Posted on: May 9, 2009 4:09 pm
 

Vote For the Greatest CENTER FIELDER of All Time

Welcome back everyone.  This time around we'll get to vote on the greatest center fielder of all time.  Before we get around to that, its time to announce the winner of the left field vote.   Ted Williams won the vote running away by receiving 16 of the 26 votes that were cast.   Stan Musual who got much mention and praise finished second with 4 votes.  Rickey Henderson received 3 votes, Barry Bonds got 2 votes and Ed Delahanty captured the other vote.   Had I had a vote, I would have honestly had to vote for Barry Bonds.  Although I personally don't recognize his single season record of 73 homers or his career record of 762, he was still the best without the juice.  Even if you throw out the home runs, he still had Ted beat in speed and defense.  Barry would also make a good leadoff hitter for an all-time team with his 500+ career stolen bases and OBP well above .400.   Ted Williams was an amazing player and probably the best pure hitter of all time.  With the steroid factor going for Bonds padding his numbers, Ted undoubtedly lost over 700 hits, perhaps 150 homers and over 400 RBI due to time in the service.   All I can say is you folks did an excellent job of stating your cases when you cast your votes.   I think left field will be the most star-studded pack of any position.   I apologize for not including Shoeless Joe Jackson on the list.  He was banned from baseball at the age of 31, probably unfairly in my opinion.  I think he was the baby that got thrown out with the bath water in the Black Sox scandal. 

I've made a list of the 18 greatest center fielders of all-time.   17 of them are in the hall of fame and one is still an active player.   This list should also induce some good discussion as a number to top centerfielders span over 110 years of baseball history.   In giving fielding statistics, I've been giving a +/- grading comparing each fielder to his peers over the span of their careers to be fair to the old timers when the gloves were smaller, the playing surfaces were more challenging and the official scorers more strict on charging errors.   That works out great most of the time, but there is something else to take into consideration.   In recent years, the major league average for fielding percentages for outfielders now are in the neighborhood of .985 - .990.   So this would make it impossible for modern day centerfielders such as Griffey and Puckett to attain a +.22 fielding percentage grade like Hugh Duffy got because the MLB average that Duffy had to compete against was .921.   Well, I think I've done enough blabbering, on with the list....

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

Richie Ashburn                       308/397/462          29       586      1322       234       -.02              +.43
Earl Averill                             318/395/534          238     1164     1224       70         +.02             +.29
Max Carey                             285/361/386          70       800      1545       738       +.03             +.60
Ty Cobb                                366/433/512          117     1937     2246       892       +.01             +.25
Earle Combs                          325/397/462          58       632      1186        96         +.07             +.30
Joe Dimaggio                         325/398/579          361     1537    1390        30         +.04             +.40
Larry Doby                             283/387/490          253     969       960         47         +.07             +.05
Hugh Duffy                            324/384/449          106      1302    1552        574       +.22             +.12
Billy Hamilton                         344/455/432          40       736      1690        912       +.03             +.26
Mickey Mantle                         298/423/557          536     1509     1677       153       +.02             -.05
Willie Mays                             302/387/557          660     1903     2062       338       even             +.25
Kirby Puckett                           318/363/477         207      1085     1071       134       +.04             +.28
Edd Roush                              323/369/446          68       981       1099      268        +.07             +.37
Duke Snider                            295/381/540         407      1333     1259       99         even             -.33
Tris Speaker                           345/428/500          117      1529     1882      432        +.10             +.60
Lloyd Waner                           316/353/393           27       598       1201      67          +.10             +.47
Hack Wilson                            307/395/545          244     1062      884        52         -.06              -.02
Ken Griffey Jr.                         287/372/545          613      1777     1622      184        -.01              +.11


There's the list, have at ladies and gentlemen!
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 2, 2009 3:50 pm
 

Vote for the Greatest LEFT FIELDER of All Time

I want to thank everyone who's been participating and voting on my blogs.   Its greatly appreciated and its a great motivator for me to keep this fun and to continue this labor of love.  

Lets start this off with the final results on the vote for the greatest shortstop.  I was pleased to see that many of you hold a fond appreciation of the players who played back in the days when baseball was the ONLY thriving sport.   The Flying Dutchman, Honus Wagner  won this vote rather easily with 13 votes.   "Iron Man" Cal Ripken placed second with 6, "Let Play Two" Ernie Banks received 4 votes and the "Wizard" Ozzie Smith placed 4th with 2 votes.  

So now, we have the infield set, with Johnny Bench behind the plate and around the diamond with the Iron Horse at first, Rogers Hornsby at second, Pine Tar at third and the Flying Dutchman at short.  We have two permanent bench players of Josh Gibson and Charlie Hustle.  Apparently many of the greats have nicknames.  

Now is where it gets fun!  We get to start the outfield in left field.  In my list of the 17th greatest left fielders of all time I spot about 5 or 6 of the greatest 15-20 hitters/players of all time.  I think this position may require you to think a bit harder than prior positions.   In my list, I've included 13 players who have already been enshrined into the HOF, 2 that are awaiting enshrinement, one who is not yet eligible for the HOF and one active player.   To try to keep my list as short as I could, I did toss 5 HOF left fielders out of the voting, but since they had great and worthy careers, let me give them a mention.   They are Chick Hafey, Joe Kelly, Ralph Kiner, Jim O'Rourke and Zack Wheat.    Once again, rather than listing fielding percentages, I went with a +/- system to each players peers, both in fielding percentage and range.  You may notice, like I did while compiling this list that these many of these players didn't become legends with their gloves.   Enough of my rambling now, on with the list.....

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

Lou Brock                          293/344/410            149      900       1610       938     -.13            +.26
Jesse Burkett                     338/415/446             75       952       1720       389     -.19            -.04
Fred Clarke                        312/386/429             67      1015      1619       506     +.07           +.27
Ed Delahanty                      346/412/505            101     1464      1599       455     +.26           +,33
Goose Goslin                      316/387/500            248     1609      1483       175      -.07           +.05
Heinie Manush                    330/377/479            110     1183      1287       114      +.11          -.09
Joe Medwick                       324/362/505             205     1383      1198       42       +.04           even
Stan Musual                       331/418/559             475     1951      1949       78       +.13           -.02
Al Simmons                       334/380/535              307     1827      1507      88        +.14          +.16
Willie Stargell                     282/363/529             475      1540     1195       17        -.09           +.15
Billy Williams                      290/364/492             426      1475     1410       90        +.04          +.23
Ted Williams                      344/483/634             521      1839     1798       24        -.03           -.21
Carl Yastrzemski                 285/382/462             452      1844     1816       168      +.05          +.35
Barry Bonds                        298/444/607             762      1996     2227       514       +.03         +.14
Rickey Henderson                279/401/419             297      1115     2295      1406      -.01          +.43
Jim Rice                             298/352/502             382       1451    1249        58        +.03         +.26
Manny Ramirez                   315/412/594             532       1740    1463        37        -.05          -.10

HAVE FUN WITH THIS ONE!!!!!!                
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 26, 2009 7:49 pm
 

Vote for the Greatest SHORTSTOP of All Time

Welcome again everyone!  Its time to vote for a shortstop.   Over the past two entries we voted on whether or not Pete Rose should be on the team as a reserve and we voted for the greatest third baseman.   After 2 weeks of voting, its evident that the overwhelming majority want Pete on the team.  There were some absolutely good and influential arguments on both sides in that issue.   Personally, I think we could find a better #2 guy at every position on the diamond than Rose, he is the most versatile great player in the modern era, so I don't have a problem with him on the bench since he can realistically be plugged into 5 different positions. 
In the vote for the greatest third baseman, George Brett edged out Mike Schmidt 14-11, with 5 votes for the Human Vacuum Cleaner and a vote to Wade "The Chicken Man" Boggs.   This was a vote that I was much happier to count than to cast.   Naturally, being a Royals fan, I was rooting for George, but I know full well that Michael Jack Schmidt was just as great.   There was some great debate in the third base matchup.   One thing is positively clear, Schmidt is the greatest NL third baseman and Brett is the greatest AL third baseman, and Brooks was the king with the glove.   Nevertheless, Pete Rose and George Brett are now members of the All Time Great team. 
Now to the task at hand.  I will now submit the 19 greatest shortstops of all time, in my humble opinion.   16 are hall of famers and 3 are current major leaguers.   I did omit 5 HOF shortstops, Lou Boudreau, Travis Jackson, Rabbit Maranville, Joe Tinker and Phil Rizzuto due to trying some sort of brevity and the fact that their overall statistics pale in comparison to the 19 listed.     Speaking of the 19 listed, here they are....

Player                       AVE/OBPSLG       Hits      HR     RBI     Runs      SB      Fldg+/-    Range+/-

Luis Aparicio              262/313/343       2677    83     791     1335      506     +.10        +.53
Luke Appling             310/399/398       2749    45     1116    1319      179     -.04         +.37
Dave Bancroft            279/355/358       2004    32     591     1048      145     +.03         +.61
Ernie Banks               274/333/500       2583    512   1636    1305      50       +.08        +.44
Joe Cronin                301/390/468       2285     170   1424    1233     87        +.05        +.32
George Davis            295/361/405        2660    73     1435    1540     615      +.18        +.35
Hughie Jennings        311/390/406       1527     18     840      994      359       +.24       +.68
Pee Wee Reese         269/366/377       2170     126   885      1338     232      +.04       +.26
Cal Ripken Jr.            276/340/447       3184     431   1685    1647     36        +.11       +.55
Joe Sewell                 312/391/413       2226      49    1055    1141     74        +.07       +,53
Ozzie Smith               262/337/328       2460     28     793     1257     580       +.13       +.93
Arky Vaughn              318/406/453       2103     96     926      1173    118       +.02       +.23
Honus Wagner           327/391/466       3415     101   1732     1736    772       +.14       +.45
Bobby Wallace           268/332/358       2309      34     1121    1057    201       +.13       +.34
John M. Ward            275/314/341        2104     26     867      1408    540*     +.02       +.19
Robin Yount              285/346/430       3142      251    1406    1632    271       even      +.09
Derek Jeter               316/386/459       2557      210    1013    1479    278       +.03      -.06
Alex Rodriguez          306/389/578       2404      553    1606    1605    283       +.05      +.27
Omar Vizquel            273/339/355       2663       77     893      1364    385       +.12      +.26

* =  John Montgomery Ward's career began in 1878, however stolen bases were not recorded until 1885, so every base he stole in his first seven years of his career is unknown, but probably many as he was one of the fastest of his time.  In 1887 he lead the league with 111 stolen bases.      By the way, he was also an accomplished pitcher with well over 200 decisions, he posted a .610 winning percentage.                     

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 18, 2009 4:07 pm
 

Vote For the Greatest THIRD Baseman of All Time

 Welcome back my friends to the blog that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside

I should have started one of my rock and roll blog entries with that line.  Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed your Easter holiday and its time for me to get back to presenting you the greatest baseball players of all time for you to vote in the greatest team.  This week we will decide on the greatest third baseman.  My list includes all 10 of the third basemen in the hall of fame plus Chipper Jones who in my opinion should be in this discussion as well.  Before you ask "Where's Alex Rodriguez?", I already did the research and Alex still has logged about 500 more games at shortstop, so hold your horses until the next round.   I've research both the career offensive and defensive stats for these 11 players.  Rather than using the players actual fielding percentage I'm using a +/- system in comparing their defensive skills to that of players in their era.  I'm using the same system for each players range.   In the early 1900s infields were poorly manicured compared to modern standards and gloves were much smaller, so fielding percentages were much lower in the 20th century. 

Last week I posed the question as to whether or not Pete Rose should be a substitute or a bench player on my 25 man roster.   The number of replies and votes were light, but the content of those who opined was very solid and informative.   I'd like to leave that issue up for a vote for at least another week, as I'd like a larger sampling to make a determination, so please, if you haven't done so already, please go to my previous entry, read the posts and cast your vote.

Without further ado, here is the list of the 11 greatest third baseman of all time...Pick your number 1.

        PLAYER                                AVE/OBP/SLUG     HR    RBI    Runs    SB      Hits     FldgPct   Range

  • Frank (Homerun) Baker      .307/.363/.442      96     987     887    235    1838    +.07      +.19
  • Wade Boggs                     .328/.415/443       118   1014   1513     24    3010    +.12      +.29
  • George Brett                     .305/.373/.487      317   1595   1583    201   3154     -.02      +.40
  • Jimmy Collins                    .294/.344/.409       65    983    1055    194   1999    +.25      +.29
  • George Kell                       .306/.368/.414       78    870      881     51    2054    +.16      +.09
  • Freddie Lindstrom              .311/.351/.449      103   779      895     84    1747    +.12      +.11
  • Eddie Matthews                  .271/.378/.509      509   1453   1509    68    2315    +.06      +.24
  • Brooks Robinson                .267/.325/.401      268   1357   1232    28    2848    +.19      +.36
  • Mike Schmidt                     .267/.384/.527      548   1595   1506   174    2234   +.06      +.55
  • Pie Traynor                        .320/.362/.435       58   1273    1183   158   2416    even     +.30
  • Chipper Jones                    .310/.407/.548      409   1378   1382   138   2285    +.02      -.21
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 11, 2009 5:34 pm
 

Should Pete Rose Be On My 25 Man Roster?

I wanted to put together a vote for the greatest all-time third baseman this weekend, but I don't have the time to put into it due to my out of town Easter plans.  So I decided to just do a shorty this weekend that won't require research, writing and a buttload of typing. 

To put together a roster of the greatest players/team of all time, one must also have a great bench of players who aren't exactly the greatest at their position but would provide great enough hitting and fielding so that you don't have much of a drop off when you replace one of your starters.  I plan on having 10 pitchers on this 25 man roster and there will be 8 starters so that will leave room for 7 bench players.  One bench spot has already been taken by my own direction which was Josh Gibson.  The reason that I wish to hold a special vote for Pete Rose is because he is the "Hit King", but due to the fact that he played a varied number of positions throughout his career, he'll  probably not get selected as the best at any one of them.   So the purpose of this entry is simple.  Vote either "yes" or "no" on Pete Rose as one of the 6 remaining bench players.    I ask that you put your biases aside on Pete Rose the person and vote on how you value him as a player.   I'm not going to opine on whether or not I think Rose should or shouldn't be, but I will say that its my belief that Rose's gambling did not have an effect with his performance as a player on the field. 

I cannot finish this blog entry without announcing YOUR choice as the Greatest Second Baseman of All-Time.  Rogers Hornsby was the winner with 14 votes.  Nap Lajoie finished 2nd with 7 and Jackie Robinson finished third with 5.  Eddie Collins and Ryne Sandberg each got 3 votes for fourth.   So Rogers Hornsby joins Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig and Josh Gibson as permanent members on my 25 man team of all-time greats.   Due to their good showings, Lajoie and Robinson should be thrown into a later vote for filling out the bench.   Now that its all decided, I'll offer my own opinion.   For an all-time team, I want excellent defense up the middle (catcher, second, short and center field) as well as great hitting.  Of all the second basemen on my list Nap Lajoie was clearly the superior fielder and his batting average and OBP were high on the list as well.  And although he played in the dead ball era, his career 1599 RBIs actually beat Hornsby out by 15.   I'd have given my vote to Nap Lajoie. 

One last thing before I hit "Submit", I'm not going to have a DH spot on my all-time roster.   Although I love to watch runs being scored, don't consider me a huge fan of the DH rule.  Players who finished their careers prior to the early 70s were not afforded the opportunity of extending their careers another year or two.   This is one of the reasons I generally give the old timers a little lee way over the modern era players when comparing the two.

There is another thing worth mentioning.  In the past 7-10 days, the site that I use to gleen my defensive stats, baseball-reference.com has reformatted and the fielding charts have been affected.   I'm still trying to figure out their latest method of rating a players defensive range.   If any of you informed posters feel you understand it, please take the time to clarify it for me.    

Anyway, I thank you all for contributing to my blog and I wish you all a very Happy Easter. 

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 11, 2009 5:34 pm
 

Should Pete Rose Be On My 25 Man Roster?

I wanted to put together a vote for the greatest all-time third baseman this weekend, but I don't have the time to put into it due to my out of town Easter plans.  So I decided to just do a shorty this weekend that won't require research, writing and a buttload of typing. 

To put together a roster of the greatest players/team of all time, one must also have a great bench of players who aren't exactly the greatest at their position but would provide great enough hitting and fielding so that you don't have much of a drop off when you replace one of your starters.  I plan on having 10 pitchers on this 25 man roster and there will be 8 starters so that will leave room for 7 bench players.  One bench spot has already been taken by my own direction which was Josh Gibson.  The reason that I wish to hold a special vote for Pete Rose is because he is the "Hit King", but due to the fact that he played a varied number of positions throughout his career, he'll  probably not get selected as the best at any one of them.   So the purpose of this entry is simple.  Vote either "yes" or "no" on Pete Rose as one of the 6 remaining bench players.    I ask that you put your biases aside on Pete Rose the person and vote on how you value him as a player.   I'm not going to opine on whether or not I think Rose should or shouldn't be, but I will say that its my belief that Rose's gambling did not have an effect with his performance as a player on the field. 

I cannot finish this blog entry without announcing YOUR choice as the Greatest Second Baseman of All-Time.  Rogers Hornsby was the winner with 14 votes.  Nap Lajoie finished 2nd with 7 and Jackie Robinson finished third with 5.  Eddie Collins and Ryne Sandberg each got 3 votes for fourth.   So Rogers Hornsby joins Johnny Bench, Lou Gehrig and Josh Gibson as permanent members on my 25 man team of all-time greats.   Due to their good showings, Lajoie and Robinson should be thrown into a later vote for filling out the bench.   Now that its all decided, I'll offer my own opinion.   For an all-time team, I want excellent defense up the middle (catcher, second, short and center field) as well as great hitting.  Of all the second basemen on my list Nap Lajoie was clearly the superior fielder and his batting average and OBP were high on the list as well.  And although he played in the dead ball era, his career 1599 RBIs actually beat Hornsby out by 15.   I'd have given my vote to Nap Lajoie. 

One last thing before I hit "Submit", I'm not going to have a DH spot on my all-time roster.   Although I love to watch runs being scored, don't consider me a huge fan of the DH rule.  Players who finished their careers prior to the early 70s were not afforded the opportunity of extending their careers another year or two.   This is one of the reasons I generally give the old timers a little lee way over the modern era players when comparing the two.

There is another thing worth mentioning.  In the past 7-10 days, the site that I use to gleen my defensive stats, baseball-reference.com has reformatted and the fielding charts have been affected.   I'm still trying to figure out their latest method of rating a players defensive range.   If any of you informed posters feel you understand it, please take the time to clarify it for me.    

Anyway, I thank you all for contributing to my blog and I wish you all a very Happy Easter. 

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 2, 2009 5:44 pm
 

Vote for the Greatest SECOND BASEMAN of All Time

  • Thank you so much to all who contributed to the first baseman vote.  I was astonished at the feedback for such a blowout vote.  It should come as no surprise that Lou Gehrig was the runaway winner.   Jimmie Foxx and Albert Pujols were pretty much the favorites for runner-up, so I'll hang on to those guys for a later BENCH vote. 

I almost always do my new entries on Saturdays, but this Saturday I have a day long fantasy league draft with my buddies.  We've done this league for about 12 years now.  Its a keeper league and a money league as well.  This being said and having some spare time today, lets start early on the second base vote.

I have a list of who I feel are the 18 greatest second basemen of all-time.  Of this list, the top 14 are hall of famers and the last 4 listed are possible or deserving future hall of famers.  Due to a false notion of mine, I left Pete Rose off the 1st baseman list thinking that he played more games as a second baseman.  Well, I should have looked him up before posting last Saturday as he actually did play more games as a first baseman.   So I have included him on the second base list.   If he doesn't win this vote, he would make an excellent bench candidate since he played significant time in his career in left field, right field and third base as well. 

I am including my own style of fielding stats for second baseman and subsequent positions.  I've chosen NOT to post their lifetime fielding percentages because of the changes of fielding gloves, and the way official scoring has been conducted over the last century.  A .970 fielding percentage for a second baseman in 2000 would be consider horrible, but in 1950 it would be average and in 1920 that would be considered exceptional.   Instead I'm doing a +/- rating in both fielding percentage and range factor in comparison of that players contemporaries during their career.   So if I give a player a +.05 in fielding percentage that means he may have had a .980 fielding percentage when the league average was .975.   Range factor will be graded the same as range factor varies from year to year as well. 

Without further ado, I post my list.  I did leave off Hall of Famers Johnny Evers, Phil Rizzuto, Bill Mazaroski and Billy Herman because their statistics were rather miniscule both offensively and defensively compared to the other players.  Feel free to  vote for anyone not on the list, but be advised, chances are your guy probably won't win the vote.

          NAME                            HITS      AVE     OBP     SLUG     HR    RBI      Runs     SB      Fldg     Range

  • Rod Carew                     3053     .328    .395    .429      92     1015    1424     353    -.04     +.33
  • Eddie Collins                  3315     .333    .424    .428      47     1300    1821     744    +.12     +.24
  • Bobby Doerr                   2042     .288    .362    .461      223   1247    1094     54      +.09     +.45
  • Nellie Fox                      2663      .288    .349    .363      35     790     1279     76      +.07     +,54
  • Frankie Frisch                 2880     .316    .369    .432      105   1244    1532     419    +.09     +.41
  • Charlie Gehringer           2839      .320    .404    .480      184   1427    1774     181    +.08     +.20
  • Rogers Hornsby              2930     .358    .434     .577     301   1584     1579     135    +.01    -.15
  • Nap Lajoie                     3242      .338    .380     .467      83    1599    1504     380    +.14     +.69
  • Tony Lazzeri                  1840      .292    .380     .467     178    1191    986      148    -.01      -.15
  • Bid McPhee                    2250      .271    .355     .372     53      1067   1678     568    +.23     +.61
  • Joe Morgan                    2517      .271    .395     .427     268    1133   1650     689     +.04    +.34
  • Jackie Robinson              1518     .311     .410     .471     137    734     947      197     +.08    +.24
  • Ryne Sandberg               2164     .285     .344     .452     282    1061   1318     344     +.08    +.63  
  • Red Schoendienst           2449      .289    .338     .387      84     773     1223     89       +.08    +.40
  • Pete Rose                      4256      .303    .375     .409     160    1314    2165    198      even   +.08
  • Craig Biggio                    3060      .281    .363     .433     291    1175   1844     414      +.02   +.40
  • Roberto Alomar               2734      .300    .371     .443     210    1134   1508     474      +.03   +.33
  • Jeff Kent                        2461      .290     .356    .500     377     1518   1320     94       -.02    +.38

There's your list.   I have a good feeling this isn't going to be the slam dunk vote like first base was.  Lets have some chat along with your vote.   Have fun everyone!   Sorry about the crooked columns as usual.  No, its not you, whether you're drunk or not, the columns are crooked, but at least you have the numbers.    And to tell you the truth, I'm still a hunt and peck typist when it comes to numbers, so this is a labor of love. 

  

 

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 28, 2009 4:15 pm
 

Vote for the Greatest FIRST BASEMAN of All Time

 Welcome to my blog, where my objective is to put together the greatest all time baseball team as determined by us CBS posters.   In my last entry, I asked all of you to vote for who you felt was the greatest catcher of all time.  The vote was really back and forth until the later days where the Bench voters showed strong and edged out Yogi Berra.   Here's the totals......

  • Johnny Bench - 12
  • Yogi Berra - 8
  • Carlton Fisk - 3
  • Ivan Rodriguez - 3
  • Gary Carter - 2
  • Mike Piazza - 1

Although I did not cast a vote on the catchers, I did make a "command" decision to pick Josh Gibson as a back-up catcher for this all-time team.  Since Gibson was widely considered as the greatest Negro League player ever and has been dubbed "The Black Babe Ruth", I felt that had he been given the opportunity to play in the MLB, that he'ld have been in the same discussion with Bench and Berra, and as for all players he may have been on the same plane as Ruth, Cobb and Williams.   If you want to read my entire explanation for this move, check my previous blog entry to this one.  Oh, and by the way, if I had a vote on the catchers, I probably would have went with Yogi.

Okay, now for the matter at hand.  I've listed the top 19 first baseman (my opinion of course) of all time.   Of the 19 listed, 16 are in the Hall of Fame, two were exceptional players who may or may not get inducted and one is currently playing.   I've done the dirty work and listed their career statistics.  I didn't list defensive numbers, mainly because the great ones didn't make the HOF for fielding prowess.    Here's your list of candidates.

           PLAYER                        AVE    OBP      SLG    Hits      HR       RBI        Runs     SB

  • Cap Anson                    .329    .395   .446    2995     97       1978      1719     247
  • Jake Beckley                 .308    .361   .435    2930     86       1575      1600     315
  • Jim Bottomley               .310    .369   .500    2313     219      1422      1422      58
  • Dan Brouthers               .342    .423   .519    2296     106      1296      1523     256
  • Orlando Cepeda            .297    .353   .499    2351     379      1365      1131     142
  • Roger Connor                .317    .397   .486    2467     138      1322      1620     244
  • Jimmie Foxx                  .325    .428   .609   2656     534      1922      1751       87
  • Lou Gehrig                    .340    .447    .632   2721     493      1995      1888      102
  • Hank Greenberg            .313    .412    .605    1628     331     1276      1051        58
  • Harmon Killebrew           .256    .379    .509   2086     573      1584      1283        19
  • Willie McCovey              .270     .377   .515    2211     521      1555      1229        26
  • Johnny Mize                  .312     .397   .562   2011     359       1337      1118       28
  • Eddie Murray                 .287     .359   .476    3255     504      1917      1627      110
  • Tony Perez                    .279    .344   .463    2732     379       1652      1272       49
  • George Sisler                .340     .379   .468    2812     102       1175      1284      375
  • Bill Terry                      .341      .393   .506    2193     154       1078      1120       56
  • Mark McGwire                .263      .394   .588    1626    583       1414      1161        12
  • Raphael Palmeiro          .288      .371   .515   3020     569       1835      1663       97
  • Albert Pujols                  .334      .425   .624   1531     319        977        947       45

  Thats the list.  Have at it ladies and gentlemen.  Feel free to discuss any first baseman related stories you wish to.             

 

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