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    #100
    Fred Janney
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    Date of Birth: February 5, 1985
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2010-2023
    Total Points Scored: 672
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2011, 2014, 2023
    Best Year: 2019 with Hollywood/Davenport: finished 15th with .920 OPS

    Fred Janney leads off the Top 100; a worthy choice, as he was a highly effective catcher with a great batting eye. After a trade from Arizona to Davenport in 2018, he hit .408 in an era where that's quite the accomplishment. 11 seasons he hit above .300 and 4 times he crossed over the 200 hits mark, including a career high 220 in his final season at age 38. He played for 5 clubs, and has a lifetime .294 average or above for all 5. Didn't matter where had to hit, he just hit. Came up late (age 25) so his career was a little short for 3000 hits, but he did retire with 2618 hits, a .315 average and an OPS of .836. And 270 homers (he could them on occasion as well.)



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    Terry Helmuth
    Nickname: Motormouth
    Date of Birth: March 25, 1984
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2006-2023
    Total Points Scored: 673
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star 2011, 2015, 2018, 2019
    Best Year: 2015 with Cap City: finished 1st with 1.029 OPS

    Helmuth had a grind it out 18 year career, with several good seasons instead of dominant ones. With one exception. In 2015 he bucked the pitching era tide and blasted 66 homers and 145 RBI's for Cap City, both career highs by at least 20 in both categories, and leading the league in OPS. Cap City was the beneficiary of the peak of his career, but he remained a slugger throughout, topping 30 6 times. But that 2015 stands out so much it almost doesn't feel real. 4 All-Star games and 12 seasons with an .800 OPS or better, hence the grind it out definition. He retired with 504 homers and 2616 hits, an OPS of .817.



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    Gayle Robicheaux
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    Date of Birth: December 27, 1976
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2014
    Total Points Scored: 677
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Best Year: 2005 with Indianapolis: finished 16th with .949 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2016

    The face of the Indianapolis franchise, Robicheaux had his name laminated on the third baseman Vaughan League All-Star lineup in FOBL's infancy, with 12 nominations! Sparkling defense was one reason for his popularity, but the 3rd sacker could hit...topped 30 homers 12 straight years, 1537 career RBI's, and 2441 lifetime hits. And he was durable, too. Only twice did his games played dip below 155 for a season at quite the demanding position. What keeps him a little lower in the countdown was the fact he was getting .900 OPS's in years where the leaders were getting 1.000 OPS's. Never dominated a particular season, as his highest qualifying rank was 16th. But as has been mentioned with other players, Robi was consistently excellent.



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    Newton Smith
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    Date of Birth: February 3, 1984
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2009-2023
    Total Points Scored: 681
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019
    Best Year: 2012 with Virginia: finished 5th with .948 OPS

    There was a time in the mid 10's where there was no player more sought after than the Hammer Newton Smith. He came up strong with the Woodchucks with 4 seasons of OPS's over .900 before he was traded to Portland. He then was offered a 17m contract by Arizona, but opted to stay with the Prawns, a move owner PT later regretted. He bounced everywhere after that: Hollywood, Arizona, Montana, Green Bay, then made a home in Las Vegas for 4 1/2 seasons where he was still achieving OPS's in the .800's while in his mid-30's. He then goes to Philadelphia, and finally retires after 2 seasons in Charleston (remember them?) During that journey he made 6 All-Star teams, stole 349 bases, hit 344 home runs, had 2119 hits, and retired with an OPS of .842. And a lot of cash.



    #96
    Ronald Felix
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    Date of Birth: October 18, 1997
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2023-2037
    Total Points Scored: 681
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2030, 2033
    Best Year: Two way tie: 2028 with Hollywood/Queens and 2033 with Utica finished 8th with .923 OPS 81.2 VORP and .881 OPS 79.8 VORP, respectively

    I always felt that Felix was a little undervalued in his 15 year career, which was very similar to Newton Smith's. Both started out strong, got traded a lot, made 6 All-Star teams, and played their last years for teams that had very short shelf lives (San Francisco Lovely Ladies, anyone?). And they both had the exact same score (681) and the exact same number of qualifying years (10). Felix laid out the lumber a bit more, bashing 57 in 2026 for Hollywood and topping 40 on 5 other occasions. He didn't walk much, but didn't need to as he hit over .300 6 times. Just didn't get that great Hammer Smith contract. Ah, well. It's not real money anyway. He retired with 2455 hits, 497 homers (couldn't get 3 more?) and an OPS of .832. Just missed the Hall of Fame, too, even with 2 of his Top 10 comps being in the Hall.


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    Terry Helmuth: He was a good fielder too, playing a majority of the year in CF during his PED style 66 HR 2015 season. The season before that he helped the Mets win a Soleizcsmischt Series. He returned to the Mets before retirement and had a pretty good comeback season at age 37 before going full coppage the next year.

    From 2003: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY Capital City (AP) - In an effort to bring some more offensive punch to a pitching strong team, the FOBL's Capital City Metropolitans bit the payroll bullet today and traded away two keys from their 2011 season with some prospects for Utica Wombats sluggers Terry Helmuth and Darryl Medina. In negotiations that went on for nearly a week, the two sides came to an agreement this afternoon when the final sticking point, Mets pitcher Les Olson's option to invoke his fake no-trade clause, was resolved by promising he could keep all the Capital City office supplies he had pilfered over the past 2 seasons. Helmuth and Medina are expected to start in left field and first base respectively for the Mets, who had been in serious negotiations with several other FOBL clubs for some big bats. Utica's reasons for the trade were likely related to financial issues, the Wombats had the highest payroll in the FOBL in 2011.

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    I miss Felix

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    Trading for Felix extended our reign in the Prairie for sure.
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    #95
    William Spengler
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    Date of Birth: August 24, 1999
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2023-2035
    Total Points Scored: 682
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2023, 2025, 2033
    Best Year: 2023 with Annawan: finished 9th with .983 OPS

    I mentioned earlier that the face of the Annawan franchise had always been Jerome Tindall. For the last 5 years of their existence, however, no one did it better than William Spengler. In his rookie season he took over the Nor 'Easter with a .326 42 128 line, 122 runs scored, and a .983 OPS. He nearly matched in 2024 with a .330 35 122 line and 115 runs scored. It looked like the Shuckers finally had their first superstar. Alas, while his power still remained (10 seasons with 30 or more homers), his batting eye took a bit of hit, and he never hit higher than .295 again. Still very good, but not quite the days of his youthful exuberance in the corn fields of Illinois. He stayed on with Bantam after Annawan moved, then headed to Virginia, Kentucky, Richmond and Wisconsin, all the while staying healthy and hitting taters until hanging it up in 2035. He retired with 417 home runs and an .891 OPS.



    #94
    Isidro Ehlers
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    Date of Birth: June 26, 1970
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    Current Status: Retired

    Years Played: 2001-2009
    Total Points Scored: 683
    Number of Years Qualified: 8
    All-Star 2002, 2007
    Best Year: 2007 with Hollywood: finished 9th with 1.004 OPS

    It has always astounded me how popular some of the older players were in the early days of FOBL while Ehlers is routinely overlooked. He was a 1st baseman, which has that 'dime a dozen' appeal. He played for Norwich, a launching pad. But from 2001-2008, he launched them as good as anyone in the league, better than Mayer. Better than Rone. Better than Calkins. And longer than Bergland and Emrich. His 162 game split reads .309 39 131 and a .950 OPS, and that includes his coppaging 2009 season where he hit just .268 and 11 homers at age 38. He topped 1.000 OPS 3 times and .900 7 times. He topped 200 hits 3 times, .300 average 5 times, 30 homers 8 times and 100 RBI's 8 times. Lots of deserved pub goes to the killer hitters of the '00's Isidro Ehlers belongs in that group. This countdown gives him his deserved pub.



    #93
    Frankie Maestas
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    Date of Birth: July 18, 1988
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2015-2027
    Total Points Scored: 683
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2023
    Best Year: 2017 with Philadelphia: finished 3rd with .999 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    The best player in the old Philadelphia Billy Clubs history, Maestes could hit doubles and home runs with equal fervor (56 doubles in 2017, 53 homers in 2018). Drove in at least 103 runs his entire career minus his final season, and only went on the DL once (in 2019, where he still hit 30 home runs). He also played a shrewd third base in the early parts of his career before moving to the DH slot so he could continue to smash baseballs all over the field. He retired with an .855 OPS, although he got it as high as .999 during his 2017 season, the only season in which he hit over .300 to go with all those extra base hits. Took him a few tries to make the HoF, but he succeeded finally in 2035.



    #92
    John Bodie
    Nickname: The Shark
    Date of Birth: July 15, 1992
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2018-2032
    Total Points Scored: 685
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2021, 2025, 2031
    Best Year: 2021 with Des Moines: finished 2nd with 1.068 OPS

    He was known as 'The Shark' for being a persistent threat in the field, at the plate, and on the basepaths. He was a three time gold glover in the outfield, and stole 358 bases lifetime, including a league leading 69 in 2027 (odd that he only stole 72 total in his first 8 seasons). But he was mostly a threat at-bat. There was a 5 year stretch in the early 20's where he averaged a .957 OPS for the Des Moines Delinquents, and helped lead them to their second SS title in 2023. At age 35 he bounced from Richmond to Virginia (2 separate teams), and while he still scored runs and drew walks, his hitting totals were of the mortal kind. He retired in 2032 after grabbing 2189 hits, 387 home runs, and an .869 OPS.



    #91
    Mal Cherry
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    Date of Birth: January 26, 2007
    Drafted: Drafted by the Virginia Woodchucks with the 3rd pick in the 1st round of the 2027 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2027-2044
    Total Points Scored: 689
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2031, 2033, 2037, 2042
    Best Year: 2021 with Las Vegas: finished 12th with 1.068 OPS

    Cherry played 18 seasons, amassed over 10,000 At-bats and 2800 hits, 462 homers and 1625 RBI's. So the guy played. And he played everywhere. First as a Virginia Woodchuck for life, then to Queens where he grabbed his first AS appearance. Then 6 seasons at Las Vegas where his OPS there was .881. Then to Boston for 3 productive years hitting .290 at bashing 32 homers. Finally to Barstow where he makes another AS appearance at age 35. He was a doubles machine as well, hitting 60 in 2033, and ending his career with 661, good for 13th all-time. Although he was never in the elite group of FOBL'ers, he was in the 'very good for a long time with occasional greatness' category. And he's #91 all-time.


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    John Bodie was one guy I always wanted, but it took forever to get.
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    Ehlers was the key to my 2007 ring.

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    #90
    Brad Phillips
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    Date of Birth: December 23, 2017
    Drafted: Drafted by the Virginia Woodchucks with the 3rd pick in the 3rd round of the 2039 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2040-2052
    Total Points Scored: 690
    Number of Years Qualified: 8
    All-Star: 2041, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047
    Best Year: 2043 with Virginia: finished 2nd with 1.077 OPS 104.6 VORP

    Philips was one of the ten best hitters in the 40's, even with a productive run of just 7 years. A former 3rd round draft pick for the Virginia Woodchucks, he came through the ranks in 2041 with authority, winning rookie of the year the following line: .308 60 146 and a 1.048 OPS. Pretty impressive. For the next 7 years he was absolutely dominant: OPS's in the .911 to 1.077 range, crossing 60 homers 3 times (only one other player hit 60 homers once in the 40's), winning 3 Silver Sluggers, and making 7 straight All-Star teams. Truly elite talent. Then he hits age 30 and it just....stops. 2048 he still hit 46 homers for Norwich, but the average drops to .258. 2049 was a nightmare for Des Moines, hitting .224 and striking out...wait for it...213 times, 2nd highest seasonal total in FOBL history. by 2052 he was done at age 34. Doesn't negate the truly awesome numbers he put up while in his 20's. He retired with 1931 hits but 487 homers and an OPS of .906.



    #89
    Nate Ladd
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    Date of Birth: July 17, 2019
    Drafted: Drafted by the Davenport Falcons with the 19th pick in the 1st round of the 2040 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Davenport Falcons
    Years Played: 2041-present
    Total Points Scored: 690
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2044, 2047
    Best Year: 2044 with Davenport: finished 2nd with .907 OPS 86.4 VORP

    While never having an individual dominant season like Philips, Nate 'Good' Ladd nevertheless is carrying his consistent excellence well into his second decade. Actually, I take that back. 2044 he was dominant, with a .907 OPS and .402 OBP, his 86.4 VORP was second highest in FOBL. It doesn't scream dominance, but it played like it for Morg and his Davenport Falcons, who used it to springboard them to a 119-43 record, one of the best individual seasons ever. Ladd is a lifer Falcon and does everything well for them. Well, he can't run. But the other tools are there: average, walks, line drive power, over the fence power, outfield prowess, and a steady consistency which gets him VORP's in the 40's at age 35 while guys like Philips were long gone. He enters 2056 with 2257 hits, 290 homers, a .365 OBP, and an .829 OPS.



    #88
    Joaquin Broomfield
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    Date of Birth: September 26, 1968
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2009
    Total Points Scored: 691
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
    Best Year: 2002 with Durham, finished 10th with 1.038 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

    Another player from the inaugural draft, Broomfield spent 9 seasons playing for 5 teams, and was the dominant hitter for all of them at the time he played. Starts with Trenton in 2001 and hits 45 homers there, then goes to Durham for two seasons and hits 67 homers, then 40 homers. Goes to Long Beach and hits 58, then 54 homers. Goes to Essex and hits 38 then 46 homers. Goes to Durham and then traded to Indy where he hits 42 then 39 homers at age 40, then retires. Have I mentioned that Joaquin has some power? For his career he hits 429 homers in just 5151 at-bats. 1 Silver Slugger award and 6 All-Star teams, 1 Hall of Fame Induction. Made a lot of teams very happy.


    #87
    Joe Smith
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    Date of Birth: November 5, 1980
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    Current Status: Retired
    Joe Smith
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    Date of Birth: May 26, 1983
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired

    Years Played: 2005-2017 and 2008-2022
    Total Points Scored: 692
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2013
    Best Year: 2008 with Santa Cruz, finished 5th with 1.021 OPS

    OK, I'll admit I screwed this one up a bit. Joe Smith was a solid player in the late 00's/early 10's that had a .322 37 107 season for Santa Cruz in 2007 and followed it up with a 60 home run outburst in 2008. 5 outstanding seasons. Then while his career faded to mortal levels in the 10's for Utah, Davenport, Hollywood and others, for some reason his younger brother Joe Smith put up solid numbers for Philadelphia and Durham. Both played third base; both made all-star teams in the same era. BOTH LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME. (Look at those two pictures). As a result I merged both of their Top 100 OPS rankings into a single player, , getting him enough points to finish 87th. The first Smith would have finished in the 120's without his doppleganger's extra help. Not wanting to rewrite this whole darn thing, I've put them side-by-side and say congrats to both. And apologies to Sanford Alligood, who probably would have finished 100th. Ah, well.




    #86
    Daniel Berman
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    Date of Birth: June 21, 1976
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2014
    Total Points Scored: 693
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012
    Best Year: 2006 with Seminole, finished 1st!! with 1.025 OPS

    Thanks goodness there's only one Daniel Berman. Seminole and Columbus are thankful as well. Berman spent 4 seasons with the Crocs/Cutthroats, winning them the first SS title, then the next 8+ with the Honkies, winning an SS with them in 2009, although an injured season. 4 straight years his OPS topped the 1.000 mark, as much to do with OBP as it does with power. His rookie season he walked 151 times, and he topped 100 walks each of the next 6 seasons. He had as many as 47 homers once (2008 when he led the league in OPS), but he wasn't as much about straight power as he was a consistent threat in all areas including the base paths. 469 career steals, 365 career home runs and a lifetime OPS of .910. And oddly, no Hall of Fame, even though Richard Berglund got in. He should have had a younger brother.


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    Now that is a blast from the past.

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    #85
    Lester Hester
    Nickname: The Molester
    Date of Birth: October 7, 1981
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2006-2020
    Total Points Scored: 693
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016
    Best Year: 2013 with Las Vegas/Utah: finished 8th with .900 OPS

    The Molester was part of the 2nd wave of superstars, following those that came from the inaugural draft. Durability at third base was his specialty; in 15 seasons he missed a grand total of 28 games. And 16 of those came in his final 2 seasons. Must be all those restraining orders that bored him into showing up every day. But he could hit as well, strangely toward the latter half of his career with Utah during the offensively challenged 10's was his most productive time. The first time he hit 40 homers was at age 34. His line was solid: .275 28 94 per 162 game split and a .356 OBP, due to a decent number of walks and HBP's. Retired with 2510 hits, 408 homers and an .822 OPS.



    #84
    Wilson Cleary
    Nickname: Mr. Clean
    Date of Birth: November 30, 1998
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired

    Years Played: 2020-2033
    Total Points Scored: 694
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2022, 2025, 2027, 2028
    Best Year: 2025 with Des Moines: finished 5th with .968 OPS

    He was a bit of a slow burn, starting out as a line drive hitter with Minnesota for 5 seasons. Free Agency paid dividends in Des Moines, then Wisconsin, then Bantam with a stop off in Virginia, where his home run totals went from the teens to the thirties and forties. All the while his average stayed in the .300 range, even going 4 straight seasons with an average between .312 and .314. He was a big contributor in the 'Murderers Row' Wisconsin offense in 2026 (.331 36 119 and 1.047 OPS) and followed it with 3 straight 40 home run seasons. He coppaged quickly; by age 32 he was a shell of himself and retired at age 34. But his peaks were elite in FOBL.



    #83
    Ramon Santacruz
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    Date of Birth: September 5, 1989
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2014-2028
    Total Points Scored: 695
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2016, 2024, 2025
    Best Year: 2024 with Milwaukee: finished 5th with 1.008 OPS

    Santacruz was one of the better trades in Arizona history and helped propel the Discotheques to their first division crown in 2015. His averages hovered around .280 in his 7 years with the 'Theques, and he averaged about 25 homers. Nothing fancy, but solid. He goes to Hollywood at age 31 and after a disappointing 1st season finds a resurgence over the next 5 years, with OPS's over .860, 3 over .900, and in one truly remarkable season with the Milwaukee Microbrewers in 2024 has a .324 40 152 line and a 1.008 OPS. His early stuff would have ranked him in the Top 150, the resurgence drops him into the #83 slot all-time. He retired with 2255 hits, 414 homers, and an OPS of .858.



    #82
    Mark Whitaker
    Nickname: Bootleg
    Date of Birth: November 10, 2001
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2024-2035
    Total Points Scored: 697
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star: 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2031, 2032
    Best Year: 2025 with Ayr: finished 3rd with 1.013 OPS

    One of the better pure hitters in FOBL history not to make the Hall of Fame, 'Bootleg' Whitaker was the face of the Ayr Stunt Monkey franchise for 12 seasons in the 20's and 30's. 3 times his OPS topped 1.000, including an insane .349 47 139 line in 2032 with a 93.0 VORP. 5 times he had 200 hits, and he batted .300 8 times. This is in a pitcher's park, btw. He won a Silver Slugger award in 2025, even though he missed the All-Star game. The only reasons I see that he missed election is his lack of defense (DH primarily) and his burst was relatively short, just a 9 year span between 2024-2032. After that he plummeted a bit, then retired after the 2034 season having amassed 2224 hits, 394 homers, and an OPS of .921.



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    Carlos Gatton
    Nickname: El Nino
    Date of Birth: September 27, 1976
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2013
    Total Points Scored: 698
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010
    Best Year: 2004 with Columbus: finished 2nd with 1.077 OPS

    NOW we're talking. The countdown can't REALLY begin until El Nino's name is mentioned. He was a pure definition of raw power back in FOBL's infancy. Columbus reaped the most benefit of his presence, hitting 399 home runs in just 7 seasons there, including 3 straight years topping the 60 mark. 2004 was one of the best offensive outputs in history, with a .325 68 212 line and a 1.077 OPS. The 212 Runs Batted In is an all-time record and one that has not been approached since (no one has ever hit more than 196). He made 7 all-star teams with Columbus, then Seminole (part of their 2009 SS title), then bounced around Cap City, Boston and Trenton before retiring at age 36. He hit 595 career homers and hit .279 with an .898 OPS, better than other raw power talents like Hulk Stowers. And yet...like Whitaker, no Hall of Fame for him either. Those early days were crowded with studs. But Carlos gets a good laugh at the end, finishing 81st overall, ahead of many other Hall of Famers.


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    This project makes me happy and sad at the same time.

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    #80
    Angel McBride
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    Date of Birth: June 6, 1979
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2017
    Total Points Scored: 701
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    Best Year: 2014 with Milwaukee/Wichita: finished 6th with .913 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2020

    McBride was a fan favorite everywhere he played, both for the home team and even the visiting fans. He was well rewarded for his skills on the field and good nature off the field: 9 all-star games including 8 in a row from '09 to '16. One of the best all-around shortstops in FOBL history, he has 2 Gold Gloves in his hardware collection, as well as a lifetime .306 average and .374 OBP. Milwaukee is where he shined brightest, where in 8 seasons he hit .317 and had an .855 OPS. After 2002 his On Base % never dipped below .360 for any one season until his last one with Richmond in 2017. That much offensive output from a GG shortstop made him an easy HoF inductee. He retired with 2742 hits and 1352 runs scored.



    #79
    Carlos Garcia
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    Date of Birth: May 17, 2013
    Drafted: Drafted by the Columbus Crows with the 4th pick in the 1st round of the 2032 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2035-2052
    Total Points Scored: 701
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2039, 2040, 2042, 2043
    Best Year: 2040 with Columbus: finished 5th with .978 OPS 86.0 VORP

    Rodrigo Rivera is a FOBL legend, but his teammate Carlos Garcia should also receive a large share of credit for defining the solid Columbus teams of the past 20 seasons. Always overshadowed due to lack of power (82 homers lifetime), Garcia nevertheless put the ball in play at an elite level during his 8 year peak from 2037-2044. His on-base % rarely dipped below .380 and he retired with a career % of .386. In 2040, despite only hitting 8 home runs, he had a .978 OPS and 86 VORP, due to his .346 average, .458 OBP and 58 doubles. He was frequently a passenger during one of Rivera's long balls, scoring 100 runs 7 times. And like McBride, was a solid shortstop (so hard to find these days.) He even won a gold glove at third base early in his career. He retired with 2628 hits and a .295 average. Proud to be called Rivera's sidekick.



    #78
    Alva Fenton
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    Date of Birth: March 13, 1985
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2007-2024
    Total Points Scored: 702
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    Best Year: 2014 with Greenbelt: finished 2nd with .949 OPS

    One of the best players of the early Boston Pagan days before he got away (I'm sure Drake wishes he had a wider net back then), Fenton is the third straight 'high average infielder' on the countdown. He had much more power than McBride and Garcia, however, busting out a career high 51 for Greenbelt in 2014 (remember, a pitcher's era). That went with a .327 average, 1 of 11 seasons in which he topped .300. His skills at third base weren't Gold Glove worthy like McBride or Garcia, but he was consistently there, playing in 158 games or more for 13 of his 18 seasons. 8 times he topped 200 hits. In 2023 during a rent-a-stay season with Honolulu, he notched his 3000th hit, and stayed long enough to 209 more before hanging 'em up at age 39. Not quite a Hall of Famer, we've seemed to reach the point in the countdown where the just missers are showing up in bunches.



    #77
    Darrell Behm
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    Date of Birth: June 20, 1970
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2009
    Total Points Scored: 719
    Number of Years Qualified: 8
    All-Star 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007Best Year: 2004 with Las Vegas: finished 1st!!! with 1.125 OPS + 2005 with Utah, finished 1st!!! with 1.146 OP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2011

    The grandfather of the FOBL. Actually more the Johnny Appleseed, as he spread his greatness across 7 teams in just 9 seasons. But damn those seasons. The .407 average in 2002 is an all-time record (only person ever to hit .400 in a season). His 162 split is an eye popping .349 38 141 with 133 runs scored and an OPS of 1.020. Certainly in the short cluster of time he played there was no one better, even competing against all the greats of the early days. So why isn't he higher on the list? Only 8 seasons, while others put up similar statistics over 10, 12, 16 seasons. If the league started in 1990, he'd be Top 5 easily. It's actually kinda interesting to see all of the other greats that have come up since Behm was looking down over the FOBL universe. He'd be proud.



    #76
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    T.J. Crater
    Nickname: Bomber
    Date of Birth: November 10, 2025
    Drafted: Drafted by the Minnesota Windchill with the 2nd pick in the 1st round of the 2047 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Las Vegas Lightning
    Years Played: 2048-present
    Total Points Scored: 719
    Number of Years Qualified: 8
    All-Star: 2050, 2053, 2054, 2055
    Best Year: 2053, 2054, 2055 all with Las Vegas, finished 1st!!! 1.102 OPS 105.9 VORP, 1.153 OPS 129.6 VORP, 1.179 OPS 133.1 VORP, respectively.

    The player I think Papa Bear Behm would be most proud of is T.J. Crater, who has sandwiched his 8 years at the end with Behm's 9 years at the beginning. Both have the exact same number of qualifying years and the exact same score. Crater is the best active player in FOBL, bar none. He is one of only 6 players to lead the league in OPS/VORP 3 times, and the first one since Paul Pina to win it three straight. VORP is a score that wasn't tabulated until 2026, so the early players don't have their numbers of comparison. But the last 3 seasons Crater's scores rank 2nd, 3rd, and 23rd all-time. (1st being that Donny Room season in 2026 that I keep mentioning). He has a lifetime .337 average and .434 OBP. 286 homers and 1513 hits by age 29. 753 walks in 8 seasons. 161 stolen bases. Whatever Las Vegas gave up to acquire him from the Minnesota Wind Chill was not enough. He sits on top of the FOBL universe, smiling with Darrell Behm. #76 will be way too low for him in 10 seasons.


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    I'm pretty sure I drafted Fenton and traded him away before he hit the bigs. Just one of the biggest of the billions of mistakes I made early (not that I've stopped making them...)
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    Wally Sutcliffe
    Nickname: Psycho
    Date of Birth: October 28, 1998
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2021-2036
    Total Points Scored: 738
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2022, 2023, 2024, 2027, 2029
    Best Year: 2024 with Annawan: finished 3rd with 1.032 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    First Coonrod, then Tindall, then Spengler, then Sutcliffe. Annawan didn't have a whole lot of success, but they did have some great hitters. Throughout the 20's 'Psycho' Sutcliffe was a hitting machine: .330's, 200 hits, 20-30 homers. 5 times he scored over 130 runs. He represented the Shuckers in the All-Star game 4 times. Then when they moved Bantam, Wally moved with them, at least for 1 season. Then Los Alamos got a hold of him during their legendary run in the early 30's. In 2031 he led the league in hits with 231 while hitting .351 with 35 homers. Even his coppage years he still hit in the .260's. Retired just south of 3000 hits (2911) and 365 homers. Took 12 seasons after his retirement to make the Hall of Fame, but they came a knockin' in 2048.



    #74
    Micah Kelly
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    Date of Birth: January 26, 2025
    Drafted: Drafted by the Norwich Mustardmen with the 18th pick in the 1st round of the 2043 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Norwich Mustardmen

    Years Played: 2045-2055
    Total Points Scored: 740
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star 2048, 2049, 2053, 2055
    Best Year: 2049 with Norwich: finished 1st!!! with 1.110 OPS 128.3 VORP

    He was called up in 2045 for 62 at-bats, then quickly brought down again and stayed down for the entire 2046 season before his rookie season really began in 2047. Probably a good decision. Micah has never slowed down since, becoming Norwich's anchor for their 4 straight SS appearances. Rookie of the Year in '47, Silver Slugger in '49, 4 All-Star Teams and 2 Gold Gloves at Left Field. 2049 was one of the best single seasons in FOBL history: .359 44 123 with 185 runs scored, 116 walks, and 74 stolen bases - all career highs. Even during the Mustardmen's dark period in the 50's he's still producing at a .950 OPS clip. 1755 hits, 285 homers and 469 stolen bases and he just turned 30. Will be very surprised if he ever leaves Britain, except for his Cooperstown speech after retirement.



    #73
    Derrick Miller
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    Date of Birth: December 24, 1991
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2016-2030
    Total Points Scored: 740
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2024, 2025, 2026
    Best Year: 2022 with Las Vegas: finished 2nd with 1.051 OPS

    After two gold gloves in 2021 and 2022, his defense became a lot shadier until eventually DH'ed. I mention this because it's really the only down side of a fabulous 15 year career. 5 tools: Hit (2182), Hit for Power (305), Run (456) Field and Throw (2 GG's). And the teams he played on WON: in the 12 years in which he was a starter, he never played a season in which his teams won less than 92 games, first with Montana (2016-2020), then Las Vegas (2021-2023), then Utica (2024-2026) and finally Hollywood (2027). 8 of those years he made the All-Star team. He did have a couple of injuries that brought his numbers down in the overall, and probably cost him the Hall of Fame. But he was certainly a gifted player who was fortunate enough to bathe in success his entire career.



    #72
    William Remy
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: April 14, 1972
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2011
    Total Points Scored: 744
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008
    Best Year: 2001 with Seminole: finished 1st with 1.143 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

    Remy was the very first person selected in the FOBL inaugural draft. Of the thousands of players that have graced the FOBL stage, Remy's name was chosen first by the Seminole Honkies in 2001. He was also the first player to win a Silver Slugger Award in 2001, with the following line: .372 48 194 and 243 hits. Of all the great players in the countdown who had incredible 2001 seasons, Remy's 1.143 OPS led them all. It took him about 8 wonderful years before he started to slow down. Seminole's 2 seasons were the best as he followed up the historic 2001 campaign with an equally impressive 1.111 OPS in 2002 before being shipped off to Indianapolis where he topped 40 homers twice more, then went to Utica where he hit 'only' 39 homers before crossing 40 AGAIN for 3 more seasons. Long Beach, Orlando and Santa Cruz had him in 2009 and 2010 but the coppage bug hit him hard, where his averaged dipped to Hulk Stowers levels. But for 8 seasons he was nose to nose with the Darrell Behm's. Maybe Remy should be the Grandfather of FOBL. Hall of Fame in 2013. Easy choice.



    #71
    Richard Pease
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    Date of Birth: August 16, 1992
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2017-2030
    Total Points Scored: 755
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026
    Best Year: 2020 with Norwich and 2022 with Norwich: finished 8th with .954 and .963 OPS, respectively

    There are 3 anchors in the Norwich Mustardmen annals: Freddie Wiens dominated the first decade, and Micah Kelly is dominating currently. In the late 10's and throughout the 20's it was Richard Pease. He set up camp at the All-Star game with 8 appearances in 9 seasons, and he went 8 years with his OPS in the .900's. Not above, not below. The result is a player who didn't grab top headlines, but rather the 2nd and 3rd stories for a fun but struggling Norwich franchise during the andy malcom years. He turned into a runner late: 0 SB's in his first season at age 24 and 16 SB's in his last season at age 37. Evidence of reverse evolution. Consistent excellence at an elite scale gets him the #71 slot. Retired just short of the Hall with 2320 hits, 394 homers and an OPS of .856. So close.


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    Keith Wooton
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    Date of Birth: June 18, 2002
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    Years Played: 2025-2043
    Total Points Scored: 757
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2027, 2029, 2035, 2039
    Best Year: 2027 with Orono: finished 6th with .982 OPS 80.6 VORP

    It's hard to be overlooked when you hit 570 home runs in your career. Wooton was overlooked a bit, though. Some of that could be his lifetime .267 average, although he walked so much his lifetime OBP was .366. Maybe it was the teams he played for and their lack of postseason prowess (never got past the first round of the playoffs). Maybe it was the 1902 strikeouts. But when he hit it, it went very, very, very far. His 2027 Orono season was a career year: .330 34 89 with 110 runs scored and an OPS of .982. He then had another career year in 2035, his last with Orono: .299 44 120 with 112 walks and an OPS of 1.004. He hung around a long time after coppaging to see his lifetime average plummet. But Wooton was a silent giant; one of the few left in the annals of FOBL.



    #69
    Rodger Whisenant
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    Date of Birth: September 11, 1976
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2015
    Total Points Scored: 768
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2011, 2013
    Best Year: 2011 with Utah: finished 11th with .938 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2017

    FOBL's first true hit king. He was the first player in history to top 3000 hits, and he did it systematically as a constant force in the Davenport/Utah lineup, with pit stops at Des Moines and Virginia. 13 consecutive seasons where he broke the 200 hit barrier, 3 years in a row he had EXACTLY 200 hits, and going as high as 253 in 2002. He stung line drives all over the park, never going below 11 homers a season but never more than 28. His 595 doubles rank him 27th all-time. His 3181 hits rank him 19th all-time. His .323 lifetime average ranks him 23rd. His 524 stolen bases rank him 31st all time. Until the end, he never hit below .296, and hit as high as .383 during the magic 2002 season, where his OPS was 1.002 despite only 17 home runs. A systemic force that drove him all the way to the Hall of Fame.



    #68
    Karl Bauer
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    Date of Birth: July 6, 1989
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2013-2027
    Total Points Scored: 782
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2017
    Best Year: 2016 with Durham: finished 3rd with .981 OPS

    I've mentioned many, many times how the 10's were a pitcher's haven in FOBL, a stark contrast to the 00's where the ball was flying wild. The truly elite players of the 10's have stats that would only look above average one decade earlier. Karl Bauer is a great case in point. His .983 OPS in 2016 ranked him 3rd, where in 2001 it would have ranked him 25th. Going by ranking only and not score to account for the era, Bauer becomes one of the elite players that got even less respect than Keith Wooton. Maybe not to Durham or Cap City, where he spent the late 10's mashing the ball, or Santa Cruz in 2020. Or Triangle in 2021 for that matter. A lot of people wanted to have him, but not a lot of owners rewarded him. Just 1 All-Star appearance? No sniff of the Hall of Fame despite 2339 hits, 351 homers, 1260 walks, 1551 runs scored, 314 stolen bases, OBP of .369, and a lifetime OPS of .853...IN THAT ERA??? Maybe his stats don't lend to mid-year, year end and career awards. But his OPS rankings certainly did here, 68th all-time.



    #67
    Wallace Beauchesne
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: April 23, 1993
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2018-2034
    Total Points Scored: 786
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star: 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023, 2025
    Best Year: 2019 with Minnesota: finished 1st!! with 1.027 OPS

    Beauchesne played 17 seasons with 4 different teams, but the majority of his damage was done during his 12 year stint in Minnesota. Came up as a rookie in 2018, following the legendary 4-158 2017 team. The 2018 team fared little better with just 24 wins, although Wally hit .324 28 86 and won Rookie of the Year. The next decade he was...er...very hard to get out. 5 straight seasons with 200 or more hits, including a 2019 seasons where he led the league in OPS at 1.027 following a .368 34 109 season. Think the Chill was happy to see him after those years of misery? He even surpassed it in 2023 with a 1.040 OPS but had to settle for 3rd place. 4 times he finished Top 5 in the rankings. He DH'ed primarily, so no bonus points for defense, and that could be why the 5 Time All Star with a lifetime .904 OPS in 8016 At-Bats is not enshrined in the Hall of Fame. No matter. He shined bright in the cold for a long time.



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    William Lecroy
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    Date of Birth: March 24, 1996
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2020-2032
    Total Points Scored: 787
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2021, 2024, 2025
    Best Year: 2021 with Kentucky: finished 3rd with 1.060 OPS

    It's kinda weird; Lecroy is one of the only players in this countdown who played his entire career for a franchise that is no longer in existence (the old Kentucky franchise). He was to be part of Duke's coming out of the tank party before his abrupt departure, so his successors got to reap the benefits. Which were plentiful. Other than an injury marred 2026 season, he busted over 30 homers 10 straight times, and even crossed 40 twice after turning 34. He had over 100 walks 4 times, taking that solid .279 lifetime average up to a .376 OBP. The lifetime Juggarnaut was good with the milestones: 11 times over 100 RBI's, 8 times scoring 100 runs. He finished his career with exactly 7000 at-bats and 1956 hits, which makes his HoF case a little weaker. Would that one 2026 season where he fractured his foot been enough to put him over the top? And that .882 OPS lifetime. We might always wonder.


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    Jay Zullo
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    Date of Birth: March 7, 1995
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    Years Played: 2018-2033
    Total Points Scored: 790
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2022, 2024, 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029
    Best Year: 2028 with Wisconsin: finished 4th with 1.060 OPS 96.1 VORP

    Zullo was the second best player on the Murderer's Row Wisconsin Snowbird offense of the late 20's, the ones that had team OPS's over .900. Called up in the late 10's, he was an average ballplayer for 3 seasons until busting through in 2021 with a .317 19 81 line and a .910 OPS. Numbers kept inching up year after year, until his REAL BUST OUT season in that glorious 2026 season: .303 42 126. Oddly, he did not make the AS team that year, probably the only player on that team that didn't and his only miss in a 6 year span. His best season was 2028: .346 38 135 with 134 walks, 151 runs scored, a .460 OBP and a 96.1 VORP. And of course, it was overshadowed by Donny Room's 101.7 VORP that year. The next 5 seasons his stats slowly slid down, from .945 to .874 to .846 to coppage mode. He retired on the cusp of the Hall of Fame with 2341 hits, 354 homers and an .874 OPS. Probably the Snowbird bandbox carried a little bias against him. Without him, though, their otherworldly teams would have been merely very good.



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    Nate Johnston
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    Date of Birth: July 29, 2016
    Drafted: Drafted by the Wichita Tumbleweeds with the 18th pick in the 1st round of the 2038 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Wichita Tumbleweeds
    Years Played: 2038-present
    Total Points Scored: 794
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2044, 2045, 2047, 2048, 2050
    Best Year: 2044 with Wichita: finished 11th with .916 OPS 64.3 VORP

    You can use three players that can cover the entire Wichita franchise history minus 7 years. The early days it was Stephen Riley (2001-2014). Then it was Hall of Famer Lawrence Spillers (2013-2031). Since 2038 it's been Nate Johnston, who is going on his 19th season and is just 52 hits away from 3000. His most impressive stat: For 16 consecutive years (until 2054), he hit over .300. He has the extra-base hits and walks and Rookie of the Year/Gold Glove center field hardware to accompany him as well, but he's been in the batting average leaderboard for 16 straight years. A phenomenal mark of consistency. 6 times he topped 200 hits and has gotten as high as 224. Due to weaker teams he hasn't driven in or scored as many runs as he could have, but he's stayed consistent. In 2052 (his 15th season) he hit .349 23 84 and a .968 OPS at age 35. The current 2056 season might be his last, as he relegated to pinch-hitting duty. If he can cross that 3000 milestone, he'll be just the 35th player to do it.



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    Ivan Hernandez
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    Date of Birth: November 22, 2020
    Drafted: Drafted by the Virginia Woodchucks with the 6th pick in the 1st round of the 2041 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Virginia Woodchucks
    Years Played: 2041-present
    Total Points Scored: 802
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048
    Best Year: 2046 with Virginia: finished 2nd with .914 OPS 82.8 VORP

    Actually, regarding Nate Johnston, I take that back. He would be the 36th player to reach 3000, because Ivan Hernandez came into 2056 only 42 hits away from 3000, and he's charging harder to be the 35th player. Hernandez is Johnston with 3 more bottles of Red Bull. Less power (only 158 homers) and not much speed (47 stolen bases), Ivan nonetheless has scored 100 runs 11 times, and had 11 seasons with 200 or more hits; even going on a 4 year stretch where he had at least 225 hits. He would be on pace for 16 straight .300 seasons if not for a 'slight' blip in 2051 where hit 'only' hit .297. And he's only 35. 3 or 4 more seasons at his current pace and he can pass the great Antonio Ohl for most hits in Virginia history. His .328 average ranks 13th all-time, and 5th among active players.




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    Mohammed Amann
    Nickname: Jihad
    Date of Birth: March 19, 1980
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2018
    Total Points Scored: 804
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2008, 2014, 2015
    Best Year: 2007 with Hollywood: finished 19th with .955

    Jihad never was a dominant player, not like his teammate Tony 'HYPE' Ehmann during the Hollywood years. But he was consistently excellent for 18 seasons. Well, 14 of those seasons were excelled before his mid-10's coppaging years. He topped .900 in OPS 5 times, including a career high .955 on the championship 2007 squad. He topped 200 hits 3 times, topped 30 homers 3 times, topped 100 RBI's 7 times, topped 100 runs 8 times, won 2 Gold Gloves, went to 3 All-Star teams. Usually not in the same seasons; again, never dominant but productive for close to two decades. He went 6 seasons without missing a game between 2004-2009. His career totals were some milestone just misses: 2960 hits and 434 homers, OPS of .836. Where's his famous 'flipping off' pic, though???




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    Juan Torres
    Nickname: Yoda
    Date of Birth: May 14, 1993
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2016-2034
    Total Points Scored: 806
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2023, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2031, 2032
    Best Year: 2027 with Hollywood/Triangle: finished 10th with 1.009 OPS 75.1 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2038

    Torres could have been the greatest player of all-time. He'll settle for 61st, a 6 time All-Star and Hall of Famer. Not too shabby. He was the 1st overall selection in the famous Big 6 2012 draft, and is the 3rd highest ranked of that Big 6. It could have been that AAA season of 2018 where Shaw was burying his players as he was gearing for a run in the 20's. Mayyybe not. He never had 200 hits in a season, but he did have 5 seasons of 40 homers plus, and hit .300 6 times. His best year was split between Hollywood and Triangle in 2027, where he hit .326 42 126. He was a decent but very smart base stealer, with 198 SB's at a 70% career clip. He only finished below .800 OPS 3 times in his 19 seasons which is very good. Although being perhaps the most hyped prospect of the decade, methinks it could have been a bit more. 2716 hits, 508 homers, 1785 RBI's..maybe it was asking too much. The Mickey Mantle of FOBL.



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    Now I'm all misty-eyed.

    http://www.thefobl.com/forums/showth...iced-by-whores

    I'll find that picture (it's on the Wall of Fame below) when I'm not at work. Not sure IT would like me doing a Google Image Search for "Jihad."

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    Was Zullo the player Bruno got in a trade that almost led me to fly to his home and leave a bad of flaming dog shit on his front porch? I can never remember which player's acquisition angered me so.

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    No, Zullo was actually a PT draftee IIRC. Always liked him for his eye.

    The acquisition of THIS GUY is what always got me. Maybe not the deal at the time, but how it turned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuervo72 View Post
    No, Zullo was actually a PT draftee IIRC. Always liked him for his eye.

    The acquisition of THIS GUY is what always got me. Maybe not the deal at the time, but how it turned out.
    Yeah, that was not one of my finer moments. IIRC, I had two shortstop prospects with the same ratings at the same time. I kept Stephen Sims (after our fearless leader) and let go one of the 60 greatest ballplayers of all time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    Was Zullo the player Bruno got in a trade that almost led me to fly to his home and leave a bad of flaming dog shit on his front porch? I can never remember which player's acquisition angered me so.
    Zullo was the last first rounder I drafted before the first time I quit.

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    You can always come back... again.

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    I couldn't find the original image, but I did get a laugh out of how many Obama pictures popped up in GIS for "muslim flipping the bird."

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    Ivan hernandez also the most criminally underpaid player in VIR history.
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