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Who is baseball's best player?

May 13, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

Chase Utley headshot.jpgIf I asked 100 of you that question, 97 would say Albert Pujols and three of you would say Derek Jeter, after which you’d tell me that the Yankees Rule!!11!!one!!!

But what if it’s someone else?  Someone like . . . Chase Utley.  That’s defensive expert John Dewan’s, view of things.  Warning: it’s a statty analysis, focusing mostly on Runs Created which, like any statistic that tries to encompass so much into a single number, has its drawbacks.

Still, Dewan is a smart guy, and suggesting that anyone other than Albert Pujols is the best player in the game is a controversial stance, so it’s worth at least a skim, even for the stat-weary among you.

  1. Utley's hair - May 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Harry the K knew that years ago. “Chase Utley, you ARE the man!!!!”
    He has created quite a few defensive clutch plays in addition to offensive heroics like his domination of CC-ya Sabathia. Game 5 in 2008 springs to mind.

  2. Steve - May 13, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Personal top 5 for what it’s worth(not much):
    Pujols
    Utley
    Mauer
    Han-Ram
    Longoria
    Dewan invented the plus/minus system so he probably doesn’t use UZR when he evaluates players.

  3. YANKEES1996 - May 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    My top 3 in the game as follows, and I am sorry to say not a Yankee in the group :
    1.Pujols
    2.Mauer
    3.Longoria

  4. MVD - May 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Actually, it is funny.
    Stereotypes of poor Yankees fans exist for a reason. (Because most behave that way.) Kinda like your comment.

  5. Real Vikings fans wouldn't cheer for Favre - May 13, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    Mauer is awesome but his homerun power prevents him from being #1 imo. He hit 28 last year which about what he hit total the previous 3 years combined. And he’ll never come close to it again.

  6. person - May 16, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    1.Pujols
    2.Mauer
    3.Fielder
    4.Arodriguez
    5.Longoria
    6.Utley
    7.Cjones
    8.Braun
    9.Hramirez
    10.Mramirez
    11.Dortiz
    12.Eithier
    13.Crawford
    14.Jeter
    15.Konerko

  7. person - May 16, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    above is my opinion of the 1-15 best players ACTIVE in the mlb, comment if you agree or disagree!

  8. ryan lee - May 16, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    i agree on this status

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