Dennis Eckersley won 197 games and saved 390 over 24 seasons. The righty pitched in 1,071 games and threw 3,285.2 innings with 2,401 strikeouts. At the time of his retirement, Eck had appeared in more games than any pitcher in MLB history.
With these latest rankings there is not only a new team on top, but new teams ranking at the top of both the National and American Leagues. A pair of perennial contenders in each league, the NL's Saint Louis Cardinals and AL's New York Yankees, have each collapsed from fringe contention to a scramble now trying to save their seasons.
In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Molitor at #99 on its list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players. In June of that year, Milwaukee retired his uniform number 4, and five years later Molitor joined Yount as the only two players sporting the Brewers cap on their Hall of Fame plaques.
Two months is now plenty of time to get a legitimate read on where the 30 teams of Major League Baseball stand. The season's first Power Rankings have been tabulated, with the NL's San Diego Padres and AL's Tampa Bay Rays sitting at the top.
Want a fantastic bit of trivia? Seven players who Nolan Ryan struck out during their careers would have sons who grew up to become MLB players who were then also struck out by Nolan Ryan.