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My All Generation Baseball Team — 1990-2010

Ivan RodriguezHere’s the lastest of my lists — My All Generation (1990-2010) Baseball Team. These are the players that aren’t necessarily the best, but the ones that are my favorites at each position. And yes, they tend to be awesome. Without further adieu…..

Starting Pitcher: Pedro Martinez — We’ll begin by dominating and confusing the hell out of you.

Middle Relief: Kerry Wood — The game that he struck out 20 hitters is the best pitched game I’ve ever seen.

Closer: Randy Johnson — And end by blowing it by you. Sure, Johnson’s not known as reliever, but he’s stepped up and done this before with great success.

Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez — He’s got 2800 hits and 13 gold gloves. One season he threw out 60% of runners who tried to steal on him, and he routinely threw out runners who took a large lead at either 1st or 3rd base. Easily the best defensive catcher ever and my favorite player as a kid.

First Base: Albert Pujols — How can I not pick him? I used to love Mo Vaughn, but he took steroids. It’s hard not to pick Youk here as well, but I can’t pick all Red Sox players and Pujols is one of the only power hitters of our generation who is not now villianized.

Second Base: Dustin Pedroia — There really aren’t many other good options that don’t spit on umpires or do advertisements for Tasty Cake Donuts. Maybe Jeff Frye? Joey Cora? Carlos Baerga?

Short Stop: Derek Jeter — He gets hits. He’s makes pitchers work way too hard. I can’t decide if he’s a good defender or not, but I’ve got a perfect place for him in this line-up. Honorable mention goes to John Valentin (27 home runs, 102 rbi’s in 1995).

Third Base: Mike Lowell — The man gets no respect — he’s a wonder at the plate and in the field. Here’s your respect Mike.

Left Field: Manny Ramirez — This team plays in Fenway (obviously), and he can play the Monster so I’ll bypass his defense (or lack thereof). We all know what he can do with the bat.

Center Field: Ken Griffey Jr. — He’s so fly. If I were a dog, I’d hump his leg.

Right Field: Jacoby Ellsbury — I wish I got to see more of Rickey Henderson, but my line-up needs some speed. I almost gave this one to Troy O’leary who in 1999 had 28 home runs and 103 rbi’s.

Designated Hitter: David Ortiz — If this team needed a hit, he’d get it.

Batting Order: (averages per 162 games)

  1.  Jacoby Ellsbury — .291 avg, 60 steals
  2.  Derek Jeter — .315, 207 hits
  3.  David Ortiz — .280, 36 home runs
  4.  Manny Ramirez — .313, 131 rbi’s
  5.  Albert Pujols — .332, 42 home runs
  6.  Ken Griffey Jr. — .284, 10 Gold gloves
  7.  Dustin Pedroia — .305, listed at 5’9″
  8.  Mike Lowell — .279, 1 World Series MVP
  9.  Ivan Rodriguez — .298, 46% of runners caught stealing

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The Top 10 Baseball Hitters of My Generation

Ichiro Suzuki

Here it is: my highly anticipated list of the top 10 hitters of my generation. Once again, I’m defining my generation as 1990-2010 — players must have done the majority of their damage between these years to be eligible for the list.

Before we dive in, let’s make one thing clear — this is my list. That being said, I have chosen to not include any players that have been proven steroid users — they should all drop dead. Sorry Yankees fans, Jason Giambi can’t make this list. Neither can Mark McGwire. This is a country where you are innocent until proven guilty people. Deal with it. But because this is my list, we’re eliminating Barry Bonds as well. I mean, the circumference of his head grew an inch and a half and he was suddenly hitting 80 home runs a year. You get the point.

Here we go, in order.

1) Ichiro Suzuki — In his 9 seasons in the US, he’s won the batting title 6 times. He’s never hit under .300 and never had fewer than 200 hits in a season. He’s amassed 2200 hits in 9 years, averaging 229 hits per year and a .332 average. He flat out has better bat control than anyone, maybe ever.

2) Tony Gwynn — Tony won 8 batting titles, never hit under .300, and had a lifetime .338 average. He’s also in the 3000 hit club, with 3141 hits.

3) Albert Pujols — His 162 game averages are: .332, 42 home runs, and 128 RBI’s. Easily the best combination of average and power of my generation, Albert may ultimately go down as the best hitter ever. I pray to god that he never took steroids.

4) Manny Ramirez — Career 162 game averages of .313, 40 home runs, and 131 RBI’s. He’s had plenty of clutch post season hits, and might be the most difficult power hitter of my generation to get out.

5) Derek Jeter — One of baseball’s all-time clutch post season hitters, he has a career .315 average. 207 hits per 162 games played.

6) Ken Griffey Jr. — The sweetest swing I have ever seen, Griffey would have ended his career with about 875 home runs had he not been horribly plagued by injuries. He still ended up with 630 — not too shabby.

7) Albert Belle — This one may surprise you, but from 1991-2000 he might have been the best hitter in baseball. If you don’t believe me, go look at his numbers. Crazy.

8)David Ortiz — His power numbers from 2003-2010 are as good as anyone’s, but it’s David’s clutchness in the post season that gets him on this list. He almost personally delivered the Red Sox their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, then did it again in 2007. A fun fact? In 2005 he hit 20 home runs that either tied or won games for the Sox.

9) Frank Thomas — A .301 average and 521 home runs have to be good for something, right?

10) Mark Grace — Another sleeper, there is no way you would have had Mark Grace on your list. But that is why howiGit’s blog is the better than any other. Grace led all players in the 90’s in hits, doubles, and sac flys — all hallmarks (no pun intended) of a great hitter.

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The Top 10 Athletes of My Generation

Let’s first begin this post by defining my generation. For the sake of this list, the athlete must have played the majority of their career between 1990 and 2010.

So what makes an athlete the best? Championships, pure talent, statistics, and longevity all certainly play a large role. But this list is more than that. These are the athletes who in my opinion, did their respective sports in a way that made us say “WOW!” A way that the game or event or match had never been done before. I must say that compiling a list like this is very tough, and I’m not even sure I’m 100% convinced on this list. So please, feel free to argue and suggest other athletes — but you’d better back it up. In no particular order…..

1) Michael Jordan
Why he’s on the list? 31 points per game, 6 NBA championships, a clutch competitor, and spectacular talent.

2) Shaun White
Why he’s on the list? The best snowboarder in history. Including the Olympics and the X-Games, he has 10 Gold medals, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronze.

3) Michael Phelps
Why he’s on the list? He’s not quite human. He went 8 for 8 in Gold Medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing — and won several events by absolutely silly margins.

4) Tiger Woods
Why he’s on the list? With 14 majors and counting, he’s still the 2nd best golfer ever to Jack Nicklaus. But, he’s got at least 10 years of his prime left. He’s hit more money shots than Ron Jeremy.

5) Roger Federer
Why he’s on the list? He blew past Pete Sampras with relative ease to become the greatest player in tennis history.

6) Tom Brady
Why he’s on the list? He’s young, he’s cool as hell under pressure, he’s won 3 Super Bowls and set all kinds of records. And he did it at first without a legitimate receiving crew.

7) Wayne Gretzky
Why he’s on the list? He’s far and away the greatest hockey player ever. Look at any all-time hockey statistic — there are way to many to mention just one.

8)Lance Armstrong
Why he’s on the list? He beat cancer and won the Tour de France 7 consecutive times. I couldn’t complete it once.

9) Manny Pacquiao
Why he’s on the list? He’s the first fighter to win 7 different titles in 7 different divisions — and Floyd Mayweather is afraid of him.

10) Ken Griffey Jr.
Why he’s on the list? 630 home runs, 10 Gold Gloves, and never a mention of steroids. Junior could do it on both sides of the field. In 6 seasons in his prime (2001-2006) he averaged 92 games per year (not including several other injured seasons). If he’d averaged 150 games per year instead, he would have ended up with 875 home runs. That’s right, I said it, 875.

I know you all disagree so have at me. Also look for the Top 10 Hitters and the Top 10 Pitchers of my generation coming up soon.

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Ken Griffey Jr. — Goodbye Baseball, Hello Cooperstown

Thank you, Ken Griffey Jr, for doing it the right way. 630 home runs. 10 Gold Gloves. Never one mention of steroids. The sweetest swing of all time. Priceless.

This is why Griffey and Nike are awesome. He’s the best player of our generation.

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Junior Strikes Again

Ken Griffey Jr. had a walk off hit for the Seattle Mariners last night. Ken Griffey Jr. is the man.


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