The thoroughly modern Matt Holliday claims the top seed, facing old-timers John Reilly and Joe Harris, along with mid-century stars Bob Nieman and Joe Adcock, 70s greats, Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell and Cecil Cooper, and (maybe) unfairly maligned Rafael Palmeiro. With 154 games ahead of them, only the Top 4 are guaranteed slots in Round 5.
Played as: Matt Holliday
Full Name: Matthew Thomas Holliday
Nicknames: Big Daddy, Bull
Played as: John Reilly
Full Name: John Good Reilly
Nicknames: Long John
Played as: Joe Harris
Full Name: Joseph Harris
Played as: Willie Stargell
Full Name: Wilver Dornel Stargell
Played as: Bob Nieman
Full Name: Robert Charles Nieman
Played as: Cecil Cooper
Full Name: Cecil Celester Cooper
Played as: Rafael Palmeiro
Full Name: Rafael Palmeiro Birth Name: Rafael Corrales Palmeiro
Nicknames: Raffy, Lightning
Played as: Joe Adcock
Full Name: Joseph Wilbur Adcock
Nicknames: Billy Joe
Willie Stargell unleashed significant power and ran away with the season title. Matt Holliday had an enviable season win total but only managed a second place finish. Rafael Palmeiro and Joe Harris claimed the other two qualifying slots. The others get a second chance in Round 4.
- Matt Holliday led all teams in hitting with Holliday6 easily winning the batting title with a .320 average.
- Stargell9 won the other two legs of the Triple Crown with 42 homers and 97 RBIs.
- Holliday6 also had a hitting streak of 21 games. Reilly7 hit safely in 20 straight.
- Pedro Martinez7 won the pitching Triple Crown with 253 Ks, an ERA of 1.96, and a 27-7 record while pitching for the Willie Stargell team.
- Cooper6, Holliday9, Stargell9, and Stargell8 each had 3-HR games. Holliday hit a grand slam and 2 3-run HRs, giving him 10 RBIs for the game.
8/10 Bucky Walters7 twirled a 3-0 no-no vs Joe Adcock for Willie Stargell. He only walked one.