Thursday, July 14, 2011

My favorite Shortstops. MINE, dagnabit you whippersnapper!

This is the third in a series of posts.  See 1st basemen here, 2nd basemen here.

I have been wanting to do a series on my favorite players by position for a while now.  I decided on "top 10's by position" as my format.  I want it to be fun and interactive though.  So I decided on a few 'rules'.

1. I can bend the rules when I feel like it.
2. The players on the list have to have played when I payed attention to baseball.  So my arbitrary cutoff date is 1980.  All players on the list must have played in the 1980 season or later.
3. No ranking, just the top 10 in no real order.  So Duane Kiper might make the list, but you won't know if he is #1 or #9 on that list
4. SP will be a top 20 and OF will be a top 30
5. This is a card blog, so each player must have an accompanying picture of one of their baseball cards.  Usually it will be one I don't have, so you all can send them to me!!
6. I'll update each page with reader suggestions (even if I don't care for them) and keep a link to all other positions on future pages


My favorite Shortstops
Ozzie Smith - Somebody on another blog said the other day that they hated Ozzie.  I can't hate Ozzie!!

Cal Ripken Jr. - One of my white whales right here

Derek Jeter - insert 3000 hit comment/pun here

Omar Vizquel - I admire longevity.  It'd be really cool if Omar got to 3000 hits!

Mark Belanger - forgotten by some, great fielder

Tony Fernandez - classy!

Shawon Dunston - Dunno why I like him, must be residual Cubs fever from the mid 80's

Alan Trammel  - See Fernandez, Tony above

Robin Yount - Cool looking card

Barry Larkin - HOF!

Reader picks:
Put them in the comments or e-mail to me!

1. Jeff Blauser - I'm nuts!
2. Troy Tulowitzki
3. Dave Concepcion - if I redid this, he might bump Dunston