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The 2012 ‘Pound-For-Pound’ Awards

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 16:   Brayan Villarreal #60 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during their game on September 16, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Indians defeated the Tigers 7-6.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Brayan Villarreal

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Brayan Villarreal #60 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during their game on September 16, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Tigers 7-6. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brayan Villarreal

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In boxing — remember boxing? — a frequent debate-kindling topic is who’s the best “pound-for-pound” fighter in the world. So why not, now that baseball-less winter is descending upon us, apply this tidy conversation-starter to the greatest of all sports? Why not indeed!

To do this, we’ll be leaning heavily on the play index available at God’s own Baseball-Reference.com, which allows us to sort search results by listed weights. Sure, playing weights can be dubious things on occasion, but it’s usually the high end of the girth spectrum that’s to be doubted. We’re talking about the little guys.

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