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The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 41-50

Friday, December 2, 2011

The previous ten is here.


41. Jimmie Foxx 1B 1925-45 Athletics/Red Sox
      87.4
      OPS+163
      .301/.398/.609
      Elite=1933
      Inner Circle=1932
      PA=9670

42. Lefty Grove LHP 1925-41 Athletics/Red Sox 
      85.4
      257-162
      ERA+148
     MVPQ=1930, 1931
      IP=3950

43. Robin Roberts RHP 1948-66 Phillies
      85.2
      ERA+113
     294-217
     MVPQ=1952, 1954
     Elite=1953
     IP=4700


44.Wade Boggs 3B Red Sox/Yankees 1982-99
     85.1
     OPS+130
     .327/.416/.447
      MVPQ=1985, 1987, 1988,
     PA=10,740

45. Al Kaline  RF 1953-74 Tigers
      85
      OPS+134
      .302/.378/.495
      MVPQ=none
      PA=11,600

46.    George Davis SS 1880-09 Giants/White Sox
       84.75
       OPS+121
       .290/.365/.467
       MVPQ=none
       PA=10,160

47 . Ken Griffey CF 1989-10 Mariners/Reds
       82.95
       OPS+135
       .282/.368/.540
       Elite=1996, 1997
       PA=11,300

48. Tom Glavine LHP Braves 1987-08
      82.8
      ERA+118
      294-249
      MVPQ=none
      IP=4400

49.     Dan Brouthers 1B 1879-04 Bisons/Wolverines
       82.55
       OPS+ 170
       .333/.422/.590
       MVPQ=1882,
       Elite=1886, 1892
       PA=7700
       

50. Kid Nichols RHP 1890-06 Beaneaters 
      82.45
      ERA+140
      224-173
      MVPQ=1890, 1893, 1897, 1898
      IP=5070

Foxx and Brouthers are contenders for the first base job, in the inverse order, Brouthers had a little more bat and more per game value.  They both move onto the A team roster.  Davis is the new starter for the B team at short.  Boggs is the new best third baseman ever, everyone slides down.  Griffey and Kaline are new outfield contenders.  Griffey can't quite make the A team, but is the new starter for the B squad, and he's flanked by Kaline.  Grove/Nichols/Roberts/Glavine, in that order, are the pitching contenders.  Grove's the second best starter on the board thusfar, right behind Pedro.  Nichols goes in after Rivera, neither Roberts or Glavine makes either team.

40 players left - that means at least ten of the following (including all four catchers) are still going to be here at the end.  Here are the current all time rosters.


 Team One
 C Bench 
    Piazza
    
1B Brouthers
     Foxx
     
2B Robinson
      Grich

SS  Vaughan
      Banks
      

3B Boggs 
     Jones
      

LF Delahanty
     Jackson

CF DiMaggio 
     Hamilton
      
RF Ramirez 
     Heilmann
     
 P Martinez
    Grove (L)   
    Walsh
    Rivera
    Nichols
    Hubbell(L)
    Clarkson
    Newhouser(L)

Uti Caruthers

Team 2

C Dickey

    Carter

1B Mize 

     McGwire


2B  Gehringer
      Carew
      
     
SS Davis
     Boudreau
     
     
3B Brett
      Allen
       


LF Yastrzemski
     Flick


CF Griffey 
    Edmonds
     


RF Kaline 
     Waner
      
     
P Feller
   Halladay
   Marichal
   Brown
   Schilling
   Mussina
   Ford
   Drysdale
   
   

DH Martinez

   

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