Round 4 S17

Derrek Lee-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

The Hitters

A mix of eras, teams, and hitting styles along with a couple of Hall-of-Famers to boot. HOF-ers Max Carey and Johnny Evers lead the charge to forestall elimination against Ken Griffey, Derrek Lee, Mike Griffin, Del Pratt, Adrian Beltre, and Stuffy McInnis. The top four finishers stay in the tournament for at least another couple of rounds.

Max Carey
Round One S71
Round Two
Round 3 S01
W – L
Max-Carey-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Ken Griffey
Round One S40
Round Two
Round 3 S56
W – L
Ken-Griffey-Sr-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Derrek Lee
Round One S61
Round Two
Round 3 S50
W – L
Derrek-Lee-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Mike Griffin
Round One S37
Round Two S24
Round 3 S39
W – L
Mike-Griffin-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Johnny Evers
Round One S03
Round Two
Round 3 S08
W – L
Johnny-Evers-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card
Del Pratt
Round One S61
Round Two
Round 3 S11
W – L
Del-Pratt-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Adrian Beltre
Round One S01
Round Two S01
Round 3 S38
W – L
Adrian-Beltre-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff
Stuffy McInnis
Round One S24
Round Two S25
Round 3 S16
W – L
Stuffy-McInnis-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

The Results

Despite losing his last 7 games, Derrek Lee hung on to the top slot, a comfortable 4 games ahead of second-place Mike Griffin. Our two Hall-of-Famers, Evers and Carey, also made the cut with Ken Griffey winning his last 3 straight to secure a positive win-loss record. A disastrous August knocked Stuffy McInnis out of the running even though he led all teams in hitting and Adrian Beltre couldn’t lock down that .500 record, losing his last three games. Del Pratt was a game over .500 in April but fell apart after that, never figuring in the race.

Season Highlights

  • Ken Griffey Sr8 led all individuals with a .326 average, rapping 206 hits.
  • All of Max Carey’s regulars had 70+ stolen bases. Carey99 led the league with 119 SBs.
  • One of the Griffey’s had a 24-game hitting streak.
  • Max Carey8 had 6 stolen bases against Del Pratt and was attempting a seventh when he was thrown out stealing home to end the game. Carey won, 3-0.

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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