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JoePoz: Mystery Player

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Time for another guessing game. I’m thinking of two baseball players. Both first basemen. Both right-handed hitters. Both were instant stars in the big leagues. I’ll tell you that one of the players is Albert Pujols, Prince Albert, Albert the Great, the guy who, if he stays healthy and motivated, could put up some of the most remarkable offensive numbers in baseball history. And our mystery player … well, what can I tell you about him? He never led the league in home runs. He never led the league in RBIs. He was admired as a great player when he was young, but I would say the admiration for him as, well, muted. He only started in two All-Star Games his whole career. He only MADE five, which is just odd to think about. Steve Sax started two All-Star Games and made five. You could argue pretty persuasively that our mystery player was a lot better than Steve Sax. Steve Garvey made 10 All-Star Games and started nine. You could argue pretty persuasively that our mystery player was a lot better than Steve Garvey. ...

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