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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1966

    Here's another fun project idea I had - we are going to name the best baseball players by birth year. The rules are simple: Vote for who you believe to be the best player on the given list, with each player on that list sharing the same year of birth.

    You are allowed to vote for a maximum of two players (because oftentimes it seems individuals prefer not to choose between batters and pitchers, rather choosing one of each).

    A few of the early years are already taken care of for us, as there was only one person who played Major League Baseball born that year.

    A couple notes about this project:

    1) The lists are constructed using information from Baseball-Reference.com. They are rather arbitrarily made, however I think they will cover the top players from each year.

    2) The lists will, at most, contain 20-25 names.

    3) Only MLB players (including NA players) are being considered for this project. I am omitting Negro Leaguers, pre-Major Leaguers, Japanese guys etc. for the sake of ease.

    4) Though I am including only major league players, for those who spent time playing in the pre-Major League era or the Negro Leagues (et cetera), you may take into consideration this peripheral playing experience. Weigh it as as you see fit.

    5) The poll will stay open for one week.

    Which of the following individuals was the best player? You may vote for up to two players.

    Sandy Alomar
    Moises Alou
    Albert Belle
    Dave Burba
    Jeff Conine
    Bernard Gilkey
    Tom Glavine
    Pete Harnisch
    David Justice
    Greg Maddux
    Jack McDowell
    Jose Mesa
    Mickey Morandini
    Jeff Nelson
    Greg Olson
    Curt Schilling
    David Segui
    Jeff Shaw
    Bill Spiers
    Mike Timlin
    Tim Wakefield
    Larry Walker
    John Wetteland
    Gerald Williams
    Woody Williams

    Code:
    Best players by birth year:
    
    1831: Nate Berkenstock
    1832: Lew Carl
    1833: None
    1834: None
    1835: Harry Wright
    1836: Dickey Pearce
    1837: None
    1838: Dave Birdsall
    1839: Al Barker
    1840: Al Reach
    1967: John Smoltz (best batter: Kenny Lofton)
    27
    Sandy Alomar
    0.00%
    0
    Moises Alou
    0.00%
    0
    Albert Belle
    7.41%
    2
    Dave Burba
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Conine
    0.00%
    0
    Bernard Gilkey
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Glavine
    3.70%
    1
    Pete Harnisch
    0.00%
    0
    David Justice
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Maddux
    59.26%
    16
    Jack McDowell
    3.70%
    1
    Jose Mesa
    0.00%
    0
    Mickey Morandini
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Nelson
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Olson
    0.00%
    0
    Curt Schilling
    3.70%
    1
    David Segui
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Shaw
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Spiers
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Timlin
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Wakefield
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Walker
    22.22%
    6
    John Wetteland
    0.00%
    0
    Gerald Williams
    0.00%
    0
    Woody Williams
    0.00%
    0

  • #2
    For my #1 choice I went with Greg Maddux. He's one of the all-time greats and was an easy choice.

    With my second pick, had I chosen two pitchers I would have gone with Tom Glavine. Sticking with the one pitcher/one batter theme, though, I chose Albert Belle. While his MLB tenure was relatively short, he was a simply dominating player during his career.

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    • #3
      I voted for one pitcher and one hitter... with Maddux and Walker (just ahead of Belle and Alou) as my choices. Schilling was a tough pass. Glavine too. Those guys and McDowell make for a nice rotation with Wetteland in the pen. Are there enough position players (spread around) to make a good team in the field?

      We have a lot of good pitchers, and corner outfielders! In no particular order:

      SP- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Curt Schilling, Jack McDowell, Tim Wakefield, Woody Williams, Pete Harnisch, Dave Burba, Juan Guzman
      RP- John Wetteland, Greg Olson, Jeff Shaw, Jose Mesa


      C- Sandy Alomar Jr., Darrin Fletcher
      1B- Jeff Conine, David Segui, John Jaha
      2B- Mickey Morandini, Jerry Browne
      3B- Scott Brosius, Dave Hollins
      SS- Bill Spiers, Tim Bogar

      Corner Infielder- Ron Coomer

      LF-Albert Belle, Bernard Gilkey
      CF-Moises Alou (he more so than the other really good outfielders), Gerald Williams
      RF-Larry Walker, Orlando Merced
      DH-David Justice

      DH on a day we need four homers in on day from one guy- Mark Whiten
      Bullpen Catcher- Greg Myers

      First Overall Pick - Shawn Abner (remember him?)

      That's a good team. It's in trouble if Spiers goes down or if too many fly balls get hit in the gaps. But they would surely win more games than they would lose and they could win the pennant in an average season if Larry Walker hits lead-off and he takes to it. Merced is the other option there at the top of the order but what bat goes to the bench for the sake of a conventional line-up?
      Last edited by Second Base Coach; 12-27-2011, 02:08 PM.
      Your Second Base Coach
      Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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      • #4
        The first choice is obviously Maddux. I also went with Walker, though I lent serious consideration to Belle.

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        • #5
          Maddux and Walker with Glavine and Schilling right behind.

          I am assuming the Jack McDowell selection was a mistake?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
            Maddux and Walker with Glavine and Schilling right behind.

            I am assuming the Jack McDowell selection was a mistake?
            I was womdering about that one myself. We are each entitled to our own opinions, of course. However, I find it difficult to believe that some member truly found McDowell to be a better player than Maddux.

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