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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players Ever, #179-178 TIM KEEFE and BOB JOHNSON


EDIT - YOU CAN FIND THE UPDATED RANKINGS UNDER THE LABEL BEST BASEBALL PLAYERS EVER
#179 TIM KEEFE RHP Giants
1880-93
ERA+ 125
PW 35.6
WARP3 88.1

Another example of a pre 20th C player downgraded with the most recent adjustments. I recently read Bill James saying something to the effect that he regrets pushing the 19th century players as high up his rankings as he did, given the vastness in the differences between the game they played and the modern game. Worth noting here that this list is just for the top MLB players, there aren't the types of statistical adjustments that we've got for Negro league statistics, for example, that would put them on the list.

#178 BOB JOHNSON LF Athletics
1933-45
OPS+ 139
BFW 35.7
WARP3 89.8

Not on the list - the other Bob Johnson.