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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.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Prime 9 - First Basemen. The 9 Greatest First Basemen of All Time



MLB Network wanted 20th/21st century players (so that's going to mean no Connor, Brouthers, and Anson) with 900 games at the position. My top 200 is here.

MLB Network List
1. Gehrig
2. Foxx
3. Pujols
4. Mize
5. McCovey
6. Greenberg
7. Murray
8. Thome
9. Killebrew

My List
1. Gehrig
2. Pujols
3. Brouthers
4. Connor
5. Foxx
6. Anson
7. Mize
8. McGwire
9. Bagwell

So, if I had the same rules as the MLB list, I'd need to add three to replace the 19th century guys.  In order:
Greenberg, Thomas, Thome.

I'm guessing there's a moral penalty being inflicted against McGwire and maybe Bagwell.  McCovey, for example, is one of my guys, but...
McCovey: OPS+147
McGwire: OPS+ 162

My 2012 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot

Goes like this.



Jeff Bagwell
Barry Larkin
Alan Trammell
Tim Raines
Edgar Martinez
Larry Walker
Mark McGwire
Rafael Palmeiro