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  • Greatest Rookie of all Time

    What player in the history of Organized Baseball had the greatest rookie season? This talk of Evan Longoria has got me thinking about potential and how many times the highly touted rooks don't turn out like we all hoped.
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  • #2
    Off the top of my head, I'd nominate Ted Williams.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDxgNjMTPIs

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    • #3
      Fred Lynn was the 1st I thought of. Then of course Pujols.

      Fred Lynn/ 1975/MVP/ROY/.331/.401/.566/105 rbi/21 hr

      Albert Pujols/2001/ROY/MVP,4th/.329/.403/.610/130 rbi/37 hr

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      • #4
        McGwire's rookie year in 1987 wasn't too shabby...
        WAR? Prove it!

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        • #5
          Not in any particular order:

          Position Players
          Ted Williams..149 gms, 185 hits, 44 2B, 11 3B, 31 HR, 145 RBI, .327 BA
          Joe Dimaggio..138 gms, 206 hits, 44 2B, 3B 15, 29 HR, 125 RBI, .323 BA
          Joe Jackson..147 gms, 233 hits, 45 2B, 19 3B, 7 HR, 83 RBI, .408 BA


          Bob

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          • #6
            Al Trosky's 1934 season was pretty salty.

            .330/.388/.598, 151 OPS+, 35 HR, 45 doubles, 147 RBI, 117 R, 206 H
            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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            • #7
              Just looking down the list of ROY winners

              Pujols: .329/.403/.610
              Piazza: .318/.370/.561 as a catcher
              McGwire: .289/.370/.618
              Lynn: .331/.401/.566
              Fisk: 160 OPS+ as a catcher
              Allen: .318/.382/.557, 162 OPS+ in every single game

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              • #8
                If Ross Barnes doesn't count I've gotta give serious consideration to Shoeless Joe
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                • #9
                  No one's said Jackie Robinson yet?

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                  • #10
                    Robinson

                    .297/.383/.427

                    Those are above average but nothing spectacular.
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                    • #11
                      And my vote goes to old Shoeless Joe
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                      • #12
                        Ted Williams, Joe Jackson, Dimaggio, Pujols, Mcgwire, Lynn. Id include ichiro in that list as well. He wasnt a true rookie obviously, but a RoY and MVP in the same year puts you in a rare group.
                        Of those i think the most impressive would be Teddy. 160 OPS+, 185 hits, 31HR's and over .600SLG. Those are impressive numbers for anyone at any point in their career, let alone a rookie!

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                        • #13
                          I also pick Joe Jackson. .408 as a rookie? Fuhgeddaboudit! I would also give a close second to Grover Cleveland Alexander.
                          Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. - Yogi Berra

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bob View Post
                            Ted Williams, Joe Jackson, Dimaggio, Pujols, Mcgwire, Lynn. Id include ichiro in that list as well. He wasnt a true rookie obviously, but a RoY and MVP in the same year puts you in a rare group.
                            Of those i think the most impressive would be Teddy. 160 OPS+, 185 hits, 31HR's and over .600SLG. Those are impressive numbers for anyone at any point in their career, let alone a rookie!
                            Why wasn't Ichiro a true rookie?
                            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                            • #15
                              Cal McVey batted .431 and he was a catcher.
                              "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
                              "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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