Overrated? Let’s Discuss That. Pt. 2/3

This is part two of my effort to dismantle a “Top 50 most overrated MLB players of all time” list.
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Johnny Sain and Denny McLain

Johnny Sain and Denny McLain


35. Johnny Sain I won’t argue here. Maybe I would if I knew more about Sain, but your argument seems sound to me.

34. Bernie Williams This is one that I just might agree with you on, but as usual you argue against yourself. You put him on this list and then say “Bernie Williams was always an able hitter with a knack for coming up with clutch hits when it mattered the most. His 80 RBI and 51 extra-base hits both stand as postseason records.” So maybe that gives credence to why he’s viewed the way he is. Also you forget to factor in his musical abilities.

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Overrated? Let’s Discuss That. Pt. 1/3

All 3 are overrated according to a recent list on bleacher-report


Writers have to write. Even unpaid, unobligated folks like myself often feel the need to just write something and put it out. The burden for paid sportswriters in this digital age is far more present. This leads to a lot of news when there is no news. It also leads to terrible lists. Lists can be fun. I generally don’t grade them too hard. But sometimes one jumps out at you and it’s just so obvious that all the writer was doing was putting something… anything… out on deadline. A piece of work like that I have to address.

Shaun McPartlin, a featured columnist for bleacher report wrote an article in April called “Nolan Ryan and the 50 Most Overrated Players in MLB History“. Ok, I have problems with that from the start. You can see that his #1 is probably going to be Nolan Ryan, which I take issue with. Then the simple fact that someone would have the gumption to try to make such a list is a little bogus to me. I think baseball fans are some of the smartest fans in the world and players generally get the credit they are due. I wouldn’t ever want to try to make a 50 most overrated list. It’s just not a realistic project. Well, I figured I’d look his list over. It quickly became clear that “MLB History” to this guy is basically the Steroid Era. Throw in a couple old timers and he figured he had himself a solid article. Well let’s see about that. (I’ll release this in 3 parts, so stay tuned!)

On to #50! (PART 2)(PART 3)
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Jason Heyward’s First At-Bat in Perspective

Jason Heyward made his anticipated Major League debut today and he hit a home-run in his first Major League at-bat. That’s really exciting for Atlants Braves fans. However, to keep things in perspective I compiled this list of St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers who hit a home run in their first major league at-bat, since the year 2001.

Mark Worrell 06-05-2008
Adam Wainwright 05-24-2006
Gene Stechschulte 04-17-2001
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2010 Consolidated List of Non-roster Invitees

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of the 2010 MLB Spring Training Non-roster invitees for all Major League teams, as of February 8, 2010. This information is easy to obtain, but not as easy to compile and format, into one master list so I ask that if you want to take the entire list for whatever purpose you at least cite your source. I’ll cite mine. MLB.com To make things more interesting I also add links to unofficial team blogs for each of the Major League baseball teams and on some players I added links to random blogs pertaining to the player. (more…)

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2009 Link Round-Up, Highlights and Lowlights

Well 2009 is coming to a close so I thought I’d compile some of my note-worthy internet finds of 2009. Not all originated in 2009, but most of the content and news did. Anything that didn’t, I discovered for myself in 2009.

2009 saw a pair of near tragic events in the air this year, neither of which ended with the loss of human life. First in January when a plane piloted by Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger went into the Hudson with 155 people on board. Then on Christmas day when a wanna-be terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, failed to successfully detonate a bomb on an airliner headed to Detroit.

Taking Back Sunday released a new album called New Again. A decent CD, but a typical Taking Back Sunday CD. Nothing groundbreaking or especially catching so overall a disappointment. But a new TBS CD is always a good thing.

The writer of Punk Rock Paint found a good way to deal with packsearchers. (PunkRockPaint.com) (more…)

The Rookie Cards

My baseball card collection centers around two things. Cards of anyone who have EVER played for the Cincinnati Reds and autographs. However, any good baseball card collector knows and appreciates the significance of rookie cards. They are usually the most highly sought base card of a given player and that is often reflected by their “book value”. “Book values” mean nothing to me as I rarely sell cards and because nothing sells at book, but the pull of the RC still inspires me to acquire cards of guys I wouldn’t otherwise collect. Here are some rookie cards I have, I want, and I’m never going to get. (more…)