Here's the idea: We're looking for the Top 100 players in baseball RIGHT NOW. We're not talking about the best in two years. We're not talking about building a team to win over the next 10 years. There are no
So the way I tried to think of it was this: Imagine the season was starting again tomorrow and every player was thrown into an expansion draft. You are a general manager. Your owner asks you to give him your dream list, the 100 best players in the game, but the key is you have to win THIS YEAR or you will be fired, and then you will be tarred and feathered, and then you will be forced to spend 10 hours a day for two solid months listening to
Point is, you better be right.
And, of course, "right" is a relative term, because putting together a list of the Top 100 baseball players is a bit like placing a "Wanted: Really angry e-mails!" ad on Craigslist.
A few other quick thoughts:
1. The list is based on everyone being healthy at the start. But I did try to take into consideration players who might not STAY healthy. In other words,
2. I also took into consideration a player's defensive position. There are a lot of good hitting first basemen, not so many good shortstops or catchers.
3. This list is not finished. That's because this list could NEVER be finished. If you gave me this list right now, there is absolutely no doubt I would make 23 changes, slide players up and down, add a couple of players, take away a couple of players. And then if you gave me the list 10 minutes later, I would make 23 MORE changes. No, this list can never be finished. But, eventually, it has to be published.
I better send this in to my editor before I change it again. But I will say I do feel good about my first choice -- I didn't change that one through the entire process.
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