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3B Frank Baker 21.8 RF Reggie Jackson 21..9 CF Al Simmons 19.0 LF Rickey Henderson 26.2 C Mickey Cochrane 18.8 SP Lefty Grove 25.8 SP Rube Waddell 15.2 SP Chief Bender 12.3 SP Eddie Plank 10.3 RP Eddie Rommel 13.8

Total player rating attempts to provide a single number representing the overall value of the player (including fielding). It is the application of this approach to only the player's best 800 consecutive games for the Tigers that leads to these results. Players who played a long time for the team, racking up quality career numbers but not having as many standout seasons in a row will see their rating relatively lower.

Without Tejada in the mix SS is obviously a weakness, with Joost's peak years topping Campaneris but still only earning a 10.6 score. Grove is far ahead of all the pitchers here, and it is no surprise that Waddell comes in second given the method used. And Rommel’s mixed career rates him as the top relief pitcher for this franchise.

  • 1992 The All-Time All-Star Baseball Book, Nick Acocella, and Donald

Dewey

I can't really compare my selections with these authors, because they split the Athletics up into three distinct lineups: Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Oakland. For Philly they sensibly have Grove at P, Cochrane at C, Foxx at 1B, Collins at 2B, and Baker at 3B. The outfield is Simmons and Miller, plus Mule Haas who was a pretty good hitter for them for several years in the late 20s and early 30s. In 1929 he hit .313 with 16 HR, 115 runs, and 82 RBI. How they choose him over Bob Johnson, or even Sam Chapman or others I described, is a mystery to me. And at SS they chose Joe Boley, who only played for the A's from 1927-32. Again, I think Joost is the more deserving here. They listed only pitchers as honorable mentions: Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender, and George Earnshaw.

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