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Yeah, but you have a better chance of dodging the bullet (literally) if you're a righthander.
If a player never played in the majors, and Poznanski had never seen him play, then how the hell is Poznanski going to able to rate him with any degree of accuracy?
#1, did Schilling ever throw a 1 hit 17 strikeout game against the yankees like Pedro did in 1999? There's revisionist history now because of how 2003 and 2004 Pedro performed against the yankees after they'd seen him something like 30 times. He threw a ton of good innings against them before that, some of them spectacular like that game late in 1999 or the ALCS game against them that year in which an injured Pedro only throwing 90 mph handcuffed them while the Sox were destroying Roger Clemens. Hell, I attended a game in July 2004 at Fenway that Schilling started against the yankees and lost without pitching particularly well.
Schilling's career is pretty remarkable in that his best work came after the age of the 30
Steve Carlotn (though not as pronounced as the previous 3),
I'm not sure accuracy is the point, so much as its an excuse for him to write about 100 great players. Which I'm all for, since it gives me an excuse to read Posnanski writing about 100 players.
I don't think Lefty belongs on that list at all. He went 111-39 with a 2.90 ERA for Baltimore from ages 20-24, and was not able to play in the major leagues for reasons outside of his control (major league teams certainly wanted him), then had an off-year in his first major league season (still 98 ERA+, not horrible)
#1, did Schilling ever throw a 1 hit 17 strikeout game against the yankees like Pedro did in 1999?
Accuracy is something you just can't get with something like this. Not just in considering Josh Gibson and Sadaharu Oh, but even comparing pitchers in dramatically different playing conditions like Walter Johnson vs. Tom Seaver. Forget about accuracy, what we get is Poz's best estimate. And hopefully some interesting writing.
That "interesting writing" thing will be tough given how many times this exercise has been done. My Top 100 has some names other people probably wouldn't include but I don't think that those differences are particularly "interesting". Unless he can make an argument for someone no one has heard of -- or Mike Trout -- this seems redundant.
I'm a sucker for any Top 100 list, but having to wait 100 days to see the whole thing is majorly stupid. The very least he could have done is to get it down to 10 a day over a 10 day period.
I go to Poz for the way he captures being a fan, and the love of baseball he brings to his writing. If that's what he does in this project then that will be plenty interesting to me.
Spoiler alert: It's Babe Ruth.
What do you think so far after 4 of these?
Nice strawman. I never stated that Schilling was better then Pedro, I merely said that as a Yankee fan, I had less confidence in beating Schilling then I did Pedro.
So your claim is that the response is unfair because it presumes you are trying to be rational?
96: Ichiro Suzuki
95: Mariano Rivera
The bottom line is, when the marbles were on the table, the Yankees always found a way to get to Pedro, Schilling not so much.
Pettite pitched a full season of post-season innings, and even though the competition was much steeper in the post-season, he essentially had the same effect in post-season as in regular season. That's very impressive.
But Schilling, in about a half-season's worth of post-season play, was discernibly better against that creme dala creme competition.
Pedro...well, he certainly can't be said to have pitched bad in the post-season, but he didn't pitch as well as in regular season, much less better.
Since when are fan feelings rational? I was always pretty confident when Dave Stewart faced Roger Clemens, but I hate when the A's face Ervin Santana.
of course El Tiante when pitching.
Playing whiffleball in the backyard with my brother, we used to pick teams and go through lineups. For every AB, we had to bat left or right based on the batter, and imitate their stances. You also had to copy the pitcher's motion, etc. If it was NL and the pitcher's turn came up, we had to turn the bat around and try to hit with the handle.
Anyway, I could generally hit my little brother pretty well, but if he picked Dave Stewart, and gave me the Stewart death stare, I was an automatic out.
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