Round 3 S51

Roberto Clemente-Featured-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

This is a great slate of competitors; I’ll hate to see who doesn’t make the cut. Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Mickey Cochrane, Jim Bottomley, and Gary Carter are just the tip of the iceberg: We’ll also see Prince Fielder, Darryl Strawberry, Brett Butler, and Rusty Staub. A top 4 finish guarantees a slot in Round 5.

Roberto-Clemente-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Roberto Clemente
Full Name: Roberto Clemente
Nicknames: Arriba, The Great One, Bobby, Sweetness

Mickey-Cochrane-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mickey Cochrane (in the minors as Frank King)
Full Name: Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Nicknames: Black Mike, Kid (Mickey came from the derogatory “Mick,” which is funny because he was Scottish!)

Jim-Bottomley-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jim Bottomley
Full Name: James Leroy Bottomley
Nicknames: Sunny Jim

Prince-Fielder-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Prince Fielder
Full Name: Prince Semien Grant Fielder
Nicknames: Uncle Phil, The Revolting Blob
Twitter: @RealPFielder28

Darryl-Strawberry-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Darryl Strawberry
Full Name: Darryl Eugene Strawberry
Nicknames: Straw, The Straw Man, Pulled Muscle Face

Brett-Butler Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Brett Butler
Full Name: Brett Morgan Butler
Nicknames: Bugsy

Rusty-Staub-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Rusty Staub
Full Name: Daniel Joseph Staub
Nicknames: Le Grand Orange (“Rusty” was bestowed by a nurse at his birth due to his red hair)

Gary-Carter-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Gary Carter
Full Name: Gary Edmund Carter
Nicknames: Kid, Camera Carter, Lights

The Results

Prince Fielder took two of three from Mickey Cochrane in the final series of the season to claim the pennant. Staub and Butler grabbed the final two slots, while Jim Bottomly holds on to a slim chance based on his positive run differential. Clemente, Strawberry, and Carter head to the round 4 elimination round.

Season Highlights

  • Roberto Clemente led all teams in hitting taking 8 of the top 10 slots on the leader board. Clemente3 and Clemente5 tied for the batting title with .298.
  • Darryl Strawberry9 led with 34 HRs.
  • Brett Butler had 9 players with 50+ stolen bases and Butler3 led everyone with 72 SBs and added 20 triples to boot.
  • Clemente3 had a 23-game hitting streak. Clemente9 had a 20-game streak of his own.
  • Cy Young2 went 28-5 for the Charlie Keller team and notched 320.1 innings.
  • Trevor Hoffman5 got into 63 games for Fielder, saving 50. Cole Hamels6 appeared in 61 games for Clemente.
  • Gary Carter defeated Mickey Cochrane 4-2 in a 24-inning marathon that saw Trevor Hoffman throw 119 pitches over the last 7 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win.
  • Prince Fielder went 6-for-7 (5 singles and a double) in a 14-inning game.
  • Jim Bottomly and Staub9 had 3-Home Run games.

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 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 and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at

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