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Sunday Best–October 4th, 2009

October 4, 2009

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Hitters Pitchers
Pujols 99.8 Cardinals Greinke 88.2 KC
Mauer 89 Twins Carpenter 69.2 Cardinals
Hanley Ramirez 80 Florida Sabathia 58.1 Yankees
Jeter 67.6 Yankees Lester 55.6 Red Sox
Utley 62.9 Phillies Jimenez 50.2 Rockies
Tulowitzki 60.8 Rockies Jered Weaver 49.5 Angels
Youkilis 52.9 Red Sox Wolf 49.2 Dodgers
Kemp 50.4 Dodgers Happ 47.5 Phillies
Morales 39.9 Angels Baker 32.2 Twins

The best hitters and pitchers on each playoff team, and the best hitter and pitcher not in the playoffs, by VORP. I flipped a coin for Minnesota/Detroit and Minnesota won. I’ll rescan on Tuesday if the coin flip proves wrong.

The Angels don’t have a single hitter over 40 VORP, but they have ten over 15.

I don’t have a single card of A.J. Happ, but I rode him pretty hard as a free-talent pickup in my Roto league. I will commemorate him with a purchase from Sportlots.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

JayBee Anama displays some hard-to-find inserts from 2k6.
Dinged Corners goes off topic, and I gotta feeling it’s gonna be good good fun.
Mark’s Ephemera decorates a man-cave.
Night Owl breaks out the blender to relieve some stretch-drive frustration.

Sunday Best–September 27th, 2009

September 27, 2009
NL PA Leaders

NL PA Leaders

AL PA Leaders

AL PA Leaders

National League
1 #Jimmy Rollins PHI 697
2 *Prince Fielder MIL 684
3 *Ryan Howard PHI 673
4 Ryan Braun MIL 673
5 Albert Pujols STL 668
6 #Shane Victorino PHI 666
7 *Chase Utley PHI 664
8 *Andre Ethier LAD 662
9 Ryan Zimmerman WSN 660
American League
1 #Chone Figgins LAA 703
2 Aaron Hill TOR 700
3 Derek Jeter NYY 698
4 #Mark Teixeira NYY 686
5 Dustin Pedroia BOS 683
6 #Brian Roberts BAL 681
7 Marco Scutaro TOR 680
8 *Nick Markakis BAL 677
9 *Curtis Granderson DET 669

The players with the most PA in each league. I guess the Phillies have been healthy and good all season.

Hard to believe that I don’t have a single Pedroia card. I’ll have to get one off of Sportlots.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

PunkRockPaint delivers a whale of a pirate card.
EdS is not ashamed to re-collect a classic. Roll out the doubles, everyone.
Dinged Corners does a blaster-less review of Goodwin.
EdS breaks some 2006 Flair Showcase.
Night Owl tells the story of Frank Smith.
PunkRockPaint goes vigilante after spotting a pack searcher.
Condtion:Poor goes a little bit nuts over his first TTM success.

National League
1 #Jimmy Rollins PHI 697
2 *Prince Fielder MIL 684
3 *Ryan Howard PHI 673
4 Ryan Braun MIL 673
5 Albert Pujols STL 668
6 #Shane Victorino PHI 666
7 *Chase Utley PHI 664
8 *Andre Ethier LAD 662
9 Ryan Zimmerman WSN 660
American League
1 #Chone Figgins LAA 703
2 Aaron Hill TOR 700
3 Derek Jeter NYY 698
4 #Mark Teixeira NYY 686
5 Dustin Pedroia BOS 683
6 #Brian Roberts BAL 681
7 Marco Scutaro TOR 680
8 *Nick Markakis BAL 677
9 *Curtis Granderson DET 669

Sunday Best–September 20th, 2009

September 20, 2009
NL Leaders, SLG Against

NL Leaders, SLG Against

AL Leaders, SLG Against

AL Leaders, SLG Against

The best pitchers in each league, by SLG against.

National League
1 *Clayton Kershaw LAD 0.287
2 Tim Lincecum SFG 0.292
3 Chris Carpenter STL 0.313
4 Josh Johnson FLA 0.329
5 Ubaldo Jimenez COL 0.331
6 Javier Vazquez ATL 0.348
7 Adam Wainwright STL 0.348
8 Danny Haren ARI 0.362
9 Joel Pineiro STL 0.363
American League
1 Felix Hernandez SEA 0.320
2 Zack Greinke KCR 0.341
3 Scott Feldman TEX 0.359
4 *C.C. Sabathia NYY 0.361
5 *Jon Lester BOS 0.363
6 Justin Verlander DET 0.376
7 Gavin Floyd CHW 0.379
8 Matt Garza TBR 0.380
9 *Cliff Lee CLE 0.382

Jimenez and Garza and Feldman all elude me. To Sportlots I go.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

The Other World shows us the view from AT&T Park’s upper deck.
Doc offers a great tip for a cheap way to store lots of cards.
Beardy shows off a literally priceless 1/1.
Mark’s Ephemera gives us the lowdown on ’92 Stadium Club.
Dinged Corners interviews two daughters of baseball.
Night Owl presents his All-Aught Dodgers.
A preview of 2010 SlangKo Heroes of the Diamond.
Dayf is a mad pirate genius.

National League
1 *Clayton Kershaw LAD 0.287
2 Tim Lincecum SFG 0.292
3 Chris Carpenter STL 0.313
4 Josh Johnson FLA 0.329
4 Alberto Arias HOU 0.356
5 Ubaldo Jimenez COL 0.331
6 Javier Vazquez ATL 0.348
7 Adam Wainwright STL 0.348
8 Danny Haren ARI 0.362
9 Joel Pineiro STL 0.363
American League
1 Felix Hernandez SEA 0.320
2 Zack Greinke KCR 0.341
3 Scott Feldman TEX 0.359
4 *C.C. Sabathia NYY 0.361
5 *Jon Lester BOS 0.363
6 Justin Verlander DET 0.376
7 Gavin Floyd CHW 0.379
8 Matt Garza TBR 0.380
9 *Cliff Lee CLE 0.382

Sunday Best–September 13th, 2009

September 13, 2009
NL Leaders, TB

NL Leaders, TB

AL Leaders, TB

AL Leaders, TB

The sluggiest sluggers in each league so far this season, by Total Bases.

NL
1 Albert Pujols STL 343
2 *Prince Fielder MIL 303
3 Ryan Braun MIL 302
4 *Ryan Howard PHI 301
5 Hanley Ramirez FLA 292
6 Mark Reynolds ARI 290
7 Ryan Zimmerman WSN 284
8 *Andre Ethier LAD 280
9 *Adam Dunn WSN 275
AL
1 Aaron Hill TOR 299
2 *Robinson Cano NYY 294
3 #Mark Teixeira NYY 294
4 Miguel Cabrera DET 293
5 *Adam Lind TOR 290
6 #Kendry Morales LAA 287
7 Evan Longoria TBR 275
8 Michael Young TEX 273
9 Derek Jeter NYY 268

Pujols = Man among boys.

Mr. Morales, I will find you on Sportlots.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

Stusigpi pays tribute to Mr Pack Searcher Guy.
Dinged Corners invents the six-cards-in-30-seconds test.
Night Owl shows us that he is no punkrockpaint.
Stusigpi exposes some eBay patch frauds.
Night Owl revisits the magic of sixth grade.
Some great hockey cards from this years UD set on Shoebox Legends.
Night Owl shows off some great horizontal cards.

Sunday Best–September 6th, 2009

September 6, 2009

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The best defensive players at each position in each league according to the excellent series Diggin’ in the Defensive Dirt by Brian Joseph at Baseball Daily Digest. (Brian did not cover pitchers, so I made my own all-time selections to fill out the pages.)

National American
C Yadier Molina Gerald Laird
1B Casey Kotchman Paul Konerko
2B Craig Counsell Ian Kinsler
3B Andy LaRoche Joe Crede
SS Jack Wilson Marco Scutaro
LF Seth Smith David DeJesus
CF Matt Kemp Franklin Gutierrez
RF Randy Winn Nelson Cruz

I need to grab a DeJesus from Sportlots this week.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

Night Owl appreciates Nomo cardboard.
Dayf gives a brief review of 2009 SPx.
Mario puts Icons baseball and football side by side.
Dayf gets all excited about some beat-up old card.
Thingpen shows us Larry Walker when he was yet a spry lad.
2008 A&G Card-scape breaks Adam Jones’ ankle, and gets a smeared auto for karma.
Night Owl eschews Reggie for a surprise entry into the Badass Club.
Night Owl bemoans the marriage of a certain Dodgers fan.

C Yadier Molina Gerald Laird
1B Casey Kotchman Paul Konerko
2B Craig Counsell Ian Kinsler
3B Andy LaRoche Joe Crede
SS Jack Wilson Marco Scutaro
LF Seth Smith David DeJesus
CF Matt Kemp Franklin Gutierrez
RF Randy Winn Nelson Cruz

DBacks in the Mail from Stats-on-the-Back

August 31, 2009

If you are ever fortunate enough to get an unexpected package in the mailbox and the return address reads “stats-on-the-back,” you are in for a treat. A while back I was treated to such goodness as this:

A Dback sandwich on toploader bread

A Dback sandwich on toploader bread

A note from Mark
With a note from Mark

And a LOT of meat

And a LOT of meat

Naturally I gobbled it up. Or, rather, I unwrapped it and spread out the contents. Here is what I beheld:

A great big pile of awesome

A great big pile of awesome

Mark, I can’t say thanks enough for such generosity. It has been too long since I’ve just sat down with a big ol’ pile o’ dbacks and watched a ball game. I think I’ll do that right now.

Sunday Best–August 30th, 2009

August 30, 2009
NL WXRL Leaders

NL WXRL Leaders

AL WXRL Leaders

AL WXRL Leaders

The best relievers in each league in 2009, by WXRL.

National League
1 Ryan Franklin SLN 4.294
2 Jonathan Broxton LAN 4.163
3 Heath Bell SDN 3.78
4 Huston Street COL 3.704
5 Ramon Troncoso LAN 3.398
6 Francisco Cordero CIN 3.342
7 Carlos Marmol CHN 3.244
8 Jeremy Affeldt SFN 3.209
9 Rafael Soriano ATL 3.121
American League
1 Mariano Rivera NYA 5.317
2 Jonathan Papelbon BOS 5.163
3 David Aardsma SEA 4.673
4 Joe Nathan MIN 4.027
5 Fernando Rodney DET 3.898
6 Andrew Bailey OAK 3.76
7 Matt Guerrier MIN 3.59
8 Matt Thornton CHA 3.511
9 Michael Wuertz OAK 3.211

How amazing is Mariano Rivera? Normally by the time someone is considered a legend of the game, they are past their prime. Mo is still leading the big leagues. There’s HOFers, and then there’s no-doubt, first-ballot, should-be-unanimous HOFers.

I’ll be headed to Sportlots for a Thornton and a Wuertz.

The Week’s Best

The best baseball and baseball card blog articles of the week (as voted on by a panel of one):

Trader Crack takes a closer look at the 1996 Pinnacle Christie Brinkley Collection.
Dinged Corners produces a Magnum Opus on the Mets in 1983 Topps.
Jeff Lubbers discusses the implications of Magglio’s playing-time incentives.
JayBee presents the all-time Hawaiian team.
Mark’s Ephemera plays “What Would Mark Buy?”
Mmosely shows us a denizen of the old school.
Thingpen shows off the complete set of Big Unit rookie cards from 20 years ago.
Night Owl imagines the O-Pee-Chee studio scenario.

National League
1 Ryan Franklin SLN 4.294
2 Jonathan Broxton LAN 4.163
3 Heath Bell SDN 3.78
4 Huston Street COL 3.704
5 Ramon Troncoso LAN 3.398
6 Francisco Cordero CIN 3.342
7 Carlos Marmol CHN 3.244
8 Jeremy Affeldt SFN 3.209
9 Rafael Soriano ATL 3.121
American League
1 Mariano Rivera NYA 5.317
2 Jonathan Papelbon BOS 5.163
3 David Aardsma SEA 4.673
4 Joe Nathan MIN 4.027
5 Fernando Rodney DET 3.898
6 Andrew Bailey OAK 3.76
7 Matt Guerrier MIN 3.59
8 Matt Thornton CHA 3.511
9 Michael Wuertz OAK 3.211
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