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Another One of Those ESPN Lists

April 18, 2018

It’s time again for another one of those periodic lists that ESPN puts out touting something they consider important. This time it’s their annual list of the 100 best players in Major League Baseball. Obviously, I’m not going to go through the entire list for you. You can go to ESPN, click on their MLB section, and see the entire list. But here’s a couple of comments on the list:

First, if you want to put together a complete team with an infielder at each position and one each of all three outfield positions (in other words, one left fielder, a right fielder, and a center fielder, rather than a center fielder and two right fielders), a catcher, four starters (including at least one lefty and at least one right-hander), a closer, and a Designated Hitter (the first duplicate position player takes the DH slot–in this case he’s a first baseman), you get a lineup that looks like this, with the number following the name the position on the overall list:

1b Joe Votto-9th

2b Jose Altuve-3rd

ss-Carlos Correa-10th

3b-Nolan Arenado-7th

rf-Bryce Harper-5th

cf-Mike Trout-1st

lf-Christian Yelich-41st

c-Buster Posey-22nd

p-Clayton Kershaw-2nd

p-Max Scherzer-4th

p-Corey Kluber-6th

p-Chris Sale-8th

reliever-Kenley Jansen-28

DH-Paul Goldschmidt-11th

A couple of comments on this lineup. Note how many of the top players are infielders. Back when the big names were outfielders (Aaron, Mays, Mantle, Reggie Jackson), now you’re seeing more and more of the better players on the infield. There are several right fielders and center fielders on the list before Yelich shows up as the top left fielder. And finally Ohtani shows up on the list (52nd). I don’t care how much of a phenom he is or is going to be, he ain’t in the top 100 players after less than 20 games played. Even Babe Ruth wouldn’t be that good.

So take a look and if you have complaints, voice them here or where ever you feel like, but make sure you blame ESPN and not the messenger (that would be me.)

ESPN’s 100 Best

September 16, 2013

While looking up some stuff on ESPN’s MLB section I stumbled across a list touted as their 100 Greatest Major League players. They give a list of 100 players ranked 1-100 in order, then throw in 25 “honorable mention” players. You can find the entire list at ESPN’s MLB section, but here’s a rundown of some of the players.

Below is a 25 man roster with 2 players at each everyday position, two DH’s, five starters (one of which has to be a lefty), and two closers (there were only two on the list). The number beside each name is the player’s position on the list:

1b–Gehrig (11), Pujols (19)

2b–Hornsby (15), Morgan (20)

ss–Wagner (10), Ripken (31)

3b–Schmidt (16), Alex Rodriguez (18)

lf–Bonds (3), Ted Williams (4)

cf–Mays (2), Cobb (6)

rf–Ruth (1), Aaron (5)

catcher–Bench (27), Berra (56)

dh–Musial (8), Mantle (9)

starters–Clemens (7), Walter Johnson (12), Maddux (13), Young (17), Randy Johnson (23)

closers–Rivera (67), Eckersley (116)

Notice that it took all the way to the “honorable mention” list to pick up a second closer. The “honorable mention” list ended at 125 and did not include any other closer.

A couple of comments now:

1. The highest rated player that had no position on the “team” I put together above was Rickey Henderson at number 14.

2. The player who played the earliest was Cap Anson at 88.

3. The last player on the 100 was Phil Niekro and the first person (#101) on the “honorable mention” list was Luke Appling. Roy Campanella was the end of the “honorable mention” list at 125.

4. The list did include a handful of 19th Century players (Nichols, Galvin, Keefe) but was mostly 20th Century.

5. The list also included a handful of 21st Century players so it wasn’t one of those fogey lists that says the last great players were in the 1960s or 1970s (or pick your own decade).

6. Both the steroid and banning issues were ignored. Bonds, Palmeiro, and Rose all made the list and Joe Jackson was on the “honorable mention” list.

7. The entire list is available on the ESPN baseball section if you’re interested in the entire thing. If you disagree with parts of it (and I certainly do), take it up with ESPN.