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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 Pitchers of My Generation

Top Ten Pitchers of All Time Randy Johnson

Ok, so here it is folks. My Top 10 Baseball Pitchers of My Generation. As with my past lists, we’ll call my generation 1990-2010. And because this is my list, I get to exclude one player from the list again.

I’ll go with Roger Clemens. My reasons? Not important. But hold your horses Yankees fans before you going telling me this is biased against New York. I’m pretty sure Clemens had some of his best years on the Red Sox, so breathe easy. If it will make you sleep better at night, call the list the 10 best pitchers of my generation not including Roger Clemens.

Without further adieu.

1) Pedro Martinez — 162 game averages of 17-8 with a 2.93 ERA. Pedro averaged 10 strikeouts and 2.4 walks per 9 innings. Ultimately it is his .687 career winning percentage, by far the highest on this list, that gets him the #1 spot. He won 3 Cy Young awards and his best season was 1999 when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA. That same season, he started the all-star game by striking out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Jeff Bagwell. That was the season immediately following McGwire and Sosa’s home run race.

2) Randy Johnson — Randy ending up this high on the list surprised me. Johnson’s averages were 17-9 with a 3.29 ERA. He averaged 10.6 K’s per 9 innings to go with 3.3 walks. He won 5 Cy Young awards and had a .646 winning percentage. His best season: 24-5 with a 2.32 ERA. Oh yeah, and he led the league in strikeouts 9 times.

3) Mariano Rivera — Rivera has 548 saves and a 2.21 career ERA. He averages 8.3 K’s per 9 innings and 2.1 walks. His post season resume consists of 88 appearances, 39 saves, and a .74 ERA. He’s probably the best closer ever, but hurts his chances at one of the top 2 spots because he has only led the league in saves 3 times and he’s blown a world series.

4) Greg Maddux — Maddux was 355-227 on his career, putting him way up high on the career wins list. The guy was the definition of consistency — he won 15 or more games 17 consecutive season. That’s got to be the most underrated statistic in baseball history. His average season was 16-10 with a 3.16 ERA. He won 4 Cy Young’s, and leads this list with only 1.8 walks per 9 innings — a very underrated statistic in my opinion. His career winning percentage was .610 and his best season was 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA.

5) Curt Schilling — Schilling’s place on this list is hurt by his .597 winning percentage. His average season was 15-10 with a 3.46 ERA, and his best season was 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA. 8.6 strike outs per 9 innings with 2.0 walks. Schilling claims this spot for his postseason prowess —  he was the definition of a big game pitcher. Remember everything from Schilling starting 3 games of the World Series for Arizona to the bloody sock in Boston. Schilling is 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in the postseason — making him arguably the most reliable postseason pitcher — ever.

6) Johan Santana — While Johan doesn’t have quite as many games under his belt as many of these players, his .667 winning percentage gets him this spot. He averages 15-8 with a 3.12 ERA. 2 Cy Young awards.

7) Trevor Hoffman — The second best reliever of our generation, after Mariano. Hoffman actually has more saves (596) and has led the league twice. His career ERA is 2.85 with 9.4 strike outs and 2.5 walks per 9 innings — dominant stuff over a long term.

8)Roy Halladay — Halladay also hasn’t played as many games (160-84), but his .656 winning percentage is superb. He averages 17-9 with a 3.34 ERA. He’s also great averaging 1.9 walks per 9 innings. 1 Cy Young award.

9) John Smoltz — Smoltz career numbers almost keep him off the list. His 3.33 ERA was good, and his best season was 17-3 with a 2.9 ERA. That being said it’s his 15-4 postseason record (a .789 winning percentage) and 2.67 ERA that get him this spot.

10) Andy Pettite — I’ll hate on this pick, but Pettite still makes the list I think. Petite is 240-137, a 17-10 average, but his career ERA is by far the highest at 3.87. One season he actually went something like 20-8 with an ERA over 4.00. That being said, there’s a New York run producing factor that got him a lot of wins he wouldn’t otherwise have. But he’s still done it over the long haul, he’s been consistent with age, and he’s done it in the playoffs.

Let me know what you think.

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