On Thanksgiving I'm defining a great baseball “side” to be a player with about 300 events, plus or minus 30, with an RVP of +30 or greater. The post today isn't too meaty, pun intended. Further posts on distributions of playing time will follow.
The table below lists the the best sides at each position, seasons 1962 through 2013 inclusive. Two players per position, including designated hitter, are represented. I use 1962 to begin the range because that is the first year both leagues adopted a 162 game schedule. Each line gives year, player, position, events, and RVP. The 1981, 1994, and 1995 seasons are excluded because they were all fewer than 162 games.
|2005||J. D. Drew||RF||313||48|
The positions near the top, including catcher, are postions where 270 to 330 events is a common range. Catchers are near the top because there are more of them playing this many events and often a team's best catcher will only play this many events. Designated hitter is the other position to stand out but mainly because only one league uses it. The differences between the other positions will be written about in another post.