My All-Time Favorite Players
While Jim Hendry and the front office continue doing absolutely nothing, I try to come up with blog material. Here's one just for fun, a list of my all-time and current favorite players to watch. This has little to do with my generally numbers obsessed way of analyzing the game, rather just the guys I like to watch play. Now my all-time list was heavily influenced when I was a child and the players that had cool batting stances or pitching motions that we would then try and emulate during recess and after school and of course the Cubs. As I get older, I tend to have a finer appreciation for the more talented players that just make the game look easy.
C - Tony Pena
1B - Will Clark
2B - Ryne Sandberg
SS - Tony Fernandez
3B - Ron Cey
LF - Rickey Henderson/Tim Raines
CF - Bob Dernier
RF - Sammy Sosa
Pitchers - Rick Sutcliffe, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Kent Tekulve
Honorable Mentions: Ken Griffey Jr., Shawon Dunston, Pete Rose, Jody Davis, Benito Santiago, Mark Grace
C - Joe Mauer
1B - Lance Berkman
2B - Chase Utley
SS - Troy Tulowitzki
3B - Aramis Ramirez
LF - Grady Sizemore
CF - Carlos Beltran
RF - Vladimir Guerrero
Pitchers - Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay, Johan Santana
I cheated on the outfielders because I can't think of one left fielder in baseball that I enjoy watching play, maybe Carl Crawford, but I've maybe watched 5 Tampa games in my lifetime. Vlad is a bit of a cheat as well since he's a DH now, but his hacktastic, yet amazing ability to make contact are sure fun to watch. On principle I should hate all Cardinals - but Carpenter, much like Halladay - just make pitching look too easy.
Kinda weird stat -- the NL has 5 teams that are at least 20 games under -- it was 6 before the Brewers swept the Pirates -- and there are none in the AL. Oakland has the worst record in the AL at 18 under. Hunh.
Jon Lester scored his first career run today. And his 2nd. Now I see why hit bats 8th.
Every Cub starter has scored at least one run so far today, Russell leading the way with 3
Anybody with an over/under on the Cubs getting to 30 runs today?
JD pointing to Javy's minimal leg kick on that blast.
Javy with 3 hits, including a home run, and a walk.
Send bullpen home go get your complete game Lester
Cubs with lowest batting average in MLB but highest walk total in NL, as Rizzo clubs a grand slam
He drew a bases loaded walk early in the game
i hope Baez draws a walk today!
I hope Baez will draw a walk today.
Have a day!!
/another diaper dandy
one of the slowest men in the game is taking a 20+ft lead off 2nd.
i think the "he's working on throwing over" knockdown scare has worn off in the 4th inning.
it keeps working, though. this is at least the 3rd time someone from the club has announced "he's working on throwing over" and the opposing team being cautious the next game. they should do this before every start.
Lester does not get the Michael Jordan treatement from umpires. He really has to fight for his strikes sometimes.
something tells me this isn't godley's day.
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