I'm adding a new, semi-regular column to the blog called Take 5. Each edition will highlight a subjective question with 5 answers, and then I'll answer it the way I see it. For instance, something like:
If you were starting The Bigs Hall of Fame, based on the first 4 seasons of the league, which 5 players would you induct?
1. Gregg Black, 2B, Nashville
Black has been the best all-around hitter in the league since day 1. He holds the all-time records for both single-season and career in the following categories: Batting average, on-base percentage (3 of his seasons are in the top 5), runs, and slugging (only hitter ever to slug .800 for a season). He's second all-time in RBIs. He's won 3 AL MVPs (splitting one with his teammate, King Winn), is a 4-time All-Star, and has won 4 Silver Slugger Awards. The only blemish on his record is his career .259 average in the playoffs.
2. Vin Solano, P, Milwaukee
Has a career 76-15 record, which is the most wins in The Bigs. He's won 2 Cy Young Awards and has been to 3 All-Star games. He's just as tough in the playoffs, where he has an 8-2 record and went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in last season's playoffs on his way to a World Series ring.
3. Osvaldo Johnson, LF/1B, Arizona and San Juan
He and Black are the only guys to win multiple MVP awards. He's 3rd all-time in homers and 5th in RBIs, holding the NL record in both categories. He has 3 50-home run seasons and over 500 RBIs. He's been to 4 All-Star games, has won the HR Derby twice, and owns 3 Silver Slugger Awards to go with his 2 MVPs.
4. Dave Dunwoody, P, Salem
He has a cereer 70-32 record- the 70 wins is tops all-time in the NL and he has twice won 20 games. He's won a Cy Young award (split with his teammate, Dwight Salmon) and is the only pitcher in either league to rack up 1,000 career strikeouts. His 2.52 ERA is third all-time as is career batting average against of .209. He has a career 3.59 ERA with a 5-3 record in the playoffs, but earned himself a World Series ring in season 1.
5. Javier Henriquez, P, Fargo
He's a career 53-26 pitcher and has the best ERA of all-time with a 2.17 mark and the second best average against (.204). He earned a Cy Young in his first full season in the majors, going 22-6 with a 1.79 ERA in what could be argued was the greatest season by any pitcher. He is only 5-4 in the playoffs, but that is due to his team- all his other numbers are better (1.94 ERA, .165 BAA, 0.85 WHIP).