77 thoughts on “2020 WGOM Draft: Round 6”

  1. Really torn between a couple of players, a shortstop to fill out my infield and the last really great outfielder. But, as the Twins keep trying to prove, you can put anyone in the outfield.

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    He is the highest rated shortstop left on the board (I don't know George Davis and not sure I trust the numbers from the 1890's) I spent the entire decade of the '80's living in Wisconsin and came to appreciate him.

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    Three-time MVP, referenced in "We Didn't Start the Fire," and all-time great at his position whose career was sadly cut short.

    From his SABR bio:

    Early in the season, Nashua manager Walter Alston, who doubled as the club’s first baseman, asked [this pick] to take over the team for him if he ever got tossed out of a game. His reasoning was that [this pick] was older than most of the players and they respected and liked him. Sure enough, in a June contest Alston was ejected in the sixth inning and [this pick] became the first black man to manage in Organized Baseball. Moreover, his strategic move resulted in a comeback victory when he called on the hard-hitting Newcombe to pinch-hit and was rewarded with a clutch home run.

    I had never heard that story before.

      1. Yup, International League MVP in 1947 as a 26-year old because his team was only willing to promote Jackie Robinson that year. MVP of the Negro League All-Star Game in 1941 as a teenager. Jumped to the Mexican League for a couple of years in a pay dispute. Even after his International League MVP season, Branch Rickey wanted him to play 1948 with the St. Paul Saints. While there, he hit 325/432/715 in 35 games (with 13 homers and 39 RBIs), and Rickey couldn't help but promote him by July. When he caught Don Newcombe the following year, it was the first black battery in MLB history.

        He apparently was also willing to play through injuries even when they affected his performance. In Spring Training 1954, he broke his left wrist. He played through it for a month before finally having surgery. Surgery was expected to keep him sidelined for ten weeks, but he returned in just four. Similarly, in 1952 he broke a bone in his left elbow on a foul ball and played through it for ten more days before finally getting a cast.

  3. When trying to think of someone to take on this important day my mind drifted to a client I saw last week. She's POC and Native, currently staying in an apartment with her daughter and their kids (against the terms of the lease, but it's frickin' freezing out there). I helped her look for housing among the slim picking of slum lords and found one potential place that doesn't exploit our clients by charging $50 application fees then turning them down for things they were already told about in the interview. I hope it works out. She has a hard time finding a place because of her low credit score, which is tough to build because nobody believes that she can do better. She won't get rented to. She can't get credit cards. And the system keeps her down based on this (not to mention her daughter who could ruin her rental history by allowing her mom to stay there when it's below zero). I believe she can do better. I believe her.

    My pick we don't have any reliable stats for. He says he wasn't as good as people say he was, but he never got the chance to prove it. He couldn't graduate high school because his town didn't have one for black folks. Society didn't believe in him. But his fans called him the "black Lou Gehrig." I believe them.

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        1. My copy seems to have gone missing, otherwise I would have sent it to you.

          (Just looking at my baseball shelf behind me, it's littered with books about our picks. I can see Clemente by David Maraniss, Now Pitching: Bob Feller by Bob Feller with Bill Gilbert, Sandy: A Lefty's Legacy by Jane Leavy, Miracle Man by Nolan Ryan, Hammerin' Hank of the Braves by Joel Cohen, and Opening Day by Jonathan Eig from where I'm sitting.

  4. My pick played from age 22 to age 48. Bill James ranked him as the 27th greatest player of all time. Regarded as a "scientific" hitter, he lead his league in hitting at 44. He's considered the greatest infielder in league history. He was a respected manager, formidable on the field, but kind and reserved off it. After he retired, he became a school janitor.

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  5. Well, since it is increasingly obvious that I can't have the level of offense claimed by some of y'all, I will just have to settle for striking everyone out.

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    His WAR7 ranks only 34th all-time, in significant part because he lost his age-23, -24, -25 and almost all of -26 seasons to war service. At age-22, he earned a mere 8.2 rWAR, DOWN from consecutive 9+ seasons at 20 and 21. His first full season back, he earned 10.0. Ted Williams called him the best pitcher he ever saw. Stan Musial said he was the best pitcher of the era. I say he's my number 3 starter. Good luck.

    1. He was on my short list of pitchers. My brush with Bob Feller Fame - we passed him on I-80 driving through Iowa once while heading back to Minnesota. The Bob Feller Hometown Museum is in Van Meter, IA. We've passed by dozens of times but have never stopped, always in to much of a hurry to get where we're going or get home.

          1. I read the JoePos book. I also met Buck once at the old Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, it was Buck O'Neill bobble head night and he was at a table handing them out and signing autographs.

  6. So, I need a pitcher...

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    At the beginning of this draft, I would never have figured that this guy would be my ace. That being said, I feel like I underrated him by mentally labelling him a "compiler". Eighth all the in fWAR (which, yes, compiled), but his lifetime adjusted FIP is better than Carlton, and his peak isn't bad, either (that stretch from 1969 to 1974 looks nice).

    Maybe I'm just talking myself into it after missing the it on guys like Wheeler and Ryu, err... Blyleven and Kershaw, but I think I'm alright with this.

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    So, I wanted a pitcher, but then I noticed this guy was available. I do like the contact hitters with speed, I notice that every year on my fantasy baseball team as well.
    Reading through the Wiki on him, I can't believe how much criticism he received while he was playing. Reminds me of how Joe Mauer was often treated, but with racism added in. Great character, great story, pretty darn good basketball player, too.

    1. I rooted hard for the ‘98 Padres in the World Series. There were a lot of guys I liked on that team: Gwynn, Steve Finley, Ken Caminiti (I wasn’t aware of his troubles), Trevor Hoffman. By then he was working to overcome physical limitations; if he hadn’t possessed elite pitch recognition skills, hand-eye coordination, and consistency, he would’ve been finished. It’s a shame Captain Video never won a championship, but his untimely death is even more of a shame.

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    With this pick, my infield is basically complete. Anyone can play first, including this pick, but I'd prefer his shortstop years. Two Eddies in this infield, so now to figure out if I can get another Ernie.

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    I was researching three pitchers but when I saw that he is the only pitcher in major league history to defeat the Braves franchise in all three cities that the team has been based in, Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, I knew I had my pick.

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    He didn't play CF in MLB but he was considered a brilliant CFer in the Negro Leagues during his prime. He declined being the first player to break the color barrier and Joe Posnanski convinced me of his greatness. He supposedly told a young Willie Mays , "You remind me of me." (BTW, if you don't have an Athletic subscription, Posnanski's series on the 100 greatest players of all time is worth the cost by itself).

  11. My roster is full of mashers, but not much up the middle defense. I considered another center fielder, and some short stops and a third baseman, but went this way instead.

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    I’ve always had an affinity for the Dodgers (mostly based on liking the look of their hats when I was 10). In his age 25-30 seasons, he post WAR’s of 4.6, 9.3, 8.3, 8.6, 7.6, 5.0, and then fell off a cliff when he moved to Los Angeles. He’s all peak without much compiling, but that peak’s pretty darn good.

    1. According to his SABR bio, he refused to sign a petition circulated by his Dodger teammates against Jackie Robinson in 1947, when both he & Jackie were rookies. Snider was only 20 at the time. Good on him.

      In his lone season playing for the (American Association) St. Paul Saints, he hit .316/.352./.584 in 287 PA. He had been demoted from the Dodgers in mid-1947. At the time, the Dodgers had two AAA teams — the other was in Montreal, where he hit .327/.403/.644 in 310 PA In 1948. After that, he was in the majors for good.

      It’s too bad his knees gave out on him after the team moved to LA, since that was his home turf. I didn’t realize he lived in Fallbrook — I wonder if I could’ve looked him up back when I lived in the neighborhood.

  12. I didn't want to pick this guy but I need a shortstop. There are a couple that are rated higher but I want a guy I've been able to watch myself.

    World champion
    Multiple all star game appearances
    Multiple silver slugger awards
    Multiple gold gloves
    20 years with one team
    Number is retired by his former team
    Currently working in the front office of a MLB team
    Hall of Fame (but not unanimous)

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  13. I didn't want to pick this guy but I need a shortstop. There are a couple that are rated higher but I want a guy I've been able to watch myself.

    World champion
    Multiple all star game appearances
    Multiple silver slugger awards
    Multiple gold gloves
    20 19 years with one team
    Number is retired by his former team
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    Hall of Fame (but not unanimous)

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    I figured I should take him now, since there was no way he'd be around by the time it got back to me after another 107 picks, or whatever it is. I had really been hoping for Ernie Banks, but the more I looked at Larkin, the more I liked him. He was basically Joe Mauer in so many ways. Hometown kid, super consistent. Always a star but because he played for a small market team he never got the full recognition. I'm plenty happy to have him, and he was an asset defensively too,

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