I’m predicting about 30 home runs during the remainder of 2013 and 50 next year.
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Then Pujols’ light dimmed after he bolted from the adoring arms of Cardinals fans to snatch the free-agent cash ($240 million, give or take a few million) of the Los Angeles Angels.
I can't figure out why Chipper Jones isn't on that list in post 4.
Year A - 4.87 ERA, 120 ERA+
Year B - 3.16 ERA, 120 ERA+
That's the difference between 1999 Coors Field and 2011 Safeco Field.
P.S. When it comes to being revered unanimously, meaning 100% with no qualifications, no matter how petty**, the only player who meets that standard would be Musial.
Decades later, Cal Ripken Jr. had Tony Gwynn.
That's a heck of a lot of WAR for a guy who hasn't been able to stay in the lineup. B-Ref lists only thirty players with more WAR in their first ten seasons than Utley. Wow.
I can't imagine anyone having a problem with Gehrig.
Still I do agree with Not A Number that this reads like something a 15 year old girl would write about her crush.
Who had a problem with Mays while he was playing?
the 15 longest tenured players still active in 2012 were;
I have never heard an even mildly negative thing about Thome. Not that that is really on point, but still.
grandfather of you know who
How many times has Jeter oscillated between underrated and overrated? *that* has to be a record.
And Miserlou, you're right, I should have made Gehrig the other example of unanimous reverence along with Musial.
The STL MRP who is not a Cardinal would probably be Ichiro or the leftover Pujols fans, of whom there are many. But fans of other teams should post up their own teams' MRP, instead of reading my guesses about their team and city.
People are misreading Flood's book. Whether this is deliberate or not from Murray Chass, I don't know. But both accusations against Flood (and/or Musial and Mays) are based on passages in this book, and if you actually read the book with the context surrounding those passages, you will certainly note that there is no hostility towards Musial or Mays. You want The Way It Is, not the later Curt Flood autobio. TWII is my favorite of all baseball books, because it successfully places baseball into the context of the 1950s and 1960s, and is really the first book to do that within the framework of a player autobio. It's sort of like Ball Four, only written for adults rather than teenagers. Read it for yourself; then laugh at Chass.
From a character point of view, or a value point of view?
Of those 13, 6 are Yankees: A-Rod, Jeter, Pettitte, Sabathia, Mo, Ichiro. Only other team with more than 1 living legend is the Phillies (Utley, Halladay).
It's sort of like Ball Four, only written for adults rather than teenagers.
I think Jeter has stayed a Yankee for his entire career in no small part because the Yankees value him more than any other club would, and part of that is that his value to the Yankees may be higher than it would be to any other team. Does he really get loyalty points for that?
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