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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1948

    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.

    Jim Barr
    Bill Bonham
    Bill Campbell
    Dave Cash
    Ron Cey
    Chris Chambliss
    Reggie Cleveland
    Dave Concepcion
    Ed Figueroa
    George Foster
    Steve Garvey
    Cesar Geronimo
    Toby Harrah
    Charlie Hough
    Dave Kingman
    Clay Kirby
    Dave LaRoche
    Ron LeFlore
    Doc Medich
    Gary Nolan
    Bill North
    Mickey Rivers
    Bill Russell

    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
    1949: Mike Schmidt (best pitcher: Rick Reuschel)
    1950: Ron Guidry (best batter: Brian Downing)
    1951: Dave Winfield (best pitcher: Bert Blyleven)
    1952: Fred Lynn (best pitcher: John Denny)
    1953: George Brett (best pitcher: Bruce Sutter)
    1954: Gary Carter (best pitcher: Dennis Eckersley)
    1955: Robin Yount (best pitcher: Jack Morris)
    1956: Eddie Murray (best pitcher: Bob Welch)
    1957: Lou Whitaker (best pitcher: Dave Stieb)
    1958: Rickey Henderson (best pitcher: Orel Hershiser)
    1959: Tim Raines (best pitcher: Burns/Moore/Worrell)
    1960: Cal Ripken, Jr. (best pitcher: Valenzuela/Viola)
    1961: Don Mattingly (best pitcher: Jimmy Key)
    1962: Roger Clemens (best batter: Darryl Strawberry)
    1963: Randy Johnson (best batter: Martinez/McGwire)
    1964: Barry Bonds (best pitcher: Gooden/Saberhagen)
    1965: Craig Biggio (best pitcher: Kevin Brown)
    1966: Greg Maddux (best batter: Larry Walker)
    1967: John Smoltz (best batter: Kenny Lofton)
    1968: Frank Thomas (best pitcher: Mike Mussina)
    15
    Jim Barr
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Bonham
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Campbell
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Cash
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Cey
    20.00%
    3
    Chris Chambliss
    0.00%
    0
    Reggie Cleveland
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Concepcion
    0.00%
    0
    Ed Figueroa
    0.00%
    0
    George Foster
    13.33%
    2
    Steve Garvey
    46.67%
    7
    Cesar Geronimo
    0.00%
    0
    Toby Harrah
    0.00%
    0
    Charlie Hough
    6.67%
    1
    Dave Kingman
    6.67%
    1
    Clay Kirby
    0.00%
    0
    Dave LaRoche
    0.00%
    0
    Ron LeFlore
    0.00%
    0
    Doc Medich
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Nolan
    6.67%
    1
    Bill North
    0.00%
    0
    Mickey Rivers
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Russell
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-29-2012, 08:00 AM.

  • #2
    I went with Garvey and Hough.

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    • #3
      Wow, 1948 was a WEAK year. Not a single Hall of Famer.
      My top 10 players:

      1. Babe Ruth
      2. Barry Bonds
      3. Ty Cobb
      4. Ted Williams
      5. Willie Mays
      6. Alex Rodriguez
      7. Hank Aaron
      8. Honus Wagner
      9. Lou Gehrig
      10. Mickey Mantle

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      • #4
        I went with Garvey
        “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

        "Fill in any figure you want for that boy (Mantle). Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey

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        • #5
          Definitely Ron Cey above Garvey.

          Career WAR:
          Cey 50.4
          Garvey 34.4

          Peak WAR seasons:
          Cey 6.5, 5.9, 5.1
          Garvey 4.9, 4.6, 4.5

          Career OPS+:
          Cey 121
          Garvey 117

          Cey was the best player on that Dodger infield, and he's my vote here.

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          • #6
            Here we have a case for Cey AND Garvey.

            Correct?
            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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            • #7
              Double post... the site is acting up again.

              I would love the ability to delete my own posts. Will the Fever ever add that feature?
              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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