Round 3 S30


Jeff Heath Featured

Top seed Jeff Heath leads a diverse slate of competitors. In addition to Hall-of-Famers Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Thome, he will have to contend with dead-ball era star George Van Haltren, mid-century hitting star Dixie Walker, and modern sluggers Todd Helton, Edwin Encarnacion, and Travis Hafner. As you know, only the top four finishers move up to Round 5.

Jeff-Heath-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jeff Heath
Full Name: John Geoffrey Heath
Nicknames: None

George-Van-Haltren-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: George Van Haltren
Full Name: George Edward Martin Van Haltren
Nicknames: Rip

Dixie-Walker-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Dixie Walker
Full Name: Fred E. Walker
Nicknames: The Peepul’s Cherce

Carl-Yastrzemski-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Carl Yastrzemski
Full Name: Carl Michael Yastrzemski
Nicknames: Yaz, Captain Carl

Jim-Thome-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jim Thome
Full Name: James Howard Thome
Nicknames: The Pride of Peoria, Thomer, Jimmy, The Anaconda, The Thomenator, Mr. Incredible

Todd-Helton-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Todd Helton
Full Name: Todd Lynn Helton
Nicknames: The Toddfather

Edwin-Encarnacion-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Edwin Encarnacion
Full Name: Edwin Elpidio Encarnacion
Nicknames: EE, E5, Steady Eddie, The Parrot Man
Twitter: @Encadwin

Travis-Hafner-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Travis Hafner
Full Name: Travis Lee Hafner
Nicknames: The Project, Donkey, Pronk

The Results

PlayerWinsLossesPct.GB
Jeff Heath10648.688*WON*
Jim Thome8668.55820.0
Todd Helton8074.51926.0
Carl Yastrzemski7777.50029.0
George Van Haltren7777.50029.0
Dixie Walker7678.49430.0
Travis Hafner5995.38347.0
Edwin Encarnacion5599.35751.0

Surprise performer Jeff Heath actually improved on his Round 1 win total, clocking in with an impressive 106 this season. As a team, Heath dominated in average, extra-base hits, and runs as he easily outpaced second-place Jim Thome by 20 games. Todd Helton cruised to third as Yaz, Van Haltren, and Walker took it to the final game of the season with identical 76-77 records.

Season Highlights

  • Jeff Heath99 was the only individual to top .300, finishing with a .308 batting average.
  • Heath8 led with 41 home runs on the season and knocked in 98 as well.
  • Cole Hamels2 pitched 63 games in relief for the Edwin Encarnacion team, only saving 4.
  • There were 3-HR games by Thome3 (6 at-bats in an 11 inning game), Heath7 in 4 at-bats, and Heath5 (5 at-bats in a 12 inning game).
  • No-Hitters
    4/12 Pedro Martinez3 of the Van Haltren team no-hit Dixie Walker.

Tim Bruno

Tim has been a baseball fan for most of his life and has played a great deal of baseball and softball over the years. Although his playing days are long behind him, he remembers back when he was an extremely fast catcher with an extremely bad arm. He has been playing Strat-o-Matic baseball since he was 14. Tim is currently living in southwest France and writes A LOT about coffee at Procaffeination.com. He has also written Procaffeination: A Coffee Lover's Dictionary, which will be available soon. You can find out more about Tim's writing at TimothyBruno.com and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at Tim@BaseballsGreatestPlayerPlayoff.com

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