Really sorry for the delay, everyone -- I was out of town and didn't think that my pick would come up so quickly. I should have left names with someone else.
Newark Eagles select SS/3B Alex Rodriguez
A career .300/.384/.560 hitter with 647 homers, 512 doubles, 318 steals and counting, Rodriguez is one of the best hitters in baseball history by any measure, and his position (I will probably use him as a SS, but we'll see how the rest of the draft shakes out) gives him even more value. Thrilled to see him still on the board.
The Brooklyn Superbas trade for the 35th pick and select SP Bob Gibson.
Gibson pitched for 17 years and compiled a 251-174 record, 3,117 strikeouts and a tidy 2.91 ERA (one of only 5 post-deadball era pitchers with over 3,500 IP and a sub-3.00 ERA).
1 MVP (1968)
2 World Series MVPs
2 Cy Youngs (1968, 1970)
9 Gold Gloves
8 time All Star
For all that, he was even better in the post-season with a 7-2 record and a 1.89 ERA, 0.889 WHIP and a 5.41 SO/BB ratio. He was a workhorse, pitching 27 innings in each of the 3 World Series he appeared in.
Gibson was also pretty good with the bat in his hands, hitting as high as .303 in 124 plate appearances in 1970 and ending his career with 24 homeruns and adding 2 more in World Series play.
Last edited by UL Washington: 01-24-2013 at 11:48 AM.
I was really considering picking him, and when you said you wanted to trade up, I figured he was who you're going for. I'm a huge Gibby fan, but sometimes you have to ignore fandom in favor of building a team.
Well I was torn between ARod and Gibson, but thankfully that choice was made for me. Arod is better value here but I also think you need to have a bonafide ace to win this thing. And by my calculations, there are only a couple left so I think it was worth it to trade up and not take the gamble that one would fall to me at pick #40. There's a couple of pitchers ranked pretty closely to Gibson that are still available, but Gibson's post season success gives him the edge, imo.
Kid Nichols - SP
Boston Beaneaters (1890–1901)
St. Louis Cardinals (1904–1905)
Philadelphia Phillies (1905–1906)
520 Games, 361 Wins, 2.95 ERA,
"I take pride in two things. My election to baseball's Hall of Fame and the fact I never was removed from a game for a relief hurler." - Kid Nichols
National League pennant: 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897, 1898
7th-most wins in Major League history (361)
11th-most innings pitched in Major League history (5056.3)
National League wins champion: 1896–1898
3-time National League shutout leader
11 20-win seasons
7 30-win seasons
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4.15 K/BB Ratio
8 All-Star Games
3 Cy Youngs
1 Pitching Triple Crown
Good pick. I've always considered him better than Koufax. He put up stronger absolute numbers, in an era when it was more difficult to do so, and he had better rate numbers despite having to pitch through his 30s. Had he been available he was my next pick.