A few weeks ago, when Mark Ellis was traded, and in response to Ken Arneson
saying that Mark Ellis was one of his top [five?] favorite players ever, I
decided to make my ranked list of favorite A's position players of all time.
That list is here. The list revealed certain things about my
ballplayer preferences, mainly that I really really like fat, slow guys.
I've been told by sources that Ken is now working on his Top 25 Pitchers list,
so I decided to build mine as well. This time, though, I'll include a few
words on each pitcher. Away!
Mark Mulder - always loved his efficiency
Dallas Braden - the perfect game, grandma, the 209
Steve Karsay - no idea at all. Maybe it's this weird residual "oh he must be
awesome if we got him for Rickey" thing that's never gone away. Maybe I really
really liked his Upper Deck card in 1993 or something.
Ron Darling - his Mets broadcast work has probably pushed him up a few spots,
but I can't separate that in my mind
Brandon McCarthy - Twitter
Dennis Eckersley - c'mon
Rich Harden - the way his fastball jumped out of his hand in 2004. He
should've been Justin Verlander
Justin Duchscherer - the cutter + the slow curve + the inscrutability
Brett Anderson - love the way he wears his hat on the bench
Tim Hudson - the splitter
Dan Haren - throws like 17 pitches and it's impossible to tell them apart
Brad Ziegler - who doesn't love a submariner
Keith Foulke - I love change-up closers
Jim Mecir - the man could barely walk but built a major-league career out of
Trevor Cahill - the two-seamer
Ted Lilly - something about his weirdly long stride and his surprising
strikeout ability always appealed to me
Billy Taylor - the homeless man's Eckersley. Bonus points for being part of
an all-time Beane Trade
Chad Bradford - see Brad Ziegler
Grant Balfour - an Australian reliever who throws hard and cusses more than