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    Default FOBL's Greatest Hitters - Part 6 - Rankings #50-#1

    Thanks for being patient with me so far. I hope you've enjoyed the countdown style and the Back-In-Time journey of this project. I've had a lot of fun reminiscing on the ballplayers of yesteryear and of today. It's nice to blend it altogether for one definitive ranking (how definitive is still debatable).

    The last group represents the Top 1% of players that have made it to the majors. It doesn't include all the draft picks that never got past rookie ball or A ball. Of all the computer generated players, the following are the elite of the elite of the elite. The ones legends are made of. The ones that are talked about and will be talked about for generations to come (or as long as FOBL lasts - me thinks that will still be a while).

    These are the 50 greatest hitters in FOBL history. Let's get it started...


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    Victor Sanchez
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    Date of Birth: December 24, 2019
    Drafted: Drafted by the Durham Dragons with the 16th pick in the 1st round of the 2041 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Davenport Falcons
    Years Played: 2044-present
    Total Points Scored: 857
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2044, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2052
    Best Year: 2047 with Kentucky: finished 3rd with 1.007 OPS 96.8 VORP

    It's plausible to say that Victor has been under the radar during his 13 year career. He's been part of very good teams including the great Davenport teams of the 50's. But he has so infrequently been 'the man' during his tenure it's easy to overlook how good he's been. He started with Queens (the earlier version) and won Rookie of the Year in 2044. When Queens moved to Kentucky, he went with them and responded with the best season of his career in 2047 (.325 36 100 with 120 runs scored and an OPS of 1.007). He signs with Virginia and hits 45 homers his first year. After that he's been riding the Falcon train. VORP's in the 50's-70's every season. He's up to 2107 hits in his career, as he heads into his 14th season. 322 homers, 1315 RBI's, and an OPS of .872. Not too shabby for the lead entry into the final 50.



    #49
    Don Jones
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    Date of Birth: March 14, 2025
    Drafted: Drafted by the Trenton Roadkill with the 11th pick in the 1st round of the 2046 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Trenton Roadkill
    Years Played: 2047-present
    Total Points Scored: 862
    Number of Years Qualified: 9
    All-Star 2048, 2049, 2050, 2051, 2052, 2053, 2054, 2055
    Best Year: 2050 with Trenton: finished 1st!!! with 1.054 OPS 102.6 VORP

    Trenton is like Santa Cruz and Durham in their ability to hang onto superstars throughout their careers. In the last 10 years, there has been no hitter better from start to finish than Don Jones. This is Antonio Ohl/John Johnson level good. The 11th pick in the 2046 draft has been in the Top 10 in VORP for 8 straight seasons. He's not just an 8 time all-star, he's a 6 time Silver Slugger Award winner. It's his ability to do it all that makes him so valuable. He hits in the .320 area and has peaked in the .350's. He's hit over 40 doubles 8 times. He's hit over 20 homers every season, half of them over 30, and peaked at 40. Lifetime OBP of .421. Drives in runs. Scores runs. Steals bases. Plays a solid second base. His top comparison right now is Darrel Behm. And the best news for Roadkill fans is he's only 31 years old. If he can avoid injury and maintain his production for another 5 seasons, he could be one of the 10 greatest players ever. And to think Willie English was picked ahead of him. And Jerry Bruno. And Norm William.



    #48
    Francisco Torre
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    Date of Birth: October 7, 2003
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2048-2042
    Total Points Scored: 875
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2030, 2032, 2034
    Best Year: 2034 with Philadelphia: finished 4th with 1.051 OPS 96.1 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    Torre might be the king of the All-Star snubs. He played first base, so there might have been a log jam. But from 2035-2041 he had VORP's ranging from 42.5 to 72.4 and not once did he make the team. The 3 times he DID make the team were quite special: 2030 with Des Moines he went .328 40 127. 2032 with Des Moines/Utica he went .321 57 158. 2034 with Philadelphia he went .341 50 144. But do the stats have to be THAT good to be recognized? Broke 40 home runs 8 times. Topped .300 12 times. Finished his career with 2833 hits and 563 homers, with a BA of .302 and an OPS of .901. The Hall of Fame was quick to recognize him in 2048. And we at the Top Hitters of All Time Headquarters want to recognize him as well with a #48 medal. I'm sure he appreciates it.



    #47
    Freddie Wiens
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    Date of Birth: September 25, 1973
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2013
    Total Points Scored: 894
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2010
    Best Year: 2004 with Norwich: finished 4th with 1.061 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2011

    Or maybe it's Wiens who's the original king of All-Star snubs. Just one???? Norwich might have Micah Kelly now, and Richard Pease in the 20's, but there was no better Mustardman, all-star or not, than Freddie Wiens. A Centerfielder with energy to burn, Wiens played 11 seasons with Norwich before being rented out as a 38 year old to Philly. Then liking that British smog comes back to Norwich in 2013 for one final season. Until his final coppaging season never had a BA below .296 and went as high as .372 in 2002. He averaged 26 homers a season, but early in his career he hit the 40 mark twice. He also walked 100 times in 7 seasons so his OBP was .408. But seriously, just the one All-Star game in 2010? The .351 40 147 season in '04 didn't do it for you? Torre and Wiens can share a lot of gripes at the bar in Hall of Fame city. We've got him here at #47.



    #46
    Toshitsugu Koda
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    Date of Birth: September 10, 2006
    Drafted: Drafted by the Trenton Roadkill with the 2nd pick in the 1st round of the 2027 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2028-2041
    Total Points Scored: 897
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2039
    Best Year: 2032 with Trenton: finished 2nd with 1.050 OPS 98.4 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2050

    Koda was not one hurting for accolades during his 14 seasons. He actually made the All-Star game with 4 different TEAMS. First with the team that drafted him 2nd overall in 2027, the Trenton Roadkill. 6 years there and 3 times he finished with an OPS over 1.000. Surprised that pbot didn't hang onto him given his track record for long careered superstars. But Hollywood snatched him up in a trade, and he spent 3 1/2 years hitting in the .310-.320 range and hitting 30-48 homers. Mauston Mad Cows had him for 2 seasons (remember them?), and he represented them in the All-Star game both times. .969 and .984 OPS's. He is traded to Arizona for 1 season, a .938 OPS, another All-Star game. He retired at age 34, but had already amassed 2351 hits, 386 homers and a .934 OPS. And lots and lots of (deserved) accolades.


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    Fucking Wiens... him and Ehlers were such forces of nature on the early Norwich teams.

    Fun fact about Victor Sanchez - I didn't realize he played terribad 2B defense until this offseason. He is a key component of the new look Slugfest DAV defense.

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    Sad to say it but we may be finally getting to the part of the list where I'll recognize every player name listed. Even in the last group of players there were some guys I had never heard of before (embarrassingly shuffles feet).

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    Koda was a fucking stud.

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    #45
    Alejo Bocanegra
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    Date of Birth: November 22, 1991
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2015-2033
    Total Points Scored: 898
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2027, 2028
    Best Year: 2022 and 2028 with Santa Cruz: finished 11th with .955 OPS and .941 OPS 74.6 VORP, respectively.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    Another of the vaunted 'Sea Lions for life'. Bocanegra was a 3rd round draft pick that learned how to hit at the elite level in 2018 and kept hitting and hitting and hitting and only stopped at age 41 because his wife asked him to and I'm sure he was reluctant. . He had a little bit of power, averaging about 20 per season, but it's only because he had so many hits some were bound to leave the park. He went 10 consecutive seasons where his BA was .330 or higher, and another 3 where he was .315 or higher. Passed the 200 hits mark 10 times. Didn't walk much, didn't strike out much, hardly ever stole bases. He just put the bat on the ball and more times than not it landed somewhere hard. 7 time All-Star, 1857 runs scored (18th all time), 11,396 at-bats (6th all time) and 3693 hits (6th all time). He led the league in BA at age 39. At age 63, he can still probably hit .300.



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    P.J. Whittier
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    Date of Birth: November 17, 2015
    Drafted: Drafted by the Queens Bees with the 5th pick in the 1st round of the 2037 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2038-2053
    Total Points Scored: 908
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2038, 2040, 2042, 2043, 2046
    Best Year: 2043 with Ayr: finished 9th with .959 OPS 83.0 VORP

    Whittier rather stealthily rose to the top of the countdown with a great blend of line drive contact and speed, first with Queens and then as part of Ayr's long-awaited rise to dominance in the 40's. 2043 was his best season, the first in a Stunt Monkey uni: .341 26 136 with 121 runs scored, 33 steals and an OBP of .436, leading the league in the latter. He led the league in OBP twice, BA twice, Walks twice, and even triples twice. So the production came from all over the place. 12 seasons with an OPS over .800. Broke 200 hits 5 times, and had 1184 walks to only 666 strikeouts. Nothing sexy about his stats, but as an accumulation he contributed in so many ways. Retired just a couple of years ago with 2657 hits, 1450 runs scored, a .306 BA and an OPS of .852.



    #43
    Don MacKinley
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    Date of Birth: March 25, 2017
    Drafted: Drafted by the Triangle Vajdas with the 16th pick in the 2nd round of the 2035 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2040-2054
    Total Points Scored: 908
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2042, 2044, 2048, 2049, 2050, 2051
    Best Year: 2051 with Triangle: finished 3rd with 1.014 OPS 90.0 VORP

    MacKinley is the best player of the Triangle/Orlando organization, who went to the stratosphere as a Prodigal Son. He debuted with the Vajdas in 2040 after being drafted in the 2nd round, and cemented himself in the cleanup spot, hit 40+ homers 3 straight seasons. He then went for greener pastures in Barstow where he continued to mash the ball around. 45 homers, then 40, then was traded to Arizona in 2047 during their pennant stretch, the stats never slowing down. But he missed the Triangle. He comes back in 2048 and goes from a good player with good power to a great player with great power. 4 straight seasons with 50+ home runs, including a Silver Slugger winning 2051 campaign: .317 52 157 with a .409 OBP (first time he ever went over .300 in BA or .400 in OBP), and at age 34! His first home run in 2052 was his 500th, and he eventually ended with 575, to go with 2462 hits and an .882 OPS. In the end, you CAN come home.



    #42
    Charles Helfer
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    Date of Birth: July 20, 2003
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2027-2041
    Total Points Scored: 942
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2029, 2031, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2038, 2039, 2040Best Year: 2036 with Des Moines: finished 3rd with 1.018 OPS 86.7 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    In my humble opinion, the darkest days of FOBL were the mid-30's. With ownership and leadership transition, a lack of exciting talent, and the continued heavy admin duties, the league almost folded. It actually did stop for a couple of months before it dusted itself off, shed 4 teams, got new leaders, and propelled itself for two more decades and counting. I mention this now because one of the great players of all time made a lot of his milestones during this dark era, and as a result isn't the household name it could be. Charles Helfer was a 9 time All-Star, led Portland to 2 SS titles, and had a career .932 OPS in 8379 At Bats. But the teams he played for (Honolulu, Portland, Des Moines, Marlboro) weren't rah-rah type owners, and he was drown out a bit by the players of long ago, and then by the exciting new kids of FOBL V 2.0. He had the 10th highest score from the decade of the 30's. 567 Home Runs. Broke the 1.000 OPS threshold 3 times. Hall of Famer. Now that I've seen all he's done in comparison to others on this list, to paraphrase Sarah MClathlan 'I will remember Helfer. Will you remember Helfer?'


    #41

    David Tiffany
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    Date of Birth: January 15, 1979
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2018
    Total Points Scored: 947
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015
    Best Year: 2004 and 2006 with Columbus: finished 3rd with 1.064 OPS and 1.004 OPS, respectively
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2021

    This guy we remember. He's kinda hard to forget. That 2004 season can burn a nice impression on the brain: 223 hits, .338 50 168 line with 154 runs scored, 40 doubles, 11 triples!, and 42 stolen bases in 45 tries, all for Mike and his evil Columbus Cutthroats. After clubbing with Columbus for 5 seasons (including a Silver Slugger Award in 2006), Virginia had the next crack at him, and he has a Babe Ruth style 60 HR season in 2008, which wasn't even his best overall season there (2007 he had an OPS of 1.000). He then travels to Des Moines where he helps the FAMOUS Kevin Pelton win their first SS title in 2013 along with two of his three gold gloves in Centerfield. He stuck around 4 more franchises in the next 5 seasons, full-fledged coppage mode but with enough pop to retire with 626 home runs, 2010 RBI's, 2688 hits, and an OPS of .879. Yeah, the Hall of Fame was a no brainer.


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    Awesome Rope!

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    Pleased to see DJ make the top 50. Don't remember what the "logic" behind trading Koda was. Just another example of dumb trades I've made.

    This is an awesome series, Rope. Thanks for putting it together.

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    Wiens was also behind my favorite FOBL quote of all time, when Andy got his with a warning for not having a backup.

    "Wiens backs himself up. This is bullshit."
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    #40
    Tony Ehmann
    Nickname: Hype
    Date of Birth: September 23, 1980
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2004-2019
    Total Points Scored: 959
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
    Best Year: 2006 and 2011 with Hollywood: finished 4th with .993 OPS and 1.001 OPS, respectively.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2021

    The best player in Hollywood history, and the one that stuck around despite Shaw's penchant for trades. HYPE had an 11 year stretch where his OPS was .800 or higher, 7 of those passed .900 and twice passed 1.000. The average and on-base were good but not elite; where he was elite was his home run and RBI production: from 2005-2011 he averaged 52 homers and 134 RBI's. The Media Whores had a winning record all 7 of those seasons, 4 times they made the playoffs and they won the SS title in 2007, all anchored by the dangerous Ehmann. The accolades came with it as well: 10 All-Star appearances as a 2nd baseman, and 2 Silver Slugger Awards. He retired with 2559 hits, 586 home runs, and an OPS of .883 in a pitcher's era. And only 560 strikeouts in over 9000 at-bats. FOBL's Sultan of Swat.



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    Charles Dorazio
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    Date of Birth: March 17, 1982
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2006-2021
    Total Points Scored: 959
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019
    Best Year: 2013 with Davenport: finished 3rd with .979 OPS.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2024

    Dorazio parlayed his speed, batting eye and power into a 16 year highlight reel career that eventually got him into the Hall in 2024. His playing time almost mirrored HYPE's, shifted 2 seasons. Seminole had him first from 2006-2010 where he won the Silver Slugger Award in 2007 and 2009, the latter anchored an SS title. 3 seasons there in the 30/30 club (he could run as well as hit). He moves to Green Bay for one All-Star season in 2011, then travels as part of the evil triad to Davenport for 3 more All-Star appearances. He starts to run a lot more, swiping over 60 bases twice. He starts to coppage early due to an injury in 2015 and is considered washed up when he plays for Las Vegas (one of Cuervo's first acquisitions). He then resurges with 4 more .800+ OPS seasons and another All-Star appearance in 2019 at age 37. Plus a Gold Glove in CF. Hard to keep a good man down, Dorazio retires in 2021 after coming home to Seminole, where it all began. 2360 hits, 483 homers, 523 steals and an OPS of .879.



    #38
    Guy Stewart
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    Date of Birth: October 3, 2008
    Drafted: Drafted by the Seminole Honkies with the 6th pick in the 3rd round of the 2026 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2030-2048
    Total Points Scored: 964
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2036, 2037, 2038, 2040
    Best Year: 2037 with Montana: finished 3rd with 1.041 OPS, 101.3 VORP

    We have now reached the highest ranked player that's eligible for the Hall of Fame...that's not in the Hall of Fame. Everyone ranked above him is either enshrined, a still active player, or recently retired and not yet had the opportunity to be voted in. Stewart's omission from that elite group is quite glaring. 2866 hits, an .877 OPS and a .277 average don't tell half the story. The 721 career homers will tell it nicely. As Seminole moved to Montana, he spent 7 seasons with the franchise (after his rookie campaign) averaging 50 homers and 133 RBI's. He signs with Indianapolis and spends the next 7 seasons averaging 43 homers and 115 RBI's. That's 14 seasons where he's hitting somewhere in the neighborhood of 46 homers. Much of his average struggles came at the latter stages of his career, so the .277 doesn't really do justice just how dominant he was over a long period of time. It's those darn 1st baseman. Too many good ones to fully be recognized. Stewart wasn't a good one, he was a great one.



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    Gregory McIntosh
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    Date of Birth: December 18, 1977
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2014
    Total Points Scored: 965
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
    Best Year: 2005 with Montana: finished 3rd with 1.034 OPS.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2016

    There was one certainty during FOBL's first decade plus: The Vaughan League left side of the infield in the All-Star game was covered. Gayle Robicheaux (ranked #97) was the Third Baseman, and Gregory 'Golden Apple' McIntosh was the Shortstop. A 10 time All-Star, McIntosh was one of the great middle infielders in FOBL history. 14 seasons with Montana (their franchise player), 13 of them his OPS topped .800, including a 7 year stretch between 2003-2009 where he topped .900 each time. Always set to improve himself, he even learned to cut his strikeout totals down: he topped 100 K's each of his first 4 seasons, then averaged just 70 over the next decade. 2005 was his highest OPS season, although an injury brought his cumulative stats down a bit. You have to fast forward 2 seasons for the most impressive line: .300 54 132 with 123 runs scored and an OPS of 1.006. He retired after the 2014 season with 2438 hits, 525 homers and an eye-popping for a shortstop .911 OPS.



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    Elvis Cianciolo
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    Date of Birth: September 8, 1977
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2015
    Total Points Scored: 976
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
    Best Year: 2009 with Minnesota: finished 9th with .993 OPS.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2018

    Has there ever been a consensus on how to pronounce his last name correctly? I've always said it as Shan-CO-lo, but I've heard SI-ahn-CI-oh-lo and other variances. No matter. You could pronounce it Tom Dick Harry Weinstein and it wouldn't have diminished his greatness during the first decade of FOBL. Came up with the Springfield Renegades and by year 2 he was hitting .345 with 137 runs scored. The move to Virginia in 2005 didn't slow him down: .329 28 117, 208 hits, 112 walks and 136 runs scored. 8 times his OBP was over .400, and he hit 20 homers or more 14 times in 15 tries. He was also no slouch on the basepaths: 497 steals including one impressive 40/40 club outburst in his first season with the Minnesota Wind Chill in 2009. He was one of the veteran anchors on the 2012 squad that won their one and only SS title. At age 36 he continued to produce: .310 27 67 and a 1.013 OPS with Philly and Utica. The Italian Fox graced himself into the Hall in 2018 after 2531 hits, 439 homers, and an OPS of .911


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    #35
    Gary Frances
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    Date of Birth: January 20, 1974
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2012
    Total Points Scored: 989
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
    Best Year: 2004 with Durham: finished 7th with 1.042 OPS.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2015

    Like I was saying earlier, almost every team hung onto one inaugural or early 00's decade player all for their own, and that player went on to great things. Frances was Durham's entry into that club. What sticks out with Frances is his lack of singles. Everything he hit, he hit HARD. In his 12 seasons with the Dragons (that included the one SS title in '06), he was stuck in a loop of power numbers. 47, 42, 54, 48, 47, 49, 36, 45, 50, 53, 46, and 42 before he retired. RBI totals were just as impressive, ranging from 116 to 154 and never below it. He wasn't a great hitter for average; his lifetime career BA was just .253, with an OBP of .339. In 2005 he had more homers (47) than singles (34). He could also run once he did get on base, averaging 31 steals a season, and joining the 30/30 club 7 times. Despite the low average, his lifetime OPS was .935, and his last season (.914 OPS) was just as consistent as his first season (.913 OPS). A Hall of Fame power hitting machine in the early days of FOBL.



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    Dylan Vessy
    Nickname: Dixie
    Date of Birth: December 11, 2020
    Drafted: Drafted by the Utica Wombats with the 1st pick in the 1st round of the 2041 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Durham Dragons
    Years Played: 2042-present
    Total Points Scored: 989
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2043, 2045, 2046, 2047, 2048, 2049, 2051, 2053
    Best Year: 2047 with Utica: finished 2nd with 1.048 OPS 105.3 VORP

    His current uniform is as a Durham Dragon, but Vessy's rise to super-stardom came as the #1 overall pick with the Utica Wombats. After a lackluster September callup in 2042, he proved he was here to stay as part of the FOBL new generation, winning RoY honors with a .307 32 94 line. A 4 year stretch between 2047-2050 where he surpassed the 1.000 OPS mark, capping out in that magnificent 2047 season, where his line was a ridiculous .334 39 136, 96 walks and a 1.048 OPS...as a CATCHER. Not since the Brian Rice days has a catcher put up the offensive numbers of Vessy. And not since Clarence Stambaugh has their been the dual threat of offense and defense, as evidenced by his 4 gold gloves as a backstop. He's 35 years old, and last season was the 8-time All Star's first of his career (sans callup) where he didn't qualify in the Top 100 in VORP. Is there any left in the tank? Playing for the 2 time defending champ Dragons will help, or at least get him over 2000 hits and 400 home runs. Will be an Easy HoF'er by the year 2060.



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    Brian Buterbaugh
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: May 11, 1985
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2008-2024
    Total Points Scored: 998
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2023
    Best Year: 2011 with Kentucky: finished 5th with .962 OPS.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2033

    He's pictured with a Kentucky hat on, but it might as well say 'Greyhound' on it, for the amount of travelling he's done in his 17 year career. Moved 11 times for 9 teams, never more than 3 consecutive seasons with the same team, and never more than 1960 at-bats with any one team. And with the exception of his final 1 season stint with Utica, he has an .800 OPS or higher with all of them. A 6 time All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award with the Juggarnaut in 2011, where he led them to their first and only SS title. Montana loved him in 2010 (.910 OPS), Kentucky loved him all three seasons from 2011-2013, Durham loved him from 2014-2016 (.879), Virginia loved him in 2018-2019 (.861), Hollywood loved him 2019-2021 (.861), Milwaukee REALLY loved him 2022-2023 (.909). And Boston REALLY loved him twice, first in 2015 and again in 2024 (.975). He retired with 3124 hits, 377 homers and an OPS of .865. And lots and lots of love.



    #32
    Donny Room
    Nickname: Crystal
    Date of Birth: January 28, 1994
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2018-2033
    Total Points Scored: 1015
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2021, 2022, 2023, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029
    Best Year: 2026 with Wisconsin: finished 1st!! with 1.323 OPS 151.0 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    2026. The single greatest season from an individual hitter from the single greatest season from a team. Room had video game stats:
    .376 70 homers (all-time record) 181 RBI's, 188 runs scored, 143 walks, 79 stolen bases...yes, he was a member of the 70/70 club. The only member. .502 OBP, and a 1.323 OPS, the latter has never been approached let alone surpassed. For all the accolades we can give about that historic season, Room had quite the career. 6 seasons with an OPS over 1.000. Stole 50 bases 6 times. 7 times he hit 40 or more homers, and between 2026 and 2029 he topped 50. He had a lifetime .399 OBP, which showed his patience at the plate in addition to the power and speed. His career was definitely an arc, though, peaking in that 4 year stretch, then diving to normal levels in 2030 (.855 OPS), then coppaging at age 37 in 2031 down to .817, then .712 and finally .597. He retired with 2450 hits, 586 Home runs, 645 stolen bases, and an OPS of .953. And that one incredible season.




    #31
    Carlos Bellido
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    Date of Birth: October 29, 2000
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2026-2043
    Total Points Scored: 1029
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2029, 2030, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2039, 2041
    Best Year: 2036 with Utica: finished 1st!! with .963 OPS 99.1 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2051

    Can you believe that Bellido was a 9-time All-Star? He started his career in the cozy arms of the Los Alamos powerhouse of the late 20's, and cut his teeth with 2 1.000+ OPS seasons in '29 and '30 and three seasons of 60 or more steals. It's easy to forget with the other great players on that team that he was one of the great ones, too. He goes to Mauston for 2 productive seasons, then heads to Utica, where he hits .313 in 6 seasons with the Wombats and leads the league in VORP in 2036 with a .333 29 108 line, and .963 OPS. That gets him his one Silver Slugger Award. He carries on until his 42nd birthday, just enough to surpass 3000 hits to go with his 1840 runs scored, good for 19th place all-time. And only 530 strikeouts in over 10,000 at-bats, the lowest K % for hitters with that many plate appearances in FOBL history (he will be passed up by someone higher on this list, however. Stay tuned).


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    Room only at 32? Wow

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    Well, HYPE was only 40...

    We're getting to the point where basically every guy until the end is in the hall or going to be in the hall.

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    Or was on the short end of a voting travesty.


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    Room only at 32? Wow
    Isn't Room the only Triple Crown winner in FOBL History?

    I was banking on Room being top 5.
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    Sakonshirou Kenzaburo
    Nickname: Mash
    Date of Birth: March 9, 2004
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2027-2043
    Total Points Scored: 1030
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2030, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2040, 2041
    Best Year: 2036 with Utica: finished 8th with .859 OPS 71.8 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2050

    Mash is the appropriate nickname for the Japanese born Kenzaburo, one of the most recent Hall of Fame Inductees. As consistent as they come, no matter where or when or how much he played. He covered 2nd base for 17 seasons with 7 different teams, 5 of which he made the All-Star team (a FOBL record). 15 seasons his OPS was over .800, even in years where age and injuries were catching up with him. 15 seasons he had 20 or more homers. 15 seasons his OBP was .340 or higher. The mid-30's were his peak years, spending 3 years in Bantam with eerily similar stats (check out '32 and '33; they're carbon copies of each other). Put up 2 great years in Utica (.859 and .879) and a great year in Las Vegas (1.028). He retired with 2721 hits, 466 homers, 1582 RBI's and an OPS of .851.



    #29
    Adam Keesee
    Nickname: Bleeder
    Date of Birth: November 3, 1999
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2025-2041
    Total Points Scored: 1032
    Number of Years Qualified: 15
    All-Star: 2026, 2027, 2028, 2030, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037
    Best Year: 2034 + 2035 with Honolulu: finished 3rd with 1.059 OPS 99.2 VORP and 1.035 OPS 99.3 VORP respectively
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    Best player in the Honolulu Sharks' history, probably would have been a Shark lifer had the team not contracted. Keesee hit the ground running in 2025, winning Rookie of the Year despite only hitting .235 (the 32 homers and 111 RBI's helped). It was the worst season he had until 2041. Honolulu and the previous Orono incarnation was a struggling franchise for a long time, but rose to a perennial contender in the late 20's, anchored by Keesee. 5 time member of the 40/40 club, and a 6 time All Star with Honolulu, with 3 misses due to injuries which sidelined him for 50 games in '29, '31, and '33. '29 in particular he hit .309 34 112 in only 107 games. In 2036 his team was dispersed and he was quickly snatched up by Hollywood, where he had a .940 OPS and a 1.028 OPS pair of seasons. Then Boston grabs him for one year and he hits 40 home runs for the 9th time in his career. 608 lifetime home runs and a .921 OPS. And a place on top of the Hawai'ian Mount Rushmore.



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    Brian Devinney
    Nickname: PotatoPants
    Date of Birth: May 21, 1981
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2019
    Total Points Scored: 1044
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016
    Best Year: 2011 with Utah; finished 2nd with 1.025 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2021

    Potato Pants. Best nickname in FOBL history. And for 16 seasons, he was the Home Run King of FOBL. He actually looked to be a Cap City lifer, spending 9 rather productive seasons with the Mets. Once he left Cracktown Park in 2010, he was pimped out frequently, switching unis a whopping 11 times, including 3 separate visits to Utah. Where most power hitters were hovering their home run totals in the 30's and 40's, Devinney made his camp in the 50's. 8 times he topped 50 homers, and he got as high as 65 during split duties with Minnesota and Montana in 2010. His best ranking came a year later with the aforementioned Utah Raptors, where he spat out the following line: .308 57 135 and a 1.025 OPS. That was the last truly great season for Potato Pants, as his drifter years weren't as memorable as the first half of his career, although he did piece together a .276 48 135 .902 OPS season in 2016 with Los Alamos (of course they had him for a year). Retired with 811 home runs, a feat only matched twice. 3021 hits, too.



    #27
    Alex Mejia
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: September 3, 2013
    Drafted: Drafted by the Seminole Honkies with the 30th pick in the 1st round of the 2034 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2037-2049
    Total Points Scored: 1053
    Number of Years Qualified: 11
    All-Star 2037, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2041, 2042, 2043, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2047
    Best Year: 2038 with Montana; finished 1st!! with 1.098 OPS 125.9 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2052

    Now here's a rarity; in his first 11 seasons in the bigs he made the All-Star Team 11 times. No learning the ropes or anything. 2037 his rookie season Mejia hit .314 44 133 with 122 runs scored and a .977 OPS, at age 23. He followed it with the 8th best VORP season ever: .360 47 158, 235 hits and 143 runs scored - 125.9 VORP. Even though his subsequent years never matched that 2038 total, he still topped 80 VORP 5 more times, achieving 200 hits 5 occasions, hitting 29 homers 11 seasons, and averaging over .950 OPS all the way to 2047. In 2048 at age 34 he dropped right off the table with a .782 OPS, and was out of the league after one more season. Sustaining that kind of dominance was nearly impossible, although his coppage years were earlier than many of his peers. Which is the only reason he's #27 and not even higher. Montana doesn't mind, though.



    #26
    Dennis Diaz
    Nickname: The Bra
    Date of Birth: April 11, 1984
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2009-2024
    Total Points Scored: 1067
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
    Best Year: 2019 with New Orleans; finished 3rd with .980 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2033

    Dennis Diaz 'The Bra' was without a doubt the 2nd best 3rd baseman of his era. A 16 year lifer first with Pasadena (remember voo?) then with New Orleans after the franchise move, Diaz had 8640 of the more quiet at-bats in FOBL history, not because of results (2705 hits, 375 home runs, .887 OPS during the 2010's), but because he was overshadowed by one of the greatest players in FOBL history (stay tuned). He was a 10 time all-star, but finished 1st in the All-FOBL team only once due to this other...person. 2019 was the one year he had to take the limelight, with a .338 36 115 line and a .980 OPS and 212 hits. Also a very patient hitter; only 471 strikeouts vs 1144 walks. His career .394 OBP was one of the best of his era. But with voo and Fishfan long gone, the owners around to sing his praises are faint. Until now. The 26th greatest hitter of all time. And still below his rival. Ah, well.


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    Capital City Metropolitans 50 Fucking Years Old!!!

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    #25
    Lee Mckittrick
    Nickname: Cy
    Date of Birth: January 31, 2001
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2022-2039
    Total Points Scored: 1067
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030, 2031, 2033, 2034, 2036, 2037
    Best Year: 2027with Los Alamos, finished 8th with .859 OPS 71.8 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    The collective groan that was heard in the off-season 2046 was RonCo landing Lee McKittrick in Free Agency; a very lofty price in stealing him away from Utica (15.7 million per season). It meant that the always solid Los Alamos Nukes were becoming a real player. The next 5 seasons Lee proceeds to hit 1.100+OPS 4 times (1.050 the other), crossing the 50 homer mark 5 times, and busting over 700 RBI's, one of the greatest 5 year stretches in the FOBL middle ages. The Nukes won 2 titles in this stretch. His time in Utica wasn't too shabby, either (.825 OPS in 5 seasons), nor was his 6 year post-Nuke stay with Las Vegas in the 30's (.932 OPS, 4 All-Star games). Those 3 mini 'careers' is what propelled him to #25 all time. He retired with a sinister 666 homers, 2857 hits, and a .943 OPS.



    #24
    Lawerence Spillers
    Nickname: The Silencer
    Date of Birth: May 22, 1990
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2013-2031
    Total Points Scored: 1092
    Number of Years Qualified: 13
    All-Star: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025
    Best Year: 2023 with Wichita, finished 2nd with 1.048 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2035

    The 'Big 6' draft class of 2012 ended up being as good as advertised. All 6 players made this 250 countdown. 4 of them are Hall of Famers. None were better than Lawrence 'The Silencer' Spillers, the only one who stayed with the same team his whole career. Simms has done well with his 3 lifers: Stephen Riley and Nate Johnston were solid anchors. But Spillers was a superstar. For 19 seasons he manned first base for the Wichita Tumbleweeds, making 10 All-Star appearances, surpassing 3000 hits, 500 homers, 1800 RBI's, 1800 runs scored and over 1600 walks. 11 times his OPS passed .900, and he had his shining season in 2023 at age 33, with a .340 37 117 line and an OPS of 1.048. He does hold the dubious record for most strikeouts in FOBL history (2649), but you gotta play a lot of great ball to amass that much failure. The .898 lifetime OPS is well worth it. A legend.



    #23
    Nicholas Schlemmer
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: August 29, 2005
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2028-2046
    Total Points Scored: 1101
    Number of Years Qualified: 15
    All-Star: 2032, 2033, 2034, 2038, 2039, 2040, 2042, 2043
    Best Year: 2033 with Hollywood, finished 3rd with 1.048 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2050


    Along with Charles Helfer, Nick Schlemmer was one of the elite hitters during the FOBL dark days of the 30's. Unlike Helfer, though, Schlemmer continued to sock the baseball out of the park during the renaissance period of the 40's. He traveled a lot (6 teams in 19 seasons), usually in 3 year increments as he hit Free Agency. Minnesota/Mauston had him first, and he quickly showed he could be one of the great home run hitters ever, hitting 60 in 2032. Next stop, the bright lights of Hollywood, where he hit 61 the very next season. He never hit below 40 homers again until 2041 at age 35. By then he already surpassed the 600 home run mark, hanging up shingles in Wisconsin, Durham, and Virginia. He resurfaced again in Hollywood and crossed the 700 mark, then finally returned home to the new Minnesota team in 2046, where he crossed the 800 home run mark, 1 of only 4 players ever to accomplish that. His career BA was only .259, but his OBP was .390 thanks to an all-time record 2111 walks (including 205 in 2039!!). I guess he traveled a lot on the basepaths as well as off them. He retired after the 2046 season with 2650 hits, 805 homers, and an OPS of .938.


    #22
    Lemuel Jarvis
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: October 8, 1992
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2017-2037
    Total Points Scored: 1111
    Number of Years Qualified: 16
    All-Star 2019, 2023, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2032
    Best Year: 2034 with Milwaukee, finished 5th with 1.009 OPS 94.7 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    It's hard to replace a legend. Joseph Lowry (stay tuned) turned in a Hall of Fame career at 1st base for Milwaukee since the beginning until 2015. Jarvis was labeled the next Lowry when he debuted in 2017, and despite winning rookie of the year, couldn't get his OPS above the 700's for 3 seasons. After a long sabbatical away from baseball before the 2020 season, Jarvis finally decided he couldn't make the Microbrewer fans forget Lowry, but he could make a name for himself. And in doing so, he became a legend all his own. 21 seasons he lasted with Milwaukee, making the Microbrewer first base position the least opportunistic position in all of FOBL. 12 times he hit over .300, 15 times his OBP was over .400 (leading the league in that category 4 times), and he struck out only 779 times to go with 1877 walks, the best BB/K ratio among hitters with more than 8000 plate appearances. He scored 1947 runs, and despite not being known as a power hitter, still amassed 413 homers. His hit total of 3502 ranked Top 10 all time at the time of his retirement in 2037. So he's not Joseph Lowry. He's still the 22nd greatest hitter of all-time. That will do.



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    David Miceli
    Nickname: Muscles
    Date of Birth: May 12, 2002
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    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2023-2042
    Total Points Scored: 1122
    Number of Years Qualified: 17
    All-Star 2029, 2037, 2041
    Best Year: 2029 with Indianapolis, finished 4th with 1.008 OPS 95.2 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    Did you know that David 'Muscles' Miceli only made the All-Star team 3 times? But because he was such a good player for such a long time, they occurred one time over 3 decades. First was 2029 with the Ice Weasels, where he had a .345 37 132 line. Then 8 years later he makes it again with Arizona and a .296 27 94 line. Then 4 years later he does it again with Des Moines at age 39 with a .292 31 106. Different teams, different eras, same consistent production. What's odd is how he didn't make it any of the between times. He topped .800 OPS 18 times, topped 20 homers 16 times, and while never had the superstar one season, he averaged an .800 for all 7 teams he played for, spanning 10,615 at bats. He was just always there, giving that .300 .30 100 stat line year after year after year. His longevity got him over 3000 hits and just below 500 homers (495). 1719 RBI's, 1668 runs scored, and a career OPS of .863. And a career that spanned 3 different decades.


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    I absolutely hated playing Wichita and knowing Spillers was going to kick our asses all over the field.
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    #20
    Simon Farr
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    Date of Birth: November 19, 2003
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2025-2042
    Total Points Scored: 1067
    Number of Years Qualified: 17
    All-Star 2030, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2039
    Best Year: 2035 with Hollywood, finished 2nd with 1.048 OPS 101.0 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    Simon was traded mid-season 3 times before his 30th birthday, and made only 1 All-Star time his first decade in the majors, despite never finishing with an OPS below .829. He's an interesting player in that he rose from stardom to superstardom after he turned 30. The move to power teams Los Alamos and Hollywood certainly helped. That's when home run totals boosted from the 30's to the 50's without sacrificing much average. 2035 was his best season with a .352 53 147 line, 227 hits and a 1.048 OPS. He made 6 straight All-Star teams from ages 30-35 while playing for 4 teams. In 18 seasons (well, 17 as his 2042 season consisted of 1 at-bat, a strikeout), he systemically destroyed FOBL pitching no matter who he played for. Retired with 2842 hits, 647 homers, a .307 BA and a .941 OPS.



    #19
    Paul Pina
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: August 26, 1974
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2014
    Total Points Scored: 1143
    Number of Years Qualified: 12
    All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
    Best Year: Finished 1st!! 3 times in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for Pasadena. OPS of 1.091, 1.145 and 1.073 respectively.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2016

    Easily the best player of FOBL's first decade, Pina went 10 straight seasons without an OPS below 1.000. Never been done before, and probably will never be approached. His 162 game line is .318 40 124 and a lifetime OPS of .982. He was voted the best player in FOBL history in the 2014 poll. Superlatives can go on and on. And a lot of teams were lucky enough to have him grace their roster. Richmond for a year, then Long Beach, then Pasadena, Trenton, Minnesota, Indianapolis, even Hollywood and Montana toward the end when his skills were eroding. First player ever to lead the league in OPS/VORP 3 times, and he did it in consecutive years 2007-2009. He never finished outside the Top 10 in OPS from 2001-2010 and made 12 All-Star teams. If he had the opportunity to start playing before he was 26 he might be #1 overall. But unfortunately the late jump and coppage at 37 cost him enough key stats that others were able to pass him. Retired with 2565 hits and 538 homers and a .318 BA.



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    Larry Goguen
    Nickname: Gogs
    Date of Birth: November 12, 1980
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2004-2017
    Total Points Scored: 1148
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
    Best Year: 2007 with Dakota. Finished 3rd with an OPS of 1.057
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2019

    FOBL was very trade heavy in the early days. In particular superstars were switching teams at the rate of sailors at a brothel. Pina played for 8 teams in 14 seasons. Similarly, Larry Goguen played for 6 teams in his 14 year star studded career. Rookie of the year in 2004 with Virginia he spent 3 seasons with the Chucks (can you believe Sub had Ohl, Goguen and Cianciolo on the same roster in 2006?) until he went to Dakota and gave Dakota the best 2 seasons in their history. Virginia took him back in 2009, then was shipped to Orono where he gave them 2 of the best seasons in their history. Cap City had him for 2 100 win seasons, then off to Wichita for 3 100 win seasons before winding up in Utica for 1/2 season. He had a .928 OPS that last season, before he up and retired on top (Barry Sanders of FOBL). He won a Silver Slugger, made 9 All-Star teams, and retired with 2689 hits, 473 homers, a .402 OBP and an OPS of .932.



    #17
    John Lozano
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: November 24, 2005
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2027-2044
    Total Points Scored: 1158
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2039, 2041, 2042, 2043
    Best Year: 2033 with Virginia. Finished 1st!! with an .997 OPS 108.0 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    The superstars of FOBL weren't just traded frequently in the early years. John Lozano came into the league after the V5 conversion in 2027 and spent 18 seasons with 5 different teams. He spent 4 nondescript seasons with Green Bay before being traded to Virginia, where his final season he led the league in VORP (108.0), BA (.348), hits (224), and OBP (.433). Mauston licked their chops at him going to FA and signed him to 3 years where his VORP stayed in the 70's. Richmond had him 3 years and his VORP stayed in the 70's. Montana had him 4 more years and his VORP stayed in the 70's. 8 All-Star teams during this journey. Retired just short of 3000 hits with 2947, 368 homers, an OBP of .403 and an OPS of .895.



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    Ronald Oliveros
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    Date of Birth: March 9, 2002
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2023-2042
    Total Points Scored: 1190
    Number of Years Qualified: 16
    All-Star: 2025, 2027, 2029, 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038
    Best Year: 2034 with Wisconsin. Finished 2nd with an 1.035 OPS 108.9 VORP
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048

    The trade looked innocent enough. Arizona, with a surplus of shortstops, sent Oliveros to Wisconsin for OF Edwin Hurtado straight up (Elvin Hurtado). The prospect ratings were almost identical. Wisconsin owner Bruno was even mentioned as getting the losing end of the deal. This turned out to be the most lopsided trade in 56 years, as several dev bumps, 3322 hits, 709 home runs, 11 All-Star teams, 2 Silver Slugger Awards, and an Hall of Fame induction later, most FOBL'ers have forgotten all about Erwin Hurtado. Or was it Ervin? Ronald Oliveros joined the Murderer's Row Wisconsin lineup in the mid-20's (his .914 OPS in '26 actually one of the lowest on the team. Odd.) and kept his average/power prowess well into the 30's when Room and Cleary faded. He took a 3 year detour to Kentucky from 2032-2034, even playing his best season in 2034 with a .335 48 133 line. But Wisconsin took him back for 3 more All-Star seasons before throwing the beaten Arizona Discotheques a bone by signing with them for 3 more seasons (1 all-star team. Whoppee!). He retired a Snowbird in 2042 after 20 seasons of Hall of Fame baseball.


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    Fred Ball
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    Date of Birth: August 1, 2005
    Drafted: Drafted by the Utah Raptors with the 3rd pick in the 1st round of the 2026 draft
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2029-2047
    Total Points Scored: 1197
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2030, 2031, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037, 2038, 2040
    Best Year: 2031 + 2035 with Utah, finished 1st!! with 1.095 OPS 99.1 VORP and 1.162 OPS 128.6 VORP, respectively.
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2050

    Utah has actually employed a nice set of Hall of Famers, from Jeff Calkins to Brian Bonilla to Patrick Barham. All take a backseat to Fred Ball, the 2nd most productive player in the 30's (stay tuned for 1st place). He had a 13 year run where he missed no more than 2 games in a season, 12 of those years he topped 35 homers, 100 RBI's and 100 runs scored. Most of THOSE years he went way past those benchmarks. 2031 he led the league in VORP with a .329 57 137 line and a 1.095 OPS, the best season ever by a Raptor. He then pole vaults past that record 4 years later with a .367 48 150 line, 224 hits, 50 doubles and a 1.162 OPS. Those two peak years is where he added Silver Sluggers to his trophy collection. The most important one for him, though, was their long awaited first and only SS title in 2036, one where he batted .303 and slugged 41 homers. 6 more seasons of .900 OPS+ followed before finally slowing down in 2043. He retired in 2047 with 3114 hits, 665 homers, 1961 RBI's and an OPS of .941.



    #14
    Manolo Rodriguez
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    Date of Birth: December 10, 2019
    Drafted: Drafted by the Davenport Falcons with the 6th pick in the 1st round of the 2040 draft
    Current Status: Currently with Davenport Falcons
    Years Played: 2040-present
    Total Points Scored: 1232
    Number of Years Qualified: 15
    All-Star: 2042, 2044, 2045, 2046, 2048, 2051, 2052, 2054
    Best Year: Finished 4th 3 times in 2045, 2046 and 2054 all for Davenport with .907, .899, and .892 OPS and 86.7, 76.7 and 81.6 VORP.

    Quite possibly the best FOBL player that you might not know, Rodriguez has been the star 3rd baseman for the Davenport Falcons for nearly 2 decades. His Gold Glove caliber defense augments very solid offensive numbers; his VORP has qualified 15 years, 6 of them in the Top 10 including 3 times where he finished 4th (weird). OPS surpassed .800 13 times going on 14, and he's 255 hits short of 3000 as of this writing, with an .866 OPS. He has 20 homer a season pop and averages 43 doubles and 10 triples per 162 games, so he's not just a punch-and-judy hitter. 1658 runs scored and 462 steals means he's a constant base threat. The most beautiful statistic, though, is this: in 9274 at bats, he has struck out 294 times, or once every 32 times he comes to bat. Basically he whiffs 5 times a month. In 2045, one of his 8 All-Star seasons, he struck out just 9 times in 746 Plate Appearances. No one puts bat on ball better than Monolo Rodriguez. The Hall of Fame awaits, sir.



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    Joseph Lowry
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    Date of Birth: March 22, 1976
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2001-2015
    Total Points Scored: 1246
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
    Best Year: Finished 3rd in 2008 for Milwaukee; finished with 1.068 OPS
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2017

    The first great Microbrewer. He was also the first great On-Base % player, known just as much for his patience at the plate then his power. 2644 hits all time and 1782 walks; he'll get on any way he can. A lot of them leave the yard, too. 485 times, to be exact. His first 13 seasons he never went below 30 homers, 100 RBI's or 100 walks. His lowest OBP in that time period was .392, and he maxed out at .482 his first season, the wild 2001 inaugural season. 6 times he topped a 1.000 OPS. He started at age 25 in 2001 so he might have had a couple more top flight seasons to add to his total at the beginning, but he lasted a bit longer than the Jeff Calkins and Paul Pina's of the world, staying productive until 2014 where he grabbed his 12th all star appearance. Unfortunately, Milwaukee was mired in mediocrity in the early years, and he never had a single playoff at-bat. The only real downside to an otherwise fabulous career.



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    William Reedy
    Nickname:
    Date of Birth: July 14, 1977
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired

    Years Played: 2001-2016
    Total Points Scored: 1257
    Number of Years Qualified: 14
    All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
    Best Year: Finished 2nd 3 times with Des Moines in 2003, 2005 and 2013. 1.118, 1.053 and 1.004 OPS respectively
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2018

    Joseph Lowry's mirror image. Both played 1st base in FOBL's first decade and a half, both stayed with one team their whole careers, both camped in at the All-Star game, Lowry with the Vaughan (12 times) and Reedy in the Gindin (11 times). Lowry had 465 homers, Reedy 451. Lowry had 2644 hits, Reedy had 2934. Lowry had 1782 walks, Reedy had 1514. Where Reedy gets the nod is in Batting Average; he hit .321 lifetime, including 11 season hitting .300 or better. His 162 game line reads .321 30 110 with 100 walks and 115 runs scored. And Reedy has something that Lowry could never grasp, an SS ring. In 2013 he led the Des Moines Delinquents to their 1st of two titles, hitting .346 42 120 at age 36. He retired after the 2016 season with a lifetime OPS of .961. It should be noted that Reedy is the highest ranked player that was around for the inaugural 2001 season. And most deserving as well.



    #11
    Arthur Millikan
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    Date of Birth: March 26, 1999
    Drafted:
    Current Status: Retired
    Years Played: 2021-2040
    Total Points Scored: 1307
    Number of Years Qualified: 16
    All-Star 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029, 2030, 2032, 2033, 2034, 2035, 2036, 2037
    Best Year: Finished 1st!!! 3 times with Milwaukee in 2027, 2029 and 2032. 1.078, 1.039 and 1.050 OPS respectively
    Hall of Fame Induction: 2048t

    A most unlikely superstar, Millikan was a 2nd round pick in 2018, comes up for 2 cups of coffee in 2021 and 2022, then goes back to the minors for 2 full seasons. Doesn't return to the big league club until after the V5 conversion in 2025 at age 26. Then goes on a 16 year run that tops all other hitters in Milwaukee history. Better than Jarvis. Better than Lowry. The Stan Musial of FOBL. He hit for average, lots and lots of it. For 6 seasons he had more than 225 hits, and had eye dropping averages of .370, .394, .392 in that span. He played until 41 years old never hitting below .300 after that cup of coffee season at age 21. And they weren't all singles, either. Twice he topped 40 homers, 5 more times he topped 30. He retired with 3370 hits, 451 homers, 1891 RBI's, a .342 lifetime BA in 9865 at-bats (all but 177 after the age of 26), and an OPS of .940. One of my favorite players, except when Arizona was playing him. And so very , very close to the Ten Best Hitters of All Time.


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