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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 21, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2009 12:13 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

I would have to go with Ozzie Smith for his speed and defense, Cal Ripkin for his pop and versatility, and Albert Pujols for his pop, versatility and defense, as now that his elbow seems to be OK, he has experience at 3rd and in the outfield.

Thanks Lazer!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2009 10:02 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Nice job Lazer. My reserves, based on Yearly Averages, would be Albert Pujols, Nap Lajoie, and Chipper Jones. Now if I had to choose them based on careers it would be Jimmie Foxx, Lajoie, and Ernie Banks. The reason I say this is because Pujols and Jones are still playing. Chipper has been around the league for a while now and was a rather durable player for a number of them but in recent years he has become somewhat fragile with different injuries. Pujols, on the other hand, may not be able to keep up the torrid pace he has set for himself statistics-wise for his entire career. One freak injury or just some bad seasons and, poof, he could disappear. However, I will stick with my choices of Pujols, Lajoie, and Chipper

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2009 7:17 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Thanks again for putting all of this together Lazer. As for my 3 picks, I gotta go with Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken, and Eddie Collins.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2009 12:08 am

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

For me I have to go with Albert Pujols, Mike Schmidt, and Ozzie Smith.  Need some defense in those late innings.  Could also use Schmidt's bat as well.  Hard to leave Brooks, Cal, and Ernie off the list, but only three picks makes for some tough choices.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2009 11:06 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Well, I do agree with Rose being on the list. One of the best players that I have ever seen play! Like him or not, you can't argue with the stats or the hustle! So, can't do a team without Jimmie "the Beast" Foxx, Brooks Robinson(which should have been the the starting 3rd baseman), & The Wizard of Oz. Hats off to Ernie, Cal, Nap, Jackie, & Hank

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2009 9:39 pm

Vote For 3 Best Reserve INFIELDERS of All Time

Hey Lazer!  I never was a fan of the idea of making Rose a reserve for this, because he's not the second best at anything either.  

Personally, I'd want my back-ups to be Pujols, Lajoie, Schmidt and Ripken.   Since we HAVE to have Rose on the team, then make him the second baseman and my 3 picks will be Pujols, Schmidt and Ripken.

Yeah, sorry to see that Major left us too soon.  RIP Major.   It cracked me up how often he used the word "tubesteak".  You hardly ever hear that said anymore.  

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