All Decade Teams (2000's) Post 69 has official team
This will be a large series where each decade I and others will create a roster of the best players of that decade
This is a discussion thread for each decade. I will create a roster and I invite everyone else to do the same. We can discuss and come down with a final team. Then we will have a tournament series of these best decade teams against each other and vote.
Here are the rules:
8 position players (no DH's since teams prior to the 70's didn't have them)
1 bench player can play any position
For a player to be selected to a position, he must have spent the majority of his games at that position over the decade (i.e. Robin Yount is a shortstop for the 80's, 5650 innings at shortstop, 5395 CF). The years will go from 2000-2009 for example, 1990-1999, 1980-1989. So make sure if you are looking up numbers that you look at the right series of years.
So without further explanation. I'll make my roster, I invite everyone to do the same. Depending on the discussion, we'll decide what the final roster for each decade needs to be, and then we will move the thread into the MLB Comps section.
C - Jorge Posada - .283/.386/.492 - .378 wOBA, 131 wRC+, 40.6 fWAR, 34.8 rWAR, 1302 Games
Ivan Rodriguez and Joe Mauer
Mauer didn't really play much in the 2000's and was still developing when he did get called up in 04
Pudge had a 28.4 rWAR and Mauer had a 26.0 rWAR in these years.
1B - Albert Pujols - .334/.427/.628 - .437 wOBA, 169 wRC+, 75.2 fWAR, 71.5 rWAR, 1399 Games
Todd Helton and Jason Giambi
Pujols probably has this very easily. He did play other positions in some of the years, but he played first base more than anywhere else. Helton and Giambi both mashed, but just not at Pujols' level.
2B - Chase Utley - .295/.379/.523 - .387 wOBA, 132 wRC+, 41.2 fWAR, 41.0 rWAR, 891 Games
Placido Polanco and Jeff Kent
Utley gets this for me despite not playing the entire decade and playing a good number of games less than Kent and Polanco. But he was so awesome offensively and one of the very best defensively.
3B - Alex Rodriguez - .304/.401/.587 - .416 wOBA, 154 wRC+, 77.3 fWAR, 75.1 rWAR, 1524 Games
Chipper Jones and Scott Rolen
Alex played a good number more games at third since 2000 vs shortstop, so that is why he is here. Chipper isn't a bad choice either, but A-Rod was just too much.
SS - Derek Jeter - .317/.387/.456 - .371 wOBA, 126 wRC+, 48.9 rWAR, 42.2 rWAR, 1500 Games
Miguel Tejada and Jimmy Rollins
Jeter holds on despite his less than spectacular defense. He was just too much offensively over the others, even Tejada who was beastly for some years.
LF - Barry Bonds - .322/.517/.724 - .490 wOBA, 203 wRC+, 63.5 fWAR, 57.6 rWAR, 986 Games
Manny Ramirez and Carl Crawford
Barry's numbers are cartoonish. He gets this pretty easily and he didn't even play in 1000 games. Considering Manny had a .317/.419/.599 slash line and played 400 more games. It's pretty crazy how much better Bonds was in these years.
CF - Carlos Beltran - .282/.363/.502 - .369 wOBA, 121 wRC+, 51.6 fWAR, 48.9 rWAR, 1392 Games
Andruw Jones and Jim Edmonds
Beltran doesn't run away with this one. Jones and Edmonds, and even Cameron and Damon are close. It's debatable. I gave the edge to Beltran, but others should definitely weigh in on centerfield.
RF - Ichiro Suzuki - .333/.378/.434 - .350 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 48.1 fWAR, 49.3 rWAR, 1426 Games
Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero
Ichiro isn't significantly better than Vlad or Abreu, but his defense and base running really propel him. Vlad was probably the best offensive right fielder of the decade.
1. Randy Johnson - 143-78, 3.34 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 10.42K/9, 2.31 BB/9, 55.7 fWAR, 49.0 rWAR, 1885.1 IP
2. Roy Halladay - 139-69, 3.40 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 6.69 K/9, 1.79 BB/9, 53.8 fWAR, 42.8 rWAR, 1883.1 IP
3. Curt Schilling - 117-63, 3.54 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 8.86 K/9, 1.47 BB/9, 45.6 fWAR, 44.3 rWAR, 1569.1 IP
4. Pedro Martinez - 112-50, 3.01 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 9.93 K/9, 2.15 BB/9, 47.8 fWAR, 43.8 rWAR, 1468 IP
5. Johan Santana - 122-60, 3.12 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 9.12 K/9, 2.49 BB/9, 42.7 fWAR, 44.0 rWAR, 1709.2 IP
Javier Vazquez, C.C. Sabathia, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, Tim Hudson
Teams with most players
Yankees - 4 (Posada, Jeter, A-Rod, Rivera)
D'Backs - 2 (Johnson and Schilling) (more innings with D'Backs than with anyone else)
Cardinals - 1 (Pujols)
Phillies - 1 (Utley)
Giants - 1 (Bonds
Mets - 1 (Beltran) - played a few more games as a Met than as a Royal in the available years
Mariners - 1 (Ichiro)
Blue Jays - 1 (Halladay)
Red Sox - 1 (Pedro)
Twins - 1 (Santana)
His ERA was better than Vazquez and Mussina. And besides Maddux, Buehrle is the best defensive pitcher of that decade. But I get what you are saying no point in really debating it, there are a lot of worthy candidates. Good list.