Playoff Baseball, Manny Being Manny

October 14, 2007 at 1:36 am (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

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With the long awaited Senator Mitchell’s report on steroids about to hit, I’m just hoping that Manny Ramirez and David “Big Papi” Ortiz are clean. They just could be as good any one-two punch I’ve ever seen. They’re awesome. Right up there with the likes of Mantle/Berra, Mantle/Maris, Mays/McCovey, Stargell/Parker, Aaron/Mathews and [such as they were] McGwire/Canseco.

That said, if Boston gets by Cleveland, they’ll have their hands full with the surging Rockies. They are fun to watch, superb defensively, deep in the pen, and [I’m guessin’] destiny’s darlings.

Little by little, day by day, I’m being weaned, involuntarily, from the 2007 baseball season. Given the monumental tank jobs in September by both my beloved Mets and the Sea Otters, my fantasy baseball team [and Amerika’s team], I’m ok with this. It’s over.

Peace at last.

Edited to add: 10/23/07

I found some interesting stats on the net re. 1-2 punches.

These are the best 1-2 Punches per season, based on +OPS in the TOP 20’s in the MLB that season:

2007 Prince Fielder 154 Ryan Braun 154 Milwaukee Brewers
2006 David Ortiz 164 Manny Ramirez 168 Boston Red Sox
2005 Alex Rodriguez 167 Jason Giambi 156 New York Yankees
2004 Albert Pujols 175 Jim Edmonds 173 St. Louis Cardinals
2003 Albert Pujols 189 Jim Edmonds 161 St. Louis Cardinals
2002 Barry Bonds 275 Jeff Kent 152 San Francisco Giants
2001 Barry Bonds 262 Jeff Kent 133 San Francisco Giants
2000 Barry Bonds 191 Jeff Kent 165 San Francisco Giants
1999 Derek Jeter 161 Bernie Williams 157 New York Yankees
1998 Mark McGwire 217 Ray Lankford 144 St. Louis Cardinals
1997 Ken Griffey Jr. 164 Edgar Martinez 164 Seattle Mariners
1996 Mark McGwire 203 Scott Brosius 132 Oakland Athletics
1995 Albert Belle 178 Jim Thome 158 Cleveland Indians
1994 Craig Biggio 138 Jeff Bagwell 213 Houston Astros
1993 Barry Bonds 206 Matt Williams 137 San Francisco Giants
1992 Andy Van Slyke 151 Barry Bonds 205 Pittsburgh Pirates
1991 Barry Bonds 161 Bobby Bonilla 150 Pittsburgh Pirates
1990 Eddie Murray 159 Kal Daniels 155 Los Angeles Dodgers
1989 Will Clark 175 Kevin Mitchell 192 San Francisco Giants
1988 Jose Canseco 170 Mark McGwire 134 Oakland Athletics
1987 Dwight Evans 165 Mike Greenwell 147 Boston Red Sox
1986 Don Mattingly 161 Dave Winfield 120 New York Yankees
1985 Pedro Guerrero 181 Mike Marshall 140 Los Angeles Dodgers
1984 Dave Winfield 154 Don Mattingly 156 New York Yankees
1983 Cal Ripken Jr. 144 Eddie Murray 156 Baltimore Orioles
1982 Robin Yount 166 Cecil Cooper 142 Milwaukee Brewers
1981 Gary Mathews 138 Mike Schmidt 199 Philadelphia Phillies
1980 Cecil Cooper 155 Ben Oglivie 153 Milwaukee Brewers
1979 Fred Lynn 176 Jim Rice 154 Boston Red Sox
1978 Willie Stargell 158 Dave Parker 166 Pittsburgh Pirates
1977 Mike Schmidt 152 Greg Luzinski 157 Philadelphia Phillies
1976 Ken Griffey Sr. 140 Joe Morgan 187 Cincinnati Reds
1975 Joe Morgan 169 Johnny Bench 140 Cincinnati Reds
1974 Willie Stargell 168 Richie Zisk 145 Pittsburgh Pirates
1973 Willie Stargell 187 Richie Hebner 129 Pittsburgh Pirates
1972 Dick Allen 200 Carlos May 148 Chicago White Sox
1971 Bobby Murcer 181 Roy White 149 New York Yankees
1970 Willie McCovey 182 Dick Dietz 153 San Francisco Giants
1969 Reggie Jakcson 187 Sal Bando 152 Oakland Athletics
1968 Willie Mays 157 Willie McCovey 175 San Francisco Giants
1967 Carl Yazstremski 195 George Scott 139 Boston Red Sox
1966 Frank Robinson 199 Brooks Robinson 124 Baltimore Orioles
1965 Willie Mays 185 Willie McCovey 154 San Francisco Giants
1964 Brooks Robinson 145 Boog Powell 176 Baltimore Orioles
1963 Willie Mays 175 Orlando Cepeda 165 San Francisco Giants
1962 Mickey Mantle 196 Roger Maris 127 New York Yankees
1961 Mickey Mantle 206 Roger Maris 167 New York Yankees
1960 Mickey Mantle 164 Roger Maris 161 New York Yankees
1959 Eddie Mathews 167 Hank Aaron 181 Milwaukee Braves
1958 Ted Williams 178 Jackie Jensen 153 Boston Red Sox
1957 Eddie Mathews 154 Hank Aaron 166 Milwaukee Braves
1956 Mickey Mantle 210 Yogi Berra 142 New York Yankees
1955 Eddie Mathews 172 Hank Aaron 143 Milwaukee Braves
1954 Duke Snider 172 Gil Hodges 142 Brooklyn Dodgers
1953 Roy Campanella 155 Duke Snider 166 Brooklyn Dodgers
1952 Larry Doby 162 Al Rosen 152 Cleveland Indians
1951 Jackie Robinson 154 Roy Campanella 159 Brooklyn Dodgers
1950 Larry Doby 154 Al Rosen 144 Cleveland Indians
1949 Ted Williams 192 Vern Stephens 138 Boston Red Sox
1948 Stan Musial 200 Enos Slaughter 132 St. Louis Cardinals
1947 Johnny Mize 160 Walker Cooper 141 New York Giants
1946 Mickey Vernon 160 Stan Spence 145 Washington Senators
1945 Tommy Holmes 174 Chuck Workman 122 Boston Braves
1944 Bobby Doerr 165 Bob Johnson 174 Boston Red Sox
1943 Stan Musial 180 Walker Cooper 130 St. Louis Cardinals
1942 Mel Ott 165 Johnny Mize 161 New York Giants
1941 Joe Dimaggio 184 Charlie Keller 162 New York Yankees
1940 Joe Dimaggio 173 Charlie Keller 141 New York Yankees
1939 Jimmie Foxx 188 Ted Williams 160 Boston Red Sox
1938 Joe Cronin 130 Jimmie Foxx 182 Boston Red Sox
1937 Joe Medwick 180 Johnny Mize 172 St. Louis Cardinals
1936 Lou Gehrig 190 Bill Dickey 156 New York Yankees
1935 Arky Vaughan 190 Paul Waner 129 Pittsburgh Pirates
1934 Babe Ruth 161 Lou Gehrig 208 New York Yankees
1933 Mickey Cochrane 157 Jimmie Foxx 200 Philadelphia Athletics
1932 Babe Ruth 201 Lou Gehrig 181 New York Yankees
1931 Babe Ruth 219 Lou Gehrig 195 New York Yankees
1930 Babe Ruth 211 Lou Gehrig 203 New York Yankees
1929 Babe Ruth 194 Lou Gehrig 167 New York Yankees
1928 Babe Ruth 208 Lou Gehrig 194 New York Yankees
1927 Babe Ruth 226 Lou Gehrig 221 New York Yankees
1926 Babe Ruth 227 Lou Gehrig 153 New York Yankees
1925 Roger Hornsby 210 Jim Bottomley 148 St. Louis Cardinals
1924 Roger Hornsby 222 Jim Bottomley 131 St. Louis Cardinals
1923 Roger Hornsby 186 Jim Bottomley 154 St. Louis Cardinals
1922 Ty Cobb 170 Harry Heilmann 169 Detroit Tigers
1921 Austin McHenry 144 Roger Hornsby 190 St. Louis Cardinals
1920 Eddie Collins 146 Joe Jackson 172 Chicago White Sox

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2 Comments

  1. billkuhn said,

    Very interesting list. You can almost say Barry Bonds and whoever he played with (Playboy bunnies excluded). Also interesting that the only year Reggie made the list was ’69. 1945 made me laugh….

    One question from a guy who it appears isn’t up on these “modern” stats, what is OPS?

    Splain it to me Lucy.

  2. Ralph Zig Tyko said,

    OPS is on base % added to slugging %, said to the truest measure of production… Bonds and Gary Anderson are the best 1-2 punch of all, it seems.

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