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Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times is pioneering a new life measurement to commemorate great players. Heck, anyone can honor a player when he reaches one of the standard milestones, like age 50, or 75, or 100. But last week, Jaffe noted that Hall of Famer Whitey Ford had reached the 30,000th day of his life. I’ll bet even Whitey didn’t even know that.
And today, Jaffe put up a new post celebrating the fact that Ken Griffey Jr. was born 15,000 days ago.
I’ll pause while the blogosphere sings “Happy 15,000 days to Junior,” using their best Marilyn Monroe voice.
Jaffe has some interesting Griffey facts in his post, and Mariners fans will find fascinating his compilation of the all-time Mariner team as ranked by WAR — Wins Above Replacement. Comparing it to the all-time Reds WAR team, which is also included, I began to wonder who would win a hypothetical seven-game series between those two teams. My initial thought was that Cincinnati, teeming with Big Red Machine players like Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, George Foster and Tony Perez, would clean up. But the Mariners aren’t too shabby with Griffey, A-Rod, Ichiro and Edgar, and I give the M’s a big edge in starting pitching, with a rotation of Randy Johnson, Jamie Moyer, Felix Hernandez, Mark Langston and Freddy Garcia. The Reds have Jim Maloney, Jose Rijo, Gary Nolan, Mario Soto and Jim O’Toole — good, but not in the M’s ballpark.
If anyone knows how to do a computer simulation, I’d love to see the results. Lou Piniella could manage both teams.