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01-27-2013, 07:33 PM
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With the fifty sixth overall pick in the 2013 HF Boards All-Time Draft the Montreal Expos are extremely pleased to select, from Gretna High School in Gretna, Louisiana, RF Melvin Thomas Ott.

Mel Ott was one of the premier power hitters of the first half of the twentieth century. The Lousiana-born right-fielder played twenty two major league seasons, all with the New York Giants, averaging 110 runs scored, 30 homers and 110 RBIs per year. At the time of his retirement he ranked second on the all-time home run list behind only Babe Ruth. His 511 career home runs still rank twenty third all-time and despite his small 5'9 frame he was known for his prodigious power, leading the Senior Circuit in home runs on six occasions and finishing runner-up another seven times.

Ott also led the league in wins above replacement twice (five times amongst position players) and was well-known for his plate discipline as well as his home run ability, finishing first in walks six times and in on-base percentage four times. His slash line of .304/.414/.533/.947 ranks amongst the best in league history and his OPS+ of 155 is twenty third on the all-time list. Despite playing much of his career in the cavernous Polo Grounds of New York City, Ott led the league in OPS+ five separate times. An eleven-time All-Star Game participant (four times selected as a starter) he also played in three World Series championships, winning the 1933 title for the Giants and batting .389 with two home runs as the Manhattanites took the title in five games over the Washington Senators.

*511 career home runs (23rd all-time)
*2876 hits
*11-time All-Star Game selection
*104.0 career wins above replacement (22nd all-time)
*.947 career OPS (23rd all-time)
*155 career OPS+ (23rd all-time)
*1933 World Series champion
*Career .901 post-season OPS
*2-time league leader in runs scored
*2-time league leader in OPS
*5-time league leader in OPS+
*6-time league leader in walks
*6-time league leader in home runs (11 top ten finishes, seven runner-up finishes)
*10-time league leader in at-bats per home run (18 top ten finishes, four runner-up finishes)

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