Originally posted on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 6/21/12

Professional hurler of round objects.

One does not simply toss out names randomly when attempting to name the best player in baseball by position.  That is sheer folly.  It would take a number of fans beyond reckoning to determine such a thing by popular vote, and the end result would simply be the outcome of a somewhat predictable popularity contest.  Instead, this goal should be accomplished via a more scientifically acceptable means of quantification.  In this case, I consider both counting stats and advanced statistics in play for this exercise.

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RF - Carlos Beltran Carlos Beltran (Cardinals, Age 35) - The .311/.396/.591/.988 slash line probably comes as a welcome surprise, but the 19 HR and 48 RBI has to be shocking to some.  If Beltran can maintain anything close to his current numbers, he could eclipse his best season based on WAR.  Doing so at age 35 almost makes you wonder what could have been for the oft-injured Beltran.  He only played in roughly 1768 regular season games during the first 14 seasons of his career, and he still managed to make himself the only switch-hitting member of the 300/300 club." class="shutterset_best-in-baseball"> ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 9


RF - Carlos Beltran (Cardinals, Age 35) - The .311/.396/.591/.988 slash line probably comes as a welcome surprise, but the 19 HR and 48 RBI has to be shocking to some.  If Beltran can maintain anything close to his current numbers, he could eclipse his best season based on WAR.  Doing so at age 35 almost makes you wonder what could have been for the oft-injured Beltran.  He only played in roughly 1768 regular season games during the first 14 seasons of his career, and he still managed to make himself the only switch-hitting member of the 300/300 club.

What say you, baseball villagers armed with pitchforks and corked bats?  Agree?  Disagree?  Ready for a verbal/written battle royal to push your pick(s)?  Bring it, because all my picks bring the challengers to the yard.

 

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