313/412/605       38      148       122      7         +.01          +2.79

Nap Lajoie                 2B       338/380/467       5        104       98       25        +.15           +.69
Jackie Robinson         2B      311/409/474       16       86        111      23        +.09           +.24
Eddie Collins              2B      333/424/429        3        75        104      43        +.13           +.24
Ryne Sandberg          2B      285/344/452        21      79         99       26         +.09          +.63

Mike Schmidt             3B      267/380/527        37      107       101      12         +.06          +.55
Brooks Robinson        3B      266/322/401        15      76         69        2          +.19          +.36
Wade Boggs              3B      328/415/443         8       67         100       2          +.12          +.29
Chipper Jones           3B       310/408/486        32      109       110      11         +,02          +.07

Cal Ripken                SS       276/340/447        23      91         89        2          +.11          +.56
Ernie Banks               SS       274/330/500        33     105        84        3          +.08          +.44
Ozzie Smith              SS       262/337/328         2       50         79       37         +13           +.93

There's the list, have fun everyone!

Category: MLB

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2009 4:12 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Agree with the posters that Rose should not be on this roster.  Since I can not vote for Rod Carew and Paul Molitor as backups (not on the list), I pick Ernie Banks (can also play 1B), Mike Schmidt and Nap Lajoie.

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2009 11:37 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Jimmie Foxx
Jackie Robinson
Ernie Banks

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2009 6:47 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

If we need a shortstop it has to be Cal Ripken, the other two spots should be 3rd base and 1st base because Pete Rose is already on the team . My 3rd baseman is Brooks Robinson , we need a defensive guy and he was the best ! The first baseman i like is Eddie Murray. These are my reserve infielders . Good job with All Time List Lazer , it was fun . I can`t wait to see what`s next , whatever it is you can count me in !

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:05 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

 1.) Albert Pujols- Sure fire hall of famer and best hitter in the game right now and not to shabby with the glove ethier
 2.) Chipper Jones- Great player on a team that had one of the greatest runs of the 90's winning a record 14 straight division titles
 3.) Jackie Robinson - May not have the stats that some of these players have but how can you have any all-time team and not have the     &n
bsp;     player that change the game more then any player ever

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2009 10:11 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Ok, for reserves I would look at fielding first so I'm going with Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith as defensive specialists. And then I'm picking up Albert Pujols just because it is about time I took a current player somewhere. ;)

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 9:59 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Really nice lineup, as usual, Lazer!  If I could have picked personally, I would use Darrell Evans.  Even though he had a .248 avg., he had 414 homeruns and 1354 RBI's lifetime.  He could play third or first, making him truly flexible.  Of those greats you have listed, I'll go with Ripken for shortstop , Greenberg at first and Mr. Vacuum Cleaner, Brooks Robinson, at third .  There are no stats there to reflect how efficient these infielders are at actually fielding, and you normally want power hitting at first but magnetized gloves at the other positions to avoid runs on errors by the other team.  If I had one other other choice, I would have gone with Jackie Robinson at second because he played with more spirit than the others.  He had so much to prove riding on his shoulders but he still excelled under incredible personal pressure. 

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2009 11:12 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Picking Albert Pujols would be way too easy. He is clearly the best currently active hitter. It would be nice to have him on the bench for situational hitting, but I'm not convinced he's the best fielder available.

On my bench I'd have Eddie Murray to fill in at first base. He's a switch hitter with power from both sides. Mark Teixeira has the same potential.
At second base I'd put the slick fielding Eddie Collins . He's a great on-base guy and can steal a base for you late in the game.

I'd put Ernie banks as my reserve shortstop. Cal Ripken is probably the sexy choice, but Banks has the better power numbers.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2009 7:37 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

1st base     &
nbsp; Hank Greenberg
the man lost some of his prime years to WWII, which is why he often is overlooked as far as greatest power hitters go.  He hit 58 homeruns in a season without ever even thinking of sticking a needle in his ass.

2nd base      Jackie Robinson
his statistics alone do not earn his spot.  Jackie Robinson is one of the most determined, brave, athletic, and strong willed americans our nation has ever been able to call a citizen.  Thank you Jackie, for what you gave the game of baseball, and for making the United States a better nation.

Shortstop     Ernie Banks
the first, and greatest power hitting shortstop.  Let's play two!

It is hard to leave defensive masters such as Ozzie Smith and Brooks Robinson out of the top three, but I'll go with power across the board.  Albert Pujols has the power, has the average, has the consistancy, but I'd like to think we haven't even seen the best of his career yet.

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2009 7:00 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Mike Schmidt
Ernie Banks
Albert Pujols

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2009 7:51 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Albert Pujols

Jackie Robinson

Mike Schmidt

honorable mention - Cal Ripken, someone you could count on to play every day if needed

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