Round Two S23

Vada Pinson swing

Top seed Vada Pinson is the top seed in the season featuring many modern players (and by modern, I mean guys I saw play!) such as Paul Konerko, Bob Watson, Tim Salmon, Willie Horton, Dick Bartell, Adam Dunn, and Marquis Grissom. You know the drill: top 4 or a .500 record to advance.

The Hitters

Vada-Pinson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Vada Pinson
Round One S45

Paul-Konerko-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Paul Konerko
Round One S68

Bob-Watson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Bob Watson
Round One S15

Tim-Salmon-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Tim Salmon
Round One S08

Willie-Horton-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Willie Horton
Round One S11

Dick-Bartell-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Dick Bartell
Round One S43

Adam-Dunn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Adam Dunn
Round One S63

Marquis-Grissom-Greatest Player Playoff card

Marquis Grissom
Round One S17

The Results

Vada Pinson9163.591*WON*
Bob Watson8965.5782.0
Adam Dunn8371.5398.0
Willie Horton8173.52610.0
Paul Konerko7975.51312.0
Tim Salmon7381.47418.0
Dick Bartell (18)6688.42925.0
Marquis Grissom54100.35137.0

Bob Watson came on strong the last month of the season but it was not enough to catch the notoriously underrated Vada Pinson. Power hitters Adam Dunn and Willie Horton round out the top four with Paul Konerko also qualifying due to his plus-.500 record. Sadly, we bid a fond farewell to Tim Salman, Dick Bartel, and Marquis Grissom.

R2S23 Results

Season Highlights

  • The had similar season totals but it appears Vada Pinson’s edge in stolen bases was enough to offset Bob Watson’s edge in batting average and home runs.
  • Dick Bartell8 had 21 sacrifice hits on the season.
  • Tim Salman6 had a 20-game hitting streak.
  • Randy Johnson1 and Walter Johnson1, each pitching for Dick Bartell, topped 300 Ks on the season. Randy with 309 and Walter with 305.
  • Vada Pinson had 20 hits in a 11-6 victory over Paul Konerko.
  • Willie Horton3 had a 3-homer game vs. Paul Konerko.
  • No Hitter
    8/20 Bob Gibson7 of Willie Horton vs. Marquis Grissom in 9 innings. 

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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