Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Useless Countdown Targets Bernie Williams & Derek Jeter

As a Red Sox fan I've seen way too much of Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter over the years. I've got a lot of respect for the two guys, and looking through the all-time LCS records it's not hard to see the impact they had on all those Yankees' titles and title-runs.

Still, they are Yankees and with the possible end to the Torre Era, it'll be a bit of cheezy fun to watch them possibly slide down the all-time rankings list. Part of the reason they're on the list, of course, is that they were/are on a dominant team with the most LCS opportunities. The LCS originated in 1969 as a five-game series and expanded to seven games in 1985, giving Bernie, Jeter, and the Yanks an advantage here over previous generations. (I'm not taking anything away from them, though - they earned their chances be being so darn good for so darn long.)

The two prime assailants of Bernie & Jeter's rankings are Kenny Lofton and Manny Ramirez. Here are the categories and the relative rankings:

RUNS
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 31
2nd all-time: Derek Jeter, 25
4th place all-time: Kenny Lofton, 22
out of top 10: Manny Ramirez, 16

If Kenny Lofton scores 10 runs in this series, well, that would be a whole lot. Bernie, again, seems safe, but Jeter is in jeopardy. Three to tie, four to pass; if Lofton starts every game he should achieve these goals. Manny is pretty doubtful.

HITS
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 52
3rd place all-time: Derek Jeter, 44
6th place all-time: Kenny Lofton, 39
8th place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 37

Are you starting to realize just how good Bernie Williams was for the Yankees? Bernie's safety seems assured here, as well, but Jeter is certainly in range of both players.

TOTAL BASES
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 89
3rd place all-time: Derek Jeter, 68
4th place all-time: Manny Ramierez, 65

Twenty-five total bases in 7 games seems less than easy. Manny will not only have to have a monster series against the Smiling Racists to catch Bernie, he'll need the series to go seven games. He can pass Jeter with one single little home run. So get on that, Manny.

Here's the rest of the categories sans comment:

HOME RUNS
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 9
3rd place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 8

RBI
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 33
6th place all-time: Derek Jeter, 20
out of top 10: Manny & Lofton, 13

WALKS
2nd place all-time: Bernie Williams, 25
7th place all-time: Derek Jeter, 20
9th place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 17
out of top 10: Kenny Lofton, 13

SINGLES
2nd place all-time: Bernie Williams, 33
3rd place all-time: Jeter & Lofton, 31
10th place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 25

EXTRA-BASE HITS
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 19
3rd place all-time: Derek Jeter, 13
6th place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 12
out of top 10: Kenny Lofton, 8

TIMES ON BASE
1st place all-time: Bernie Williams, 78
4th place all-time: Derek Jeter, 64
6th place all-time: Manny Ramirez, 55
9th place all-time: Kenny Lofton, 53

The Useless Countdown is going all out because it's the playoffs. And we're trying it's trying to wash out the taste of Orlando Cabrera's relenting pursuit of Tim McCarver.

1 comment:

Tommbert said...

Do any of your LCS stats include the number of Latin jazz albums put out? Manny is sure to dominate here--Lofton has absolutely no chance.