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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.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Top 200 Baseball Players Ever - #175-173 BILL MAZEROSKI, JOE SEWELL, JOE GORDON





EDIT - YOU CAN FIND THE UPDATED RANKINGS UNDER THE LABEL BEST BASEBALL PLAYERS EVER

#175 BILL MAZEROSKI 2B Pirates
1956-72
OPS+ 84
BFW 35.2
WARP3 91

Worst bat in the list; only sub 100 OPS bats on the list - Concepcion, Bancroft, Maz, Dick Bartell, Ozzie Smith. Maz and Ozzie, without debate really, are considered the best gloves ever at their positions.

#174 JOE SEWELL SS Indians
1920-33
OPS+ 109
BFW 35.2
WARP3 91.5

Interesting is where the Pete Palmer metrics, BFW/PW, radically diverge from the BP metric WARP3. Also interesting are situations like Maz and Sewell, almost twins in their end product; that shows just how much value is ascribed to Maz's glove; Sewell's 109 OPS+ isn't special, but with a SS glove he makes the list solidly - but his glove isn't in the same universe as Mazeroski's, who lugs a bad bat, not an average bat - but with an OPS+ of 84, a bad bat, all the way to a BFW and WARP3 that reach Sewell's exactly.

Mazeroski had a great glove. That's the point.

#173 JOE GORDON 2B Yankees/Indians
1938-50
OPS+ 121
BFW 28.8
WARP3 94.2

Spoiler alert - Joe Gordon was not the greatest Yankee second baseman of all time.