I don't know that I'd call a guy who's already a first baseman at 20/21 a strong #1. #1 is the best overall talent in the draft and he's already limited to 1B/DH as a pro. In my book a strong #1 is an up-the-middle fielder who can also hit a ton.
Not at all surprising that you're ranking Martin as a weak #2.
It's pretty dumb. Also dumb is the whole notion that saying someone was a better defender than Brooks Robinson is sacreligious. Now it's dumb to think that but the fact that people get so uppity when someone ventures to make that claim is obnoxious.
Not all of us.
Just finished re-reading Where They Ain't, and it's weird how so many people from that era (and presumably the preceding million years) just got old and died when they were 50 or 60. And these were baseball players, in better shape and probably better diets than an average person. Willie Keeler died of congestive heart failure at 50. John McGraw at 60. Hughie Jennings was 59. Joe Kelley made it all the way to 71. Heinie Reitz died at 47. Steve Brodie at 67. Pitcher Bill Hawke died of cancer at 32. Duke Esper at 43.
I think Boileryard Clarke and Bill Hoffer were the only NL Orioles still alive when the Browns moved in '54. That's about the same distance in time as today is from the '66 Series. There are a lot of '66 Orioles still alive.
I agree. It'll just be a hole and history will look kindly on the players (although it's probably going to be their fault if there's no season) who might not have hit career stats they otherwise would have.