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Your Monday Morning Power Rankings

Jun 6, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

Ozzie Smith

Your weekly Power Rankings, with the continuing caveat that, man, there is not a ton of difference between the bulk of the teams in major league baseball this year.

There are clusters of six and seven teams, really: good teams, occasionally good teams, schizophrenic teams, bad teams, etc.  Within those little ranges of six or seven teams, man, just pick ‘em.  It’s made for a very frustrating Power Rankings compilation process this season, I can tell you.

So this week, something different: The rankings are the same as they would be — argue about them as you will — but rather than say something random about each team, I’m just gonna pick my favorite player from each team’s history.

This has nothing to do with whether they were the best or not, or whether they were good people or anything. It’s merely about how much I liked to watch that dude play or, if I didn’t get to see him actually play, what I could gather about it from history.  I did this kind of exercise once several years ago on my old blog. Enough of the answers have changed that I think it’s OK to revisit it again.

1. Cardinals (2): Ozzie Smith. The man was magic. Whenever I hear someone make the case for Omar Vizquel as a defense-first shortstop for the Hall of Fame, I can’t help but think that they don’t appreciate just how much of a difference there is between most defense-first shortstops and Ozzie.

2. Yankees (5): I could be cute and go with Jim Bouton or some other big personality, but I have to be honest with my six-year-old self and say Ron Guidry. It has everything to do with when I became aware of what was really going on in baseball. He was the gold standard of American League pitchers there for a couple of years when I was waking up (and watching AL ball almost exclusively) and, as such, is really the only Yankees player I can say that I liked a ton more than simply admired (though I have admired many). Mattingly might be second.

3. Phillies (4): Terry Mulholland. It has very little to do with him as a player and everything to do with him as an idea. Of a workaday guy who bopped around forever and who — based on zero knowledge of what his life is actually life — I like to pretend is the most normal, unassuming ballplayer around. A guy who knows his limitations but doesn’t let it bother him. I sort of idealized players like this for many years when I was lost in the professional wilderness of the law, trying to reconcile the fact that I was no superstar with the fact that, for better or worse, this is how I made my living. He could be listed with a bunch of teams, of course, but when you say “Terry Mulholland” I tend to think Phillies first.

4. Rangers (13): Mickey Rivers. I saw him in Tiger Stadium a bunch of times when he was with the Rangers. I seem to recall some big hits, but I may just be conflating them with the legend of craziness that surrounds him. I have good thoughts for him though, and given how many not-so-inspiring types have worn a Rangers uniform in the past, he stands out. You could talk me into Nolan Ryan if I’m tired and my contrarian defenses are down.

5. Red Sox (7): Carl Yastrzemski. One of those guys who was talked about as a legend while I was still able to watch him play as an impressionable young kid. Of course, when I was actually watching his game he was past his prime and sort of ossifying in front of my eyes, so there’s obviously a lot of historical noise at work here.

6. Giants (3): Will Clark was my go-to answer for the Giants for years because, even though word was that he was something of a jackass, I just loved to watch him hit more than anyone else. Tim Lincecum may have passed him though, for more or less the same reason (I just love to watch him pitch). It’s really close. Maybe the fact that Lincecum isn’t supposed to be a jerk is a tie-breaker?

7. Brewers (10): Paul Molitor. There was nothing about his game I didn’t like, at least once he stopped spending half his year on the disabled list.

8. Indians (1): Andre Thornton? Joe Charboneau? Mike Hargrove? Probably someone of that vintage. When I was a kid and would watch/listen to a lot of Tigers games, they were talked about as the dangerous threats on those weak Indians teams but they never really posed much of a threat. That afforded me the opportunity to admire them without having it get all muddled up by anger at them doing damage against my rooting interest at the time.

9. Diamondbacks (17): Randy Johnson by default, though get back with me in a few years to see how much more Justin Upton has grown on me by then.

10. Blue Jays (11): Jesse Barfield. It’s all about the arm. Watching him just doing long toss in the outfield before a Tigers game once was almost a religious experience.

11. Braves (12): Gregory Alan Maddux. Guile and intellect over brute strength is a dynamic I’ve been fond of ever since I stopped growing when I was 14. And, not coincidentally, that’s almost exactly the time I became aware of Greg Maddux.

12. Tigers (16): Alan Trammell. My boyhood hero. And because I don’t believe in athletes-as-heroes anymore, the only ballplayer hero I ever had or will ever have.  The genesis of these feelings? Mostly because he played the glamor position on what was my favorite team as a young boy, but there’s a vaguely personal reason too.  I’ve written this before, but I’ll write it again: as a really young player, he made his in-season home on Inkster Road in Redford, Michigan, two doors down from my grandmother’s house. At least that’s what my uncle, who still lived at home and drank Stroh’s all day told me. Once when we were visiting my grandmother, my brother and I walked to the house in which Trammell was rumored to live and knocked on the door. A woman in her 20s answered it. We presumed it to be his wife or girlfriend or something. We asked if Alan Trammell was there, but she said no. At the time we assumed that he had already left for batting practice. In hindsight I realize that it might not have actually been his house, and that the woman, while taciturn to the point of being misleading, was technically telling the truth. Back then, though, we just liked to assume that Alan Trammell lived on Inkster Road, two doors down from my grandmother.

If anyone knows this for sure, please let me know, because I would like to apologize to the now 50-something-year-old woman who we bothered that day. No one likes a groupie.

13. Marlins (8): Charlie Hough, but that’s mostly because I haven’t liked many Marlins ever and at least he threw a knuckleball.

14. Rays (6): Not a lot to choose from here, but probably Carl Crawford because, hell, what isn’t there to like about Carl Crawford? Oh, stop it. It’s not like you pay his salary.

15. Mariners (18): Ichiro. He’s unique and fun to watch and anyone who says that they don’t like his game is someone you don’t need to be spending too much time around anyway.

16. Reds (9): Eric Davis. I was convinced as a teenager that he was the second coming of Willie Mays. There was no player that I would rather watch in the mid-to-late 80s than Eric Davis.

17. Angels (14): I don’t know that I’ve ever had a favorite Angel. Rather, I have always idealized this notion of California baseball, and for reasons that aren’t important the Angels have always epitomized that for me. Sunny days, laid back baseball. I can’t really explain it too well. Mike Witt and guys of his vintage and ilk probably do the best, though.

18. Pirates (21): I sometimes think Dave Parker because of the arm and the rep and all of that, but I never really got to see it. Yes, I’ve seen video of his great throws and took note of him in the 1979 World Series and various All-Star Games, but by the time I became aware of Parker — really aware of Parker — he was killing his career with cocaine and cheeseburgers and stuff. Pittsburgh-era Barry Bonds was someone I watched a hell of a lot more and appreciated a hell of a lot more for obvious reasons.

19. Rockies (15): Aesthetically speaking I hate the Blake Street Bomber type, so there was really no Rockies player I truly grooved on before Troy Tulowitzki. When Carlos Gonzalez is playing well I like him more, but I don’t know how sustainable that is for favorite player purposes.

20. Mets (19): There are more Mets players that I’ve liked in my life than most Braves fans will admit to. I loved watching Darryl Strawberry play. I loved watching Doc Gooden pitch. I had this irrational love of David Cone for a long time, but it disappeared by the time he made it to the Yankees. Ultimately, though: Mookie Wilson. Even before we knew he was a sociopath, I used to hope that Lenny Dykstra would get shipped to Siberia simply because Mookie seemed like such a pro that it galled me that some tobacco chewing showboat would get playing time at his expense. And, not for nothing, my daughter’s nickname is Mookie.

21. Dodgers (27): The last time I did this I cheated and said Kirk Gibson. He had an iconic moment, but do you really think of him as a Dodger, let alone someone you can call “your favorite Dodger?”  I’m going with Fernando Valenzuela. Dodgers fans can tell me who I’m missing, but from a distance it doesn’t seem like there were a ton of Dodgers in recent years who seemed like they were having a lot of fun out there. Fernando seemed like he was having fun.

22. White Sox (23): This is another instance where the player whose accomplishments I most admired as a White Sox — Frank Thomas — don’t really translate to enjoyment, as such. Watching Frank Thomas play was kind of boring. He sat and waited for a baseball he could kill and he killed it. Which is fantastic for him, but kind of boring, really. I’m going to reach back and pick a guy I never saw play but who I read enough about to where I can’t help but like him: Dick Allen. Who wasn’t a White Sox player long — and heck, may have been a 1970s version of Frank Thomas in some ways — but who made enough of an impression that it’s hard not to smile.

23. Athletics (20): Rickey. He could probably make the list as a Yankees and Blue Jays player too if I was inclined to go in that direction. Nothing about his game I didn’t like. He even caught lazy fly balls cool. And it was all the better when your little league coach cited him as an example of someone you don’t want to be like. Because even then I knew that the little league coach was full of it. If he misjudged Rickey Henderson so badly, I could feel comfortable that he misjudged me too and that I should have been playing more often (note: that last part might not be an accurate assessment).

24. Orioles (24): Eddie Murray. I always felt like he was overlooked, lost somewhere between the Robinson/Robinson/Palmer Orioles and the Ripken Orioles, even though he was a critical part of the latter. How is his profile in Baltimore? Is it high enough? That’s something I wonder. It should be high.

25. Nationals (25): I’m punting and going with Tim Raines. Sorry, Nats, you gotta earn it with some more history. I do like Ryan Zimmerman, though, so give it a couple of years.

26. Padres (28): I should say Tony Gwynn, because I really enjoyed watching him hit and saw him hit often. My answer for years, though, was Kurt Bevacqua. Yes, for kind of dumb reasons. Like the baseball card of him blowing that record setting bubble, even though he was a Brewer when he did that. Or because there was a feature story on him in Sports Illustrated in 1985 that made him seem like a total nut.

27. Royals (22): George Brett. He was easily the most feared player who came into Tiger Stadium year-in, year-out when I was going to a lot of Tigers games in the late 70s and early 80s. Loomed way larger than any Tigers player or any other player in the game at the time, at least to me.  I feared him, yet admired him. So sure, maybe it’s just a giant case of Stockholm Syndrome or something.

28. Cubs (26): I’ve learned enough about him in the past couple of years — and have suffered though enough of his color commentary — that I don’t have a tremendously great impression of Mark Grace the man. But I did enjoy watching him play when he was with the Cubbies. I’ve always had a weakness for contact hitting first basemen even though I know that I should know better.

29. Astros (29): I’m going to reproduce what I wrote about this a couple of years ago because I still feel pretty much the same way:

Joe Niekro. Not just because he threw a knuckleball. No, it has everything to do with the old “baseball brothers” card that Topps put out at some point in the 70s. On the card I’m remembering, Phil Niekro had a calm and peaceful expression on his face, inspired — in my childhood mind at least — by the knowledge that he was a better pitcher than the sour-faced little brother on the other half of the card. I was the little brother in my family, and while my desire to play sports always outshone my brother’s, his talent was greater. I got over it of course, but I know the feelings behind that sour face. I know that they’re none too healthy. I want to go back and tell the 1970s Joe Niekro to just let it go, because if you don’t become comfortable with who you are.

He, of course, would tell me that I was a crazy idiot if he were alive to do so, I’m sure. But hey, we feel what we feel.

30. Twins (30): As I’ve repeated often, there aren’t many Twins players I feel good about. Basically everyone on those Tom Kelly teams can go to hell as far as I’m concerned because, no, there are some things you never let go of, and watching them beat the Braves in 1991 — and to a lesser extent that last Tigers team I cared about in 1987 — pretty much soured me on them all. Fair? No, but it’s my blog and I don’t have to be fair here.  Rod Carew is my answer. Because he was awesome.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I’m fine with the Phillies at #3. It’s a kind ranking considering how they dropped the last (2) series, especially when it was against the Nats and Pirates.

    Funny you mention Terry Mulholland. I was at his no-hitter vs. the Giants at the Vet. Greatest game I ever saw in person. Would have been a perfect game had Charlie Hayes not made an error at 3rd base. However, Hayes more than made up for it on the final out on a wicked line drive down the 3rd base line by Gary Carter that Hayes made an unbelievable play on. He saved the no-hitter for Terry.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

      12 complete games one season. Strangely most of his complete games came with Philly. And some of us worry Charlie is going to break Doc one of these days…. Things are not the same as they were.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

        No, they are not. Terry was a workhorse.

        Jonny, we have some problems in Phillies nation. Check this out. Not good.

        http://deadspin.com/5808884/phillies-backup-catcher-has-contemplative-moment-facedown-on-pittsburgh-bar

      • Phillies Homer - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:57 AM

        I’m failing to see why an article about Dane Sardinha is “Not Good”.

        If anything this will ensure he will be sent down when Schneider is healthy, and hopefully… just hopefully… Sardinha will never get a phone call to combe back up again.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        He was drinking early sunday morning? WTF….. Good thing they didn’t need him Sunday.

  2. schmedley69 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Good call on Eddie Murray. That guy was awesome. Ripken is the media darling, and Murray had a bad divorce from the Orioles, but as an impartial observer (non-Oriole fan who grew up in Baltimore and watched a ton of O’s games), Murray was far and away the more feared hitter. If the game was on the line, you’d want him at the plate. He destroyed my Phillies in the ’83 Series.

  3. cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Rod Carew WAS awesome. When I was kid my brothers and I got a joint Christmas gift (my folks didn’t have a lot of money to spend on toys so we shared a lot of stuff. Sharing taught me to fight 2 guys at once; a rare skill). It was a Carew “Learn to hit like Rod” baseball practice set. Had a little plastic telescoping bat, some plastic softball sized baseballs, and a little pop-up dealy that was foot operated so it popped the ball in the air to hit. We loved it. More specifically we loved to beat 7 kinds of hell out of each other with the bat.

    To this day whenever I see or hear mention of Crew it magically transforms me to an 8 year old wailing the tar out of my 2 brothers so as I could watch baseball on TV (winner of the fight got TV watching rights). That little bat helped me watch a lot of black and white TV baseball. I love Rod Carew. He made the best cheap toys ever.

    Best Blue Jay ever was, and is, Joe “Touch ‘em All” Carter. A good dude and he could just golf a ball into the seats. Like wow.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      You just had to go there AYE??

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        :)

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:48 AM

        Josephine Carter likes pie.

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        Joe Carter like sliders, down & middle-in. POW! Into the cheap seats…

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        Joe Carter wears his pants too tight and skips around the bases like a “Riverdancer” when he gets lucky and puts it into the seats. Of course he likes Pie, who doesn’t?

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        If poor old Carter didn’t still need antibiotics and drains in his wounds I’d have him come over and piddle on the Jobu/Halladay bobblehead for that smart remark. As it is the poor old chappy can’t manage 3 paws on the ground for the mo so you get off. This time.

        Joe’s pants were not tight; the muscles of his mighty thighs made his uniform look snug; he couldn’t help it. Why I bet you blame Jessica Alba for wearing tight shirts, don’t you? You know she can’t help it; it’s the way a kind and loving god designed her so stop with the hatin’.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        I like sliders, too, though I prefer the bigger burgers—that way, there’s more burger proportional to the roll.

        Jonny, anybody in their right mind likes cake better—though cur is an exception, since he likes cake, and is obviously delusional—a phenomena previously thought to be mutually exclusive. But, Joannie Carter as Michael Flatley? That’s a new one.

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

        Cur, Have you tried to figure out if the Jays would be in 1st place if they still had big Roy on the mound? Yet?

        And you know another Jessica who offends me by wearing her clothing too clingy is that Biel chick. (Head down), Ok I lie. I am in total “L” word with her actually….

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:33 PM

        We don’t need no stinkin’ Roy Halladay!…. actually we do. Like a lot. With him, and the potent offense that we have now, we pwn the division. Sigh. I miss me some Roy…didn’t I see him sliding in to score a run over the weekend? Her looked like he can run a bit.

        As for Miss Biel…hur, hur, hur, she’s purrrrrdy…hur, hur, hur…

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        So…you have your poor pup take a leak on your Doc doll, and then he needs antibiotics and wound draining…and you don’t see a connection? Maybe the baseball gods have seen fit to exact their displeasure upon your poor dog. Where’s the SPCA or PETA when you need them? Or maybe Mark Buerhle? With his cross bow…

      • cur68 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        Actually that poor dog owes his very life to a staked out drug-op. Seems the gang cops had got wind of a big production in the neighborhood where Carter was housesitting with my wife. When the whole pit bull attack happened, the HUGEST tattooed gang cop turned up, tried tazing the pit (didn’t work FYI), then got mad, picked it up by the hind legs till it was doing a hand stand. It FINALLY dropped the bite in total surprise and then got to experience what an olympic discus feels like.

        Poor old Carter has been let off from Jobu wetting till he can manage to get about on all 4 pawsies, poor fella. Mark Buerhle and his crossbow would have been friggin welcome, thank you very much. Damn all idiots who get dogs they can’t control.

  4. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    C’mon now, Craig. Perhaps it is too early on Monday morning and you haven’t had your cup of coffee yet? Let’s look at 2 of your selections.

    Since last Monday’s rankings, these 2 teams have both gone 2-5. Team A has lost series to perennial doormats Washington and Pittsburgh, while Team B won a series against Toronto and lost a series against the first place Rangers.

    Yet, team A moves up one notch in your rankings to 3rd, and Team B drops from 1st to 8th?

    Wow…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      I haven’t done a ranking in two weeks. I can assure you, Cleveland would not have been #1 last week.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Also proves that the Phillies should not have been as low as 4th last week. Phillies have the best record with their dreadful offensive production. If that ain’t #1 in the power rankings, then I don’t know what is. Last time I checked, King Albert only gets to bat 4 times a game and the Yankers beat up on dreck of the AL Worst.

  5. ThatGuy - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Sure it isn’t Hrbek for the Twins Craig?

    • kopy - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      This. Hrbek was great with the bat, but it was his great defensive prowess over at first base that really endeared him to us Twins fans.

  6. mikedi33 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Craig, seeing you grew as a Tiger fan what made you such a Braves fan?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Moved from Michigan to West Virginia when I was 11 (early 1985). Couldn’t see Tigers games anymore. Watched Braves games on TBS every day. By ’87 or so they had grown on me and never stopped.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        They didn’t have some sort of medical treatment in West Virginny for that affliction/fungus? Shame.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        Funny how I watched the same Braves games and it only made me hate them more. Maybe because they won the division every year while the Phillies sucked.

        And for all the crap everyone wants to say about Lenny, he still hit one of the 3 greatest home runs of my lifetime…game 5…nlcs…1993…after Wild Thing choked away his SECOND Big Schill lead of the series…I believe it was a full count…outta here…home run…the Dude. Classic. I don’t think HK got to do the call though, sadly. But 2008 more than made up for it!!

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        Chris,

        Harry Kalas did get to call the 1993 World Series on local radio and did call those great shots by Nails. If you remember, he wasn’t able to do it in 1980 for the Phillies World Series because of the broadcasting rules that were in place at the time (only the national TV station that owned the rights to the series could do the broadcast: no local TV or radio). However, because of the large outcry by local fans here in Philly, MLB changed the rules to allow local radio coverage of the WS. It was known as the Harry Kalas rule. So, in addion to 2008 and 1993, he also called the WS in 1983 on local radio.

        He did reenact the 1980 World Series on radio. But it obviously wasn’t the same.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        You are correct sir…I got confused with 1993 and 1980. Plus, I wasn’t near a radio for 1993 and watched it live while playing poker at the Taj.

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    It ‘s the nickname “Mookie” that summed him up. He was and is a Mookie. He was the kind of guy who played with joy and and a sense of fun and whose smile lit up the park. It’s the same exuberance I sometimes see in Reyes. Yes, to the players winning and losing is very serious. But it’s a game and should also be fun, and Mookie was having fun.

  8. thefalcon123 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Ray Lankford for the Cardinals. Flashy player, lots of dives/home runs/strikeouts. Plus, he got hit with two different paternity suits in one month in 2004!

  9. yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    I’m going to keep on topic hereSave something for tomorrow after the off-day. Sorry, uyf.

    For the Yankees, I would say Yogi. Everything Jorge ever wanted to be, and with a good tempermanent to boot.
    Phillies- Mike Schmidt- Did the leadership role through tough circumstances without being vainglorious.
    Tigers- Denny McLain.Fantastic ace in his prime.
    Dodgers- Sandy Koufax
    Cardinals- Stan the Man
    Giants- Willie Mays
    Mets- David Cone

    Many of your other picks I agree with.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Oh, and Cubs Ernie “Let’s Play Two” Banks.

  10. uyf1950 - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    I dare say I agree with the first 4 rankings. So as not to stoke the flames of discontent I will leave it at that. Other then to say Yogi is and has always been by favorite Yankee.

  11. wonkypenguin - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Craig – you could have picked Maddux as your favorite Cub, too, given what it’s like to listen to Gracie.

  12. spudchukar - Jun 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    It’s good to be the King. But that is probably much more of a reflection on the rest of MLB, than St. Louis. Sweeping the Cubs at home in the manner we did is not anything to get worked up about. And that comes off of losing 3 of 4 to the struggling Giants. Tied for the best record in the “Bigs”, with one rookie after another stepping up. I am aware that the banks of the Mississippi is the hinterland to most commentors here, who are only familiar with the more recognizable names wearing the Birds on the Bat, so here is an update on our present roster. With Holliday on the DL, John Jay and Allen Craig have been tearing it up. Our sophmore RBI machine David Freese is accompanying Holliday on the laid up status so Daniel Descalso and Matt Carpenter have filled in with great defense and timely hitting. Descalso also slides over to second, with Schumaker’s recent return and struggles, and Punto’s current lengthy stint on the DL. Tyler Greene and Peter Kozma station infield positions when a lefty faces the birds. With Wainwright gone for the year, Kyle McClellan has filled in nicely, but now he is shelved and Lance Lynn gets the #5 spot and pitched credibly in his first outing.

    Our early season bullpen failures (7 blown saves and 2 out ninth inning walkoffs for the opposition) has been halted by Salas and Sanchez. Fernando(Salas) has recorded 10 saves in 11 opportunities, and is 3-0, sporting a 1.67 ERA, and Eduardo(Sanchez) has 5 saves in 6 chances with a 2-1 record and a 2.10 ERA.

    Only Hamilton and Cleto have been disappointing youngsters, and their roles have been limited.
    Few of these newcomers arrived with glowing credentials from Keith Law et al, and yet as one Cardinal established star after another has been inflicted with the inevitable injury insect, a fresh face has moved in seamlessly. Someone once said “When the Going Gets Tough, the Weird Turn Pro”.

  13. marinersnate - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    In the last 2+ weeks, my M’s have won six straight series’, winners of 14 of 18 during that span. Over the 10 days just past, they have gone 7-3 against the AL East, including taking 3 of 4 from the Rays and 2 of 3 from the Yankees. Yet in those two weeks, since your last power rankings, the M’s have moved 3 spots? From 18th to 15th?

    You may think of the M’s as no-offense pretenders, but honestly Craig, where’s the love?

  14. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    I am just glad the Royals arent last…………yet!

  15. Scott Hevel - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    First, it’s funny to see how much the Phillies are intertwined in these comments. Secondly, though, as a life long Philly fan, I love these types of conversations. I was a left handed kid who always wished I could pitch but was never good enough. Because of that, I loved Terry Mulholland. He was never going to by a Cy Young or really an All Star type pitcher but he was the classic innings eater. One night, he would throw a complete game. Two days later, he might come in during the 10th inning and pitch 3 or 4 innings in relief. He was that guy. Plus, I still don’t think there was a better pickoff guy in baseball history.

    How many times did you watch him scuffing a baseball and know that he was about to teach a young guy at first base a lesson.

    As a guy in his late 30’s, I only back to the early 80’s in my memory banks but outside of brief Bobby Dernier and Steve Jeltz heroics, my favorite Phillies were Michael Jack, Mulholland, Jamie Moyer (won’t ever be another 46-47 year old pitcher with that type of year), baseball Lenny Dykstra (chew, roids, running through fences, all of it), John Kruk and Pete Incaviglia (One year at some point, he had like 80 hits and 84 RBI’s or something dumb). Honarable mention to Kevin Gross’ ephus pitch, Mickey Morandini’s name, David Hollins’ scowl, Darren Daulton’s physique, Mitch Williams ability to take a ball to the head and it not phase him, and Jose Mesa’s commercial (“Hi, I’m Joe Table”).

    One last thing. As a lifelong phillies fan, I am prohibited for ever complaining about steroids. Steroids produced the 93 phillies and the best character team in baseball history.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      “the 93 phillies and the best character team in baseball history.”

      I believe you mean the “best team of characters”…LOL. Even I wouldn’t say the 93 Phillies had much in the way of “character”.

      • Scott Hevel - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM

        that’s what I meant to say. :) They had more characters

  16. luckywi - Jun 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Craig: So you do not own the Kent Hrbek vs. Ron Gant bobblehead? I have loved the twins my whole life,but I can understand your anger. I still hate Drew Pearson for getting that poor ref hit in the head with a whiskey bottle in 1977, because Drew is a cheater. And the Cowboys sucking last year was almost as good as Jerry Jones totally blowing the Super Bowl in Dallas last year.

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  18. pkswally024 - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Gary Carter! C’mon

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  3. R. Martin (2196)
  4. A. Rodriguez (1893)
  5. J. Altuve (1873)
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  2. P. Hughes (1694)
  3. D. Ortiz (1682)
  4. J. Hamilton (1679)
  5. T. d'Arnaud (1655)