I never really realized it until recently, but have you ever noticed how as players get older and stop producing at “elite” levels, they move out West. Whether the player gets injured or just gets old, they do, in fact move. I’ll give you some examples of that in a bit. All I’m saying is that the East has the better players than the west. The AL and NL East have the best teams; the AL and NL West have the worst teams; and the AL and NL Central are somewhere in the middle.
Obviously, there are some exceptions to the rule. The East has some pretty pathetic teams. Most notably, the lowly New York Mets, and the ‘wrong place, wrong time’ Baltimore Orioles. The San Francisco Giants, the reigning WS champs, and the ‘slug you to death’ Texas rangers are in the West. Meanwhile the Central has the most diverse pool of teams. The fact that are 11 teams, rather than ten or nine, may lend to that fact.
The Central divisions of Major League Baseball are, like I said, the most diverse. In the NL, there are some teams that make me scratch my head and others that make me rip out my hair. The Cubbies, who haven’t won a World Series in OVER 100 YEARS, the Pirates, and the Astros, all make me scratch my head. I was worried that the Astros might in fact break the Mets’ record 40-120 season. Thank god that prestigious honor still belongs to New York. The other half of theleague, being currently, the Brewers, Reds, and Cardinals, all knwo how to play baseball. The AL Central is in a constant state of flux with the royals 5th, Tigers in 1st, Whitesox, Indians, and Twins somewhere in the middle.
NOW, enough with the teams, let’s get to the players. I find it to be remarkable how older players just move out there. Some players start in the West, get good, and move East, then move back. It’s funny. I’m going to try and give you a full team of examples, so here goes. These players don’t have to still be playing, just fit my description.
Catcher: Mike Piazza, Todd Hundley
First Base: Jason Giambi, Mike Sweeney
Second Base: Aaron Hill, Kelly Johnson
Third Base: Robin Ventura, Jorge Cantu
Shortstop: Miguel Tejada, Nomar Garciaparra
Left Field: Manny Ramirez, Hideki Matsui
Centerfield: Andruw Jones, Vernon Wells
Right Field: Carlos Beltran, Reggie Jackson
Starters: Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Scott Kazmir, David Wells
Relievers: Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell Mets Rejects both…..
Now, just before I go, I want to point out that the New York Mets recently put David Wright on waivers. He was claimed by the Colorado Rockies. David Wright would join the 3B list if a trade gets completed. Being the die-hard Mets fan that I am, you might think, ‘WHY would he want David Wright to be traded?!’ I mean, the Mets trading Wright would be like the Yankees Trading Jeter, or the Giants trading Lincecum, or the Nationals trading Ryan Zimmerman! Well, my reader friend, because if the Mets can get one of or both of the following prospects, I would do it: the Tulsa Drillers’ Drew Pomeranz and/or Alex White, also of the Drillers. Here’s the deals I would do:
David Wright for Drew Pomeranz and a PTBN
David Wright, Jefry Marte, PTBN for Alex White, Tyler Matzek
The Mets need young pitchign and speed. And I’m willing to pay David Wright for it. If any deal goes down, though… the Mets have sent David Wright on the “Once Great Migration.”