MLB All-Time Stars at Each Position by the Letter: 'A'

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIMarch 29, 2011

MLB All-Time Stars at Each Position by the Letter: 'A'

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    This is the first in a series of probably twenty-some lists. I doubt some letters, such as I, Q, U, Y and maybe Z, will be able to field a team. I may be wrong, we shall see. You may want to argue about some selections; as always, that is your prerogative. I have started this list out in a quasi-1959 Topps look, but will probably change it with each new letter.

    This should be fun. Let's get started.

Catcher: Sandy Alomar Jr.

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    CATCHER

    Sandy Alomar

    Alomar played with seven teams in his 20 years in the majors. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1990. He was on six All-Star teams and won one Gold Glove Award.

     

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    4530

    520

    1236

    112

    588

    .273

    .309

    86

First Base: Cap Anson

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    FIRST BASE

    Cap Anson

    Anson played 22 of his 27 years with the Chicago Cubs. He is sixth on the all-time hit list with 3435 and his career batting average of .334 is 10th among right handed batters. He is eighth in runs scored with 1999, and is only behind Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth in RBI with 2075. Anson’s entire career was played in the 19th century so many people take his stats with a grain of salt. Anson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    10281

    1999

    3435

    97

    2075

    .334

    .394

    142

Second Base: Roberto Alomar

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    SECOND BASE

    Roberto Alomar

    Alomar, like his brother, played on seven different teams in his 17 years. He was named to 12 consecutive All-Star teams, won 10 Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards. He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    9073

    1508

    2724

    210

    1134

    .300

    .371

    116

Third Base: Richie Allen

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    THIRD BASE

    Richie Allen

    Richie Allen, AKA Dick Allen, was a very good talent. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He also won the American League MVP Award with the Chicago White Sox in 1972. He was on seven All-Star teams and some people think he should be in the Hall of Fame. Allen won two HR titles along with one RBI crown. He led the league in OPS+ three times.

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    6332

    1099

    1848

    351

    1119

    .292

    .378

    156

Shortstop: Luke Appling

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    SHORTSTOP

    Luke Appling

    Appling played his entire 20-year career with the Chicago White Sox. He was a seven-time All-Star, and won the batting title in 1936 with an average of .388 and finished second in MVP voting to Lou Gehrig. He was the batting champ again in 1943 with a .328 average and finished second in MVP voting again, this time to pitcher Spud Chandler. Appling was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

     

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    8856

    1319

    2749

    45

    1116

    .310

    .399

    113

Left Field: Moises Alou

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    LF

    Moises Alou

    Moises Alou comes from a baseball family. His father is Felipe Alou, and Jesus and Matty Alou are his uncles. In a 17 year career, Alou played for seven different teams, all in the senior circuit. He was a six-time All-Star and won two Silver Slugger Awards. In 1998 he finished third in MVP voting with a .312 BA along with 38 HR and 124 RBI. From 1996-2001 Alou averaged .313 with 32 HR and 127 RBI.

     

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    7037

    1109

    2134

    332

    1287

    .303

    .368

    128

Center Field: Richie Ashburn

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    CF

    Richie Ashburn

    Ashburn played the first 12 years of his 15 with the Philadelphia Phillies. He won two batting titles, in 1955 with a .338 clip and again in 1958 with an average of .350. He was a five-time All-Star, and also led the league in hits three times, in walks four times, and in OBP four times. Three times he had over 200 hits. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    8365

    1322

    2574

    29

    586

    .308

    .396

    111

Right Field: Hank Aaron

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    RF

    Hank Aaron

    Aaron played in the Braves organization for 21 of his 23 years. He won the MVP in the National League in 1957 when he led the league with 44 HR and 132 RBI. He also had a BA of .322. He won four HR crowns, four RBI titles, two batting titles, led the league in hits twice and in runs scored three times. He also led the league in OPS+ three times, in total bases eight times and is still the all-time leader in RBI with 2297. He was on 21 consecutive All-Star teams and won three Gold Glove Awards. He passed Babe Ruth’s HR record of 714 and finished with 755, which many still consider the MLB record. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

    AT  BAT

    RUNS

    HITS

    HR

    RBI

    AVG

    OBP

    OPS+

    12364

    2174

    3771

    755

    2297

    .305

    .374

    155

Pitcher: Grover "Pete" Alexander

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    P

    Grover Alexander

    Alexander, who also went by the name “Pete,” looked like your grandfather even when he was young. He played 20 years with three different squads. He led the league in wins six times, four in succession. He won 30+ games three times, and 20+ six more. He led the league in ERA four times, all under 2.00. Alexander also won four pitching versions of the Triple Crown. He won six strikeout titles and led the league in ERA+ four times. Alexander led the NL in WHIP five times, and his WHIP was under 1.000 on four occasions. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1938.

     

     

    INNINGS

    W-L

    ERA

    WHIP

    SHUTOUTS

    STRIKEOUTS

    CG

    ERA+

    5190

    373-208

    2.56

    1.121

    90

    2198

    437

    136