- 01/03/2009, 02:16PM ET
Tha Fizz said 01/03, 02:16 PM
C - Joe Mauer - Twins
St. Paul, MN
1B - Lance Berkman - Astros
2B - Chase Utley - Phillies
3B - Alex Rodriguez - Yankees
New York, NY
SS - Derek Jeter - Yankees
LF - Pat Burrell - Phillies
Eureka Springs, AR
CF - Josh Hamilton - Rangers
RF - Ryan Ludwick - Cardinals
Satellite Beach, FL
SP - Roy Halladay - Toronto
RP - Joe Nathan - Twins
0x NBA/NFL Champion said 01/03, 04:51 PM
C- Mauer. I'm not debating that haha.
1B- Mark Teixeira.
2B- Utley. Barely over Pedroia.
SS- Jimmy Rollins
LF- Ryan Braun
Mission Hills, CA
CF- Hamilton. But Torii Hunter was calling me.
RF- Nick Markakis
Glen Cove, NY
SP- Tim Lincecum
CP- Nathan. Someone agrees with me! Best closer in baseball.
Tha Fizz said 01/03, 06:39 PM
Alright so we have 5 differences: 1B, SS, LF, RF, and SP.
1B - Berkman Vs. Teixeira
In '08 Berkman's BA, OBP, and SLG% were all higher than Tex. He had only 4 fewer HRs and his fielding % was .001 less. And if you look at career stats...Berkman has a better BA, OBP, and SLG%, and he is only .002 % behind Tex in fielding %.
SS - Jeter Vs. Rollins
In '08 Jeter's BA, OBP, and SLG% were all better. He is also better in these categories over their careers as well. Jeter is a 3 time Gold Glover, he was the 1996 AL RoY, 2000 World Series and All-Star Game MVPs, and is a 2-Time AL Silver Slugger. Plus he has 4 World Series Titles to Rollins' 1.
SP - Halladay Vs. Lincecum
This was a very tough decision to make. Ultimately the reason I chose Halladay over Lincecum is the longevity. Halladay has been doing it in the show for 11 seasons, compared to just 2 for Lincecum. Halladay also had more wins (and more losses), 7 more complete games, (which saves RPs arms) and a lower WHiP...which is a very underrated stat for pitchers.
As for LF and RF: the guys you picked ultimately had better seasons last year, but I had to, again, go with guys who have more MLB experience.
0x NBA/NFL Champion said 01/03, 07:20 PM
1B- Both are close offensively, but Berkman plays at Minute Maid Park. It is regarded as a hitter's park, and has dimensions of 315 to left and 326 to right. Put Teixeira in Houston, and his numbers would be way up. Also, remember that Teixeira is a
2x Gold Glover (Berkman- 0)
2x Silver Slugger (Berkman- 0)
SS- But Rollins does have an MVP, and DJ doesn't. Both are good hitters, but Jeter is a better one. So why is J-Roll here? Speed and defense. This team NEEDS a leadoff hitter, and Rollins is a great fit.
Jeter- 11 SB, 5 CS
Rollins- 47 SB, 3 CS
NOT EVEN CLOSE.
22, 18, 9, 14, 24, 15, 14, 14, 13, 15, 15, 18, 12
What are those? Jeter's ERRORS BY SEASON. J-Roll isn't the best defensive SS, but compared to Jeter, it's a big advantage for Rollins.
SP- Both are great, but consider that Linceucm has a LOWER ERA, MORE K's and LESS losses. Put him on Toronto, and he easily has 20 wins. Lincecum is 24 and on a bad team, with a Cy Young award? WOW
LF- Experience? Ludwick has played 100+ games just twice in 9 years. He has had just ONE good year. Braun is young, but he's been consistent. Both are good hitters, defense? Braun had NO ERRORS. NONE.
Tha Fizz said 01/03, 10:16 PM
1B - A "hitters park" translates to more HRs, it does nothing for Tex's lower BA and OBP.
If you were to put Tex at Minute Maid park, he is a primarily left handed pull hitter, so the shorter left field would do nothing to help his numbers.
Your Gold Glove theory is a no go. LB was an OF until 05, and up until last season he played 63- games/year there. Hence why he has no GGs at 1B. LB can play OF, where he is actually a threat, as opposed to Tex who played 3B in the Minors, but barely fielded over .900.
SS - Since 01, when JR became the starting SS for the Phils, DJ has averaged 3 more Es/season, not that much of a difference IMO. Jeter still has 3 Gold Gloves and 9 All-Star game appearances, so he must be doing something right.
SP - RH also has a CY Young to his credit, and has finished 5th, 3rd and 2nd in the voting before. TL had 10 no decisions in 33 games. RH had only 2 no decisions in his 33 games. RH also pitched 19 more innings in those same 33 games. And RH had a 1.05 WHip to TL 1.11.
True, Braun had no Es in 08...but he did have 26 in 07 in only 112 games. That's more than Jeter EVER had in one season, I'm just sayin'...
Great TD choice 0x!
0x NBA/NFL Champion said 01/04, 12:05 PM
You're right. So if Berkman is supposed to be a stud power hitter, and Teixeira has more HR's as it is, then I guess we can conclude that Teixeira is a better power hitter. But again, both are great hitters. Yes, Berkman's versatility is nice, but the bottom line is we both want them to play first, and Teixeira is the better fielder. Fielding makes a HUGE difference, so I went with Teixeira.
First off, I did take Rollins for his leadoff capabilities, where he is much better than Jeter. Now, Jeter is a great player, don't get me wrong. But on defense, Rollins had 14 errors his first three seasons, but developed, and hasn't had 12+ since. Only 3 times in his CAREER has Jeter had under 12. Last three years, Rollins has had 41, Jeter: 60.
Again, both are great. We know Halladay is good, but he also has had injury trouble, something I want to stay away from. Lincecum is just 24, and could be one of the best in MLB for years to come.
Braun is an awful 3B. But he has proven to be a good LF, which is where I want him. If he stays away from third, and both are in left, you have a ROY with no errors and a one year wonder. Braun has proven himself more.
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