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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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 61-70

The previous ten is here.


61.Eddie Plank 1901-17 LHP Athletics
     78.2
     ERA+122
     258-164
     MVPQ=none
     IP=4500


62. Arky Vaughan SS Pirates 1932-48
      77.55
      .312/.412/.507
       OPS+136
      MVPQ=1938
       Elite=1935
       PA=7720

63. Pete Rose 1963-86 Reds/Phillies Uti
      77.4
      OPS+118
      .311/.387/.443
      MVPQ=none
      PA=15,860

64.Jeff Bagwell 1B Astros 1991-05
     77.05
      OPS+149
      .303/.414/.562
      MVPQ=1996
      Elite=1994
      PA=9400

65. Charlie Gehringer 2B Tigers 1924-42
      76.75
      OPS+124
      .294/.374/.476
      MVPQ=1936, 1937
      Elite=1934
      PA=10,200

66. Ivan Rodriguez C 1991- Rangers/Tigers 
      76.5
      OPS+106
      .293/.332/.456
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,270

67. Roberto Clemente RF 1955-72
      75.9
      OPS+130
      .330/.376/.513
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,200

68. Johnny Bench C 1967-83 Reds
      75.9
      OPS+126
      .276/.352/.521
       MVPQ=1974
       Elite=1972
       PA=8700

69. Paul Waner RF Pirates 1926-45
      75.4
      OPS+134
      .318/.399/.502
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,760

70. Robin Yount 1974-93 Brewers SS/CF
      75.2
      OPS+115
      .291/.351/.453
      Inner Circle=1982
      PA=12,250
   
The last two catchers are here; Bench's cumulative value sticks him past Piazza's bat (Mike Piazza=the second best catcher in baseball history).  Pudge's bat isn't good enough to get him on either team.  Bagwell challenges at first - pretty clearly he's the new starter for the B team, given his big value advantage over Greenberg.  Gehringer's the new starter for the B team, I considered his value advantage over Robinson, but Jackie's per game advantage is still the big disparity between them.  Vaughan/Yount are on the board for shortstop - look at Vaughan's bat and per game value, he blows by Banks and is the new best shortstop we've seen.  Yount's not going to make it.  Waner and Clemente are highly comparable, there's almost no distance between them; I'll say they're the new B teamers in right.  Neither Rose or Plank makes it.


 Team One
 C Bench 
    Piazza
    
1B Mize
     McGwire
     
2B Robinson
      Grich

SS  Vaughan
      Banks
      

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 Dickey

    Carter

1B Bagwell 

    Greenberg
     


2B  Gehringer
      Carew
      
     
SS Boudreau
     Larkin
     
 
 3B Rolen

      Molitor


LF Flick


RF Waner
      Clemente
     
P Brown
   Schilling
   Ford
   Drysdale
   Palmer
   Smoltz

DH Martinez

Athlete of the Month, November 2011

October is here.



Matt Barkley.  Runners up: Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Robert Griffin

11 months down.  There's a bit of a horse race for Athlete of the Year; I had in mind a winner for the past few months, but after this month, I've moved someone else in the lead spot.  Here are the first 11 nominees:

Nick Fairley
Aaron Rodgers
Kemba Walker
Danielle Adams
Dirk Nowitzki
Rory McIlroy

Novak Djokovic
Justin Verlander
Cliff Lee
David Freese
Matt Barkley

SI comes out with its Sportsman of the Year at the top of December; my choice won't be influenced by that choice.  I like to wait until I have a December winner, and usually look to find a December winner sometime around the third week of the month.  At that point, I'll also list each Athlete of the Year since 1990, as that's how long I've been doing this continuous exercise.