posted on Apr, 6 2006 @ 08:24 PM
I agree about Joe Morgan, and would add this point:
Bill James, who HATES Morgan as an announcer, feels as I do that Morgan is the greatest second baseman of all time (despite Rogers Hornsby's flashy
stats). And he has created something he calls a "percentage player index," which is comprised of four stats:
(1) Fielding percentage, compared to the average fielding percentage for that position in that player's time, 30%;
(2) The player's stolen base PERCENTAGE, 30%;
(3) The player's strikeout to walk ratio, 30%; and
(4) The player's walk frequency per se, 10%.
Joe Morgan is the greatest percentage player in baseball history, which tells you all you need to know about how smart a player he was, and how much
he understands the game.
Others in the Top 15 who are from modern times include Ozzie Smith (#4), Tim Raines (#6) and Tony Gwynn (#11). The only genuinely famous player in
the Top 15, other than Morgan and perhaps Gwynn or Ozzie, is Joe DiMaggio at #12.
For the record, I am 100% with Aegis and against James on the issue of Morgan as an announcer. Having followed baseball like a demon all my life, I
feel like I know the game real well. But every time I watch a game where Miller's the play-by-play guy and Morgan's the color commentator, I learn
new things about the game from Morgan.
Oh, and I am 1,000% with Aegis about the Braves' announcers, especially Sutton.