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September 28, 2000

Team Of The Decade

The Decade's MVP

by Dave Pease and Greg Spira

Just in time for this year's Internet Baseball Awards, we've stumbled upon the remaining data from the Team of the Decade voting. Without further ado...

In the end, the competition for the Player of the Decade came down to the decade's best pitcher versus its best position player--a competition Barry Bonds won with relative ease.

Bonds turned out to be everything you look for in a superstar. He fielded his position competently--and, for much of the decade, he was better than that. He was a fantastic on the bases, and was a high-percentage basestealer, He was healthy: he played more than 100 games every season of the decade, and averaged better than 120. Most of all, he was a devestating hitter who averaged over 100 walks and 30 home runs every season.

The voters for the Baseball Prospectus Team of the Decade saw through what MVP voters throughout the decade couldn't: the occasional goofy quote, the jewelry, the somewhat dramatic personal life and the poor relationship with the media. Regardless of the errata, Barry Bonds is truly the decade's most valuable player.

Player Name          1     2     3     4     5     B       P
Barry Bonds        473   146    67    31    20   737    6200
Greg Maddux        196   258   177    76    42   749    4921
Ken Griffey Jr.    139   232   181   112    80   744    4335
Mike Piazza         21    53    78    78    76   306    1281
Jeff Bagwell        13    34    53    71    71   242     917
Mark McGwire        20    26    47    63    75   231     881
Roger Clemens        6    20    59   100    65   250     860
Frank Thomas         7    21    55    71   114   268     819
Roberto Alomar       4    12    21    41    37   115     389
Randy Johnson        5    10    20    24    27    86     319
Ivan Rodriguez       2    15    18    26    25    86     318
Cal Ripken           9    14    13    11    24    71     310
Larry Walker         1    11    14    26    24    76     259
Tony Gwynn           7     4    14    18     9    52     231
Bernie Williams      7     8    10     6    12    43     206
Rickey Henderson     2     5    12    20    28    67     203
Pedro Martinez       6     9     9     8    10    42     202
Rafael Palmeiro      4     5    10    18    20    57     199
Barry Larkin         1     6    14    16    26    63     196
Sammy Sosa           5     8     9     9    11    42     189
Craig Biggio         3     8     7    15    15    48     181
Albert Belle         1     3    10    21    30    65     174
Derek Jeter          5     8     8     6     8    35     172
Juan Gonzalez        2     1     8    10    13    34     110
Alex Rodriguez       1     4     4    13    13    35     110
Nomar Garciaparra    6     3     2     4     3    18     106
Tom Glavine          2     6     2     7     7    24     100
David Cone           3     3     4     6     8    24      97
Chipper Jones        3     2     5     6     7    23      94
Dennis Eckersley     0     6     3     5     4    18      76
Paul O'Neill         2     4     1     1     6    14      62
Manny Ramirez        0     3     3     5     1    12      52
Curt Schilling       2     1     0     3     3     9      39
John Smoltz          0     1     3     4     4    12      38
Matt Williams        0     4     1     0     2     7      35
Mike Mussina         1     1     1     3     2     8      33
Jim Thome            1     0     2     3     4    10      33
Kenny Lofton         0     0     3     4     3    10      30
Edgar Martinez       1     0     2     1     7    11      30
Mo Vaughn            0     1     1     4     3     9      27
John Olerud          0     1     3     1     0     5      25
Kevin Brown          0     1     1     2     3     7      21
Chuck Knoblauch      0     1     1     1     1     4      16
Chuck Finley         0     1     1     1     0     3      15
Robin Ventura        0     1     1     0     1     3      13
Ken Caminiti         0     0     1     2     2     5      13
Trevor Hoffman       0     0     1     2     2     5      13
John Wetteland       0     0     1     0     7     8      12
Ray Lankford         0     0     1     2     0     3      11
Jose Rijo            1     0     0     0     0     1      10
Fred McGriff         0     0     0     2     2     4       8
David Justice        0     1     0     0     1     2       8
Gary Sheffield       0     0     0     2     1     3       7
Kevin Appier         0     0     0     0     1     1       1
Tim Salmon           0     0     0     0     1     1       1
TOTAL              962   962   962   961   961  4808   25008

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