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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ultimate first baseman rankings: Where does Albert Pujols rank among the all-time greats?

Welcome back to our ongoing series aimed at determining the best of the best at each position in Major League Baseball.

Our goal here is two-fold. First, we determine each current franchise’s best ever player at a position. Then we rank those players 1-30 to determine how they stack up in MLB history. 

The only caveat being that the selected player must come from the current incarnation of each franchise in order to be ranked. But don’t worry, we’ll throw in bonus players when warranted as well. To make things more interesting, we also require that no player represents multiple franchises or multiple positions.

We’ve already taken a close look at starting pitchers and catchers. Today, we focus on first base.

So, what do we make of this list?


QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 93 comment(s)
  Beats: first basemen, rankings

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Ultimate catcher rankings: Where does Yadier Molina rank among MLB’s greatest?

The coronavirus pandemic has put Major League Baseball on hold indefinitely. We don’t know when — or if — it will return in 2020, which has made us appreciate the game all that much more.

It has also given us time to go back and appreciate some of the legends who laid the foundation for what baseball is today. Of course, any look back into baseball’s history creates strong emotions and even stronger debates. Particularly when determining which players or era did it best.

We’ve embraced that reality by sifting through the annals of baseball to determine each current franchise’s best ever player at each position. From there, we’ve ranked each team’s best. Hey, the more there is to debate the better, right?

We’ve already done it with each team’s best starting pitcher. Today, we focus on the catcher.

Mind you, this list is using rules that mean it wouldn’t necessarily match JAWS and similar listings- that said, it feels a bit- eccentric, to put it mildly…..


QLE Posted: April 16, 2020 at 01:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rankings

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

ESPN’s MLB Rank, 100-1: Baseball’s top players for 2020

Who will be the best players in major league baseball for the 2020 season?

To determine this, ESPN polled 40 MLB writers, analysts, contributors and insiders to determine the top 100 and rank them, voting on 200 players. For a basis of comparison, for each player, we’ve looked at where they ranked in 2019—if they made the top 100—as well as some additional info to consider about each going into the season.

Well, folks, what say you about the quality of this list?

QLE Posted: March 11, 2020 at 01:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rankings

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Updating the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Draft Rankings

Welcome to Prospect Week 2020, FanGraphs’ annual pre-season spotlight on our sport’s future, and my annual opportunity to experience a dissociative fugue state.

The uninitiated will first want to read this primer on how I assign an overall grade to each prospect, and if you want to familiarize yourself with my process more thoroughly, you should pre-order Future Value, the book I co-wrote with baby-faced turncoat Kiley McDaniel, now of ESPN. In the span of a long weekend Kiley got engaged, joined ESPN, saw our book go to the printer, and did a SportsCenter hit wearing someone else’s tie. Congratulations to my friend, who worked until the clock struck midnight on his FanGraphs tenure, and to me, as I now get to do what I want without having to convince Kiley that it’s a good idea.

While the NCAA baseball season starts this weekend, 2020 draft looks have already been going on for nearly a month. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend always features several important high school showcases, and junior college baseball begins shortly after that. Meanwhile, Division-I schools have been scrimmaging in front of scouts in preparation for Friday’s openers. Dope siphoned from these events is included in my 2020, 2021 and 2022 draft rankings, all of which have been updated for today and will be updated continuously between now and the draft. And in a brand new feature courtesy of Sean Dolinar, you can now see all three draft classes mushed together here.

There’s rarely a big, sweeping update of prospect rankings at this site. Like a sourdough starter, The Board is a living, breathing thing, and I often update it with notes in real time while I’m at the field. For draft coverage, that water wheel of info begins this weekend. For pro notes, the process will begin after all of the org lists have been published.

Given how things can change for pitchers on a dime, how much meaning do these calculations ultimately have?


QLE Posted: February 11, 2020 at 01:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, rankings

Friday, January 24, 2020

Ranking the names of major league ballparks

Now that the Hall of Fame election is over and a good number of the top free agents have signed, we’re about to enter the slowest period of the offseason news cycle. Let’s kill time by making a list, shall we?

This list is inspired by yesterday’s news about Miller Park changing its name to American Family Field next year. As I noted in that post, neither of those are terrible names for a park given by a corporation which means that, yeah, some corporate-named parks are better than others.

So I thought it’d be fun to rank the names of all the parks. Let’s go

A consideration that may be of interest, given our past discussion of stadium names.


QLE Posted: January 24, 2020 at 12:53 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, rankings, the name game




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