All-Time Fantasy Teams: Baltimore Orioles

 C

Gus Triandos (1958)

Catcher is definitely becoming the toughest spot to fill as we compile these lists. The Baltimore Orioles were no exception, as although Triandos power was legit, his low-average leaves a lot to be desired.

.245 BA/ 59 R/ 30 HR/ 79 RBI/ 1 SB/ .456 SLG

1B

George Sisler (1920)

Sisler’s 1920 season was truly fantastic, and one that often gets lost in the shuffle when talking about epic offensive performances from that decade. Give me an average over .400 and 137 runs, coupled with a tone of steals any time.

.417 BA/ 137 R/ 19 HR/ 122 RBI/ 42 SB/ .632

2B

Brian Roberts (2007)

Robert’s injuries are now starting to pile up on him and he may be only a shell of his former self. His former self was pretty darn good, though- especially in 2007. 100-plus runs and fifty swipes make for a very productive two-bagger.

.290 BA/ 103 R/ 12 HR/ 57 RBI/ 50 SB/ .432 SLG

3B

Brooks Robinson (1964)

The heart and soul of the mid-Atlantic, Robinson is perhaps better known for his vacuum-like defensive skills. Offensively Brooks was no slouch, as evidenced by his ’64 season where he put up career bests in RBI and home runs.

.317 BA/ 82 R/ 28 HR/ 118 RBI/ 1 SB/ .521 SLG

SS

Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991)

The Iron-Man certainly stamped his mark on the game of baseball and will be forever remembered as not just a baseball player, but as a piece of true Americana. Hard-working, consistent, and strong-willed only begin to scratch the surface of adjectives that could be used to describe the Bird’s longtime shortstop. His 1991 MVP was well-deserved, as he was a Gold Glover and Silver Slugger, as well due to his amazing overall effort.

 .323 BA/ 99 R/ 34 HR/ 114 RBI/ 6 SB/ .566 SLG

 OF

Brady Anderson (1996)

Anderson’s career-year has always raised more than a few eyebrows, as he blew away his previous career highs, and never again reached the heights of the success he found in the middle of the Steroid-era. Steroids or not, the guy flat-out mashed all year long.

 .297 BA/ 117 R/ 50 HR/ 110 RBI/ 21 SB/ .637 SLG

Ken Singleton (1979)

Singleton never fully reached the promise that he displayed at times early in his career while playing for Montreal, but he was able to put together a couple of great seasons for the O’s during the latter stages of his 14-year career. ’79 was by far his best, as his 35 home runs and 111 RBI paced the squad.

 .295 BA/ 93 R/ 35 HR/ 111 RBI/ 3 SB/ .533 SLG

 Frank Robinson (1969)

Often regarded as one of the game’s all-time greats by his peers, Robinson’s season in ’69 showcased his versatility and consistency. Frank the Tank was able to hit for average, hit for power, and even snag a couple bags on occasion.

 .308 BA/ 111 R/ 32 HR/ 100 RBI/ 9 SB/ .540 SLG

 UTIL:

Eddie Murray (1985)

An All-Star year for ‘Steady Eddie’,  in ’85 he was a consistent performer throughout the summer. When a player hits over 500 career home runs, smacks over 3,000 hits, and drives in over 1,900 runs its often hard to pick one specific stand-out year. The same can be said for Murray whose consistency may be his greatest trait.

 .297 BA/ 111 R/ 31 HR/ 124 RBI/ 5 SB/ .523 SLG

 Starting Pitcher

Jim Palmer (1975)

The Hall of Famer’s eight 20-win seasons may never be replicated by a pitcher, not to mention his two separate stretches of four straight twenty win campaigns (1970-1973, 1975-1978). The 1975 season was truly prolific however, and his total domination of the American League that summer led to one of his three Cy Young Awards. The numbers below are not typos- he was that good.

 323.0 IP/ 23 W/ 25 CG/ 193 K/ 2.09 ERA/ 1.03 WHIP

Relief Pitcher

Gregg Olson (1990)

The 1990 season was one in which Olson peaked in his production. He compiled almost a strikeout per inning, on his way to 37 saves; a career high.

 74.1 IP/ 37 SV/ 74 K/ 2.42 ERA/ 1.18 WHIP

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C:  Carlton Fisk (1977)

Easily the best season of the 24-year veteran’s Hall of Fame career, this Vermont native was an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers all year.  While especially good at Fenway and against RHP, Fisk’s overall production was almost identical in each half of the season, a rarity among catchers.

.315 BA/ 106 R/ 26 HR/ 102 RBI/ 7 SB/ .402 OBP/ .521 SLG/ .922 OPS

1B:  Jimmie Foxx (1938)

These stats look like a batting line from a video game set to “easy.”  Foxx’s 3rd AL MVP campaign yielded numbers that rival any individual season in the history of the game.  I suppose when a guy’s RBI total looks like a typo,  it helps make up for only 5 SB.

.349 BA/ 139 R/ 50 HR/ 175 RBI/ 5 SB/ .462 OBP/ .704 SLG/ 1.166 OP

2B:  Dustin Pedroia (2008)

“The Laser Show” put up the best season of any Red Sox 2B, and it helped him win the AL MVP.  Much like the man himself, nothing immediately jumps out at you except for the overall excellence in every category.  Pedroia also took home the AL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, helping round out his trophy cabinet.

.326 BA/ 118 R/ 17 HR/ 83 RBI/ 20 SB/ .376 OBP/ .493 SLG/ .869 OPS

3B:  Wade Boggs (1987)

Though this Hall of Famer and member of the 3,000 hit club was one of the greatest contact hitters ever to play the game, he set his personal bests in HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases during the 1987 season.  Even better, he didn’t sacrifice OBP to do it as it was the 2nd best mark of his career.

.363 BA/ 108 R/ 24 HR/ 89 RBI/ 1 SB/ .461 OBP/ .588 SLG/ 1.049 OPS

SS:  Nomar Garciaparra (1998) 

From 1997-2003, Nomar had one of the greatest stretches of any SS in history.  He had four seasons that could all be defended as his best, as evidenced by his 1998 season ranking as only 3rd in BA, R, and OPS as well as 4th in SB.  He did, however, reach his highs in HR and RBI, and finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting.

.323 BA/ 111 R/ 35 HR/ 122 RBI/ 12 SB/ .362 OBP/ .584 SLG/ .946 OPS

OF:  Ted Williams (1949)

“The Splendid Splinter” has been universally regarded as the greatest hitter of all time, so choosing one year to highlight was almost impossible.  He set his single-season highs in R, HR, and RBI during the 1949 season, but he hit for the 10th worst BA of his career.

.343 BA/ 150 R/ 43 HR/ 159 RBI/ 1 SB/ .490 OBP/ .650 SLG/ 1.141 OPS

OF:  Carl Yastrzemski (1970)

Unbelievably, Yaz’s Triple Crown-winning season of 1967 was not the best statistical one of his 23-year career.  In 1970, he set personal highs in BA, R, SB, OBP, and OPS, adding to his Hall of Fame legacy and surmounting a time of offensive complacency.

.329 BA/ 125 R/ 40 HR/ 102 RBI/ 23 SB/ .452 OBP/ .592 SLG/ 1.044 OPS

 

OF:  Tris Speaker (1912)

“The Grey Eagle” led the Red Sox to two World Series victories and is acknowledged as one of the greatest centerfielders of all time, both offensively and defensively.  His sublime 1912 season earned him the only MVP award he would receive.

.383 BA/ 136 R/ 10 HR/ 90 RBI/ 52 SB/ .464 OBP/ .567 SLG/ 1.031 OPS

UTIL:  Jim Rice (1978)

“Jim Ed” bashed his way to the AL MVP in 1978 in one of the finest years ever seen at Fenway Park, leading the league in H, 3B, HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, and Total Bases.  Soft-spoken with the press, Rice let his bat do his talking all the way to the Hall of Fame.

.315 BA/ 121 R/ 46 HR/ 139 RBI/ 7 SB/ .370 OBP/ .600 SLG/ .970 OPS

Starting Pitcher:  Smoky Joe Wood (1912)

One of the most amazing years ever put up by a Red Sox pitcher.  Wood’s career was never the same after this herculean effort, but he will surely always hold the franchise single-season record for wins.

344.0 IP/ 34 W/ 1.91 ERA/ 1.015 WHIP/ 258 K/ 35 CG/ 10 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Pedro Martinez (2000)

Done in the heyday of the steroid era, this is perhaps the most impressive season ever turned in by a starting pitcher relative to the context in which it was accomplished.  Every time he pitched at Fenway, the energy was more rock concert than baseball game.  The seven years Pedro spent pitching in Boston are unparalleled in Red Sox history.

217.0 IP/ 18 W/ 1.74 ERA/ 0.737 WHIP/ 284 K/ 7 CG/ 4 SHO

 Starting Pitcher:  Roger Clemens (1986) 

1986 was Clemens’ coming-out party to the rest of the American League.  Though it ended on a bittersweet note, the Texas fireballer used his first Cy Young award as a launching pad to six more – including the next season – and a spot in the Red Sox record books as the franchise’s all-time leader in wins and strikeouts.

254.0 IP/ 24 W/ 2.48 ERA/ 0.969 WHIP/ 238 K/ 10 CG/ 1 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Cy Young (1901) 

There’s a reason the yearly award for the best pitcher is called the “Cy Young.”  Though he had many memorable campaigns in Boston, his first season after arriving was in many ways his most impressive.  However, when you win 511 games, it’s hard to pick any one season as clearly the best.

371.1 IP/ 33 W/ 1.62 ERA/ 0.972 WHIP/ 158 K/ 38 CG/ 5 SHO

Starting Pitcher:  Luis Tiant (1974)

 Known for his windup, mustache, and flair, “El Tiante” authored a season for the ages and established himself as more than just an entertaining figure on the mound.  His mental and physical toughness – as well as his idiosyncrasies – served to catapult him to cult hero status among Red Sox fans of multiple generations.

311.1 IP/ 22 W/ 2.92 ERA/ 1.166 WHIP/ 176 K/ 25 CG/ 7 SHO

Relief Pitcher:  Jonathan Papelbon (2006)

 This was one of the most dominant seasons in the era of the modern closer.  His fastball had so much giddy-up to it that it seemed to literally accelerate halfway to the plate.  Together with impeccable control and the intensity of a hungry wolverine, it was strange to see any ball hit with conviction against him. 

68.1 IP/ 4 W/ 35 SV/ 0.92 ERA/ 0.776 WHIP/ 75 K

Relief Pitcher:  Dick Radatz (1964)

“The Monster” turned in perhaps the greatest season in Red Sox reliever history in 1964.  Though he never started a game, his stats compare favorably to those of a modern-day ace.  Gifted with enormous size and just as big a fastball, many batters who faced him were intimidated before the first pitch.

157.0 IP/ 16 W/ 29 SV/ 2.29 ERA/ 1.025 WHIP/ 181 K

San Diego All-Time Fantasy Team (Single Season Stats)

C

Terry Kennedy (1982)

166 H/ 75 R/ 21 HR/ 97 RBI/ 1 SB/ .295 AVG

1B

Adrián Gonzalez (2008)

172 H/ 103 R/ 36 HR/ 119 RBI/ 0 SB/ .279 AVG

2B

Mark Loretta (2004)

208 H/ 108 R/ 16 HR/ 76 RBI/ 5 SB/ .335 AVG

SS

Khalil Greene (2007)

155 H/ 89 R/ 27 HR/ 97 RBI/ 4 SB/ .254 AVG

3B

Ken Kaminiti (1996)

178 H/ 109 R/ 40 HR/ 130 RBI/ 11 SB/ .326 AVG

OF

Tony Gwynn (1997)

220 H/ 97 R/ 17 HR/ 119 RBI/ 12 SB/ .372 AVG

Dave Winfield (1979)

184 H/ 97 R/ 34 HR/ 118 RBI/ 15 SB/ .308 AVG

Greg Vaughn (1998)

156 H/ 112 R/ 50 HR/ 119 RBI/ 11 SB/ .272 AVG

UTIL

Gary Sheffield (1992)

184 H/ 87 R/ 33 HR/ 100 RBI/ 5 SB/ .330 AVG

SP

Kevin Brown (1998)

257.0 IP/ 18 W/ 257 K/ 2.38 ERA/ 1.07 WHIP

Jake Peavy (2007)

223.1 IP/ 19 W/ 240 K/ 2.54 ERA/ 1.06 WHIP

Gaylord Perry (1978)

260.2 IP/ 21 W/ 154 K/ 2.73 ERA/ 1.18 WHIP

Randy Jones (1975)

285.0 IP/ 20 W/ 103 K/ 2.24 ERA/ 1.05 WHIP

Bruce Hurst (1989)

244.2 IP/ 15 W/ 179 K/ 2.69 ERA/ 1.14 WHIP

RP

Trevor Hoffman (1998)

73 IP/ 53 SV/  86 K/ 1.48 ERA/ .085 WHIP

Rollie Fingers (1977)

132.7 IP/ 35 SV/  113 K/ 2.99 ERA/ 1.20 WHIP

Seattle Mariners All-Time Fantasy Team (Single Season Stats)

 C

Dan Wilson (1996)

Certainly the thinnest of the positions to find a offensive stud, Dan Wilson kind of gets the nod by default. His 1996 season was solid, but not spectacular. Nothing overly special here but again- not much here historically for the Mariners either.

 .285 BA/ 51 R/ 18 HR/ 83 RBI/ 1 SB/ .444 SLG

 1B

Tino Martinez (1995)

Many others might give the honor here to John Olerud, but I really feel like his best seasons were outside of the Pacific Northwest. Although he might have had better numbers at times when he joined the Yankees, Tino’s ’95 season was pretty fantastic.

 .293 BA/ 92 R/ 31 HR/ 111 RBI/ 0 SB/ .551 SLG

 2B

 Bret Boone (2001)

Although my gut tells me that Boone’s 2001 season was fueled by the juice, it’s hard to argue about his inclusion here. These are absolutely incredible power number for a middle infielder. And remember- for fantasy purposes, do we really care if a player is on steroids? I’ll take these numbers at 2nd base any day of the week.

 .331 BA/ 118 R/ 37 HR/ 141 RBI/ 5 SB/ .578 SLG

 SS

 Alex Rodriguez (1996)

As I’ve watched the evolution of A-Rod over the past several years it’s easy to forget about how good he was when he was in Seattle. His age and body may now be betraying him, but his 1996 season was one to behold. I had to do a double take when I saw the run total, not to mention the ridiculous average and power. Total offensive juggernaut.

 .358 BA/ 141 R/ 36 HR/ 123 RBI/ 15 SB/ .631 SLG

 3B

 Jim Presley (1986)

Another somewhat thin position historically for the Mariners organization, Presley takes the prize here. The average and runs are a little lower than I’d like, but it certainly beats any type of production that Mike Blowers put up.

 .265 BA/ 83 R/ 27 HR/ 107 RBI/ 0 SB/ .463 SLG

 OF

 Ken Griffey Jr. (1997)

Junior’s ’96 and ’97 seasons were nearly identical in power and run production. I give the nod to ’97 due to the 20 point increase in average and higher slugging percentage, but let’s be clear- both seasons were epic in their own respects.

 .304 BA/ 125 R/ 56 HR/ 147 RBI/ 15 SB/ .646 SLG

 Ichiro Suzuki (2001)

Not much unlike Junior, you can really take your pick from a few of Suzuki’s seasons. If you want run scoring, base-stealing, and a high average then it’s got to be his inaugural season. Though he hit .372 in 2004 his .350 average in ’01 is nothing to sneeze at.

 .350 BA/ 127 R/ 8 HR/ 69 RBI/ 56 SB/ .457 SLG

 Jay Buhner (1996)

As the list unfolds it’s not hard to understand why the Mariners were able to find success in the mid-90s. Another productive ’96 season, this one by power hitting outfielder Jay Buhner, led to some prolific offensive numbers for the team as a whole. Buhner was a typical power hitter: not going to hit .300 but he’ll throw some ribbies on the board.

 .271 BA/ 107 R/ 44 HR/ 138 RBI/ 0 SB/ .557 SLG

UTIL

Edgar Martinez (2000)

In my humble opinion, Martinez is one of the most under-appreciated hitters of this past generation. He consistently hit for a high average, scored a ton of runs, and plated teammates when they were on-base. Edgar quietly produced some of the finest offensive seasons of any player in the ‘90s and 2000s.

 .324 BA/ 100 R/ 37 HR/ 145 RBI/ 3 SB/ .579 SLG

 Starting Pitcher

 Randy Johnson (1997)

Not only does he have one of the best names in the history of baseball, Johnson’s ’97 campaign was one that may go down as the most dominant ever by a lefty starter. Nearly three hundred strikeouts coupled with a mere 77 walks, RJ was able to hold batters to a miniscule .197 batting average over the course of the season. Impressive to say the least.

 213.0 IP/ 20 W/ 5 CG/ 291 K/ 2.28 ERA/ 1.05 WHIP

Relief Pitcher

Kazuhiro Sasaki (2001)

His career in the Bigs was certainly short-lived, but while he was here he was a dominant closer. The ERA is a little higher than I’d like to have for a top-notch closer, but the WHIP and K/IP were terrific.

 66.2 IP/ 45 SV/  62 K/ 3.24 ERA/ .089 WHIP

Over the next few days we’ll begin to slowly roll out our first posts. The theme for these posts is basic, but will I’m sure, lend itself to a great deal of debate. Each Major League baseball team’s All-Time Fantasy All-Star team. First up: Pittsurgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Fantasy Team (Single Season Stats)

 C:

 Jason Kendall (1999)

 Catchers aren’t normally known for being speed demons, but Kendall’s 22 swipes in the ’99 season has to certainly be considered one of the best speed seasons for any backstop in the history of the game (he was caught only 3 times). Add that to a .332 BA and you’ve got one hell of a season for a catcher.

 .332 BA/ 61 R/ 8 HR/ 22 SB/ 41 RBI/ .511 SLG

1B:

 Willie Stargell (1971)

 A huge power guy who wasn’t a threat to burn up the base paths, Stargell’s ’71 campaign was impressive on a number of levels. What it boils down to though is exactly what you want from your first baseman: big power and run production.

 .295 BA/ 104 R/ 48 HR/ 0 SB/ 125 RBI/ .628 SLG

2B:

 Bill Mazeroski (1958)

 Mazeroski is perhaps best known for his ‘Shot Heard Round the World” and even his impeccable defense (all time leader in double plays turned). Maz’s 1958 season may not be earth shattering, but it was still above average for the time.

 .275 BA/ 69 R/ 19 HR/ 68 RBI/ 1 SB/ .439 SLG

 3B:

 Pie Traynor (1923)

 Traynor’s season in 1923 may not stack up against some of the power numbers that we expect third baseman of this generation to put up, but it wasn’t any less impressive. Showing some pop for his time, and added great speed and run scoring, Traynor was able to put together a great campaign.

 .338 BA/ 108 R/ 12 HR/ 28 SB/ 101 RBI/ .489 SLG

SS:

 Honus Wagner (1905)

 Even though some may associate his name with a famous baseball card, Honus Wagner was, and is still, one of the greatest baseball players to put on spikes. A perennial speed and on-base machine, his 1905 season was just plain amazing as he had an on-base percentage north of .400 (.427 to be exact).

 .363 BA/ 114 R/ 6 HR/ 57 SB/ 101 RBI/ .505 SLG

OF:

Barry Bonds (1993)

You could argue that his 1992 season was more impressive, but for me the 93’ season set the standard for a total offensive package: Huge power, huge speed, and a ton of runs. It doesn’t get much better.

 .336 BA/ 129 R/ 46 HR/ 29 SB/ 123 RBI/.677 SLG

 Ralph Kiner (1949)

Though he was never a threat to swipe many bags, Kiner’s power and run production were second to none. His power numbers in ’49 would be amazing in any era and set the standard for all Pirates sluggers to be judged against thereafter.

 .310 BA/ 116 R/ 54 HR/ 6 SB/ 127 RBI/ .658 SLG

 Roberto Clemente (1967)

Although he was primarily known for his slick fielding and cannon-like arm, Clemente was an underrated and underappreciated hitter. The career .317 hitter put up a ridiculous average in ’67 and coupled it with great numbers across the board

 .357 BA/ 103 R/ 23 HR/ 9 SB/ 110 RBI/ .554 SLG

 UTIL:

 Andy Van Slyke (1988)

Van Slyke won’t be enshrined in the Hall anytime soon, but his ’88 season was pretty darn good. He would never again reach some of the totals he put up that year, but it was certainly a season to remember.

 .288 BA/ 101 R/ 25 HR/30 SB/ 100 RBI/ .506 SLG

Starting Pitcher: TIE

 Bob Veale (1968)

 Veale’s 1968 was impressive not only for the fact that he approached 280 innings, but the fact that he kept his ERA under three in the process. The K’s were high and the batting average against was low- not much here that you can argue with.

 279.2 IP/ 18 W/ 14 CG/ 250 K/ 2.74 ERA/ 1.24 WHIP

 Doug Drabek (1990)

Drabek gets the nod here as well, if only for the fact that he won so many games. His K’s were a little low, but the ERA and WHIP were fantastic. Nine complete games certainly doesn’t hurt either.

 231.1 IP/ 22 W/ 9 CG/ 131 K/ 2.76 ERA/ 1.06 WHIP

Relief Pitcher:

Mike Williams (2002)

 The peripherals aren’t overwhelming, but a 46 save season is tops in my book. Only blowing 4 chances during the entire season, and adding 43 K’s to a .233 BA against makes it a fine season for sure.

 61.1 IP/ 46 Saves/  43 K/ 2.93 ERA/ 1.22 WHIP

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