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    Arthur Shaeffer
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    Date of Birth: March 31, 1986
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2010-2024
    Total Points Scored: 808
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2011, 2024
    Best Year: 2018 with Seminole: finished 1st!! with 1.007 OPS

    Shaeffer had an interesting career. In 15 seasons, he certainly had some duds (2014-2015, 2022). But dotted throughout are some dominant years as well. 6 times he finished in the Top 20 in OPS, including a league leading 1.007 for the 2018 Seminoles as part of their dynasty run. He was also oft injured, never completing more than 150 games 5 times. His specialty was getting on base with a lifetime .393 OBP. He had some power (342 homers) and some speed (287 steals), and would follow up a sub .800 OPS season with a plus .900 season, and then get traded the following year in mid-season (4 times, including twice in 2014). The sum total is still one of the most productive careers in FOBL history. Retired with 2207 hits and an OPS of .866.



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    Joshua Castelli
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    Date of Birth: June 23, 1977
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2016
    Total Points Scored: 810
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
    Best Year: 2014 with Green Bay: finished 5th with .928 OPS

    He never hit more than 25 homers in one season, nor did he ever drive in 100 runs. The last 10 seasons he never had 500 at bats. So why is he 59th all-time? Consistent excellence, and getting on base. His lifetime .407 OBP is 5th all time for players with at least 7000 plate appearances. The 4 above him are the Paul Pina type legends. 11 times he topped .400 OBP in a season, including a career high .450 in 2007. He was a lifer in the 'Evil Triad', spending 8 seasons with Davenport and then 8 more with Green Bay, and the career lines between the two teams are eerily similar. Just consistent, productive excellence. Probably the highest level of excellence still short of dominance. Anything above him is winning MVP's. Retired with 2249 hits and an .849 OPS.


    #58
    Harold Lejeune
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    Date of Birth: November 7, 1991
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2016-2028
    Total Points Scored: 813
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star 2021, 2024, 2025, 2027
    Best Year: 2021 with Santa Cruz: finished 8th with .978 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    Sea Lion for Life, Lejuene never had a season where he didn't qualify in the Top 100 for OPS/VORP. Not many players can say that. He never drove in less than 107 runs. He never scored less than 85, and he scored 100+ 10 times. He never had less than 27 homers, and hit 30+ homers 10 times (including 54 in 2021). He hit 200+ hits 8 times. When he wore a Santa Cruz cap, he was always a threat. No coppaging, no rookie rust. One odd stat: In his first 10 seasons, he stole a total of 3 bases, and was caught a total of 3 times: All in the same season (2020). The other seasons he stayed put. Two Silver Slugger Awards and 4 All-Star appearances, I guess the speed wasn't needed. Made the Hall 7 seasons after retiring with 2617 hits and 478 home runs, with a lifetime OPS of .885.



    #57
    Manny Morin
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    Date of Birth: May 5, 2024
    Drafted: Drafted by the Arizona Discotheques with the 6th pick in the 1st round of the 2042 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Arizona Discotheques
    Years Played: 2046-present
    Total Points Scored: 817
    Number of Years Qualified: 10
    All-Star 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2051, 2052, 2054, 2055
    Best Year: 2048 with Arizona: finished 1st!!! with 1.019 OPS 99.4 VORP

    It took a while, but Arizona finally drafted and kept a bona fide superstar. The best player in their history, he holds the team records for homers, RBI's, stolen bases, walks, and All-Star appearances. Won Rookie of the Year in 2046 right at the beginning of the Discotheque run of the last 10 years. Was the only 'Theque to win Silver Slugger (2048) and made 8 All-Star teams in his 10 full seasons. 997 walks to just 615 strikeouts. He's an 8 time member of the 30/30 club with some years left to go (he's only 32). For a team that rarely had a .900 OPS player due to their huge ballpark, he's surpassed it each of his first 7 seasons before 'regressing' to the .850-.870 range the last 3 years. Career OPS to this point is an eye-popping .942. Still has about 3-4 years of productivity as long as there is no early coppage. So #57 is outstanding, but Top 25 is very realistic. That's easy Hall of Fame territory.



    #56
    Antonio Pedroza
    Nickname: Babylon
    Date of Birth: March 30, 2003
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2024-2037
    Total Points Scored: 818
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2025, 2026, 2030, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035
    Best Year: 2034 with Portland: finished 1st!!! with 1.103 OPS 111.5 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    He was already an elite hitter after 5 seasons with New Orleans and then 3 more with Atlantic City, routinely topping .900 in OPS. Had 46 homers and 132 RBI's in 2026 and a league leading .600 Slugging. But man did he jump to the stratosphere when he hit Portland in 2032. 3 seasons with the following lines: 2032: .300 37 127 .915, 2033: .317 40 120 1.026, 2034: .334 52 131 1.103. The last one got him a Silver Slugger award and the OPS ranks 34th all-time for a single season, 21st if you exclude the 2001-2004 pinball stat years. It was a large reason for the consecutive SS titles the Prawns captured in 2033 and 2034. He had one more solid year with Durham in 2035 before coppaging and retiring in 2037, but not after amassing 2207 hits, 474 homers and an OPS of .924. The Hall came a knockin' 11 seasons later.


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    Castelli above Whisenant is a felonious offense. Those two guys plus Bueno were the core of the early DAV offense. Not sure why, but I always thought of Castelli as Lou Gehrig even if he didn't have Gehrig's power.

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    William Landa
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    Date of Birth: July 1, 1991
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2016-2033
    Total Points Scored: 818
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2024, 2025
    Best Year: 2022 with Seminole: finished 1st!! with 1.055 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    One of my all-time favorite players. I would say one of Seminole's and Las Vegas's favorite players as well. Landa was a 5-tool player who was one of the main cogs in the Seminole late 10's dynasty. His stats with those Honkie teams were HoF worthy by itself: .332 average in 4707 at-bats, .911 OPS, 4 All-Star Teams. He signs with Las Vegas and wins 2 Gold Gloves in 3 seasons, and makes 2 more All-Star Teams, hitting .332 again in another 1527 at-bats. At age 36 he meandered through Philly and Utah before landing in Arizona (and their only SS title) for 6 more seasons all the way through age 42. At age 40 he had a resurgence with a .302 20 113 line and 200 hits. He surpassed 3000 hits at age 41. Just a dynamite player for 18 seasons. Retired with 3214 hits, 323 homers, 515 steals, and .863 OPS and one Hall of Fame Induction in his first try.



    #54
    Benjamin Gilliam
    Nickname: Cap
    Date of Birth: April 5, 2001
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2022-2040
    Total Points Scored: 844
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2024, 2025, 2036
    Best Year: 2025 with Durham: finished 1st!! with 1.052 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    Durham has had a good run of 'franchise players' in their history, whether it be Gary Frances, Pat Colston, and Robert Day. Ben Gilliam is one of the best ones, certainly the longest one. 19 seasons and 8363 at-bats, 2585 hits; all team records. The Dragons went through 2 big runs in his tenure, first in the 20's where they exceeded 100 wins 5 times, then a minor one in the late 30's toward the end of his career. A great blend of power and a batting eye: broke 30 homers 6 times and even capped at 49. Broke a .400 OBP 6 times, including a .460 performance in 2025, the year where he led the league in OPS with 1.052. The one downside in those 19 seasons was a lack of an SS title. His franchise peers have one (Frances in 2006, Colston in 2054-55), but Gilliam fell short; his only dark spot in a Hall of Fame worthy career.



    #53
    Todd Davis
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    Date of Birth: February 22, 1989
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2014-2030
    Total Points Scored: 846
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
    Best Year: 2020 with Seminole: finished 2nd with 1.024 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    As the rash of Seminole players are being mentioned in this countdown, it becomes apparent how much of a dynasty they were in the late 10's early 20's, one that hasn't been matched until Montego Bay took over the league in the late 40's early 50's. If Landa was the spark plug, Todd Davis was the rock. One of the Big 6 legendary draft players in 2012, he spent 11 seasons in Southern Florida without a single poor season. Lowest OPS was .815, and he crossed .900 7 times. In a 7 year stretch between 2017-2023, he hit .300, drove in 100, scored 100, hit 23 homers and stole 19 bases. It would have been 9 straight years save for a injury in 2016 that cut off 1/3 of the season. It was weird when he went to Portland in 2024, seeing him not wearing the Honkie red. He still produced in 2 seasons with Portland and another with Atlantic City (more dark red unis...odd) before he coppaged at age 40. 2 Silver Sluggers, 8 All-Star Teams at 2nd base, and a very well earned statue in the FOBL Hall.




    #52
    Glen Larson
    Nickname: Gigolo
    Date of Birth: December 15, 2015
    Drafted: Drafted by the Orono Bear Brewers with the 4th pick in the 1st round of the 2036 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2038-2054
    Total Points Scored: 846
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2039, 2041, 2042, 2043, 2045, 2047
    Best Year: 2042 with Orono: finished 2nd with 1.019 OPS 86.4 VORP

    Gotta love the mustache on the Gigolo. He pimped his services for 6 teams during his 17 year career, but did his most damage with Orono and Montego Bay between 2039-2045. He was one of the first players as part of FOBL's 2nd wave of superstars in the late 30's, where the talent dearth prior threatened to kill the league. And he took off running. At age 23 he hit 43 homers, then increased it to 50 one year later. The following year 2041 he had a .301 47 183 line and powered up AGAIN in 2042 with his best year ever .328 39 167 and an 86.4 VORP, 2nd in the league. Truly the guy was onto something. Actually that was Jamaica, where he helped jump start a very young group of superstars to one of the biggest dynasties ever, the Red Stripe Machine of the 40's and 50's. .975 OPS in 2045. He certainly knew how to drive them in: 1927 RBI's in 9417 at-bats, including 12 straight seasons of 100 or more. He then went his gigolo way to Indy, Norwich, Salt Lake, back to Norwich, back to Montego Bay and finally Northhampton, where he retired with 587 homers and an .883 OPS. Once the Hall of Fame engine starts running again, he'll be aboard that train.



    #51
    Jesus Bustos
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    Date of Birth: August 12, 1986
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2010-2025
    Total Points Scored: 855
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    Best Year: 2012 with Virginia: finished 6th with .940

    Most of the accolades and recognition bestowed upon Bustos came early in his career, while a brief member of the Virginia Woodchuck for Life club and then as a member of the Whores of Hollywood. But he produced his entire career while manning the middle infield. In 4 seasons for Subby he hit 140 homers and had an .878 OPS and made his first all-star team. 4 more seasons with Hollywood for Shaw he hit another 123 homers and had an .872 OPS and made 4 more All-Star teams. Honolulu next: 2 seasons with an OPS of .840. Then a season in New Orleans: OPS of .905. Then 5 seasons as an aged vet with Milwaukee: OPS of .825. If a person with his talent played one decade earlier, he'd be in the .900's easily. If he played two decades later, he'd also be crossing into .900 territory and people would be talking about him as a legend. Those darn pitching era 10's, though, where slugged the majority of his 445 homers and 1507 RBI's. Retired with an .855 OPS. And so so close to the Final leg of the countdown: The Top 50.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgado View Post
    Castelli above Whisenant is a felonious offense. Those two guys plus Bueno were the core of the early DAV offense. Not sure why, but I always thought of Castelli as Lou Gehrig even if he didn't have Gehrig's power.
    Sorry to frustrate you.

    Going off of straight stats, Whisenant's was better. Going off of OPS relative to the rest of the league at the era they played, Castelli was ranked higher. It went from a hitter's league to a pitcher's league so starkly in the first two decades it's almost like comparing apples to kumquats. There was actually an OPS league leader under 1.000 in the 10's. (Joan Sprouse .970 in 2014). Castelli was very productive during those last 2 seasons with Green Bay, after Rodger had cooled off.


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    Summary stats for players Ranked #100-#51:


    Rank Name # of Entries /2 Total Total 00's Total 10's Total 20's Total 30's Total 40's Total 50's
    #51 Jesus Bustos 26 855 0 688 141 0 0 0
    #52 Glen Larson 24 846 0 0 0 74 708 40
    #53 Todd Davis+ 24 846 0 397 425 0 0 0
    #54 Benjamin Gilliam+ 26 844 0 0 361 457 0 0
    #55 William Landa+ 26 818 0 260 465 67 0 0
    #56 Antonio Pedroza+ 22 818 0 0 273 523 0 0
    #57 Manny Morin* 20 817 0 0 0 0 385 412
    #58 Harold Lejeune+ 26 813 0 209 578 0 0 0
    #59 Joshua Castelli 22 810 348 440 0 0 0 0
    #60 Arthur Shaeffer 22 808 0 467 319 0 0 0
    #61 Juan Torres+ 26 806 0 133 514 133 0 0
    #62 Mohammed Amann 28 804 449 327 0 0 0 0
    #63 Ivan Hernandez* 26 802 0 0 0 0 607 169
    #64 Nate Johnston* 26 794 0 0 0 44 548 176
    #65 Jay Zullo 22 790 0 0 684 84 0 0
    #66 William Lecroy 22 787 0 0 608 157 0 0
    #67 Wallace Beauchesne 20 786 0 188 578 0 0 0
    #68 Karl Bauer 22 782 0 496 264 0 0 0
    #69 Rodger Whisenant+ 24 768 454 290 0 0 0 0
    #70 Keith Wooton 24 757 0 0 290 443 0 0
    #71 Richard Pease 20 755 0 161 574 0 0 0
    #72 William Remy+ 18 744 726 0 0 0 0 0
    #73 Derrick Miller 22 740 0 182 536 0 0 0
    #74 Micah Kelly* 18 740 0 0 0 0 291 431
    #75 Wally Sutcliffe+ 22 738 0 0 598 118 0 0
    #76 T.J. Crater* 16 719 0 0 0 0 116 587
    #77 Darrell Behm+ 16 719 703 0 0 0 0 0
    #78 Alva Fenton 20 702 0 563 119 0 0 0
    #79 Carlos Garcia 22 701 0 0 0 198 481 0
    #80 Angel McBride+ 22 701 174 505 0 0 0 0
    #81 Carlos Gatton 22 698 630 46 0 0 0 0
    #82 Mark Whitaker 18 697 0 0 432 247 0 0
    #83 Ramon Santacruz 22 695 0 330 343 0 0 0
    #84 Wilson Cleary 20 694 0 0 643 31 0 0
    #85 Lester Hester 20 693 136 537 0 0 0 0
    #86 Daniel Berman 18 693 672 3 0 0 0 0
    #87 Joe Smith 24 692 252 416 0 0 0 0
    #88 Joaquin Broomfield+ 18 691 673 0 0 0 0 0
    #89 Nate Ladd* 22 690 0 0 0 0 523 145
    #90 Brad Phillips 16 690 0 0 0 0 674 0
    #91 Mal Cherry 24 689 0 0 0 505 160 0
    #92 John Bodie 22 685 0 0 596 67 0 0
    #93 Frankie Maestas+ 20 683 0 406 257 0 0 0
    #94 Isidro Ehlers 16 683 667 0 0 0 0 0
    #95 William Spengler 20 682 0 0 340 322 0 0
    #96 Ronald Felix 20 681 0 0 393 268 0 0
    #97 Newton Smith 20 681 0 613 48 0 0 0
    #98 Gayle Robicheaux+ 20 677 455 202 0 0 0 0
    #99 Terry Helmuth 26 673 84 537 26 0 0 0
    #100 Fred Janney 24 672 0 527 121 0 0 0


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    Landa's 2026 campaign - where he had an OPS of 1.023* was CHOCK FULL OF FUN!

    05/14/2026 Injured (bruised wrist), day-to-day for 6 days.
    05/18/2026 Injured (fractured eye socket), out for 3 months.
    08/22/2026 Injured (fractured hand), out for 2 weeks.
    09/16/2026 Injured (fractured wrist), out for 4 weeks.






    * in 55 games. [sad trombone] Which I'm not sure included our SS appearance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cuervo72 View Post
    Landa's 2026 campaign - where he had an OPS of 1.023* was CHOCK FULL OF FUN!

    05/14/2026 Injured (bruised wrist), day-to-day for 6 days.
    05/18/2026 Injured (fractured eye socket), out for 3 months.
    08/22/2026 Injured (fractured hand), out for 2 weeks.
    09/16/2026 Injured (fractured wrist), out for 4 weeks.






    * in 55 games. [sad trombone] Which I'm not sure included our SS appearance.

    Ugh, frustrating. He actually finished 99th in VORP that year, and received a whopping 2 points. Was just enough for him to move from 57th to 55th, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by frozenrope View Post
    Sorry to frustrate you.

    Going off of straight stats, Whisenant's was better. Going off of OPS relative to the rest of the league at the era they played, Castelli was ranked higher. It went from a hitter's league to a pitcher's league so starkly in the first two decades it's almost like comparing apples to kumquats. There was actually an OPS league leader under 1.000 in the 10's. (Joan Sprouse .970 in 2014). Castelli was very productive during those last 2 seasons with Green Bay, after Rodger had cooled off.
    lolz

    I think it's because I tend to think of Rodger Whisenant (aka "that Whise guy" = Daimyo) as much more valuable because he played centerfield (well) and Castelli was "just" a first baseman. Whisenant and Olson are the two iconic DAV guys from that early era.

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    This may be the greatest "project" in FOBL history.

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