Round 3 S52

Cesar Cedeno-Featured-Card baseball's greatest player playoff

Plenty of power is expected as Cesar Cedeno carries the top seed against Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey and HOF cert Ichiro Suzuki. Also in the mix are reigning MVP Freddie Freeman, Mookie Wilson, underrated Darrell Evans, Jason Giambi, and the king of the Three True Outcomes, Adam Dunn. It will take a top four finish to guarantee a berth in Round 5.

Cesar-Cedeno-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Cesar Cedeno
Full Name: Cesar Eugenio Cedeno
Nicknames: None
Twitter: @ccedeno28

Ichiro-Suzuki-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ichiro Suzuki
Full Name: Ichiro Suzuki
Nicknames: Wizard, Ichi, Hercules

Willie-McCovey-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Willie McCovey
Full Name: Willie Lee McCovey
Nicknames: Stretch, Mac, Big Mac

Freddie-Freeman-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Freddie Freeman
Full Name: Frederick Charles Freeman
Nicknames: Frito, Fab 5 Freddie, Fredward, Phillip (Player’s Weekend: His brother’s name)
Twitter: @FreddieFreeman5

Mookie-Wilson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mookie Wilson
Full Name: William Hayward Wilson
Nicknames: The Mookster, (Mookie was bestowed on him by his grandparents)
Twitter: @MookieWilsonNY1

Darrell-Evans-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Darrell Evans
Full Name: Darrell Wayne Evans
Nicknames: Howdy Doody, Clank

Jason-Giambi-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Jason Giambi
Full Name: Jason Gilbert Giambi
Nicknames: Giambino, Big Bear, Gumby

Adam-Dunn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Adam Dunn
Full Name: Adam Troy Dunn
Nicknames: Big Donkey, Big Country
Twitter: @adamdunn_44

The Results

The lesson from this season? A one-dimensional offensive threat is going to have a hard time in the tournament. Ichiro led all teams in batting average but finished seventh, just one game ahead of hard-hitting Adam Dunn, who found himself on the interstate. Jason Giambi took the pennant with Willie McCovey in close pursuit. Cedeno and Freeman rounded out the top four to secure slots in Round 5.

Season Highlights

  • Willie McCovey3 led with 42 HRs. Jason Giambi added 41 of his own to go along with his 99 RBIs.
  • Cole Hamels4 made 61 appearances for the Suzuki team.
  • Willie McCovey6 had a 3-Home Run game.
  • No-Hitters
    4/ 8 Pedro Martinez6 of Mookie Wilson vs. Adam Dunn.
    9/ 6 Pedro Martinez5 of Justin Giambi vs. Adam Dunn.

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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