Victor Starffin: The Greatest Pitcher in Japanese Baseball History?

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Victor Starffin, except for a fluke of history, might have been a member of the American baseball Hall of Fame. He was the first pitcher to win 300 games in Japanese baseball history, and was elected to the Japan Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1960. Much of his family history is speculative and disputed, […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: The Second Basemen

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The following post is part of a Three Part presentation on the greatest second basemen of All-Time. Part One will rate the players by Total Player Rating; Part Two will cover the offense, and Part Three will list the best defensive players. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: First Basemen–Total Defense

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The following post represents Part Three in a presentation of the best First Basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest defensive performers at first base.     #11 (3 tied):   Ed Konetchy Ed Konetchy was a gifted defender at first base. He played 15 seasons for a number of National […]

AL MVP 2011: Justin Verlander

In 2011, Verlander became the first Tiger since Bill Gullickson in 1991 to win 20 games, and the first big leaguer since Curt Schilling (2002) to reach 20 wins before the end of August.

Well, here we go again. The argument for infinity. Is it legitimate to award a pitcher the Most Valuable Player trophy, particularly the AL MVP 2011? There are as many arguments for–as against–this premise. Monday, November 21st, 2011, saw the best pitcher on the planet, the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, win the AL MVP Award, […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: First Basemen by Total Offense

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The following post represents Part Two in a presentation on the best First Basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest offensive players at the position. Part Three will list the best defensive performers at First Base.   #15 (2 tied): Orlando Cepeda Orlando Cepeda played first base for the San Francisco […]

History of Baseball: First Major League Player Born in China

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One of my brother’s friends in New York recently asked him if he knew of any Major League baseball players that were born in China. As it turns out, there is one, and his story is indeed stranger than fiction. Henry Lees “Harry” Kingman played for the New York Yankees in 1914. Only a “cup […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players Series–First Basemen

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The following post starts a three part presentation on the best First Basemen of All-Time. Part One will show Total Player Rating on the top 13. Part Two will cover the best offensive players at the position. And, Part Three will list the best defensive performers at First Base. Lou Gehrig, one of the great […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series–Position Players: Base Stealing/Base Running

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Here is a list of the top base stealers/base runners of all-time. We have used a formula that compares, era to era, a composite of base stealing and base running. The list has been pared down to the top 24 pictured below (click on the thumbnail to enlarge each picture). Hope you enjoy!   Players […]

The Greatest Players: Total Defense #1 through #16 (excluding catchers)

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This post ranks the 30 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their defensive performance (this list is for position players excluding catchers). Our defensive ratings include not only the ability to field and throw the ball, but also the players’ knowledge of the game, when and where to throw, positioning, the capability […]

History of Baseball: The Man From Maui

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A previous post about the great pitcher, Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi, prompted an ongoing conversation about who is the greatest Hawaiian athlete of all time. There are many candidates… Buster Crabbe, Gerry Lopez, the legendary Duke Kahanamoku… and several other worthy athletes. For my money, the greatest athlete in the history of Hawaii is… the man […]