2010s All-Decade Team: Outfielders and DH

This post continues our voting to select the best 25 man team of this decade. We started with infielders in the previous post, will choose outfielders and a DH in this post, and pitchers, catchers and the rest in a final installment. More after the jump.

For this election, we’ll select four outfielders for our team, the voting leader at each outfield position, and the outfielder with the next highest voting score (voting rules are at the end of the post). One designated hitter with the highest vote total will be chosen. Voting is open until 23:59 EST on Thursday, January 2nd.

Qualifications for ballot eligibility are based only for play in the 2010-19 decade. Eligible players must meet all of these criteria:

  • 3000 PA
  • 50% of games at one outfield position, or 500 games at DH
  • 20 WAR or Top 10 in WAR for the position

Here are the candidates.

Left Field

Rk Player WAR/pos OPS+ PA From To Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Brett Gardner 38.0 102 5570 2010 2019 26-35 1349 4845 810 1259 219 60 121 485 579 1040 228 55 .260 .344 .405 .749 *78/HD9 NYY
2 Ryan Braun 35.4 132 5336 2010 2019 26-35 1305 4796 770 1410 297 29 241 811 451 974 166 45 .294 .359 .519 .877 *79/HD38 MIL
3 Christian Yelich 33.6 137 4043 2013 2019 21-27 920 3541 587 1067 209 24 139 500 448 832 124 24 .301 .383 .492 .874 *789/HD MIA-MIL
4 Alex Gordon 31.5 104 5705 2010 2019 26-35 1369 5028 692 1309 276 21 149 597 538 1198 85 39 .260 .341 .412 .754 *7/8HD5391 KCR
5 Justin Upton 30.0 121 5907 2010 2019 22-31 1408 5186 836 1373 275 22 255 798 609 1503 124 47 .265 .346 .474 .820 *79/HD8 ARI-ATL-SDP-DET-LAA
6 Starling Marte 29.1 115 3986 2012 2019 23-30 953 3647 555 1047 192 42 108 420 196 812 239 77 .287 .341 .452 .793 *78/H PIT
7 Michael Brantley 27.3 117 4999 2010 2019 23-32 1171 4518 621 1339 284 21 109 607 394 526 117 28 .296 .354 .441 .795 *78/DH9 CLE-HOU
8 Yoenis Cespedes 21.9 126 3456 2012 2018 26-32 826 3160 472 865 172 24 163 524 238 727 43 20 .274 .328 .498 .826 *78/DH OAK-BOS-DET-NYM
9 Matt Holliday 21.0 131 4343 2010 2018 30-38 1049 3772 584 1066 241 6 164 628 479 756 28 13 .283 .371 .480 .852 *7D/H3 STL-NYY-COL
10 Melky Cabrera 14.8 109 5379 2010 2019 25-34 1318 4955 645 1444 293 33 108 626 339 645 57 23 .291 .335 .429 .765 *798/HD ATL-SFG-TOR-CHW-KCR-CLE-PIT
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Generated 12/23/2019.

Center Field

Rk Player WAR/pos OPS+ PA From To Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Mike Trout 72.5 176 5273 2011 2019 19-27 1199 4340 903 1324 251 46 285 752 803 1118 200 36 .305 .419 .581 1.000 *87/D9H LAA
2 Andrew McCutchen 41.2 135 6280 2010 2019 23-32 1452 5388 868 1540 308 39 221 765 769 1155 165 72 .286 .379 .481 .860 *89/7HD PIT-SFG-NYY-PHI
3 Lorenzo Cain 36.9 104 4295 2010 2019 24-33 1045 3894 565 1122 206 24 78 407 325 768 175 40 .288 .347 .413 .761 *89/HD7 KCR-MIL
4 Adam Jones 26.6 109 6336 2010 2019 24-33 1499 5920 797 1647 287 18 251 806 275 1151 72 26 .278 .318 .460 .778 *89/DH7 BAL-ARI
5 Jacoby Ellsbury 24.7 105 3946 2010 2017 26-33 904 3552 537 992 185 29 84 387 301 568 214 48 .279 .339 .419 .758 *8/HD7 BOS-NYY
6 Austin Jackson 22.1 100 4653 2010 2018 23-31 1115 4200 621 1145 218 53 65 381 374 1120 114 45 .273 .333 .396 .729 *8/H79D DET-CHC-SEA-CHW-CLE-SFG-NYM
7 Carlos Gomez 21.9 101 4125 2010 2019 24-33 1113 3707 531 939 194 29 133 447 264 1018 209 53 .253 .318 .429 .747 *89H/7D41 MIL-HOU-TEX-TBR-NYM
8 Ender Inciarte 19.2 95 3194 2014 2019 23-28 759 2922 418 835 134 27 39 243 220 400 113 44 .286 .338 .390 .728 *8/79H ARI-ATL
9 Dexter Fowler 18.7 106 5235 2010 2019 24-33 1274 4471 724 1161 222 72 119 467 662 1171 120 56 .260 .359 .421 .781 *89H/D COL-HOU-CHC-STL
10 Charlie Blackmon 18.2 116 4507 2011 2019 24-32 1060 4092 713 1244 227 47 172 511 298 757 129 54 .304 .360 .509 .868 *89/7HD COL
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Generated 12/23/2019.

Right Field

Rk Player WAR/pos OPS+ PA From To Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Mookie Betts 42.0 134 3629 2014 2019 21-26 794 3203 613 965 229 26 139 470 371 464 126 25 .301 .374 .519 .893 *98/4DH BOS
2 Giancarlo Stanton 39.9 144 4897 2010 2019 20-29 1162 4253 686 1141 239 11 308 785 569 1375 41 14 .268 .358 .547 .905 *9D/7H8 FLA-MIA-NYY
3 Jason Heyward 36.9 103 5580 2010 2019 20-29 1377 4920 711 1286 243 34 144 579 576 964 110 39 .261 .343 .412 .755 *98/H ATL-STL-CHC
4 Jose Bautista 35.9 137 5206 2010 2018 29-37 1223 4297 781 1078 222 9 285 764 812 960 56 23 .251 .373 .506 .879 *9D5/H3784 TOR-PHI-ATL-NYM
5 Bryce Harper 31.5 137 4639 2012 2019 19-26 1084 3879 708 1071 219 19 219 635 684 1012 90 34 .276 .385 .512 .897 *978/HD3 WSN-PHI
6 Josh Reddick 25.2 106 4449 2010 2019 23-32 1168 4010 555 1062 193 32 138 527 365 701 60 18 .265 .324 .432 .756 *97/H8D3 BOS-OAK-LAD-HOU
7 George Springer 24.6 131 3345 2014 2019 24-29 744 2898 530 782 131 11 160 426 372 747 47 29 .270 .361 .488 .849 *98/DH7 HOU
8 Shin-Soo Choo 24.4 120 5755 2010 2019 27-36 1304 4885 764 1322 258 17 176 587 710 1258 121 44 .271 .376 .438 .814 *9D87/H CLE-CIN-TEX
9 Hunter Pence 21.6 114 5177 2010 2019 27-36 1266 4732 676 1314 234 36 175 712 393 992 84 29 .278 .333 .453 .787 *9/H7D8 HOU-PHI-SFG-TEX
10 Carlos Gonzalez 21.2 114 4918 2010 2019 24-33 1203 4453 737 1280 266 32 217 730 407 1089 102 28 .287 .347 .508 .855 *97/8HD COL-CLE-CHC
11 Yasiel Puig 20.0 122 3376 2013 2019 22-28 861 3015 441 834 159 21 132 415 297 681 79 38 .277 .348 .475 .823 *9/8H7D LAD-CLE-CIN
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Generated 12/23/2019.

Designated Hitter

Rk Player WAR/pos OPS+ PA From To Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Nelson Cruz 34.3 138 5813 2010 2019 29-38 1385 5193 774 1461 275 9 346 961 511 1302 50 23 .281 .350 .538 .888 D9/7H TEX-BAL-SEA-MIN
2 Edwin Encarnacion 31.1 134 5764 2010 2019 27-36 1360 4963 819 1308 251 5 335 956 689 979 41 9 .264 .356 .519 .875 *D35/H74 TOR-CLE-SEA-NYY
3 Albert Pujols 26.5 121 6149 2010 2019 30-39 1424 5541 757 1485 274 2 290 963 511 709 53 11 .268 .331 .475 .806 *3D/5H STL-LAA
4 David Ortiz 25.3 151 4036 2010 2016 34-40 957 3468 530 1014 252 5 224 700 524 643 7 4 .292 .383 .562 .945 *D/H3 BOS
5 Victor Martinez 11.8 116 4480 2010 2018 31-39 1096 4051 469 1182 220 1 135 619 359 461 5 4 .292 .350 .447 .796 *D2/3H BOS-DET
6 Kendrys Morales 9.0 109 4328 2010 2019 27-36 1084 3913 458 1022 192 4 167 587 344 805 2 5 .261 .326 .440 .766 *D3/H915 LAA-SEA-MIN-KCR-TOR-OAK-NYY
7 Billy Butler 8.9 118 4176 2010 2016 24-30 1039 3725 432 1078 226 2 107 528 382 625 4 2 .289 .357 .437 .794 *D3/H KCR-OAK-NYY
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Generated 12/23/2019.

VOTING RULES: For each position, you must submit a ranked ballot with exactly 3 names. Scoring will be 5-3-1. Please use a new comment (not a reply to another comment) for your vote, and please refrain from “strategic” voting. Happy voting!

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Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago

LF: Yelich, Upton, Brantley
CF: Trout, McCutchen, Blackmon
RF: Betts, Stanton, Harper
DH: Ortiz, Cruz, Encarnacion

FWIW, I probably could be convinced that Springer is no worse than the 7th best OF’er overall, however, I don’t know that he’s better than 4th at RF. It’s also likely that there is a “recent peak” bias to my OF selections

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago

Doug, what determined positional eligibility? I’m curious, since Pujols has appeared at two positions.

Doug
Doug
8 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

It’s 3000 PA and 50% of games at one position, except I made it 500 games at DH since there are so few full-time DH players. So Pujols qualifies with 50% of games at 1B, and also for 500 games as DH.

Chris C
Chris C
8 months ago

LF: Yelich, Braun, Upton
CF: Trout, McCutchen, Cain (very weak competition for 3rd)
RF: Betts, Stanton, Harper
DH: Cruz, Ortiz, Encarnacion

koma
koma
8 months ago

LF
1. Bret Gardner
2. Ryan Braun
3. Alex Gordon

CF
1. Mike Trout
2. Lorenzo Cain
3. Andrew McCutchen

RF
1. Mookie Betts
2. Giancarlo Stanton
3. Bryce Harper

DH
1. David Ortiz
2. Nelson Cruz
3. Edwin Encarnacion

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago

Fun Fact: best CF seasons by WAR of the players listed above: 1. Mike Trout, 2012, 10.5 Mike Trout, 2016, 10.5 3. Mike Trout, 2018, 10.2 4. Mike Trout, 2015, 9.4 5. Mike Trout, 2013, 9.0 6. Mike Trout, 2019, 8.3 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2011, 8.3 8. Andrew McCutchen, 2013, 7.9 9. Carlos Gomez, 2013, 7.8 10. Mike Trout, 2014, 7.6 Surprise, surprise: Mike Trout was dominant this decade – 7 of the top 10 seasons belong to him. But more significant, I think, is that Carlos Gomez’s 2013 season was ridiculously good… and completely out-of-step with his position in the… Read more »

Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

Doom,
It’s “The Curse of the Car Dealer”. Right up there with the Bambino and that poor goat that couldn’t get served in Chicago. The talent they had in 1982 was superior to the Cardinals and that group in the late 50’s was as talented as any and only had one world title to show for the four peak years from 1956 – ’59. Aaron, Spahn, Mathews, Burdette, Adcock, geeze
As far as Carlos Gomez, that has to be one of the weakest offensive seasons ever by an OF’er with that much WAR, no?

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul E

Gomez, 2013 – 128 OPS+, 7.8 WAR Ozzie Smith, 1989 – 97 OPS+, 7.3 WAR Brett Gardner, 2010 – 105 OPS+, 7.4 WAR I think it happens, in other words. Those were the first two players I thought to check. I think the really good way to check would be OPS+ divided by WAR. For Gomez, it’s 16.4; for Gardner, it’s 14.1; for Smith, it’s a pretty incredible 13.3. Finding players with even lower numbers should be possible, too. There are six seasons more extreme than Smith’s among batting title qualified players, but I’m not a PI subscriber, so I… Read more »

Doug
Doug
8 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

OPS+ under 100 and under 15*WAR.
99 – Kevin Kiermaier 2015 (7.5)
98 – Ozzie Smith 1988 (6.6)
97 – Ozzie Smith 1989 (7.3)
90 – Devon White 1992 (6.2), Andrelton Simmons 2013 (7.0)
86 – Darin Erstad 2002 (6.4)
81 – Luis Aparicio 1960 (5.6)
71 – Ozzie Smith 1980 (5.1)
64 – Mark Belanger 1975 (5.0)

There are 24 qualified seasons with OPS+ under 15*WAR, ranging from Belanger’s 5.0 WAR to Cal Ripken’s 11.5 in 1991. Smith, Simmons and Ripken are the only players with more than one. Here’s the list.
http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/5h87Q

Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago
Reply to  Doug

A little further piling on here but, Carlos’ 19.1 batting runs are the 2nd lowest all time, behind only Willie Davis, for seasons of 7.8 WAR or greater by a CF since 1901. I believe it was a list of 63 seasons.
Oddly, his 7.8 WAR was best in the NL that season per b-ref.

Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago
Reply to  Paul E

Doom,
Piling on here: Most dWAR, >/= 7.8 WAR CF, 51% G, 1901-present
1 Carlos Gomez 3.9 7.8 2013
2 Ken Griffey Jr. 3.4 9.7 1996
3 Willie Davis 3.4 8.3 1964
4 Lenny Dykstra 3.2 8.9 1990
5 Andruw Jones 2.7 8.2 2000

There were 68 seasons of 7.8 WAR or greater. Gomez’s 128 OPS+ is 3rd worst amongst the 68 with only Willie Davis (111) and Andruw Jones (122) below Carlos

John
John
8 months ago

LF: Gardner, Yelich, Marte
CF Trout, McCutchen, Cain
RF: Stanton, Harper, Betts
DH: Ortiz, Pujols, Martinez.

Can I vote for Trout first, second and third for CF? Braun is such a poor fielder that I cannot vote for him. Even with my obvious Cubs bias, I couldn’t vote for J-Hey with his poor hitting. Ortiz defined DH for this generation.

Doug
Doug
8 months ago

LF: Yelich, Gardner, Gordon
CF: Trout, McCutchen, Cain
RF: Stanton, Betts, Harper
DH: Ortiz, Encarnacion, Cruz

Richard Chester
Richard Chester
8 months ago

LF: Yelich, Braun, Holliday
CF: Trout, McCutchen,Jones
RF: Stanton, Betts, Harper
DH: Ortiz, Cruz, Encarnacion

I will be away on vacation for a couple of weeks so I will most likely not be voting in the next round.

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago

Due to so many players having BIG seasons, but incomplete decades, this ranking became difficult for me. So I decided I would try something a little different. I have a way of evaluating peak-WAR. So I took the AVERAGE season, acted as if there were ten of them, then took the geometric means of those two numbers. Here’s what I came up with: LF: Christian Yelich, Brett Gardner, Ryan Braun CF: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Lorenzo Cain RF: Mookie Betts, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Bautista DH: Nelson Cruz, Edwin Encarnacion, David Ortiz Unlike some others, I don’t have a real problem… Read more »

Josh Davis
Josh Davis
8 months ago

LF: Braun, Yelich, Brantley
CF: Trout, McCutchen, Blackmon
RF: Betts, Bautista, Stanton
DH: Ortiz, Cruz, Encarnacion

I’m trying to balance numbers with who is really going to be remembered.

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago

I’m not sure exactly how many players Doug is keeping on the team, but here are the vote totals, as I have them. Players are listed in order of finish, with point totals in parentheses: LF – Yelich (31), Gardner (16), Braun (15), Upton (4), Brantley & Gordon (2), Marte & Holliday (1) CF – Trout (40), McCutchen (22), Cain (7), Blackmon (2), Jones (1) RF – Betts (32), Stanton (28), Harper (8), Bautista (4) DH – Ortiz (34), Cruz (23), Encarnacion (11), Pujols (3), Martinez (1) My guess would be that Yelich, Trout, Betts, and Ortiz make it as… Read more »

Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom
8 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

Ugh. I am dumb. Here I thought the deadline was SUNDAY, and I thought I was being helpful. Instead, I’m a dummy. Oh well. Curtis Granderson comment stands! Doug, you’re welcome to delete both of these comments. Thanks.

Doug
Doug
8 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Doom

In the next vote, we’ll elect pitchers, catchers and specialists, the last being a utility player and a pinch hitter. Grandy will qualify for the utility position.

Doug
Doug
8 months ago

Happy New Year everyone.

If you’d like to vote, please do so by end of day tomorrow (Thursday).

Rob P
Rob P
8 months ago

LF: Yelich, Cespedes, Gardner
CF: Trout, Cain, McCutchen
RF: Harper, Betts, Stanton
DH: Cruz, Encarnacion, Ortiz

Paul E
Paul E
8 months ago

Saw this on MLB Trade Rumors website….I guess everyone is celebrating the end of the decade

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/the-all-decade-lineup.html

Not too disimilar results, thus far, from our polling

Doug
Doug
8 months ago

Here are the results, showing points and (first place votes).
LF: Yelich 36 (6), Gardner 17 (2), Braun 15 (1), Upton 4, Cespedes 3, Brantley 2, Gordon 2, Holliday 1, Marte 1
CF: Trout 45 (9), McCutcheon 23, Cain 10, Blackmon 2, Jones 1
RF: Betts 35 (5), Stanton 29 (3), Harper 13 (1), Bautista 4
DH: Ortiz 35 (6), Cruz 28 (3), Encarnacion 14, Pujols 3, Martinez 1

So, elected to the team are Yelich (LF), Trout (CF), Betts (RF), Stanton (OF) and Ortiz (DH).