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No. 62: Robin Yount

So, you have probably heard the sad story of Larry Yount. He was Houston’s fifth-round pick in 1968 as an 18-year-old. He was a right-handed pitcher with pretty good stuff — his second year in Rookie Ball and Class A he was pretty dominant, and he got a spring training invitation from the Astros.

Then in 1971, he got a September call up to the Astros. And on September 15 — this is quirky, it was one day before his younger brother Robin turned 16 years old — Larry Yount was called from the bullpen to pitch the ninth inning of a game against Atlanta. The score was 4-2, it was in the Astrodome, the remnants of 6,513 fans in the stands. These are the moments you don’t forget.

Larry Yount began warming up for his Major League debut. He has described the awesome feeling of being right there, at the cusp of the biggest dream he’d had up to that point in his life. His elbow had hurt while warming up in the pen but obviously he would not allow something like that to interfere with the moment.

Only as he threw one, then two, then three warm-up pitches, he found that his elbow actually hurt A LOT. This was not nervous pain or a limpness he could simply work through. His elbow hurt so much that he could not pitch. He called out his catcher and the team trainer and said he couldn’t do it. They asked him if he was sure. He nodded. He came out of the game without throwing a single pitch.

And he never returned to the Major Leagues.

You can look up his Baseball Reference Page. Larry Yount is the only player in baseball history to be credited for a Major League game without ever actually playing in a Major League game.

Twenty-one months later his younger brother Robin Yount was drafted with the third overall pick of the 1973 amateur draft.

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This part doesn’t have too much to do with Robin Yount himself, but it’s worth looking back at the top of that 1973 draft for a moment. There has never been one quite like it. That was the year the Rangers decided to draft a local high school phenom named David Clyde with the first overall pick and then ruin him by sending him right to the big leagues. That, of course, is one of the most famous crazy stories in baseball history.

The second pick was John Stearns, who was mostly known as a football star at Colorado. He was a defensive back and a punter, a good player, but his fame had come from his nickname. When he was a sophomore in 1970, Sports Illustrated was previewing the Colorado football team and quoted Stearns saying this: “I can’t enjoy football without going savage. Going psycho. I would like to be remembered around the conference as a bad dude.”

From that day on, he had the nickname: Bad Dude. He was as national sensation. Sports Illustrated reported “Bad Dude” fan clubs popping all over, including Wilmington, Del., where apparently he received 52 autograph requests.

Stearns has spent more than 30 years trying to live down that nickname. He was drafted by the NFL (coincidentally just ahead of Dave Winfield) but he chose baseball after the Phillies took him with the second pick. He was traded to the Mets in the Tug McGraw deal in 1974, and he was a four-time All-Star for New York, probably best known for stealing 25 bases in 1978, tying the National League record for catchers.

THEN, the Brewers took Robin Yount with the third pick and San Diego took Dave Winfield with the fourth. That’s the only time that has happened in the first round of the draft — back-to-back Hall of Famers. It DID happen in the second round in 1971 when George Brett and Mike Schmidt were picked back-to-back. But never before or since in the first round.

But it’s more than just back-to-back picks. So far, other than 1973, there were never two Hall of Famers taken in the same first round. It has happened twice in the second round — the Brett-Schmidt draft of 1971 and the Greg Maddux-Tom Glavine draft in 1984. And it has even happened once in the THIRD ROUND, 1972, when when Dennis Eckersley and Gary Carter were taken.

But the Yount-Winfield combo is the only time two Hall of Fame players were taken in the first round. Eight of the 30 Hall of Famers to be signed since the draft began in 1965 were first round picks:

1966: Reggie Jackson (2nd pick)
1967: Carlton Fisk (4th pick)
1971: Jim Rice (15th pick)
1973: Robin Yount (3rd pick), Dave Winfield (4th pick)
1977: Paul Molitor (3rd pick)
1985: Barry Larkin (4th pick)
1989: Frank Thomas (7th pick)

Eight out of 30 seems low to me, but there are several first round picks — Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire — who might be in the Hall of Fame except for their connection to drugs. I suspect the next first round to have two Hall of Famers will be the 1987 draft, which included Ken Griffey and Craig Biggio.

Here, for fun, are all the remaining Hall of Famers and where they were drafted:

2nd round: Johnny Bench (1965), Mike Schmidt (1971); George Brett (1971); Cal Ripken Jr. (1978); Greg Maddux (1984); Tom Glavine (1984).
3rd round: Bert Blyleven (1969); Gary Carter (1972); Dennis Eckersley (1972); Eddie Murray (1973); Tony Gwynn (1981).
4th round: Rickey Henderson (1976); Ozzie Smith (1977).
7th round: Wade Boggs (1976).
9th round: Goose Gossage (1970).
11th round: Andre Dawson (1975).
12th round: Nolan Ryan (1965).
20th round: Ryne Sandberg (1978).
January Draft: Kirby Puckett (1982);
Free agent: Tom Seaver (1966); Bruce Sutter (1971); Robert Alomar (1985);

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You might remember this: In the 1977 off-season, Robin Yount considered giving up baseball and becoming a professional golfer. He was unhappy with how little he was getting paid but, perhaps more, he was just not sure he loved Major League Baseball that much. Yount had grown up racing motorcycles, playing golf and playing baseball, and all seemed about equal in his mind. He only went the baseball route because it was the road that looked most open to him. At 22, though, he wondered if he might like life better as a golfer.

Yount had started young and had already played four full seasons in the big leagues (Yount is still the last player to hit a home run as an 18-year-old). His first four seasons were certainly good but he had never made an All-Star Team, never hit even 10 homers in a season, never hit .290.

A scout told Pat Jordan at Sports Illustrated in 1974: “He’s the most complete young ballplayer I’ve ever seen.” But he wasn’t a star. There was a sense that Yount was just not all in. It was like he was waiting for something.

And, perhaps, that 1977-78-79 soul-search was exactly what he was waiting for. He came into spring training in 1978, had a couple of injuries, moped around. The golf thing came up for him again and again, so much that people around him were sick of hearing about it. Some of the stories of the time tagged Yount as a bit of a diva, a man who had it all but was unhappy anyway.

But then a series of things happened. One,Yount got what, at the time, was considered a fat contract: Five years, $2.35 million contract. That $2.35 million was the TOTAL for the five years (just to remind you how much times have changed) but it still it made him one of the game’s better-paid players. He got married. He showed up early for spring training in 1979. He began to work out and get much stronger. Signs pointed to him becoming committed to baseball in a way he never had before. Yount would admit later that this was true. He was drifting in his early years. It wasn’t until 1980 or so that he got serious about the game.

The jump was astounding. Yount was an early champion of working out, something which meant something very different in 1980 than it does now. In 1980, Yount led the league with 49 doubles (his career high had been 34) and hit almost three times as many home runs (from eight to 23). You can only imagine what 60 Minutes would have done with that surge in performance.

The next year was the strike season, but then in 1982 Yount had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. He hit .331 with a career high 29 home runs, led the league in slugging, doubles and hits, scored 129 runs, drove in 114, stole 14 bases, played spectacular defense at shortstop (for which he was rightly given the Gold Glove) and carried the Brewers to their one and only World Series appearance.

Yount had only a slightly less brilliant year in 1983 and slightly less again in 1984. Then, shoulder problems forced him to move out to center field. He wasn’t quite as good out there, but he was still quite good. For the next five years he did hit .306/.375/.472 and in 1989 he won the MVP award after hitting .318 with 21 homers, 103 RBIs, 101 runs scored and 19 stolen bases. The award probably should have gone to Rickey Henderson but Yount was plenty good and became the first player to win MVP awards at two different premium positions (this, admittedly, is my own personal category with “premium position” including catcher, shortstop, second base, third base and center field).

One odd thing about Yount was how few All-Star appearances he made. He received MVP votes in seven different seasons but he was only chosen to the All-Star Game three times — and never after his age 26 season. Ripken’s dominance at shortstop, the popularity of Rickey and Kirby Puckett and the relatively smallness of the Milwaukee market might explain why he didn’t get much love from the fans in the later year, but I’m not sure why he wasn’t selected as a bench All-Star more often. It didn’t seem to bother him much.

Yount’s early start allowed him to put up some big career numbers — 3,000 hits and more than 1,600 runs scored. When he retired in 1993, he was only the seventh player to hit 250 homers and steal 250 bases. The others in the club included Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Joe Morgan and Andre Dawson and superb players Bobby Bonds, Vada Pinson and Don Baylor. It’s a much bigger club now.

Yount was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, the same year as his close friend George Brett and Nolan Ryan. A friend told me that during the week in Cooperstown he heard someone ask Yount what it felt like to be part of that supergroup. His response: “It’s good to be Ringo.” I don’t know if that really happened, but I hope it did.

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58 Responses to No. 62: Robin Yount

  1. George says:

    I thought Hank Greenberg and Stan Musial both won MVP awards at two different positions, prior to Yount.

    • MCD says:

      You are indeed correct regarding Greenberg and Musial, but Joe qualified it as two “premium positions”, which he defined as “catcher, shortstop, second base, third base and center field”.

    • mark says:

      Maybe they did. I don’t know, but Joe specifically said Yount was the first do do it at 2 different “PREMIUM” positions, a category he admits he made up and defined as “catcher, shortstop, second base, third base and center field.”).

      • Chris M says:

        In George’s defense, I’m almost positive that when Joe posted this it just said “2 positions.” He must have edited it later

        • mark says:

          Yeah. George himself made the same point below. Sorry if it seemed I was jumping down his throat. Joe needs to note when he edits something in a way that makes someone’s comment look as if the person didn’t read.

    • Bill Caffrey says:

      But not at premium positions, as Joe has defined it. Big difference between winning an MVP at SS and CF and winning at LF and 1B.

  2. Brian says:

    “He was traded to the Mets in the Tug McGraw deal in 1974, and he was a four-time All-Star for New York, probably best known for stealing 25 bases in 1978, tying the National League record.”

    Can someone help me understand that last part? I thought maybe it was a typo and should have said something like 125 bases. But no, he stole 25. What does that sentence mean?

  3. NPB Card Guy says:

    Griffey will be the first Hall Of Famer ever taken as the first pick in the draft.

    • Chipper Jones will be the second one.

    • Hov34 says:

      Which I find strange. Although that will pick up when Chipper and Joe Mauer become eligible. And ARod would have been a lock, but…

      • Ian R. says:

        It’s one pick. The first overall pick is always a talented player – though not necessarily a successful MLB player – but there’s no way to see a Hall of Fame career coming with any degree of certainty.

        • Herb Smith says:

          True, but various studies have proven that the #1 overall pick is by FAR the most successful pick, as far as future MLB success. In fact, there is a huge chasm, historically, between the #1 and the #2 picks (Reggie notwithstanding).

        • John Gale says:

          I think the striking thing about it is when it’s compared to the No. 1 picks in other sports. Of the 78 top overall NFL picks, 12 are in the Hall of Fame, not counting a guy like Peyton Manning who is a lock when he becomes eligible. Of the 67 top overall NBA picks, 14 are in the Hall of Fame, and there are obviously several (e.g. Shaq, LeBron) who will get in when eligible. Of the 51 top overall NHL players, six are in the Hall of Fame, again not counting guys like Crosby and Ovechkin who will both be inducted when eligible.

          So even when Griffey and Chipper Jones make it, baseball (0 of 49 now, 2 of 53 if both guys go in on the first ballot), baseball will still lag far behind the other leagues in terms of top overall picks becoming Hall of Famers. I think this just shows that picking at the top of the draft is less important in baseball than any other sport.

          • I can’t speak for hockey. But in football and basketball, a huge predictor of future success is size; players don’t shrink (and you can’t teach 7 feet). Other predictors are quickness and speed (related but different skills) which again tend to persist at least until the middle 30s, long enough for a HOF career. In baseball, however, lots of number one picks are pitchers, which involves making the body do things it never evolved to do; they often break down. And hitters still need to see a fair number of major league breaking balls and fastballs, because the ability to hit is not really something you can measure with a scale or a stopwatch. Thus, drafting in football and baseball tends to be much more reliable. Look at how many minor league teams there are; that means that there are that many players with not completely unrealistic hopes of developing into a major league player even in their mid to late 20s. How many football or basketball players became NFL or NBA ready after age 25 (unless they were playing abroad)? Not so many.

          • Guest says:

            At least part of the reason is that the Halls of Fame for those other leagues aren’t controlled by blowhard writers.

          • roundeye11 says:

            To the Guest commenter below who mentions
            “At least part of the reason is that the Halls of Fame for those other leagues aren’t controlled by blowhard writers.”….
            Rethink that one, Guest…. Look at the rolls in those Halls. Baseball has far and away the most legitimate collection of HoFers and unlike, for example, Football, the entrance isn’t managed by a small cult of personality (46 “insiders” are all who have a say). Basketball is also an atrocity. 158 players inducted and 89 coaches! And that’s not to mention 62 “contributors”? How’s that for a ratio?
            Baseball is a long way from perfect but it is light years closer than Football and Basketball.

  4. Mark Daniel says:

    “At 22, though, he wondered if he might like life better as a golfer.”

    In Yount’s defense, I think we all would like life better if we were golfers.

  5. College Wolf says:

    Over/Under a May 1st completion date, lol? I hope over, so they are spread out longer because I love reading them! Make a book Poz!

  6. This is pretty high for Yount. He was 7th all time in at bats, which allowed him to compile 3142 hits while only hitting .285 lifetime. His .285/.342/.430 slash line and 115 OPS+ just aren’t that impressive. He only played half his career as a shortstop, so he really can’t even be compared directly with other shortstops. His defensive numbers are above average, but a 5.8 dWAR doesn’t bring any comparisons with any defensive great. He never hit more than 29 HRs and only hit 20+ four times. He never stole more than 22 bases and only stole 20+ twice.

    Sure, he was good at a lot of aspects of the game, probably good at pretty much every aspect of the game, but not great at anything tangible.

    To me, he is comparable to non HOFer Allen Trammel who did play his entire career at shortstop. .285/.352/.415, 110 OPS+ , but with a 22 dWAR, which puts him in an elite category. He hit as many as 28 HRs with two years of 20+. He had as many as 30 steals and 20+ three times.

    Again, like with other picks I’ve criticized, I’m OK with him being a HOFer, just as I think Trammell should be. Although you won’t see Trammell on this Top 100 list. I just don’t see the justification for Yount being rated 62nd all time.

    • invitro says:

      As with pretty much everyone on this list, it agrees with Bill James’ (#55) and ESPN’s (#60) ranks. I think he’s too high by about 30 or 40.

      He’s #7 in WAR7; Boudreau and of course Vaughan are higher. Trammell is lower. I suppose for lists like this you need to decide how to balance peak value and career length. In particular, rewarding players for having a big peak, while not penalizing players with a long career, is inconsistent and results in just picking your favorite HoFers. (I’m too lazy right now to see or even try to think if Joe is guilty of that.)

    • johnq11 says:


      It looks like Joe is relying heavily on career Win Shares for his ranking. Yount ranks 38th all time in career win shares.

      Win shares is really good for a player like Yount because of his long career. WAR doesn’t give Yount much value from 1974-1976, 1990-1994 but Win Shares gives steady value for those years.

      Yount is kind of underrated so I don’t really have a problem with this ranking. The only position players I would have ranked ahead of Yount were Mize & Gehringer. I think the Eddie Murray ranking is way worse. No way should Eddie Murray make this list let alone #64.

      Win Shares tends to under value modern pitchers which shows in Joe’s ranking. I would rank Schilling, Ryan, Blyleven, Perry, Roberts and Nichols higher than Yount. I would probably rank 35-40 pitchers higher than Yount.

      I think Joe is going to omit a lot of deserving pitchers in this list.

    • Ian R. says:

      “Although you won’t see Trammell on this Top 100 list.”

      Knowing Joe, I can say with 90+ percent certainty that Trammell is coming soon.

      • Geoff says:

        Please tell me you’re taking bets on this.

        • Ian R. says:

          Well, maybe not that degree of certainty, but consider that Joe has named four MLB shortstops on this list: Barry Larkin (#85), Ozzie Smith (#77), Arky Vaughan (#73), and now Yount (#62). They’re all comparable to each other and to Trammell, and Joe has written before that Trammell is a clear Hall of Fame shortstop in the same category as those four.

          My suspicion is that we’ll see Trammell very soon (maybe as soon as #61), and we’ll probably say Joe has him too high. The idea of ranking him 20-something places ahead of Larkin is baffling, but less baffling than the idea of leaving him off entirely.

          • invitro says:

            Trammell is not on either James’ or ESPN’s top 100s, and he won’t be on Joe’s. He is #83 at Hall of Stats, which has only players eligible for the HoF, and which is probably the highest rank for Trammell anywhere.

            So I’d like in on the betting action too. 🙂

          • Yount OPS+ 115. Trammell OPS+ 110. Trammell never led the A.L. in any hitting stat except for sacrifices. They both played 20 seasons, and Trammell played in the better hitter’s ball park, yet Yount averaged 35 more hits a season, stole more bases at a better percentage, etc. I’d put Trammell in the HOF, because I’m a big hall kind of guy, but no way does Trammell deserve to be ranked above, well, any of those shortstops, but especially not Yount.

          • Ian R. says:

            There’s a legitimate case to be made that Trammell was better (albeit marginally) than Yount.

            Trammell, of course, was an excellent fielder. Yount moved to the outfield halfway through his career. Trammell’s defensive advantage more or less offsets Yount’s offensive advantage.

            Yount has the edge in career WAR (77.1 to 70.3), but that’s largely because he had almost 3,000 more PA. In terms of WAA, it’s Trammell who comes out on top, 40.1 to 37.2.

            Personally, I’d rank Yount ahead of Trammell because I’m more of a career-value guy, but it’s a very close thing. I really can’t see the justification for putting Yount at #62 and leaving Trammell off entirely.

    • TPrez says:

      I agree. His career numbers just don’t look that impressive in the modern era. Also, consider this: Yount accumulated 570 hits before the age of 22. Today, he probably would have spent most if not all of those four seasons in the minors. Take away those 570 hits and Yount finishes his career with 2572 and probably wouldn’t have sailed into the HOF on the first ballot. In fact, he might still be in HOF purgatory with Trammell.

      • otistaylor89 says:

        I’m not in big agreement with this selection, however you can’t say that he would have spent those 4 years in the minors because that is what they do now – it’s what they did then too. Yount was one of the few in baseball history to have the talent to start so young.

        • TPrez says:

          I don’t really agree. I think starting Yount as an 18-year-old would be seen as rushing him today. Who was the last 18-year-old everyday shortstop, let alone one that was allowed to start for three years without putting up an OPS of .700? I mean, even Harper and Trout weren’t in the majors at 18, so I doubt Yount would be, either. I don’t doubt he was incredibly well-rounded as an 18-year-old, but I can’t imagine any club handing him a starting job a year out of high school today. For the most part, you don’t see teenagers get promoted anymore unless their clubs expect them to be impact players right away, not just guys who can hold their own.

      • Robin was rushed to the big leagues because he was the best glove in the Brewers’ system, by far. They figured making him learn to hit in the majors would hurt his batting career but help the team. Robin would have retired before 3,000 hits (he just didn’t care that much) except he got swindled out of most of his money and came back to build up his nest egg. Maybe if he starts in the minors (to build his shoulder up to the rigor of 162 game seasons) he wouldn’t have gotten hurt just as he was really in his prime. In 1989 he was considering retiring, and the HOF was not nearly as important to him as the World Series ring he never got. See also:,1907539

    • Robin was put on the major league roster straight out of high school because he was the best defensive shortstop in their system, and it wasn’t close. I think you underestimate his defensive skills (or perhaps dWAR does). And I call shenanigans on you! When Robin was a shortstop, until 1984, he accumulated 12.5 dWAR, over one per season, which is very solid for a shortstop who also led the league in OPS and OPS+ his first MVP. ; he was worth substantially less in the outfield, partly because he’d lost a lot of arm strength. And he moved because by that time the Brewers really wanted him to stay in the lineup, and they felt that center field would be much easier on his arm (which it probably was).

      Trammell’s career OPS+ was 110, which is a significantly weaker than Yount’s 115, and Trammell never led the league in any offensive category except sacrifice hits. I agree that Trammell also belongs in the HOF but only a Tiger fan would think he is better than Yount on the merits. Trammell played in a better hitter’s park (he had twice the home/away differential of Yount) which makes him look better, but not to park adjusted values like OPS+. Their dWAR was almost identical when both were shortstops, Yount was a much better hitter, slugger, stealer, etc.

      Fair is fair.

    • Guest says:

      Oh, jesus, are you really back with your “compiler” rants? If Alan Trammell had as many ABs as Robin Yount you’d say Trammell was completely overrated because he had so many ABs.

  7. Will3pin says:

    Fantastic! Everyone has their fave era – the 70s are my Golden Age. Such a treat to have the early innings of this piece chock full of Stearns, Clyde and other 70s lore. Made my day.

    I (like most) were convinced that Orioles would win that one game playoff in 1982. But Yount outclutched Jim Palmer and thus ended the Earl Weaver era.

    • Cuban X Senators says:

      Was actually a game 162 for all the marbles. The 3-game season-ending series did have a game added on the Friday due to the rain suspended tie in June. That tie was brought on by Ted Simmons rolling a 3rd strike back to the mound & stepping toward the dugout as Oriole runners moved up to 2nd & 3rd from where they scored on the subsequent single.

      Yount (& Oglivie) essentially saved Simmons from being the modern-day Merkle.

  8. blair says:

    My only Yount story is that I was watching a game on TV once and in one AB he fouled off seven straight pitches then jacked the ball over the fence. It was probably just baseball being baseball, but I’ve always seen it as intentional, and it’s always the first thing I think of when Yount is mentioned.

  9. Scott says:

    I think this is high for Yount too, though he should be on the list, albeit further down in Craig Biggio territory. Does this mean Molitor is yet to come on the list? On Wiki, it says In 1999, Molitor ranked No. 99 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, but his counting stats match and his averages mostly exceed Yount’s by quite a bit, and he missed a lot of games in his prime…. Is Molitor expected soon here on Joe’s list, or is he penalized for not playing a premium position most of his career?

    • invitro says:

      Molitor is #109 on James’ list, and #78 on ESPN’s. His place would’ve been around #90, I think. I need to read the Sporting News list.

  10. KB says:

    I find it interesting how in the late 70’s Yount was being looked upon as some sort of a bust. Yes, his first four years were somewhat mediocre, until you consider in most organizations he would have been spending them moving through the minor leagues, not batting against big league pitchers. 22 or 23 is the normal age a player should just start playing at a major league level. The fact Yount was able to hold his own so well during a period he should have been facing A and AA pitchers shows just how talented (and underappreciated) he really was.

  11. George says:

    Yes, I see the edit. It initially just read as two different positions.

  12. Pete R says:

    Agreed. Imagine if an MLB shortstop said:
    “I played four days last week, and I’m playing again next week. So I had better stay home with the kids all this week…”

  13. Pete R says:

    Agreed. Imagine if an MLB shortstop said:
    “I played four days last week, and I’m playing again next week. So I had better stay home with the kids all this week…”

    [this is meant as a reply to Mark Daniel’s comment about golfers]

  14. Chad Meisgeier says:

    I agree with Yount about here.

    Great nuggets in this (like Brett and Schmidt).

    At No. 62, I have Gaylord Perry.

  15. Anon says:

    I think it’s fair to write up Mike Trout next, at this stage of his career. Of course, his inevitable rise to number one is assured.

  16. Cliff Blau says:

    Although Nolan Ryan was the Mets’ 12th draft pick in 1965, he was chosen in the 10th round. The rules were a little different in that first amateur draft.

  17. Herb Smith says:

    4th round: Rickey Henderson (1976); Ozzie Smith (1977).
    9th round: Goose Gossage (1970).
    11th round: Andre Dawson (1975).
    12th round: Nolan Ryan (1965).
    20th round: Ryne Sandberg (1978).

    Some of those low draft picks make me wonder about scouting. Yes, I know that hindsight is 20/20, but how could someone watch young Rickey steal a base, or Ozzie Smith field a ground ball, and not think that you were seeing something special? Goose Gossage and Nolan Ryan both threw about 100 MPH…you’re not gonna take a flyer on a guy like that till the 12th round?

    The strangest “reallylate” picks are Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg; both were 5-tool guys who could do “everything.” And both were spectacularly physically-gifted athletes who excelled in other sports, and who both rated a “10” on the “character” scale. This stuff wasn’t at all evident?

    Very interesting article, Joe. Man, do I love this series.

  18. George says:

    This is correct. Thanks, Chris M.

  19. MCD says:

    Instinctively, I sort of agree with the sentiment that 62 seems too high for Yount, but when looking in context of who Joe has mentioned thus far, it isn’t like there are a half-dozen that I think are definitively better. I might be able to quibble with a couple, but unless we get to the #1 and there are just some awesome players he left out completely, this slot isn’t too far off IMO.

    FWIW, Yount is ranked 35 in baseball references fan ELO meter.

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