Baseball sabermetricians don’t completely agree on the rankings of the second basemen. If you tinker with their formulas just a bit (and the formulas don’t claim to be precise), there are four different guys who could be considered the best of all time: Lajoie, Hornsby, Eddie Collins and Morgan. All four are rated among the top 24 players in history according to baseball-reference.com. Little Joe may not be the best of all time, but he’s in the running, and he’s no lower than #4.

In the course of his career Morgan was a ten-time all star, and led the league at various times in runs scored, walks, on-base-percentage (four times), slugging average and triples. In his spare time he also won five Gold Gloves and stole 689 bases with better than an 80% success rate.

Here’s a weird scoopism: I haven’t ever looked this up, but I think he must be the smallest man to lead a league in slugging percentage in the integration era (1947-now). He was 5’7″, 160 pounds, and he led the NL in slugging percentage in 1976. He also led the league in on-base percentage that year. He was the obvious NL MVP that year, giving him two MVPs in a row. He then proceeded to slug .733 in the 1976 World Series, as the Big Red Machine swept the outmatched Yankees, who managed to score only eight runs in the entire series.

The eight everyday players on the 1976 Reds, with superior talent at every position and four Hall of Famers among them, are considered one of the best squads in the history of the NL. Five of their eight starters batted above .300, and two of the others were Hall of Famers (Johnny Bench and Tony Perez). The remaining guy, Davey Conception, was a better-than-average hitter in his prime, and one of the best shortstops in the league, having been selected for the all-star team nine times.

Joe’s obit from the Associated Press


Scoreboard

Dak Prescott’s amazing, potentially record-shattering season was ended in heartbreak by a serious injury.

What can ya say about the Jets and Giants? Um … the Giants made it close against a leaderless Cowboy team, so that was kinda good. The Jets looked hapless.

The Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears are 4-1. That’s the same record as the mighty Chiefs, who finally dropped one, an unexpected home loss to the Raiders.

Among the lossless: the Steelers and Seahawks remained undefeated; the Bills and Titans play each other on Tuesday. The Packers have the week off.

Russell Wilson has the third-most fantasy points of all time through five games (best is Manning 2013), but the Seahawks really sputtered this time. They were fortunate to scrape up a win after going to the locker room down 13-0.