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The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 51-60

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

51. Mike Mussina RHP 1991-08 Orioles/Yankees
     82
     ERA+123
     264-186
     MVPQ=none
     IP=3550

52. Carl Yastrzemski LF/1B Red Sox 1961-83 
      81.75
      OPS+129
      .284/.374/.468
      Elite=1968
      Inner Circle=1967
      PA=14,000

53. George Brett 3B Royals 1973-93
      81.6
      OPS+135
      .306/.374/.506
      MVPQ=1979,
      Elite=1980
      PA=11,600


54. Ferguson Jenkins RHP Cubs 1965-83 Cubs/Rangers
      81.15
      ERA+115
      269-211
      Elite=1971
      IP=4500
   
55.Chipper Jones 3B Braves 1993-
     80.5
     OPS+141
     .308/.406/.530
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,160

56.Ozzie Smith SS Cardinals 1978-96
     79.9
     OPS+87
     .279/.356/.360
     MVPQ=none
     PA=10,800

57.Pedro Martinez RHP Red Sox/Expos/Mets 1992-09
     79.55
     ERA+154
     231-121
     MVPQ=1997
     Elite=1999
     Inner Circle=2000
     IP=2820

58. Joe DiMaggio CF Yankees 1936-51 Yankees
     79.5
     OPS+155
     .317/.383/.631
      MVPQ=1939, 1948
      Elite=1937, 1941
      PA=7670


59.Frank Thomas White Sox 1990-08 DH/1B
     78.45
     OPS+156
     .303/.423/.567
      MVPQ=1991
      PA=10,070


60.Bill Dahlen SS 1891-11 Colts/Superbas 
     78.45
     OPS+109
     .256/.348/.430
      MVPQ=none
      PA=10,400

Frank's the new backup on the B team, his total value gets him by Greenberg, he and Bagwell are a good fight for the starting spot.  Neither Ozzie nor Dahlen has the bat to make either squad.  Chipper beats out Brett, and they both beat out Allen/Santo to take over the A team's third base spot.  The career value disparity really should put Yaz above Jackson as the backup left fielder, but Shoeless Joe was a significantly better player per game and Yaz becomes the new starter for the B team.  DiMaggio cruises into center field for the A team.  Jenkins isn't going to make either team, Mussina slides in after Schilling on the B team. And Pedro...he's the new best pitcher of all time.  That gives the B team 24, with only a backup CF missing, so I'll throw in Rose.




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

SS  Vaughan
      Banks
      

3B Jones
      Brett

LF Delahanty
     Jackson

CF DiMaggio 
     Hamilton
      
RF Ramirez 
     Heilmann
     
 P Martinez
    Walsh
    Rivera
    Hubbell(L)
    Clarkson
    Newhouser(L)
    Feller
    Halladay
    
Uti Caruthers

Team 2

C Dickey

    Carter

1B Bagwell 

    Greenberg
     


2B  Gehringer
      Carew
      
     
SS Boudreau
     Larkin
     

 3B Allen

       Santo


LF Yastrzemski
     Flick


CF Edmonds
     Rose


RF Waner
      Clemente
     
P Marichal
   Brown
   Schilling
   Mussina
   Ford
   Drysdale
   Palmer
   Smoltz

DH Martinez

     

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