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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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