BY GARY CARTER
Some readers took exception to some of the selections I made on my ultimate baseball team. Why choose Jeff Kent over Pete Rose? Omar Vizquel over Derek Jeter or Cal Ripken? Trevor Hoffman over Mariano Rivera?
I would put Pete at the top as an all-around player. Not just second baseman. Pete was excellent at first, second, and third. Ripken was a different player than Omar. Ripken was bigger and set the trend for home runs at the shortstop position, while Omar played great defensively, hit singles and stole some bases. Jeter is a good hitter, good fielder and a great representative of the team as captain of the Yankees.
As for Rivera and Hoffman, I would take either one of them, because they are both so dependable. I remember Trevor when he came up the Marlins and that devastating changeup and obviously he has had a great career. Rivera in my mind is the most dependable reliever, so it’s really difficult to choose one. They’re both at the top of the list.