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Top 100 players of all-time: 20-11

January 5, 2010

20. Tom Seaver

1.12/76.7 %/3.04/105.3

Seaver is the best player in Mets’ history. Seaver was a great strikeout pitcher. He won over 300 games and had over 3,600 strikeouts. Seaver qon the Rookie of The Year award in 1967 and won three Cy Young awards. He also made twelve All-Star games.

19. Eddie Collins

.424/.429/.414/126.7

Collins was the best second basemen of his time while playing twenty-five seasons in the MLB. He led his league in fielding nine times and also was one of the best World Series performers ever. Collins won one MVP.

18. Hank Aaron

.374/.555/.405/141.5

Aaron was the home run king until Barry Bonds came along. He was a good hitter who won two batting titles. Aaron won one MVP award and three Gold Gloves. In his MVP season he helped lead the Braves to a World Series Title. He made twenty-one All-Star appearances.

17. Joe DiMaggio

.398/.579/.439/83.4

DiMaggio’s fifty-six game hitting streak might be the hardest record to break. He was an American hero at the time. DiMaggio won three MVP’s and went to thirteen All-Star games.

16. Tris Speaker

.428/.500/.436/132.8

One of the games greatest outfielders was also one of the best hitters. Speaker batted .344 in twenty-two seasons. He helped the Indians win their first World Series and also was one the best doubles hitters ever. He was also a key member of the Red Sox 1912 and 1915 World Series teams. He had over 3,500 hits and he won one MVP award.

15. Mickey Mantle

.421/.557/.431/120.2

Mantle was the greatest switch-hitter in Major League Baseball history. Some say it might have been hard to surpass a Yankee legend like Joe DiMaggio, but he did it. He hit 536 home runs and won three MVP awards. He also played in twelve World Series and won the triple crown in 1956. Mantle won one Gold Glove and made the All-Star game sixteen times.

14. Randy Johnson

1.17/74.7 %/3.19/91.8

Johnson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever. He won four straight Cy Young awards from 1999 through 2002. His height intimidated opposing batters and gave his a slight advantage. In 2002 Johnson won the pitchers triple-crown. He helped the D-Backs win their first World Series in just their fourth season in 2001. He went to ten All-Star games.

13. Lefty Grove

1.28/71.8 %/3.36/98.3

He was twenty-five years old when he came into the Majors, but he made up for his lost time. He won over 300 games. Grove was an intense competitor and is considered one of the greatest left handers ever.

12. Pedro Martinez

1.05/75.9 %/2.91/75.9

Martinez had two of the best seasons ever by a pitcher in 1999 and 2000. He won three Cy Young Awards and four ERA titles before the age of 31. In 1999 he won the pitchers triple-crown. He also appeared in seven All-Star games.

11. Stan Musial

.417/.559/.436/127.9

In his first four seasons the Cardinals won four pennants and three World Championships. Stan “The Man” won seven batting championships and three MVP awards. He had over 3,600 hits. Musial made twenty All-Star games.

Greatest pitcher of all-time

August 21, 2009

Now, I know this is a tricky subject. There are a lot of questions raised and factors taken into account to determine this. How do we account for the different eras- deadball, liveball, WWII, pre and post integration, steroid, etc.? Do you want to base it off their career or peak? And in the end, there will still be no right or wrong answer.

With that said, he is a table with stats/info on pitchers typically in the discussion.

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Quite clearly the names that fly above the rest are Walter Johnson, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martinez, and Lefty Grove. Within that party, Johnson and Clemens seem to be the two pitchers who stand out. While Pedro has superior stats, its an extremely inferior amount of innings. Is it fair to criticize Pedro for that? Maybe and maybe not. However, its extremely impressive that Johnson and Clemens stayed dominant throughout a very long career (even with the help of PED’s in Clemens case).

Who do you consider the best of all time?

EDIT: Some names left off include Seaver and Pete Alexander to name a few. However, I don’t feel that will change the end conclusion.