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'08 Player Rankings: Closers

List contains the top 30 in Saves. I know you will all be shocked that K-Rod isn't #1.   Closer Rankings   1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees   17.3 Win Shares 34.0 VORP 10.3 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 38 NYY AL   6   5  64   0   0   0  60 39   70.7   41   11   11   4    6   77   2   1   259   0   0  1.40  4.44  317 0.665     2. Joe Nathan, Twins 3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 4. Joakim Soria, Royals 5. Kerry Wood, Cubs 6. Brian Fuentes, Rockies 7. Brad Lidge, Phillies 8. Francisco Rodriguez, Angels 9. Bobby Jenks, White Sox 10. Takashi Saito, Dodgers 11. Jose Valverde, Astros 12. Billy Wagner, Mets 13. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers 14. Matt Capps, Pirates 15. Huston Street, A's 16. Trevor Hoffman, Padres 17. Francisco Cordero, Reds 18. B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays 19. Kevin Gregg, Marlins 20. Jon Rauch, Nationals/Diamondbacks 21. Salomon Torres, Brewers 22. Brian Wilson, Giants 23. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals 24. Mike Gonzalez, Braves 25. J.J. Putz, Mariners 26. Brandon Lyon, Diamondbacks   27. George Sherrill, Orioles   5.0 Win Shares 5.8 VORP 3.4 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP +--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+ 2008 31 BAL AL   3   5  57   0   0   0  49 31   53.3   47   28   28   6   33   58   1   1   239   6   0  4.73  4.53   96 1.500   28. Troy Percival, Rays 29. Todd Jones, Tigers 30. C.J. Wilson, Rangers

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'08 Player Rankings: Center Fielders

Center Fielders   1. Carlos Beltran, Mets   32.6 Win Shares 57.6 VORP 10.4 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 31 NYM NL 161  606  116  172  40  5  27  112  25  3  92  96  .284  .376  .500  131  303   1   6  13   1  11     2. Grady Sizemore, Indians 3. Josh Hamilton, Rangers 4. Nate McLouth, Pirates 5. Curtis Granderson, Tigers 6. B.J. Upton, Rays 7. Torii Hunter, Angels 8. Shane Victorino, Phillies 9. Matt Kemp, Dodgers 10. Cody Ross, Marlins 11. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays 12. Mike Cameron, Brewers 13. Marlon Byrd, Rangers 14. Chris Young, Diamondbacks 15. Skip Schumaker, Cardinals 16. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 17. Rick Ankiel, Cardinals 18. Aaron Rowand, Giants 19. Jim Edmonds, Padres/Cubs 20. Scott Hairsotn, Padres 21. Carlos Gomez, Twins 22. Lastings Milledge, Nationals 23. Reed Johnson, Cubs 24. Coco Crisp, Red Sox 25. Adam Jones, Orioles 26. Mark Kotsay, Braves/Red Sox 27. Willy Taveras, Rockies   28. Michael Bourn, Astros   7.6 Win Shares -12.0 VORP 2.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 25 HOU NL 138  467   57  107  10  4   5   29  41 10  37 111  .229  .288  .300   56  140   7   1   0   2   3   29. Melky Cabrera, Yankees 30. Corey Patterson, Reds

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'08 Player Rankings: Catchers

I know that you are all thinking, "The regular season ended four days ago and I've already forgotten who was good and who sucked this year." Well my friends the annual Bored Player Rankings are here to help you!   Starting with position players, each list includes 30 players who had the most plate appearances at each position. Now these lists always end up including players who weren't true everyday players and end up populating the bottom of the list. So this year I'm going to highlight the worst everyday player at each position so we can all point and laugh at them.   Catcher Rankings   1. Joe Mauer, Twins   31.2 Win Shares 55.5 VORP 11.8 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 25 MIN AL 146  536   98  176  31  4   9   85   1  1  84  50  .328  .413  .451  134  242   1  11   8   1  21     2. Brian McCann, Braves 3. Geovany Soto, Cubs 4. Russell Martin, Dodgers 5. Ryan Doumit, Pirates 6. Chris Iannetta, Rockies 7. Bengie Molina, Giants 8. Kurt Suzuki, A's 9. Dioner Navarro, Rays 10. Kelly Shoppach, Indians 11. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 12. Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks 13. Jason Kendall, Brewers 14. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox 15. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers/Yankees 16. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles 17. Brian Schneider, Mets 18. Gerald Laird, Rangers 19. Rod Barajas, Blue Jays 20. Chris Coste, Phillies 21. Jesus Flores, Nationals 22. Miguel Olivo, Royals   23. Jason Varitek, Red Sox   8.7 Win Shares -1.0 VORP 5.3 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 36 BOS AL 131  423   37   93  20  0  13   43   0  1  52 122  .220  .313  .359   74  152   0   2   3   6  13     24. Brandon Inge, Tigers 25. John Buck, Royals 26. Kenji Johjima, Mariners 27. Jeff Mathis, Angels 28. Jose Molina, Yankees 29. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies 30. Paul Bako, Reds

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'08 Player Rankings: 1B & DH

I'm throwing the Designated Hitter rankings in this entry as they don't need their own entry. For the DH list it is made up of the top 14 in plate appearances   And now see the pain I had to go through in watching prized prospect Daric Barton be a colossal flop in his rookie year.   First Basemen Rankings   1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals   35.1 Win Shares 96.8 VORP 13.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 28 STL NL 148  524  100  187  44  0  37  116   7  3 104  54  .357  .462  .653  190  342   0   8  34   5  16     2. Lance Berkman, Astros 3. Mark Teixeira, Braves/Angels 4. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox 5. Justin Morneau, Twins 6. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 7. Carlos Delgado, Mets 8. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 9. Carlos Pena, Rays 10. Ryan Howard, Phillies 11. Prince Fielder, Brewers 12. Joye Votto, Reds 13. Derrek Lee, Cubs 14. Jason Giambi, Yankees 15. Adam LaRoche, Pirates 16. Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays 17. James Loney, Dodgers 18. Mike Jacobs, Marlins 19. Ryan Garko, Indians 20. Ron Belliard, Nationals 21. Casey Kotchman, Angels/Braves 22. Paul Konerko, White Sox 23. Nick Swisher, White Sox 24. Kevin Millar, Orioles 25. Doug Mientkiewicz, Pirates 26. Rich Aurilia, Giants 27. Todd Helton, Rockies   28. Daric Barton, A's   9.3 Win Shares -7.4 VORP 2.5 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+ 2008 22 OAK AL 140  446   59  101  17  5   9   47   2  1  65  99  .226  .327  .348   85  155   6   3   5   3   6     29. John Bowker, Giants 30. Ross Gload, Royals     Designated Hitter Rankings   1. Aubrey Huff, Orioles   23.1 Win Shares 58.4 VORP 7.9 WARP3   Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+--- 2008 31 BAL AL 154  598   96  182  48  2  32  108   4  0  53  89  .304  .360  .552  137  330   0   7   7   3   9     2. Milton Bradley, Rangers 3. Jim Thome, White Sox 4. David Ortiz, Red Sox 5. Jason Kubel, Twins 6. Hideki Matsui, Yankees 7. Cliff Floyd, Rays 8. Matt Stairs, Blue Jays/Phillies 9. Billy Butler, Royals 10. Gary Sheffield, Tigers 11. Frank Thomas, Blue Jays/A's 12. Craig Monroe, Twins 13. Travis Hafner, Indians 14. Jose Vidro, Mariners

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