The Joys of Dream Team Baseball Rankings Debate: Nolan Ryan

Dream Team Baseball - Nolan Ryan

In looking over several Strat-o-matic baseball player cards years ago with some friends, we noted that the cards were based on stats from a particular season. “But what if one of my players happened to be injured half of that season?” one of my friends inquired. “That’s too bad,” I retorted, with some delight. If […]

Top OPS For Switch Hitters

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle has the top 4 seasons ever, as a switch hitter, for On-Base plus Slugging percentage (OPS), with a record 1.177 in 1957. Chipper Jones has the 5th best such season with 1.074, in 1999. Interestingly, only George Davis (1893, 1894) and Tom McCreery (1896) make the Top Thirty list from the 19th century. […]

Career High On Base Percentages

Ted Williams with Mickey Mantle in 1959.

  Ted Williams holds the career record for On Base Percentage (minimum 5,000 plate appearances) with .482. Mickey Mantle holds the career record for OBP (minimum 5,000 PAs) for switch-hitters with .421. In case you’re wondering, the leader among active players, Todd Helton (over 7,000 PAs) has a career OBP of .419. As for switch-hitters, Lance […]

The Greatest Players: Total Offense #1 through #45


This post ranks the 45 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their offensive performance. Forty of the players are described in previous posts covering Total Player Ratings; here, here, here and here. Five players not mentioned in those posts are described in further detail below.   #44 (two players are tied) Roger […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (1 to 14)

Honus Wagner

The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]