Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Franchise Four Announced

So Major League Baseball let fans vote on something else besides the All-Star teams...Fans got to go online and pick their favorite team's "Franchise Four"...You teams Mount Rushmore basically...And while fans didn't totally blow it, they did do some idiot shit...

Franchise Four winners were selected from a list of 8 nominees from each franchise chosen by official MLB historian, John Thorn and representatives from the Elias Sports Bureau, MLB.com, MLB Network, and the Baseball Writers' Association of America...So, some of the idiot shit is the fault of these jokers as well...

Examples of idiot stuff: With all the greats from the San Francisco/NY Giants, some how Buster Posey was picked...He's an excellent player, but one of the Giants top 4...Really? Worse, Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona...The guy is just in his 4th full season...Yeah, they don't have a huge history, but a guy 4 years in with one huge year, and having another huge one this year...Still seems premature...

Speaking of premature...Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins...Really!?! They guy has a .270 career batting average...That is just sad folks...Real sad, like Tampa Bay sad...Tampa Bay's history is so weak, Ben Zobrist was picked!

Then you have teams with huge and rich history...the Dodgers and Yankees, can't argue those at all, and almost feel like if you gave them 8 instead of 4 it would be justified...I think White Sox fans really screwed up not putting Eddie Collins...And Red Sox fans look like dolts not putting Cy Young in there...You know, just 511...

Then comes my hometown Indians...Bob Feller felt like a no-brainer...I was proud to see Tris Speaker in there (often underrated)...Then Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel...I always sang the praises of Vizquel for his great defense, and becoming a good hitter...He was steal from Seattle, in which the Tribe gave up Felix Fermin...And yes, those two guys were huge in the 90's...And fans loved them...I get it...And Thome has 612 HR's so that looks sexy...But Vizquel (.272 avg...80 HR's...951 RBI) over Larry Doby? Larry Doby (.283 avg...253 HR's...970 RBI)...the second black in Baseball, first in the American League...Or over Earl Averill (.318 avg...238 HR's...1164 RBI)...But worse then that, Nap Lajoie was not picked...A .339 avg...80 HR's and 1599 RBI...That folks is a sin...The team was at one time named the Naps in honor of their second baseman/manager...

Fan voting is and always be flawed, because many fans don't know all their history, and are blinded by their favorites....
Fans also voted in three additional categories: Greatest Living Player, Greatest Negro Leagues Player and the sport's Greatest Pioneers....Here are all of the Franchise Four...
What do you think?
Greatest Living Players
Hank Aaron
Johnny Bench
Sandy Koufax
Willie Mays
Greatest Negro Leagues Players
Cool Papa Bell
Josh Gibson
Buck O'Neil
Satchel Paige
Greatest Pioneers
Walter Johnson
Nap Lajoie
Christy Mathewson
Cy Young
Vladimir Guerrero
Nolan Ryan
Tim Salmon
Mike Trout
Jeff Bagwell
Lance Berkman
Craig Biggio
Nolan Ryan
Dennis Eckersley
Jimmie Foxx
Rickey Henderson
Reggie Jackson
Blue Jays
Roberto Alomar
Joe Carter
Carlos Delgado
Roy Halladay
Hank Aaron
Chipper Jones
Greg Maddux
Warren Spahn
Cecil Cooper
Rollie Fingers
Paul Molitor
Robin Yount
Lou Brock
Bob Gibson
Rogers Hornsby
Stan Musial
Ernie Banks
Ryne Sandberg
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Paul Goldschmidt
Luis Gonzalez
Randy Johnson
Curt Schilling
Don Drysdale
Sandy Koufax
Jackie Robinson
Duke Snider
Barry Bonds
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey
Buster Posey
Bob Feller
Tris Speaker
Jim Thome
Omar Vizquel
Ken Griffey Jr.
Felix Hernandez
Edgar Martinez
Ichiro Suzuki
Jeff Conine
Mike Lowell
Gary Sheffield
Giancarlo Stanton
Keith Hernandez
Mike Piazza
Tom Seaver
David Wright
Gary Carter
Andre Dawson
Vladimir Guerrero
Tim Raines
Jim Palmer
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Frank Robinson
Tony Gwynn
Trevor Hoffman
Randy Jones
Dave Winfield
Richie Ashburn
Steve Carlton
Robin Roberts
Mike Schmidt
Roberto Clemente
Bill Mazeroski
Willie Stargell
Honus Wagner
Adrian Beltre
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan
Michael Young
Red Sox
Pedro Martinez
David Ortiz
Ted Williams
Carl Yastrzemski
Johnny Bench
Barry Larkin
Joe Morgan
Pete Rose
Andres Galarraga
Todd Helton
Troy Tulowitzki
Larry Walker
George Brett
Dan Quisenberry
Bret Saberhagen
Frank White
Miguel Cabrera
Ty Cobb
Hank Greenberg
Al Kaline
Rod Carew
Harmon Killebrew
Tony Oliva
Kirby Puckett
White Sox
Harold Baines
Paul Konerko
Minnie Minoso
Frank Thomas
Joe DiMaggio
Lou Gehrig
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth

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