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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The 200 Greatest Major League Baseball Players of All Time, 2012 Ed. 31-40

The previous ten is here.

31. Christy Mathewson 1900-16 Giants RHP
      95.25
      ERA+ 136
      277-183
      MVPQ: 1910
      Elite: 1905
      Inner Circle: 1908, 1909
      IP 4800
      
32. Eddie Mathews 3B Braves 1952-68
      95.15
      OPS+143
      .289/.396/.562
      MVPQ=1953, 1959,
      PA: 10,100

33. Albert Pujols 1B Cardinals 2001-
      93.3
      OPS+170
      .337/.430/.632
      MVPQ: 2005, 2007, 2010
      Elite: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009
      PA: 7400

34. Bert Blyleven RHP 1970-92 Twins/Indians
      91.3
      ERA+ 118
      308-220
      MVPQ=1973,
      IP: 4970

35. Steve Carlton LHP 1965-88 Phillies/Cardinals
      91.2
      ERA+ 115
      317-246
      Elite=1980
      Inner Circle=1972
      IP: 5200


36. Phil Niekro RHP Braves 1964-87 
      90.95
      ERA+115
      322-259
      MVPQ=1978
      IP: 5400

37. Gaylord Perry RHP Giants/Indians 1962-83
      90.9
      ERA+ 117
      313-239
      Inner Circle=1972
      IP: 5350

38. Bob Gibson RHP Cardinals 1959-75 
      89.65
      ERA+ 128
      247-157
      MVPQ=1972
      Elite=1970
      Inner Circle=1968, 1969
      IP: 3880

39. Nolan Ryan RHP 1966-93 Astros/Angels/Mets/Rangers
      88.05
      ERA+ 112
      337-262
      MVPQ=none
      IP: 5400

40. Roger Connor 1B Giants 1880-97 
      87.9
      OPS+ 153
      .310/.401/.546
      MVPQ=1888
      Elite=1885
      PA: 8850

Okay - we start with Pujols, he's the new starter at first and, with only 30 players remaining, the best player in baseball history.  Connor edges out Foxx as the starter for the B team.  Mathews (and yes, I also enjoy Mathews and Mathewson next to each other on the all time value list) is the new third baseman, everyone slides down a spot.  Then come all of these damn pitchers, you'd rank them in this order: Mathewson/Gibson/Carlton/Perry/Blyleven/Niekro/Ryan.  I'll put Matty second, although Grove has a good case to make to stay in that spot.  Gibson slides in ahead of Walsh.  Carlton is just ahead of Feller. Perry and Blyleven at the back end of team 2. The other two don't make it.  All but 30 players in MLB history are now accounted for.  Here are the current All-Time teams.


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

SS  Vaughan
      Banks
      
3B Mathews
     Boggs 
     
LF Delahanty
     Jackson

CF DiMaggio 
     Hamilton
      
RF Ramirez 
     Heilmann
     
 P Martinez
    Mathewson
    Grove (L)
    Gibson   
    Walsh
    Rivera
    Nichols
    Hubbell(L)
  
Uti Caruthers

Team 2

C Dickey

    Carter

1B Connor 

      Foxx
     
  2B  Gehringer
      Carew
      
SS Davis
     Boudreau
     
3B Jones
     Brett
     
LF Yastrzemski
     Flick


CF Griffey 
    Edmonds
     
RF Kaline 
     Waner
           
P Clarkson
   Newhouser (L) 
   Carlton(L)
   Feller
   Halladay
   Marichal
   Perry
   Blyleven
  
 DH Martinez

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