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Vote for 3 Best Reserve OUTFIELDERS of All Time

Posted on: June 16, 2009 5:00 pm
Welcome back my good sports friends!  I want to thank each and every one of you who have contributed and voted on my blogs during the construction of my All-Time Greatest Baseball Team.  We're nearing the end now.  This week we will vote in the final 3 players to the team...the reserve outfielders.  Next week we'll have a final vote on this blog series to pick a manager for our team.  

Before we get to the outfield, its time to put the reserve infield into place.  I listed the stats of 16 players to fill in the infield around Pete Rose as the back-ups.  14 of those 16 players received at least 2 votes, so there was plenty of love for the players listed.  After the final vote count, Albert Pujols got the most votes with 15 to secure him with a back-up spot to Lou Gehrig at first base.  After that it got interesting as there was a 3 way tie for the second most votes....which means I have to toss one of them back.  Mike Schmidt, Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith all received 9 votes.  I was really hoping for some more votes to come in to sort this mess out for me, so since that didn't happen, I must cast the tie breaking vote.  I've decided to place Mike Schmidt at third base because I feel he's a better option there than Pete Rose or Cal Ripken.   If I were to choose between Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith as a starter for my all time team, I'd give the nod to the Iron Man hands down for his superior run production.   But the issue at hand is for a reserve and I feel that this team could use Ozzie's speed and defense in the late innings more than Cal's bat.  I hate to do this to the player that I probably respect more than any man who's played the game, but I'm going to pick Ozzie Smith to take the final reserve infield position. 

Now we come to the good stuff!  I've listed the four best runner-ups at all 3 outfield positions with their 162 game averages.   I ONLY HAVE ONE RULE!  Please pick one left fielder, one center fielder and one right fielder.   One more time, PLEASE DON'T VOTE FOR 2 OR 3 PLAYERS AT THE SAME POSITION!    Without further ado, here is the list....

PLAYER AND POSITION                 AVE/OBP/SLUG            HR      RBI      RUNS      SB      Fldg Pct +/-     Range +/-

Stan Musual,  LF                          331/417/559              25      104      104          4        +.13               -.02
Rickey Henderson,  LF                  279/401/419              16      59        121         74       -.01               +.43
Barry Bonds,  LF                           298/444/607              41      108      121         28        +.06             +.43
Ed Delahanty,  LF                        346/411/505               9        129      141         40        +.26             +.33

Ty Cobb,  CF                               366/433/512               6        103      120         48        +.01             +.25
Mickey Mantle,  CF                       298/421/557              36       102      113         10        +.02             -.05
Ken Griffey Jr.,  CF                       286/372/543              39       113      103         12        -.01              +.11
Tris Speaker,  CF                         345/428/500               7        89        109         25        +.10             +.60

Hank Aaron,  RF                          305/374/555               37       113      107         12        +.05             +.30
Roberto Clemente,  RF                317/359/475               16        87       94           6          -.04             +.37
Al Kaline,  RF                              297/376/480               23        90       93           8          +.07             +.29
Frank Robinson,  RF                    294/389/537               34        105     106         12         +.10             +.19

In case it will help in your selections of reserves, the starting outfield is Ted Williams in left, Willie Mays in center and Babe Ruth in right.   Please remember to check in next week to vote for a manager....and please don't drink and drive!

Category: MLB

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2009 12:42 pm

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Given the parameters, Rickey Henderson LF, who I would start on my all time team at leadoff, Mickey Mantle CF because a power switch hitter off the bench would be invaluable, otherwise it would be Cobb, who would be my starter and bat second behind Henderson and in RF, Hank Aaron, barely over Frank Robinson.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2009 6:09 am

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Lazer, great job as usual.  Glad you put all of this together.  Keeps us Royals fans minds off of, er, well you know.

Left Field:  Barry Bonds.  I'll give a vote to him because although all are worthy, He still has the best stats overall and the juice issue came late in his career, after establishing himself as an excellent player.  I'll give him the nod, just to show fans can be forgiving and if Cobb is many folks CF pick, and we can forgive him for his shortcomings as a human, I can forgive Barry as well.

Center Field:  Would like to pick the Kid, but I have to go with Tris Speaker.  Best defender of the bunch, and no slouch at the plate either.  Any one of the four would be good here though.

Right Field:  Got to go with Henry Aaron here. Voted for him to be a starter and continue to vote for him now.  Wish we could sneak Roberto on the team somehow but hey, our all time team has to play someone don't they?  We could always come up with the all star team to oppose the all time team now couldn't we?

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:31 am

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This is going to be one formidable team. For my reserve outfielders I have to start with Ed Delahanty in LF.  Good speed, great run production, and a great defensive replacement.  Centerfield is a tougher choice. I have to go with Ty Cobb due to his better speed, similar run production and he would have had a similar slugging percentage had he not been playing in the dead ball era.  Right field is a no doubter. Hammerin' Hank Aaron. THE all-time leader in natural homeruns, and done in a time where pitchers were much more dominant than they are today.  Looking forward to the list to see who gets to captain this shift of incredible players. Keep up the strong work Laser. 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2009 8:41 pm

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Hey - I just read the stuff for the reserver infielders.  I know you can't go back now, but I thought I would pitch in my two cents to make you feel better for one of your picks. 

I would have taken Pujols and Schmidt without reservation.  Having to take a SS, I think I would have gone with Ripken, but Ozzie is not a bad pick, especially for the reason you gave.

Looking forward to the manager voting.  Should be interesting.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2009 8:30 pm

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Crap - I missed one.  Sorry Lazer, I was out of town for 2 weeks.  Oh well.

Two of these are easy for me.

In CF I take Cobb easy.  I picked him over Mays to begin with.  Yeah, he was a jerk and likely wouldn't be my friend, but he was good and was the consummate competitor.

In RF, I take Aaron.  He was contemporary with the other options and was better than any of them IMHO.  Clemente was a bit better in the field, and had a slightly better average, but overall Aaron was the better choice.

Now in LF, I have a bit of a quandry.  I took Henderson originally.  But now we have some speed and a decent guy to lead off in Cobb, (if we ever need him),so now I am looking to Musial.  And you can't go wrong with Delahanty.  In the end, I am going to go with


Barry Bonds??  Don't need no druggie on my team.  Get him out of here.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:56 pm

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The first man voted into Cooperstown needs a spot on the All-Time team, even if it is in a reserve role.  An overlooked triple crown winner, Ty Cobb's playing days were spent in the dead ball era.  His home run stats would have been much higher had he came later.  But outside of the those low homerun numbers Cobb is still near the top in many offensive categories.  he was a threat to steal, hit for extra bases, drive in runs, and would be a huge motivator for this team.


People may not like it but Barry Bonds is one of the greatest, gooned on the juice or not.  Bonds hit for average, power, and in his younger days was great on the basepaths. His OBP is the best of anyone of the outfield finalists.  And like it or no he did pass by HanK Aaron for the top spot on the home run list.  A first ballot HOF'er who most likely won't get the credit he is due.


Al Kaline got my original vote as a starter on your list Lazer.  But when it comes down to filling out the final roster spots I have to give the nod to another.  It would be a disservice to leave Hank Aaron off the all-time team.  He did his job with pride from the Braves days in Milwaukee to the end of his career when they called Atlanta home.  Hammerin' Hank is a true legend of the game and someone young players should look to as an example of the way you go about the game.
Sorry Al, if I had a fourth pick you would get it.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 10:02 am

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Rickey Henderson

Ty Cobb

Hank Aaron

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:12 am

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Thanks Lazer, Awesome job.

I've got to go with Musial, Mantle, and Aaron.  Have a little pop off the bench, if they're ever needed.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 8:08 am

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If Bonds is totally jacked up with steroids and nobody cares, you know the way it used to be, I'll take Bonds in LF.  Ty Cobb in CF.  Hank Aaron in RF.  Wow Bonds Cobb and Aaron shagging flies with Williams, Mays and Ruth.  That's quite a picture.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2009 9:30 pm

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Another great list to choose from Lazer. All of these guys are deserving. I sure appreciate all your work on this blog. I'll have to vote for three of my favorite players from when I was a kid. I got to see all three play. The Cardinals Stan The Man Musial. The Yankees Mickey Mantle. And finally, the Braves Hammerin' Hank Aaron. A lot of great baseball memories. Thanks Lazer and all.

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