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The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 71-80

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The previous ten is here.


71. Jim Thome 1991-   1B  Indians
      74.85
      OPS+ 147
      .273/.398/.547
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,100

72. John Smoltz RHP Braves 1988-09
      74.8
      ERA+125
      240-173, 137sv
      MVPQ=none
      IP=3470

73. Bobby Grich 2B 1970-86 Angels/Orioles
      74.7
      OPS+ 125
      .273/.379/.463
      MVPQ=1973, 1975,
      PA=8200

74. Barry Larkin SS Reds 1986-04
      74.45
      OPS+116
      .298/.376/.458
      MVPQ=none
      PA=9050

75. Ed Delahanty 1888-03 Phillies LF
      73.85
      OPS+152
      .323/.395/.565
      MVPQ=1893, 1896, 1899
      PA=8400

76. Don Sutton RHP 1966-88 Dodgers
      73.65
      ERA+108
      311-261
      MVPQ=none
      IP=5300

77. Paul Molitor 1977-98 Brewers 3B/2B 
      73.1
      OPS+122
      .309/.374/.463
      MVPQ=none
      PA=12,160

78. Frankie Frisch 2B Cardinals/Giants 1919-37
      72.4
      OPS+110
      .293/.356/.437
      Elite=1927
      PA=10,100

79. Don Drysdale RHP Dodgers 1956-69
      72.25
      ERA+ 121
      215-148
      Elite=1964
      IP=3430
   
80. Tony Gwynn RF Padres 1982-01
      72.15
      OPS+132
      .353/.405/.491
      MVPQ=1987
      PA=10,200

We start at first with Thome; he's going to back up Greenberg on the B team.  Then Grich/Frisch, note the former was significantly better than the latter.  Grich was also better than Rod Carew, the bat wasn't quite as good, the top end not quite as good, but more value in fewer plate appearances means Grich had both a better career and was better per game.  He's the new backup on the A team; Frisch won't make either team. Larkin's close to Boudreau, but I'll say instead he's the new starter for the B team.  There's a B team backup third base opening for Molitor.  Delahanty and Gwynn are challengers for the corners.  Delahanty's the new starter in left; per game, he isn't Joe Jackson, but Ed's 16 more wins is the biggest disparity between them.  Gwynn's the new B team backup in right.  Drysdale/Smoltz, in that order, look for rotation spots (Sutton isn't a contender).  Drysdale's gonna slip in ahead of Palmer, Smoltz after, both on the B team.

70 players to go.


 Team One
 C Piazza
    Dickey

1B Mize
     McGwire
     
2B Robinson
      Grich

SS Banks
      Boudreau

3B Allen
      Santo

LF Delahanty
     Jackson
CF Hamilton
      Edmonds
RF Ramirez 
     Heilmann
     
 P Walsh
    Rivera
    Hubbell(L)
    Clarkson
    Newhouser(L)
    Feller
    Halladay
    Marichal
    
Uti Caruthers

Team 2

C Carter

1B Greenberg

     Thome


2B Carew
      Gordon
     
SS Larkin
     Trammell
   
 3B Rolen

      Molitor


LF Flick


RF Sheffield
     Gwynn
     
P Brown
   Schilling
   Ford
   Drysdale
   Palmer
   Smoltz

DH Martinez

      

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