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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 91-100

The Previous ten is here.


91. Jim Edmonds 1993-2010 CF Cardinals/Angels
      69.35
      OPS+131
      .285/.375/.522
      MVPQ=none
      PA=8000

92. Tim Raines 1979-2002 LF Expos/White Sox
      69.1
      OPS+123
      .307/.400/.468
       MVPQ=none
       PA=10,350

93. Robby Alomar 2B 1988-04 Blue Jays/Indians/Padres/Orioles
      69.05
      OPS+116
      .305/.377/.450
       MVPQ=none
       PA=10,400

94.   Edgar Martinez DH Mariners 1987-04
      68.95
      OPS+147
      .311/.417/.526
      MVPQ=none
      PA=8670

95.   Manny Ramirez LF/RF 1993-2011 Indians/Red Sox
      68.75
      OPS+154
      .304/.405/.569
       MVPQ=none
       PA=9770

96. Jeff Kent 2B 1992-08 Giants/Mets/Dodgers
      68.6
      OPS+123
      .292/.359/.512
      MVPQ=2000
      PA=9500

97. Ron Santo 3B Cubs 1960-74
      68.3
      OPS+125
      .280/.370/.490
      MVPQ=1964, 1966,
      Elite=1967
      PA=9400

98. Craig Biggio 2B Astros 1988-07
      68.15
      OPS+111
      .286/.368/.460
      Inner circle=1997
      PA=12,500

99. Carl Hubbell LHP 1928-43 Giants
      67.8
      ERA+130
      226-156
      MVPQ=1932
      Elite=1933, 1936
      IP=3600

100.   Fred Clarke LF 1894-15 Pirates
      67.5
      OPS+132
      .299/.379/.493
       MVPQ=none
       PA=9800

At this point, I'll now keep two all time rosters, looking to wind up with 2 teams of 25 who could meet in an all time series.  This is a big section for second basemen; I'm pretty comfortable ranking them Kent/Biggio/Alomar.  None of them goes by Robinson; I don't think they go by Gordon either.  The career value difference is real at this point, Kent's 10 wins better than Gordon, but in 3,000 more plate appearances.  Everything else squares up; I'll take Gordon's per game value over Kent's longevity.  That makes Kent/Biggio the first members of the second team.

We've got 3 corner outfielders in this section; rank them Ramirez/Clarke/Raines.  Jackson and Flick keep hold of left field over all 3, but Manny edges out Heilmann to become the new starter in right.  Medwick and Crawford go to the B team when Edmonds moves in as the backup in center.  Santo also joins the team, but Dick Allen's bat keeps him out of the starting lineup.  That's gonna push Palmer to the B team, as I'm unwilling to lose Caruthers yet.  Edgar goes to the B team.  Hubbell's the new third best pitcher on the A team, kicking Ford to the B team.

90 players left.  Here are your all time MLB squads.

     Team One
      C Piazza
    Dickey
1B McGwire
     Greenberg
2B Robinson
      Gordon
SS Banks
      Boudreau
3B Allen
      Santo
LF Jackson
     Flick
CF Hamilton
      Edmonds
RF Ramirez 
     Heilmann
     
 P Walsh
    Rivera
    Hubbell
    Clarkson
    Newhouser(L)
    Feller
    Halladay
    Marichal
    
Uti Caruthers


Team 2


2B Kent
     Biggio


RF Medwick
     Crawford


P Ford
   Palmer


DH Martinez