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Current Top 10 Middle Relievers Poll

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  • Current Top 10 Middle Relievers Poll

    This is the ninth installment of the positon polls for current players. To vote, simple list the top 10 middle relievers that are active in order from best (#1) to least (#10). A middle reliever is any relief pitcher who is not a closer. The results will be tabulated and will be announced on feb 3 @ 9 PM or 2 days after the last ballot was submitted. The points will be alloted based on the player's ranking on each list (1st place gets 10, 2nd gets 9, 3rd gets 8, etc.) Remember, YOU MUST LIST 10!!!!!

    Although you may vote for whomever you see fit I strongly urge you to consider offensive as well as defensive preformance. Also, try to rate players in either preformance in the 2005 mlb season or preformance in the last 3-4 years. However, you may can use career performance as a factor.

    Here are the results from previous polls:

    Catchers http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=37328
    1. Victor Martinez
    2. Jason Varitek
    3. Joe Mauer
    4. Jorge Posada
    5. Ivan Rodriguez
    6. Ramon Hernandez
    6. Bengie Molina
    8. Mike Matheny
    9. Michael Barrett
    10. Paul Lo Duca

    First Basemen http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=37484
    1. Albert Pujols
    2. Derek Lee
    3. Mark Teixeira
    4. Carlos Delgado
    5. Todd Helton
    6. Paul Konerko
    7. Jason Giambi
    8. Lance Berkman
    9. Richie Sexson
    10. Jim Thome

    Second Basemen http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=37609
    1. Jeff Kent
    2. Alfonso Soriano
    3. Marcus Giles
    4. Brian Roberts
    5. Chase Utley
    6. Placido Polanco
    7. Robinson Cano
    7. Luis Castillo
    9. Craig Biggio
    10. Mark Loretta

    Third Basemen http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=37793
    1. Alex Rodriguez
    2. Scott Rolen
    3. Miguel Cabrera
    4. David Wright
    5. Eric Chavez
    6. Morgan Ensberg
    7. Aramis Ramirez
    8. Troy Glaus
    9. Chipper Jones
    10. Melvin Mora

    Shortstops http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=37927
    1. Miguel Tejada
    2. Derek Jeter
    3. Michael Young
    4. Rafael Furcal
    5. Jhonny Peralta
    6. Jimmy Rollins
    7. David Eckstein
    8. Edgar Renteria
    8. Omar Vizquel
    10. Khalil Greene

    Right Fielders http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=38141
    1. Vladimir Guerrero
    2. Ichiro Suzuki
    3. Bobby Abreu
    4. Gary Sheffield
    5. Jose Guillen
    6. Brian Giles
    7. Jeff Francoeur
    8. Shawn Green
    9. Aubrey Huff
    10. Jermaine Dye

    Center Fielders http://www.baseball-fever.com/showthread.php?t=38452
    1. Andruw Jones
    2. Jim Edmonds
    3. Johnny Damon
    4. Carlos Beltran
    5. Torii Hunter
    6. Vernon Wells
    7. Brady Clark
    8. Ken Griffey Jr.
    9. Juan Pierre
    10. Grady Sizemore

    Left Fielders http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...989#post464989
    1. Manny Ramirez
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Jason Bay
    4. Hideki Matsui
    5. Miguel Cabrera
    6. Carl Crawford
    7. Cliff Floyd
    8. Pat Burrell
    9. Adam Dunn
    10. Scott Podsednik
    Yankees '09

    Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

  • #2
    Just before I make I list, are we counting closers or not?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Evangelion
      Just before I make I list, are we counting closers or not?
      Perhaps reading the persons post is overrated... but he clearly stated:

      "A middle reliever is any relief pitcher who is not a closer."

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      • #4
        1. Kyle Farnsworth
        2. Tom Gordon (as a set-up man in 2004-2005)
        3. Cliff Politte
        4. Justin Duchscherer
        5. Scot Shields
        6. Yhency Brazoban
        7. Julian Tavarez
        8. Jesse Crain
        9. Luis Ayala
        10. Roberto Hernandez
        Last edited by Yankee Legend; 01-30-2006, 08:56 PM.
        Yankees '09

        Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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        • #5
          1.) Scot Sheilds
          2.) Kyle Farnsworth
          3.) Tom "Flash" Gordon
          4.) Justin Duchscherer
          5.) Jorge Julio
          6.) Yhency Brazoban
          7.) Roberto Hernandez
          8.) Jesse Crain
          9.) Guillermo (William) Mota
          10.) Neal Cotts
          Last edited by laxplayer81217; 01-26-2006, 05:34 PM.
          I know that your a sucker, for anything acoustic
          -Brand New

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          • #6
            Originally posted by laxplayer81217
            1.) Scot Sheilds
            2.) Danys Baez
            3.) Kyle Farnsworth
            4.) Tom "Flash" Gordon
            5.) Justin Duchscherer
            6.) Jorge Julio
            7.) Yhency Brazoban
            8.) Roberto Hernandez
            9.) Jesse Crain
            10.) Guillermo (William) Mota
            Danys Baez had over 40 saves last season, I do believe he would count as a closer

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            • #7
              OOPS, I thought we were doing it for this year, in that case I will change it.
              I know that your a sucker, for anything acoustic
              -Brand New

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              • #8
                1. Scot Shields
                2. Justin Durschurser
                3. Cliff Pollite
                4. Tom Gordon
                5. Julian Tavariz
                6. Danny Biaz
                7. Jesse Crane
                8. Yhency Brazoban
                9. Kyle Farnsworth
                10. Ray King (He'll be back)
                "The AL Team representing Orange County" - Joe Buck "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim near the Arrowhead Pond, south of Santa Barbera" - Dan Patrick "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of USA...near San Juan Capistrano" - Peter Gammons...Chris Berman

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                • #9
                  Perhaps reading the persons post is overrated... but he clearly stated:

                  "A middle reliever is any relief pitcher who is not a closer."
                  Well, thanks for answer the question, despite that snide comment. Just happen to miss that part of his post at the time. I'll try not to do that in future.

                  I'm going with this year myself. I didn't rank Dunn and Cabrera in LF poll since they're no longer LF. I will rank relief pitchers that are no longer closers and won't rank those becoming closers this year.

                  1.) Scot Shields
                  2.) Jesse Crain
                  3.) Danys Baez
                  4.) David Weathers
                  5.) Justin Duchscherer
                  6.) Gary Majewski
                  7.) Chad Qualls
                  8.) Neal Cotts
                  9.) Dan Wheeler
                  10.) Roberto Hernandez

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                  • #10
                    I won't vote cause I'm not well informed about ALL the relievers on the league, so I don't want my votes to be unaccurate. The thing that surprised me, is that none of you have chosen Scott Linebrink I guess going 8-1 with an ERA of 1.83 and a 1.05 WHIP as a reliever ain't good enough nowadays...

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                    • #11
                      1.Luis Ayala
                      2.Julian Tavarez
                      3.Gary Majewski
                      4.Hector Carrasco
                      5.Kyle Farnsworth
                      6.Yhency Brazoban
                      7.Danys Baez
                      8.Tom Gordon
                      9.Scott Eyre
                      10. Neal Cotts
                      Cristobal

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ReignInBlood
                        I won't vote cause I'm not well informed about ALL the relievers on the league, so I don't want my votes to be unaccurate. The thing that surprised me, is that none of you have chosen Scott Linebrink I guess going 8-1 with an ERA of 1.83 and a 1.05 WHIP as a reliever ain't good enough nowadays...
                        you see the problem is that everyone is gonna wait till the next poll and we will only have 5 ballots for this one.
                        Yankees '09

                        Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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                        • #13
                          Voting Closed

                          Thank you all for participating. Here are the results:

                          1. Scot Shileds (36)
                          2. Justin Duchscherer (29)
                          3. Kyle Farnsworth (27)
                          3. Tom Gordon (27)
                          5. Jesse Crain (19)
                          5. Julian Tavarez (19)
                          7. Yhency Brazoban (18)
                          8. Dannys Baez (17)
                          9. Cliff Politte (16)
                          10. Gary Majewski (13)

                          11. Luis Ayala (12)
                          12. Hector Carrasco (7)
                          12. David Weathers (7)
                          14. Roberto Hernandez (6)
                          14. Jorge Julio (6)
                          16. Neal Cotts (5)
                          17. Chad Qualls (4)
                          18. Guillermo Mota (2)
                          18. Scott Eyre (2)
                          18. Dan Wheeler (2)
                          21. Ray King (1)

                          Remember to cast your ballot for the Current Top 10 Closers Poll
                          Yankees '09

                          Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ReignInBlood
                            I won't vote cause I'm not well informed about ALL the relievers on the league, so I don't want my votes to be unaccurate. The thing that surprised me, is that none of you have chosen Scott Linebrink I guess going 8-1 with an ERA of 1.83 and a 1.05 WHIP as a reliever ain't good enough nowadays...

                            You know as well as I that the SOLE reason he doesnt get the recognition is that the finest city in america is always looked down on with regards to sports.

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