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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER  |  JUNE 2020

Who Belongs in the Top 100?


Many baseball experts, books, and websites have published lists of the Top 100 players in baseball history. But which list is right? Where did they get it wrong?
We don't just publish OUR list, we publish it alongside many other Top 100 lists, including those of Bill James, Joe Posnanski of The Athletic, The Sporting News, ESPN, and others. Compare the lists in one place, and decide who you think belongs and who doesn't.
Top 100 Rankings

 

Six Degrees of Separation from Babe Ruth

The Man Who Almost Became the Second On-Field Fatality in Baseball History


Had there not been a doctor seated near the on-deck circle in San Diego during a game between the Padres and Dodgers in 1976, baseball may have suffered its second death due to an on-field injury.
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BORN THIS MONTH


“When the leaves turn brown, I’ll be wearing the batting crown.” — Dave Parker

Parker believed that if a clubhouse was loose and the team was close-knit, they would perform better on the field. He was a serious-minded competitor and a fierce presence in the batters' box. But he was also light-hearted and fun, and had a little Muhammad Ali personality in him. Parker liked to make up limericks and poems to motivate himself. He once said, “Sure as the sun comes up and the wind is gonna blow, Ol' Dave is gonna go four-for-four.”

There are players in every generation who have Hall of Fame talent, who are just as gifted as the superstars of that era, but who for whatever reason, end up not getting a plaque in Cooperstown. Dave Parker perfectly exemplifies that small group of players. For about five to seven years he was either the best player in baseball, or in the discussion. He was similar to Frank Robinson: a tall, strong, but fast outfielder. Both had slugging power and long legs, but Parker had a much better arm. Still, circumstances led to detours that kept Parker from joining the elite brotherhood in the Hall of Fame. 
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