First off, a confession: I cheated a little to get the three second basemen together so it would be easier to discuss this. Lemke and Millan were always ranked together, but Hubbard was originally two spots higher. The first two moved up a spot each when I moved Jeff Burroughs down, and then I swapped spots 30 and 31 to put all three together.
I’m not sure that Hubbard doesn’t belong several spots higher, even in the top twenty. I didn’t exactly have a system for this, but generally I looked at (1) career runs created with the Braves and (2) career runs created above average for the Braves. The players this penalizes for the most part are guys like Hubbard and Millan, who were far better than replacement level hitters at second base, but are below the “average” — which includes outfielders and first basemen. (It could penalize shortstops as well, but I never seriously considered Rafael Ramirez and nobody else was even in the conversation — except for two guys who were above-average hitters.) Hubbard was well above the average for a second baseman, and Millan slightly above the average.
Lemke was a poor hitter even for a second baseman, probably below replacement level. On the other hand, he was an amazing defensive player. If you look at Win Shares, for example, Lemmer is routinely credited with about nine WS a season when playing regularly, two-thirds or more of them on defense. Millan and Hubbard were fine defensive players too, but Lemke is on this list entirely for defense. These three players are the only players with career RC below average who are on the list.
In retrospect, I am fairly convinced that Hubbard should rank higher, but it’s very hard to see him higher than about 25th. One thing you’ll see going forward is that I tried to spread out the pitchers some; arguably, Hubbard could rank ahead of any pitcher except Niekro and the Big Three, but instead I mixed them in more or less to break up runs of hitters. The difference between the fourth-best pitcher (whoever it is) and the fifth-best is gargantuan.