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.
Played as: Jeff Heath
Full Name: John Geoffrey Heath
Played as: George Van Haltren
Full Name: George Edward Martin Van Haltren
Played as: Dixie Walker
Full Name: Fred E. Walker
Nicknames: The Peepul’s Cherce
Played as: Carl Yastrzemski
Full Name: Carl Michael Yastrzemski
Nicknames: Yaz, Captain Carl
Played as: Jim Thome
Full Name: James Howard Thome
Nicknames: The Pride of Peoria, Thomer, Jimmy, The Anaconda, The Thomenator, Mr. Incredible
Played as: Todd Helton
Full Name: Todd Lynn Helton
Nicknames: The Toddfather
Played as: Edwin Encarnacion
Full Name: Edwin Elpidio Encarnacion
Nicknames: EE, E5, Steady Eddie, The Parrot Man
Played as: Travis Hafner
Full Name: Travis Lee Hafner
Nicknames: The Project, Donkey, Pronk
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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.
- 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).
4/12 Pedro Martinez3 of the Van Haltren team no-hit Dixie Walker.