I just saw a list of the first and second team members in the book, which is
due out in August. There are very few surprises in it. So if this is news to
any of you out here, here are the teams:
FIRST TEAM SECOND TEAM
RF:Babe Ruth Hank Aaron
CF: Ty Cobb Willie Mays
LF: Ted Williams Stan Musial
3B: Mike Schmidt Eddie Mathews
SS: Honus Wagner Cal Ripken Jr.
2B: Rogers Hornsby Joe Morgan
1B: Lou Gehrig Jimmie Foxx
C: Johnny Bench Josh Gibson
SP: Walter Johnson Warren Spahn
SP: Lefty Grove Sandy Koufax
SP: Christy Mathewson
SP: Cy Young
RP: Dennis Eckersley Hoyt Wilhelm and Rollie Fingers
The problems I have are few. I think that Nap Lajoie belongs ahead of Morgan.
I could flipflop Mays and Cobb with no trouble. Is Ripken really the 2nd best
SS of all-time? Is his career value higher than Ozzie Smith?
But my biggest problems are with the second team pitchers. Warren Spahn is a
"top 20" pitcher for sure, but is his career value higher than Seaver? He
isn't even in Kid Nichols' and Pete Alexander's ballpark! And I understand
that Koufax had an otherwordly 5 year peak, but what about the other 7 years of
his career? I would liken his selection to the 2nd team to naming Gayle Sayers
to the All Time backfield ahead of say Walter Payton. And while I'm at it, I
can think of two current MLB pitchers who are certainly better choices than
Koufax- Clemens and Maddux.
Just my uninformed opinion.