Starting this week, I’ll be releasing two slideshows.
One will rank the 20 best position players on a week-by-week basis.
The other will rank the 10 best pitchers on a week-by-week basis.
Originally, I was going to do “The 30 best players in baseball,” but comparing pitchers and position players is like comparing apples to oranges.
So to be fair to you, the reader, I’ll separate them.
The position player’s slideshow will be released first this week, followed by the pitcher’s slideshow.
I’m releasing this now as opposed to the beginning of the year,because:
- We just had the All-Star Game, so everyone’s thinking about, well, the All-Star players
- I’ve got a half season’s body of work to use as opposed to using last year’s stats (this, of course, helps out Adam Dunn, hurts Albert Pujols and is favorable for younger players like Bryce Harper and Mike Trout)
- And, honestly, I thought up the concept midseason (yes, I realize it’s not a novel concept)
Please, I encourage you to offer suggestions on players I should include, where to rank them and anything else that would make this slideshow more enjoyable for you.
Finally, a disclaimer: I’m a Twins fan, having said that I love individual players and will try to be as objective as possible. But, yes, if you see a White Sox/Yankees/Red Sox player ranked below a player in a Twins uni, there may be a little bit of homerism going on there.