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  • Gee Walker
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    Billy Goodman, who won a batting title in 1950 and finished second in the MVP vote with a defensive profile on BBREF of 7O53/46.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    Tony Phillips

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  • Ben Grimm
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    Harvey Kuenn?

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  • chicagowhitesox1173
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    I was just looking at Tekulves career and if I had to pick between him and Bruce Sutter, I would probably choose Tekulve.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Originally posted by toomanyhatz View Post
    Another reliever with longevity as his most impressive stat- Kent Tekulve.
    Well, let's be fair. He was just born 100 years too late for his skill set. (Actually, I think he's very underrated, Quiz already holding down the no-respect underhand delivery all star slot.)

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Originally posted by toomanyhatz View Post
    Another reliever with longevity as his most impressive stat- Kent Tekulve.
    Well, let's be fair. He was just born 100 years too late for his skill set. (Actually, I think he's very underrated, Quiz already holding down the no-respect underhand delivery all star slot.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    We just had a couple of threads with Elmer Valo. I really don't know why he wasn't full time. Platoon issues?

    Somehow that makes me think of Lee Lacy, who you'd think would be good enough to play regularly somewhere.

    Bill James said that Lee Lacy might become the Myril Hoag of his generation. Does anyone have any idea what that means? I'm baffled.

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  • chicagowhitesox1173
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    Darren Oliver? He's been putting up some pretty good numbers lately.

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  • toomanyhatz
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    I guess Pete Runnels won't work since he wasn't really a role player, but he is a good example of someone who could hit, but never found a position. Had he played later, he might have had a more Edgar Martinez-type career.

    Gilliam is probably the ultimate 'put him anywhere you need him' player, as well as the very definition of a great #2 hitter.

    Also, Rusty Staub, Dusty Rhodes and Manny Mota (plus the aforementioned Burgess) for PH duties.

    Another reliever with longevity as his most impressive stat- Kent Tekulve.

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  • westsidegrounds
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    Sammy "Babe Ruth's Legs" Byrd

    Charlie "Most World Series Checks Per At Bat?" Silvera

    Mickey "And at Shortstop ... " Stanley

    And of course Herb Washington

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  • jjpm74
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    The first two people who come to mind are Jose Oquendo and Smoky Burgess. Oquendo once played all 9 positions in a single game and was a very versatile player who could play any position. Burgess was a great bat off the bench and an excellent backup catcher to have around.

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  • jalbright
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    Three others in the Gil McDougald mold: Jim Gilliam, Dick McAuliffe, and Travis Fryman

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Originally posted by dgarza View Post
    Set-up / middle relief could include Jesse Orosco and Tom Gordon.
    Jesse is certainly an inner circle loogie. Gordon was great, but for long relief, what about Bob Stanley?

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  • dgarza
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    Set-up / middle relief could include Jesse Orosco and Tom Gordon.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Originally posted by 1905 Giants View Post
    Jeff Nelson?
    Oooh, that reminds me of a set-up man, a really good one, I hadn't even thought of in this context--Mike Timlin. He was bad-mouthed for letting inherited runners score, but he had some great seasons.

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