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This supposed to be opening day evening.
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You have to bear with me because this exercise took a lot of comparisons between players and it is going to be a little difficult to pull all the comparisons up.
I won't get to in depth look fat, but if I'm tryingto maybe compare to like minded players here, I just explained to you a little bit as to why I came to the conclusion that I did so as we discussed last night, I made a little tweak today instead of the all time MLB team.
What we what I decided to do instead is doing all Millennium team because let's be honest.
I am, you know, not even 30 years old yet.
And I don't want to be comparing players just solely based on stats.
Ah, players that I've never seen play before.
But I've just heard the stories of Alan etcetera, etcetera that Heck there, some players from the early 19 hundreds that none of you guys have never seen either, and nobody's really ever seen, except for a few clips here and there on television.
So that being said, we switched it to the Millennium team, and I have kind of tease this and promoted it on Twitter throughout the day, and I gave little hints for each position as to some of the players that I'd be mentioning had some voting pulls up for you guys to vote.
Thank you for those that participated.
So let's move right along here.
I am going to start with the outfield position and I will give the caveat here to start.
You'll see four players here on the screen, and I gave it a little bit of softball outfield approach here just to fit four guys in because there's just too many good players and I honestly just couldn't take him a lout and differentiate between some of them.
So I'm going with the four man outfield here with Mike Trout, Barry Bonds, Can Griffey Jr and Carlos Beltran now the one name in this group.
You know, there's three iconic names, and the one name in this group that maybe is a surprise to some of you is Carlos Beltran.
And I wanted to pull up some of his stats just that.
Justify, you know, my rationale for choosing him and give me a second here.
Yeah, here we go.
All right, so I'm going Thio just give you some of the main categories.
He had 123456 78 seasons in the two thousands of over 25 homers each of those seasons, except for two were over 100 r B i's.
He also had another season over 100 R b I, where he hit 24 home runs and that he also stole some bases.
Don't forget about that.
In 2004 he hit 38 home runs in 42 stolen bases.
That is unheard of in today's and they'll be, especially because the speed aspect has kind of taken a back seat to the power and the run driven in, You know, statistics and everything we have nowadays that speed isn't getting utilized as much anymore.
So that is a big component that is missing in today's MLB.
And that is something that Carlos Beltran offered quite a bit in his career.
You know, he had a season with 41 stolen bases, another season with 28 27 23 25 31.
So you get the You get the hint here.
How valuable he was is an all around baseball player.
He also won a World Series, and he was a three time Gold Glove.
So that just goes to show you how good he actually was, even though he doesn't really get the credit he deserves.
He ended his career with the 2 79 average total 3 12 stolen bases, 50 over 1500 R B I's and 435 home runs.
So all in all, a great career.
You don't need me.
Thio list off all the accolades of these other guys.
I am of the belief that Mike Trout is already a top five talent that we've ever seen in baseball, and he's just now hitting its stride and in the prime of his career, Sun super excited to see you know him progress and see the kind of stats he can put up over the course of his career.
I really hope he can stay healthy, which he has had a problem doing of late and, you know, really put some huge seasons up.
So Barry Bonds, obviously the all time home run leader and then Ken Griffey Jr.
Probably the sweetest swing that we've ever seen in baseball that rounds out my softball outfield positions here.
Let's move on to catch her.
That is Pudge Rodriguez.
Yvonne Rodriguez is his real name, but you will see, uh, we're giving me here, getting distracted by things.
I just want to make sure that my feed isn't going down and I don't think it is somebody shoot me a message in the chat that the feed's still checking out. All right here.
Let's view Pudge Rodriguez is stats here just to give you awesome feedback here.
Can you guys still hear me see me? Everything going? Oh, going well, Thanks for posting in the chat.
Josh Schultz, 28.
Here, he says, Manny Ramirez, I'm not done.
I'm not done, So we'll see.
We'll see if he's on the list or not.
He was a beast of a catcher.
He won an N V P award, which is rare for catchers.
He's already all of Famer.
14 time All Star 13 time Gold Glove World Series winner.
So what made him so special is he was so good in the field.
But he was one of the rare catchers that was also elite with the bat as well.
He ended his career with 311 home runs to 96 average.
Over 1300 r B i's 127 stolen bases, 3 34 b. P.
Just all around.
From the defense of an offensive perspective here, he had won the two thousands.
He had 12 seasons over 25 home runs or more.
Some of these big you know, some of these statistics aren't really gonna stick out just because catchers don't have those by dropping stats that a lot of other players do.
But all in all, Ah, there's not really much debate there.
You know? Mike Piazza was another name that was in the mix, but in the end, I landed on Pud Rodriguez as my All Millennium Team catcher.
Let's move on to first base now.
This one was a little closer, but as you see his patented stance Albert pool halls and there's a reason I picked this picture with the Cardinals because he has been absolutely horrendous with the Angels.
I prefer to see him and remember him as the Cardinalsfirst ba*****t for many years, especially as a Reds fan, I unfortunately got to witness his greatness or too often.
So let's kind of review his total stats and he is still playing, you know, for those of you that don't follow baseball too closely anymore, he's a three time M V P 10 time All star two time world Siris, two time Gold Glove.
Do you want a batting title? I mean, he just is an all around great player.
One of the best we've ever seen has a 300 career average, and that's been taken down the last couple years.
So it used to be, you know, in the prime of his career, he was much higher than that.
He did have 114 stolen bases over 2000 r B I's over 1800 runs, over 3000 hits and 656 home runs, just out of my own curiosity.
Here I am going to you guys don't need me to bore you with the stats here.
I'm just curious myself.
I'm gonna say all time, home run leaders, you know, we know Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron are at the top of the list.
Okay, so, yeah, here we are.
Barry Bonds has 762 Hank Aaron's 7 55 Babe Ruth's 7 14 Alex Rodriguez at 6 97 Willie Mays at 6 60 Albert pools of 6 56 So if we get a season underneath our belt here in 2020 expect Albert pools the past Willie Mays and move into fifth on the all time home runs leading list now, he may not get much further.
You know, he might pass Alex Rodriguez for forth at 696 but I would be absolutely stunned if he plays much longer.
So I doubt he will get much higher than fourth.
But just that kind of show you in the grand scheme of things, how elite his power has been for several years.
Yeah, you're right.
Got another, uh, mention in the chat room here.
I'm a big Reds fan.
As you can see, with shirt here.
So huge Votto fan myself and first base was tough. I will be honest.
It was between, uh Who did I say in in the poll here? I believe it was between pull holes.
David Ortiz, Votto.
And then let me just looked up.
The one last player here, I I'm pretty sure there were four guys.
Yeah, Miguel Cabrera.
So those were the four first baseman.
And like I said, that was pretty tough to narrow down.
But you know, when it's all said and done, pools ended up being my all millennium first baseman.
Let's move around the diamond here to second base and you can see here it is Robinson Cano.
Robinson Cano is a current, you know, still current player here, and he has dropped off in the past couple years since he's been with the Mets.
But, man, he had some elite years and he might be a top two top three overall, all time hitting second baseman.
The guy just has put up huge stats.
He is an eight time All Star five times Silver Slugger, which goes to the top hitting member of each position each year.
Two time Gold Glove.
He's been a good fielder as well.
Throughout his career, he has a 302 average, currently 324 career home runs over 1200 r B I's 3 52 b p, and I'll discuss that at some point in a bit just to show you guys some differentiation of stats.
But I tend to wait OBP higher than average.
I just think it's a little bit less fluky of a stat from year to year and on base percentage is a really indicator of how good of a hitter you are overall, because you know, if you're able to drone walks you know, your OBP tends to be higher in the you know, the more your own base, the easier it is the kitchen and score runs and everything else that you can do to help your team.
So Robinson Cano, like we were discussing, you know, just had some great years in the two thousand's specifically had probably his best year.
You know his his two best years were in 2016 and in 10 4016 in over 39 homers, 103 R B I 2 98 average of 3 50 OBP.
And in 2000 he had 29 homers, 109 R B I's 3 19 average and a 3 81 v p.
So all around great player Robinson Cano rounds out my second base all Millennium Team.
Let's move around the diamond here to shortstop.
Now, this one, I could see a little bit of, you know, getting a little bit of flak on, and that is because Yep, Josh said it right in the chat.
It was between Jeter and a Rod, and a lot of people see a Rod as 1/3 baseman because that's what he played for, you know, the last seven or eight years of his career.
But he began as a shortstop, and Gino was a great but I and I hate to be this guy that, you know, undermines what he did in his career, But he almost was, You could say more of a new ac***ulator of stats than he was, you know, an all time great hitter.
He, you know, just kept racking up a bunch of hits and everything else because he played every year.
He played tons of games.
He never got hurt.
So he granted he was a great hitter.
He's a Hall of Famer.
I'm not gonna take too much away from him.
But when you're trying to differentiate between these elite guys, you know you have to make some concessions here.
And a rod for me had a better all around career than did their gear.
Now, you know, you could maybe, you know, testify some of that to hiss alleged steroid use.
So you have that, but it's still hard to put up the stats.
I don't care if he was taking steroids every year of his career.
It's hard to put up the stats.
14 time All Star three time M v P.
Two time Gold Glove one A batting title.
10 time gold silver slugger ended up with a 2 95 career average, 696 home runs as we just mentioned.
Fourth on the all time list over 2000 runs over 2000 r B i over 3000 hits over three 20 stolen bases.
He had 3 29 stolen bases.
You know most of us that have watched him later in his career forgot that he stole some bases.
He stored 46 bags in 1998.
Now I know that kind of breaks.
Our rules here were on Lee focused on 2000 and above, but even in 2000 for here, you still 28 bags.
2070 Sold 24 bags 5 2021 So he was just an all around great player.
Power for days are B.
I's I mean, he racked up 57 homers in 142 R B i in one season 54 homers, 156 R B I. This is ridiculous.
This is crazy 3 14 average in a 300 average in their seasons in a 4 22 OBP in a 3 92 OBP in those seasons and a 3 80 OBP total.
Now, for those of you that aren't aware for as to I guess, what a good number for OBP is, I would say anything over about 3 30 You're a pretty good on base percentage guy.
So 3 80 for an entire career that lasted, Gosh, how many seasons here? 22 years and he's batting 3 80 obp for an entire career.
That is some of the best stats you'll ever see.
Any position, you know, bar none.
He is towards the top of the list for all time hitters, So I've said enough about Alex Rodriguez.
Let's move on to the hot corner, third base.
This one was also very challenging.
But as you'll see in the picture, I picked Chipper Jones.
Now the other big name that was debatable was Adrian Beltre, and when I was first going through this list, I'll be honest with you.
I picked Adrian Beltre.
I thought he was going to be the guy that stuck out to me as the all millennium third baseman, but I'll tell you why I decided to choose Chipper.
Instead, I decided to use Chipper instead, because all time here Adrian Beltre had 120 stolen bases to Chipper Jones is 150 stolen bases.
Adrian Beltre had he has one.
He was one hit away from 3000.
Which man? That is a bummer.
He ended his career in 2017 and knowing that you ended your career one hit shy of 3000 why doesn't he just come back and try to play? You know, as many games as he can get one it and then call it a career.
That's I didn't know that until I looked at it right now.
But the reason I chose ah Chipper over Beltre was Chipper has the more career home runs.
He has a few more r B, I's more stolen bases and that OBP that we just discussed.
Bell Trays was 3 39 for his career and Chipper Jones was 401 An entire career over 400 on base percentage is ridiculous, so he also was a switch hitter, probably the best switch hitter we've ever seen.
Combat from the left hand side could bat from the right hand side.
You know, an elite hitter that I really didn't seem to appreciate.
Maybe it was because I was too young towards the beginning of his career.
But for some reason I just had it in my head that Adrian Beltre was the better overall player.
Bell Tree was better in the field than Chipper Jones.
He did have you know, he was a five time Gold Glove winner.
But you know, Chipper Jones just wasn't all around better hitter.
And, you know, it was a two time Silver Slugger one and N v p.
I don't know that.
Should he want a batting title one year with a 303 batting average is well, so he, you know, edged out Adrian Beltre in the batting average category 3032 to 86.
And then when you add on to that, how much of a differentiation there is in that OBP? That is what led me, you know, to choose Chipper Jones over Adrian military.
And you're right, Josh.
Honorable mention is Scott Rolen.
Scott Rolen was on my list and actually believe it or not, as young as he is and how much he still has to prove.
I did include Nolan Aaron Nado on my polls on Twitter earlier as well.
I just think that if he puts together the types of seasons he's continuing to do, and he's probably top two top three defensive third baseman in the game today as well Uh, no.
One Renato is going to make a good claim going forward as well.
That's why I decided to go.
Chipper Jones over Adrian Beltre.
Let's move on to the last category here.
The pitching rotation now, you could have gone a 1,000,000 ways with this.
I'll just say that.
But I decided to, you know, we just I just listed five like a starting five rotation and then one closer, essentially in the one closer.
Let's be honest, it's not up for debate.
Mariano Rivera is the best closer we've ever seen and you'll see are if you tuned in at the very beginning in the stream.
You noticed that I chose his Enter Sandman walk out song when he walks from the bullpen to the mound.
You know, which became a famous, uh, you know adage towards him in his career, I decided that it was fitting to play that as you guys waiting to begin the stream and you'll also see on this picture, he is the last player that has ever worn the number 42.
It got retired for Jackie Robinson, and he was grandfathered in before the number got retired.
So he was the last player to wear the 40 to jersey, you know, other than all the players wearing them on the specific day when they named Jackie Robinson Day.
Everyone wears 42 but just a fun little fact.
He is the last player to ever wear 42.
So let's go through this starting rotation.
Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander.
Now, some of you will be surprised that I chose Justin Verlander over a big name.
I left out here, which was Greg Maddux, and the reason I did that was I got to look at the stats and very similar to how I classified Jeter.
Maddox was a great, precise picture.
He was, you know that? They say there's a difference between throwers and pictures some the throwers arm or so have better stuff.
Better strikeout ability, better opportunities that miss bats.
But and then there's pictures that really know the intricacies of sequencing pitches and locating pitches and, you know, mixing up high, low inside outside.
And Greg Maddux was a master at that, so I'm not taking anything away from him.
But I just want to show you how e I don't want to say mediocre, but how much? Uh, what's the word I want to say He really lacks that pizazz, and I will show you here.
And I will preface this by saying some of his better years were in the 19 nineties as well, so that also had something to do with it.
And he did tail off towards the end of his run in the two thousands.
But 2000 2000? Gosh, that'd be unbelievable.
200 strikeouts in a given season is known around the industry as being a very good season strikeout wise, and he only had one of those in his entire career.
Believe it or not, I think he got so much, you know, he gained all these stats from pitching 23 years in the league and he pitched, you know, tons of innings each year.
Now there is something to be said about reliability.
And he was there.
But he just didn't have this, you know, a week stuff to get guys out and honestly, strikeouts to me are one of the more valuable statistics.
Because, you know, the only way you're gonna prevent them from hit it over the fence is if you strike him out.
You know the old adage of just pitch to contact.
Let's make him, you know, hit a ground ball.
You know, just just, you know, make him hit you.
That is an old way of thinking, and that has been proven to be a wrong approach.
That is another way of saying you don't have the stuff to just get the guy out on strike him out.
So pragmatics only have, Like I said, he only had one season in over 200 strikeouts.
He really didn't have a ton of great e r.
A years in the two thousands.
Now he had some elite tiara years in the nineties, but in the two thousands he had a 262 e.
A in 2002 and in 2000 and three e. R.
But those are the only two seasons he had that were under three, and then he didn't have great seasons.
Other than that and not that e r A is ifs, you know, super sticky or reliable stat, as I will prove in another stream, where I'm going to disprove some of the, you know, historic stacks and why you shouldn't really rely on them.
Super, Uh, you know, you shouldn't rely a great deal on them, but that being said one stat I do like is fit, which is fielding independent pitching.
It is a better indicator of how good you are is a picture, because it doesn't take into account how good your defense is behind you, you know, etcetera, etcetera.
There's a big formula that goes into it, but it's it's been proven toe have better correlation as to how good of a picture you are, and his fip has in the two thousand's was never blow.
23 in anything right around three or less is a really good number, so that just shows you that he wasn't really elite.
One thing I did want to show you guys was something hilarious.
And by that I mean just some of these strikeout members from Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.
Over the years, it is mind boggling.
You guys like I I just mentioned that 200 strikeouts in a given season was a good indicator of a pretty good elite strikeout ability.
I want to read you off some of these numbers here for Randy Johnson.
He had 372 strikeouts in 2001 347 strikeouts in 2000 3 34 in 2002 2 90 in 2004.
That those are not numbers you see too often in today's MLB because they're more were.
You know, they're more worried about keeping these guys on innings limits and not pushing them too deep into games, etcetera, etcetera.
You just don't see these numbers too often.
3 72 is a very high number just to give you guys an indicator here.
Ah, Garrett Cole was the leader in strikeouts last year and I want Thio pull up.
How many strikeouts he had.
Where are you? They're cold.
Cold, cold, cold, Cold.
This is riveting straining material for you guys.
Sorry, I don't have this up. Here we go.
Last year, you led Major League Baseball with 326 strikeouts, so that just goes to show you in his best.
You know, Randy Johnson had, like, four of those seasons in the two thousands, so he was just so awkward with his delivery and so long Any through heaters and that nasty slider.
You know, those that combo of pitches was just almost, you know, combined with his awkward delivery, you know, he almost went, like, 3/4 the side arm with the left hand side.
I can imagine it was terrifying as a left handed hitter because it looks like it's probably coming from behind your back over the plate.
So, you know, that is why I chose Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.
Very similar type stats, just eye popping numbers that you don't see today.
As you know, Clayton Kershaw.
I think he's been, you know, widely considered the best pitcher in baseball for the past couple years.
And he has put up elite years just, you know, similar to some of these other guys.
And while he, you know, the knock on him has been his ability to pitch in, you know well in postseason games he struggled in the postseason, But you got to keep in the consideration the last two times he was in the postseason.
Guess who knocked him out of the playoffs? The old last rose, those drum meters.
So you cannot convince me that they didn't know in the pitch is he was thrown because he has one of the best curve balls in the history of baseball.
And they were smoking his pitches, the curveball.
They knew it was coming because every offspeed pitch, they just bang the drum.
And there you go.
So Justin Verlander rounds out my top five for, you know, ah, lot of the same reasons I mentioned it. Maddox.
Justin Verlander has had a good run, you know.
He's an elite strike out arm.
He had more seasons of the better e. R. A.
He had a better fit, you know, better See more seasons with a better fit, higher strikeout totals.
All in all, I think he has proven that he was a better pitcher in the two thousands.
Now Maddox may have had better seasons in the nineties or similar seasons to Verlander in the nineties, but in the two thousand's later on in his career, he did not live up to his name.
And that is the reason I chose Mariano.
So that rounds out my all millennium team.
So much for tuning in.
Just to recap here, I chose a softball outfield.
Um oh, no, no, no, no, I didn't, uh, I didn't neglect to put this on here.
I apologize greatly.
There is one slide that's missing, and I will touch one.
Exactly what Josh mentioned earlier.
Many Ramirez is my d h.
Yep, You had it exactly right.
Manny Ramirez was my D h ah, partially because he was terrible in the field.
In fact, if you go back and look through some of those bloopers, it's hilarious.
But Manny Ramirez was one of the best hitters in our generation, and I honestly don't think he gets enough credit.
But he, you know, one batting titles.
His OBP was right around 400 like I mentioned with Chipper Jones, he his average was always fairly high.
He was always knocking in, you know.
He had several seasons of over 30 home runs, even over 40 home runs.
I believe a couple of times had over 100 r b I almost every single year.
So he was just, you know, super consistent and always towards the top of the league in every hidden category you could imagine.
And that is why many Ramirez ended up being my D h.
So now we can recap many Ramirez at D H.
My outfield is Mike Trout, Barry Bonds, Can Griffey Jr and Carlos Beltran.
My catcher was Pudge Rodriguez.
My first baseman was Albert Pools.
My second baseman was Robinson Cano, my third.
My short stops are almost skipped ahead toe third, but I'm going around the diamond here.
Shortstop was Alex Rodriguez edging out their gear.
My third baseman was Chipper Jones, edging out Adrian Beltre and then my starting rotation and my closer is listed here.
So, like I said, thank you guys again.
So much for tuning in.
I greatly appreciate it.
This is a fun, a little exercise.
I hope it, you know, distracted your mind just a little bit from opening day and the disappointment that we had not being able to see it.
But hopefully we can hope and pray that this whole situation gets over as soon as it possibly can.
And we can have our opening day later this year and enjoy it and rejoice and almost appreciate it more than we ever have.
So that's my hope from all of this.
Like I said, for those of you that did not tuned in to begin, my name is Jesse Clark.
I write and string on behalf of the Unwrap Sports Network.
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