Friday, January 8, 2010
A's of the Decade: Second Base – Mark Ellis
Years: 2002 – 2009
Other Candidates: Randy Velarde (2000); Frank Menechino (2001); Marco Scutaro (2004)
Summary: He is unquestionably the best defensive second basemen that none of you have ever heard of – whether using outmoded measurements like fielding percentage or egghead stats like UZR. His terrific 2005 line (.316/.384/.477) bought him a lifetime pass from most A's fans, despite a career that's been pockmarked with injuries and a failure to come close to his '05 season at the plate. Still, he's the best 2B in team history.
Favorite A's Moment: [Lifted from one of my previous A's posts] I guess I'd have to go with Ellis' three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth during Game #5 of the 2002 ALDS. I was driving back from my bachelor party weekend in L.A. on a Sunday afternoon and Ellis' shot would've been a dramatic walk-off into the ALCS (against the Angels!)…if RP Billy Koch hadn't given up a three-spot in the top of the ninth.
Runner-Up: Randy Velarde
Worst of the Decade: Frank Menechino