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The 25 Greatest First Basemen in MLB History

Monday, December 11, 2017

The WAR number is a combination of B-Ref and Davenport, the best WAR that exists for historical comparison.  Additional numbers are OPS+, plate appearances, WAR/Plate appearance, and the number of Most Valuable Player Quality Seasons (8 WAR seasons - 8 WAR is an MVPQ, 10 WAR is an EMVPQ, 12 WAR an EEMVPQ, 14 WAR an EEEMVPQ)

I've got each position carried out to 32 slots for a project that I don't believe fits this space, so I'll just include the top 25 here.  I'll also include last player out.  For some players, it's hard to slot them at a particular position (where does King Kelly go, for example) so I just chose one (if you don't see a first baseman in the top 25 who you know should be there, maybe he's a third baseman instead). 

Each player is only listed with one team - the team that is most representative of his MLB performance.  This is just merit, that's the only way I rank stuff - it's not social impact or the quality of their character.  It's performance.

1. Lou Gehrig (1923-39, Yankees) WAR 105.25 OPS+179 PA 9663 (WAR/PA .0109) EMVPQ: 27 MVPQ: 28, 35, 34, 30, 36 

2. Albert Pujols (2001-, Cardinals) WAR 107.85 OPS+152 PA 11188 (.0097) EMVPQ: 09
MVPQ: 08, 07, 03, 04, 06, 05, 10, 

3. Jimmie Foxx (1925-45, A's) WAR 88.5 OPS+ 163 PA 9676 (91) EMVPQ: 32 MVPQ: 33, 34,

4. Cap Anson (1871-97, White Stockings) WAR 95.45 OPS+ 142 PA 11331 (84)

5. Frank Thomas (1990-08, White Sox) WAR 84.05 OPS+ 156 PA 10075 (83) MVPQ: 91

6. Dan Brouthers (1879-04, Bisons) WAR 81.3 OPS+ 171 PA 7691 (.0106) MVPQ: 92, 86, 82,

7. Roger Connor (1880-97, Giants) WAR 87 OPS+153 PA 8847 (98) MVPQ: 85, 88,

8. Jim Thome (1991-2012, Indians) WAR 81.6 OPS+ 147 PA 10313 (79) MVPQ: 02,

9. Johnny Mize (1936-53, Cardinals) WAR 71.35 OPS+158 PA 7370 (97) MVPQ: 40,

10. Mark McGwire (1986-01, Athletics) WAR 68.65 OPS+ 163 PA 7660 (90) MVPQ: 98,

11. Jeff Bagwell (1991-05, Astros) WAR 75.55 OPS+149 PA 9431 (80) MVPQ: 94,

12. Todd Helton (1997-2013, Rockies) WAR 66.8 OPS+133 PA 9453 (71) MVPQ: 00, 04,

13. Willie McCovey (1959-80, Giants) WAR 65.9 OPS+147 PA 9692 (68)

14. David Ortiz (1997-16, Red Sox) WAR 66.9 OPS+141 PA 10091 (67)

15. Rafael Palmeiro (1986-05, Rangers) WAR 73 OPS+ 132 PA 12046 (61)

16. Eddie Murray (1977-97, Orioles) WAR 69.95 OPS+ 129 PA 12817 (55)

17. Joey Votto (2007-, Reds) WAR 59.9 OPS+ 158 PA 6141 (98) MVPQ: 17

18. Hank Greenberg (1930-47, Tigers) WAR 54.4 OPS+158 PA 6098 (89) MVPQ: 37

19. Will Clark (1986-00, Giants) WAR 60.1 OPS+ 137 PA 8283 (73) MVPQ: 89

20. John Olerud (1989-05, Blue Jays) WAR 63.85 OPS+ 129 PA 9063 (70) MVPQ: 93,

21. Keith Hernandez (1974-90, Cardinals) WAR 63.25 OPS+ 128 PA 8553 (74)

22. Jason Giambi (1995-14, A’s) WAR 60.7 OPS+ 139 PA 8908 (68) EMVPQ: 01 MVPQ: 00, 02

23. Mark Teixeira (2003-16, Yankees) WAR 58.9 OPS+ 126 PA 8029 (73)

24. Bill Terry (1923-36, Giants) WAR 50.7 OPS+ 136 PA 7108 (71)

25. Fred McGriff (1986-04, Blue Jays) WAR 54.3 OPS+ 134 PA 10174 (53)

(last out - Adrian Gonzalez)

2017-2018 College Bowl Predictions

As one does, I'm picking all the bowl games for the 2017-2018 season, both straight up and against the spread.  I've got Alabama winning the whole thing.

Celebration Bowl NC AT over Grambling
New Orleans Bowl Troy -7 over NTex
Cure Bowl WKY over Georgia St +6
Las Vegas Bowl Oregon over Boise +7.5
New Mexico Bowl Colorado St over Marshall +5.5
Camellia Ark St  over Mid Tenn St +3.5
Boca Raton Bowl FAU -22.5 over Akron
Frisco Bowl SMU -5  over La Tech
Gasparilla Bowl Temple over FIU +7
Bahamas Bowl Ohio -7.5 over UAB
Potato Bowl Wyoming over CMich +1
Birmingham TTech +2.5 over SFlorida
Armed Forces SD St -7 over Army
Dollar General  Toledo over App St.  +7.5
Hawaii Bowl Fresno +2.5 over Houston
Heart of Dallas Utah over WVA +7 
Quick Lane Duke over NIU  +4.5
Cactus K St -2  over UCLA 
Independence FSU -15.5 over SMiss
Pinstripe Iowa -3 over BC
Foster Farms  Arizona over Purdue  +3.5 
Texas Bowl  Texas +3 over Missouri
Military Navy +1.5  over Virginia 
Camping World OK St -5.5  over VT
Alamo TCU  over Stanford +2.5
Wash St over Mich St  +3
Belk Wake -3 over A&M 
Sun NC St over Ariz St +6.5 
Music City Nwestern over UK   +7
Arizona Utah St -4  over NMex St 
Cotton  Ohio St -7  over USC
Taxslayer Louisville over Miss St +6.5
Liberty Memphis  -3.5  over Iowa St
Fiesta Penn St over Wash  +2 
Orange Wisconsin over Miami  +6.5
Outback  Michigan over S Carolina  +7.5 
Peach  Auburn over UCF  +9.5
Citrus ND +3  over LSU
Rose Georgia over OU +2
Sugar Alabama over Clemson +2.5

The 25 Greatest Catchers in MLB History

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The WAR number is a combination of B-Ref and Davenport, the best WAR that exists for historical comparison.  Additional numbers are OPS+, plate appearances, WAR/Plate appearance, and the number of Most Valuable Player Quality Seasons (8 WAR seasons - 8 WAR is an MVPQ, 10 WAR is an EMVPQ, 12 WAR an EEMVPQ, 14 WAR an EEEMVPQ)

I've got each position carried out to 32 slots for a project that I don't believe fits this space, so I'll just include the top 25 here.  I'll also include last player out.  For some players, it's hard to slot them at a particular position (where does King Kelly go, for example) so I just chose one (if you don't see a first baseman in the top 25 who you know should be there, maybe he's a third baseman instead).

Each player is only listed with one team - the team that is most representative of his MLB performance.  This is just merit, that's the only way I rank stuff - it's not social impact or the quality of their character.  It's performance.

1. Johnny Bench (1967-83, Reds) WAR 78.1  OPS+ 126  PA 8674  (WAR/PA .0090) MVPQ: 72, 74

2. Gary Carter (1974-92, Expos) WAR 72.9 OPS+ 115 PA 9019 (.0081) MVPQ: 87

3. Pudge Rodriguez (1991-2011, Rangers) WAR 82 OPS+ 106 PA 10270  (.0080)

4. Bill Dickey (1928-46, Yankees) WAR 62.95 OPS+ 127 PA 7065 (89) MVPQ: 30

5. Gabby Hartnett (1922-41, Cubs) WAR 62.75 OPS+ 126 PA 7297 (86)

6. Carlton Fisk (1969-93, Red Sox) WAR 71.55 OPS+ 117 PA 9853 (73)

7. Mike Piazza (1992-2007, Dodgers) WAR 61.55 OPS+ 142 PA 7745 (79) MVPQ: 97

8. Yogi Berra (1946-65, Yankees) WAR 64.35 OPS+ 125 PA 8359 (77)

9. Buck Ewing (1880-97, Giants) WAR 58.85 OPS+ 129 PA 5772 (102)

10. Mickey Cochrane (1925-37, Athletics) WAR 53.9 OPS+ 129 PA 6207 (87)

11. Joe Mauer (2004-, Twins) WAR 59.8 OPS+ 126 PA 7417 (81) MVPQ: 09

12. Gene Tenace (1969-83, A's) WAR 47.95 OPS+ 136 PA 5527 (87)

13. Joe Torre (1960-77, Braves) WAR 56.85 OPS+ 129 PA 8802 (65)

14. King Kelly (1878-93, White Stockings) WAR 54.7 OPS+ 139 PA 6457 (85) MVPQ: 86

15. Jorge Posada (1995-11, Yankees) WAR 54.2 OPS+ 121 PA 7150 (76)

16. Brian Downing (1973-91, Angels) WAR 53.5 OPS+ 122 PA 9309 (57)

17. Ted Simmons (1968-88, Cardinals) WAR 52.35 OPS+ 118 PA 9685 (54)

18. Buster Posey (2009- Giants) WAR 42.1 OPS+ 135 PA 4260 (99)

19. Thurman Munson (1969-79, Yankees) WAR 46.25 OPS+ 116 PA 5905 (78)

20. Charlie Bennett (1878-93, Wolverines) WAR 45.2 OPS+ 119 PA 4310 (105)

21. Russell Martin (2006 – Dodgers) WAR 44.3 OPS+ 102 PA 6047 (73)

22. Yadier Molina (2004- Cardinals) WAR 47.95 OPS+ 98 PA 6700 (72)

23. Darrell Porter (1971-87, Royals) WAR 44.25 OPS+ 113  PA 6570 (67) MVPQ: 79

24. Ernie Lombardi (1923-39, Reds) WAR 40.05 OPS+ 126 PA 6352 (63)

25. Roy Campanella  (1948-57, Dodgers) WAR 38.85 OPS+ 123 PA 4815 (81)

(last out - Victor Martinez)

Wokerate

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's been awhile since I created a Sniglet.

There's a new cohort of wrestling fans who prioritize social justice considerations over bell-to-bell work.  You'll see them on twitter giving a 2 1/2 star WWE women's match 4 stars because of the demographic makeup of the match. 

Wokerate. 

Top 20 Television Shows 2017

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

Here was the 2016 list.

Here are the 20 best television shows of 2017.


1. The Deuce (HBO)
2. American Vandal (Netflix)
3. Baskets (FX)
4. Better Call Saul (AMC)
5. Ozark (Netflix)
6. Nathan for You (Comedy Central)
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
8. The Good Place (NBC)
9. Better Things (FX)
10. All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC)

11. Top of the Lake (Sundance)
12. Superstore (NBC)
13. Sneaky Pete (Amazon)
14. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
15. Mr.Robot (USA)
16. Crashing (HBO)
17. I Love Dick (Amazon)
18. Veep (HBO)
19. The Americans (FX)
20. I'm Sorry (Tru)

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