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    MLB.com: Best Tools in Baseball

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...=.jsp&c_id=mlb
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    Best by position
    Category	First place	Second place
    
    Catcher 	Russell Martin	Joe Mauer
    
    First baseman 	Albert Pujols	Tie: Mark Teixeira/Derrek Lee
    
    Second baseman 	Chase Utley	Robinson Cano
    
    Shortstop 	Jimmy Rollins	Tie: Troy Tulowitzki/Jose Reyes
    
    Third baseman 	Alex Rodriguez	David Wright
    
    Left fielder 	Matt Holliday	Manny Ramirez
    
    Center fielder 	Carlos Beltran	Ichiro Suzuki
    
    Right fielder 	Vladimir Guerrero	Tie: Ichiro Suzuki/Magglio Ordonez
    
    Starting pitcher 	Tie: Josh Beckett/Johan Santana
    
    Setup man 	Jonathan Broxton	Joba Chamberlain
    
    Closer 	Jonathan Papelbon	Mariano Rivera
    
    
    Batting
    
    Category	First place	Second place
    
    Best hitter 	Ichiro Suzuki	Alex Rodriguez
    
    Best clutch hitter 	David Ortiz	Albert Pujols
    
    Best power hitter 	Ryan Howard	Alex Rodriguez
    
    Best bunter 	Juan Pierre	Ichiro Suzuki
    Best bat control 	Ichiro Suzuki	Placido Polanco
    Pitching
    Category	First place	Second place
    
    Best fastball 	Justin Verlander	Joba Chamberlain
    
    Best curve	Josh Beckett	Four players tied
    
    Best splitter 	Jonathan Papelbon	John Smoltz
    
    Best command 	Greg Maddux	Tom Glavine
    
    Best competitor 	Jake Peavy	Tie: Josh Beckett/Roy Oswalt
    
    Fielding
    
    Category	First place	Second place
    
    Best infielder 	Jose Reyes	Yuniesky Betancourt
    
    Best outfielder	Ichiro Suzuki	Torii Hunter
    
    Best arm 	Ichiro Suzuki	Jeff Francoeur
    
    Best at turning DP 	Orlando Hudson	Tie: Placido Polanco/Luis Castillo
    
    Best picker at first base 	Tie: Derrek Lee/Todd Helton
    
    Best at defending bunt 	Tie: Adrian Beltre/Ryan Zimmerman
    
    
    Baserunning
    
    Category	First place	Second place
    
    Fastest runner 	Carl Crawford	Ichiro Suzuki
    
    Best basestealer	Jose Reyes	Ichiro Suzuki
    
    Best baserunner 	Ichiro Suzuki	Jose Reyes
    
    Best at breaking up DP 	Tie: Gary Sheffield/Carl Crawford
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 03-23-2008 at 11:55 AM.

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    You'll see, after this season... best to break up double play... Shelley Duncan

    They also need to add "BIGGEST tool". Maybe they're waiting until Schilling retires to add that category so other people have a chance.

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    Taking these all together, you can only conclude (based solely on these categories) that Ichiro Suzuki is the best player in baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMC View Post
    Taking these all together, you can only conclude (based solely on these categories) that Ichiro Suzuki is the best player in baseball.
    He's one of them, he doesn't have much power but he's a hitting machine, fast as hell and has a rocket arm.

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    I would have to disagree with Jose Reyes being the best base stealer. Yeah, he is going to steal the most, but he gets caught too often. Ichiro, Rollins, and even Crawford get caught a lot less for the amount of bases they steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    I would have to disagree with Jose Reyes being the best base stealer. Yeah, he is going to steal the most, but he gets caught too often. Ichiro, Rollins, and even Crawford get caught a lot less for the amount of bases they steal.
    Im not a Mets fan by any stretch but Reyes is the nastiest player on the bases. I don't know why they want him to increase his power numbers though, like Willy Mays Hayes he should be putting the ball on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    I would have to disagree with Jose Reyes being the best base stealer. Yeah, he is going to steal the most, but he gets caught too often. Ichiro, Rollins, and even Crawford get caught a lot less for the amount of bases they steal.
    Rollins and Byrnes are good at not getting caught I think they are both around 50 steals and 7 CS. Jose has gotten a little more bold in his steals possibly due to the influence of Henderson as a coach. However, Jose stole 78 bases and was caught 21 times and the next closest person in steals was Juan Pierre with 64. I will agree he may not have the greatest percentage of stealing bases but it is very hard to argue when he has a sizable advantage in terms of how many he has stolen.

    I think you have to call him the best base stealer though, I mean he has led the league the past two seasons and was second in 2005.

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