– *HOW ABOUT SOME HOMAGES?*
*I’ll use todays off-time to acknowledge some prime players of this season… Here’s my own personal list of who baseball fans should be paying attention to – and WHY.
1. RAUL IBANEZ: Had to be number 1 for obvious reasons. The man’s on fire in nearly every statistical catagory right now.
BATTING AVERAGE: .322
ON BASE: .380
2. ANDREW MCCUTCHEN: For a new guy, McCutchen’s been a dream come true for the Pirates. Although he hasn’t been around the entire season, you can already see the consistancy he’ll continue to bring to the team…
BATTING AVERAGE: .327
HOMERUNS: 0 (Thus far…)
ON BASE: .377
3. ICHIRO SUZUKI: If you can’t tell by now, I’m not judging these players by who litterally has the best batting averages in the league. (Although for Ichiro, that’s the norm…) – I’m just noting some of the ‘head honchos’ that play amazing time and time again: and Ichiro is no exception. Every single season, this guy finishes with an abnormal amount of hits. Creating this list without Ichiro would be obsurd.
BATTING AVERAGE: .360
ON BASE: .395
4. DAVID WRIGHT: No Met fans… Wright isn’t number 4 on my list because I’m a Yankees fan. I honestly just didn’t want my list to be a replica of the MLB.com “league leaders” page, so you knew Wright would be somewhere in the mix regardless. This season, David Wright may very well be the best batter in major league baseball. (It’s a toss-up between him and Ibanez, because as I stated above: Ibanez is the total package.) But that’s not discredit anything that Wright’s done! Look at the man’s numbers:
BATTING AVERAGE: .364
ON BASE: .459
5. ADAM JONES: Definently deserves to make this list. Jones is having an absolutely phenominal season, and watching this guy play is pure entertainment. Consistant, a great fielder – I can see Jones on the All-Star ballots for years to come…
BATTING AVERAGE: .324
ON BASE: .374
1. ZACK GREINKE: This was an easy one. (An easy NUMBER 1.) I could easily base my pitching list on wins, but I’m shooting for overall production here. (Don’t get me wrong, winning is what it’s all about,) – but Greinke’s constant winning early on, (and low ERA,) were insane. Respect, respect, respect:
COMPLETE GAMES: 5
2. ZACH DUKE: Ok, so maybe Duke on the list is a little biased, (because I’m a Pirates fan lol,) – but he’s definently proving to the world that he’s a force on the mound. He out-pitched Johan Santana… Need I say more?
COMPLETE GAMES: 2
3. JOHAN SANTANA: (Of coarse.) The recent Yankee loss inflated his ERA… but one bad outing isn’t enough to snuff out what he’s done this year. Definently in the “top 3 pitchers in the league” catagory – The one spot, two spot, three spot is your pick.
COMPLETE GAMES: 0 (Blame Manuel!)
4. JONATHON BROXTON: One of the best pitchers on the Dodgers this year. I don’t really follow Los Angelas – but anytime you ‘get word’ of a pitcher, and are astonished by what you see: It’s time to pay attention. I now tune into Dodger games for the sake of this guy…
COMPLETE GAMES: 0
5. TIM LINCECUM: Must make the list! Lincecum is bound to be a hall-of-famer, and bound to be a historical pitcher in baseball. His “K-count” is rediculous, and along with Randy Johnson – he’s giving Giants fans hope!
COMPLETE GAMES: 1
STRIKEOUTS: (*Drumroll*) – 103
*And that’s my list. It isn’t the ‘stat leaders’ of the season… It’s just my own personal list of who I enjoy tuning into. There’s probably 50 players that didn’t make the list I love to watch – but there’s only so much I can type while expecting to have a life!
**Why my text changed half-way through, I couldn’t tell you.