I was reading the latest blog entry from Joe Posnanski
, about Kevin Youkilis. If you don't read JoePo's blog, well, if you play WiS you'll probably like his writing. Amazing sports (lots of baseball) blogger. Youk is known as the Greek God of Walks, so as you can imagine a main focus of the piece was on OBP. Also its sister stat: out percentage (1.000 - OBP). Out percentage is very straightforward, it tracks how many times a player makes an out.
How does this relate to WiS baseball simulation? In the comments section of the article, a poster posed this question: "Who would be on the all-time "Not Making Outs" squad?" (a.k.a the career OBP leaderboard). Of course the enternal greats top that list (Williams, Ruth, McGraw, Hamilton, Gehrig). But there are also many unexpected names. Heck, casual fans probably have no idea who John McGraw and Billy Hamilton were.
To filter the list into potentially underrated players, guys like Youkilis pre-2007, another commentator took out all the HOF names and THAT list is what I really want to show you all. The list on JoePa's site only goes thirty deep, I extended that into the top 100 all-time OBP careers. The non-HOF names from that list are:
Barry Bonds, Bill Joyce, Ferris Fain, Max Bishop, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Todd Helton, Frank Thomas, Edgar Martinez, Albert Pujols, Cupid Childs, Roy Thomas, Lefty O'Doul, Manny Ramirez, Charlie Keller, Eddie Stanky, Lance Berkman, Roy Cullenbine, Jake Stenzel, Jeff Bagwell, Denny Lyons, Riggs Stephenson, Joe Harris, Joe Mauer, Jason Giambi, Joe Cunningham, Pete Browning, Jim Thome, Lu Blue, Chipper Jones, Larry Walker, Bill Lange, Brian Giles, George Selkirk, Nick Johnson, Elmer Valo, John Olerud, Mike Smith, Ed Morgan, John Kruk, Bobby Abreu, Mike Hargrove, Johnny Pesky, Mark McGwire, Stan Hack, Eddie Yost, Ken Williams, Miguel Cabrera, Wally Schang, Gary Sheffield, Bob Johnson, George Grantham, Tip O'Neill, Jack Fournier, Mike Tiernan, Augie Galan, Dave Magadan
Look beyond the modern, sure to be inducted players (Chipper Jones, ect.) and the PED users (Bonds et. al.) and any long-time WiS user will recognize a great majority of the remaining names. Stanky, Cullenbine, Blue. You see it? It's a list of WiS cookies!
Not trying to proclaim a bold discovery, we all know OBP is a huge stat for this game. It was just fun to see that list and know so many of those players whom 90% of baseball fans have no idea about.