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 Best player to wear #8?

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PostSubject: Best player to wear #8?   Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:42 pm

Many outstanding baseball players have worn number eight, but which was the best? The field of the best I think can be reasonably narrowed down to Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Joe Morgan, Cal Ripken Jr., Willie Stargell, and Carl Yastrzemski. On first blush, I would rank them like this:

1. Yastrzemski
2. Berra
3. Carter
4. Morgan
5. Ripken
6. Stargell
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PostSubject: Re: Best player to wear #8?   Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:18 pm

YASTRZEMSKI
% of hall vote: 94.6
All-star games: 18
MVPs: 1
Gold gloves: 7
Career WAR: 36th

BERRA
% of hall vote: 85.6
All-star games: 14
MVPs: 3
Gold gloves: *
Career WAR: 185th

CARTER
% of hall vote: 78
All-star games: 11
MVPs: 0
Gold gloves: 3
Career WAR: 100th

MORGAN
% of hall vote: 81.8
All-star games: 10
MVPs: 2
Gold gloves: 5
Career WAR: 30th

RIPKEN
% of hall vote: 98.5
All-star games: 19
MVPs: 2
Gold gloves: 2
Career WAR: 37th

STARGELL
% of hall vote: 82.4
All-star games: 7
MVPs: 1
Gold gloves: *
Career WAR: 207th
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PostSubject: Re: Best player to wear #8?   Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:29 pm

% OF HALL VOTE
Ripken: 98.5
Yastrzemski: 94.6
Berra 85.6
Stargell 82.4
Morgan 81.8
Carter 78

ALL-STAR GAMES
Ripken: 19
Yastrzemski: 18
Berra: 14
Carter: 11
Morgan: 10
Stargell: 7

MVPS
Berra: 3
Morgan, Ripken: 2
Yastrzemski, Stargell: 1
Carter: 0

GOLD GLOVES
Yastrzemski: 7
Morgan: 5
Carter: 3
Ripken: 2
Berra: * career mostly preceded golden glove
Stargell: 0

CAREER WAR
Morgan: 30th
Yastrzemski: 36th
Ripken: 37th
Carter: 100th
Berra: 185th
Stargell: 207th
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PostSubject: Re: Best player to wear #8?   Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:36 pm

Of our two middle-infielders, I would give Morgan a slight nod over Ripken.

Of our two outfielders, I would say Yaz was appreciably better than Stargell

Of our two catchers, I would concede that I probably gave Carter too much credit initially but that I was correct in assuming that Berra was the better of the two.

Based on these stats, I would probably re-rank them as follows:

1. Yastrzemski
2. Morgan
3. Ripken
4. Berra
5. Carter
6. Stargell
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