by Tony Aubry, BaseballEvolution.com
January 20, 2007
About one year ago, I was
searching the internet for various ďTop 100 Baseball Players of all timeĒ lists.
I just bought Elliott Kalbís ďWhoís Better Whoís Best in BaseballĒ book, which
has his top 75 players of all time. After reading it, I wanted to write my own
book. I didnít luck out on my search. I found a few top 10ís and top 20ís, but
no top 100ís. However, I did find this one list. It was by Keith Glab of
BaseballEvolution.com. I looked over it and pretty much disagreed with
everything. Joe Morgan ahead of Joe DiMaggio???? Why is Bob Feller so low? And
why on earth is Sandy Koufax out of the top 100???? I was 16, and was obsessed
with BA, Wins, and RBI, like every other kid my age.
After looking over his list, I
found two more; one of them by Asher Chancey, and the other by Scott Glab,
Keithís older brother. They were somewhat similar, so I thought there must be
something wrong with my way of thinking. I looked at their í04 commentary and
saw weird things like OPS+ and Batting Runs. Honestly, I thought these three
guys were losers who made up stats, and lived in their parentís basements.
Anyway, I looked up OPS+ in the latest edition of Total Baseball, and sort of
understood what it meant. And let me tell you this, I thought I was some kind of
baseball mastermind because I knew what OPS+ was! Funny, isnít it? After reading
their commentary, I decided to save the site on my computer, and would check it
every so often. I thought the content was original and pretty funny at times.
A few months later, I decided to
email Asher, (you can find that email
here) and ask him why the hell he
had Morgan ahead of the great Joe D. He gave me his reasons, which were somewhat
justifiable, but I still thought he was bonkers. After a series of emails, he
asked me if I wanted to write the
2006 Yankee preview for the site.
I swear to God, if he had been in front of me, I would have kissed him on the
forehead. I wrote the article, and even though it was a grammatical disaster, I
was damn proud of myself.
As time went by, I would write
more articles for the site, talk to Asher a lot more, and just absorb a bunch of
information. But for some reason, I just started talking to Keith more often
through emails, and that is really where my view on the game changed. I realized
that batting average isnít a good measure of offense, stolen bases were stupid,
the 70ís Reds were, and still are overrated, OBP is king, and Linear Weights
Keith took me under his wing, so
to speak, and introduced me to the SABRmetric community, and I loved it. I
stayed up until two, three oíclock in the morning chatting with Keith, and
burying my nose in baseball encyclopedias and Historical Abstracts. I also
realized that Morgan did have a better career than DiMaggio, Feller was
properly placed in the rankings, and Koufax doesnít even to deserve to be in the
Over the past year, Iíve made
two new friends, got to write about baseball, which something I have wanted to
do since I was about 10, Iíve learned how to analyze things better, and most
importantly, my knowledge have the sport has greatly expanded.
So let me take the time to thank
the people who have actually read my pieces, and Keith and Asher for giving me
this great opportunity. Iíve been with you guys for a year, and I hope Iíll be
with you for many more to come. Thanks.
By the way, I obviously never
got to write that book, but I promise I willÖ.. Someday.
Oh, and one more thing. If
youíre searching the web for
Top 100ís, or anything about
baseball, and just so happen to come by this site, stick with it. I guarantee
youíll enjoy it.
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