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Top 100 players of all-time: Recap

January 11, 2010

Over the past month we let guest author “YC” post his version of the top 100 players of all time. Here is the full list, 100-1:

100. Roberto Alomar
99. Willie Stargell
98. Carlton Fisk
97. Ron Santo
96. Carl Hubbell
95. Robin Roberts
94. Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
.93. Reggie Jackson
92. Sam Crawford
91. Derek Jeter
90. Roy Campanella
89. Mariano Rivera
88. Bob Feller
87. Harmon Killebrew
86. Steve Carlton
85. Al Simmons
84. Willie McCovey
83. Ozzie Smith
82. Larry Walker
81. Jim Thome
80. Luke Appling
79. Kid Nichols
78. Tim Raines
77. Paul Waner
76. Bill Dickey
75. Mike Piazza
74. Edgar Martinez
73. Jim Edmonds
72. Nolan Ryan
71. Al Kaline
70. Mark McGwire
69. Mordecai Brown
68. Craig Biggio
67. Manny Ramirez
66. Juan Marichal
.65. Fergie Jenkins
64. Frank Thomas
63. Robin Yount
62. Tony Gwynn
61. Cal Ripken Jr.
60. Warren Spahn
59. Duke Snider
58. Chipper Jones
57. Pete Rose
56. Ken Griffey Jr.
55. Joe Jackson
54. Arky Vaughan
53. Roger Connor
52. Rod Carew
51. Johnny Mize
50. Ernie Banks
49. Dan Brouthers
48. Charlie Gehringer
47. Jeff Bagwell
46. Carl Yastrzemski
45. Roberto Clemente
44. Wade Boggs
43. Eddie Mathews
42. George Brett
41. Frank Robinson
40. Hank Greenberg
39. Jackie Robinson
38. Johnny Bench
37. Yogi Berra
36. Gaylord Perry
35. Cy Young
34. Nap Lajoie
33. Cap Anson
32. Sandy Koufax
31. Bob Gibson
30. Ricky Henderson
29. Joe Morgan
28. Christy Mathewson
27. Pete Alexander
26. Jimmie Foxx
25. Mike Schmidt
24. Mel Ott
23. Albert Pujols
22. Greg Maddux
21. Alex Rodriguez
20. Tom Seaver
19. Eddie Collins
18. Hank Aaron
17. Joe DiMaggio
16. Tris Speaker
15. Mickey Mantle
14. Randy Johnson
13. Lefty Grove
12. Pedro Martinez
11. Stan Musial
10. Roger Clemens
9. Rogers Hornsby
8. Ty Cobb
7. Honus Wagner
6. Lou Gehrig
5. Walter Johnson
4. Willie Mays
3. Barry Bonds
2. Ted Williams
1. Babe Ruth

Hitters:

76 (100). Roberto Alomar
75 (99). Willie Stargell
74 (98). Carlton Fisk
73 (97). Ron Santo
72 (94). Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
71 (93). Reggie Jackson
70 (92). Sam Crawford
69 (91). Derek Jeter
68 (90). Roy Campanella
67 (87). Harmon Killebrew
66 (85). Al Simmons
65 (84). Willie McCovey
64 (83). Ozzie Smith
63 (82). Larry Walker
62 (81). Jim Thome
61 (80). Luke Appling
60 (78). Tim Raines
59 (77). Paul Waner
58 (76). Bill Dickey
57 (75). Mike Piazza
56 (74). Edgar Martinez
55 (73). Jim Edmonds
54 (71). Al Kaline
53 (70). Mark McGwire
52 (68). Craig Biggio
51 (67). Manny Ramirez
50 (64). Frank Thomas
49 (63). Robin Yount
48 (62). Tony Gwynn
47 (61). Cal Ripken Jr.
46 (59). Duke Snider
45 (58). Chipper Jones
44 (57). Pete Rose
43 (56). Ken Griffey Jr.
42 (55). Joe Jackson
41 (54). Arky Vaughan
40 (53). Roger Connor
39 (52). Rod Carew
38 (51). Johnny Mize
37 (50). Ernie Banks
36 (49). Dan Brouthers
35 (48). Charlie Gehringer
34 (47). Jeff Bagwell
33 (46). Carl Yastrzemski
32 (45). Roberto Clemente
31 (44). Wade Boggs
30 (43). Eddie Mathews
29 (42). George Brett
28 (41). Frank Robinson
27 (40). Hank Greenberg
26 (39). Jackie Robinson
25 (38). Johnny Bench
24 (37). Yogi Berra
23 (34). Nap Lajoie
22 (33). Cap Anson
21 (30). Ricky Henderson
20 (29). Joe Morgan
19 (26). Jimmie Foxx
18 (25). Mike Schmidt
17 (24). Mel Ott
16 (23). Albert Pujols
15 (21). Alex Rodriguez
14 (19). Eddie Collins
13 (18). Hank Aaron
12 (17). Joe DiMaggio
11 (16). Tris Speaker
10 (15). Mickey Mantle
9 (11). Stan Musial
8 (9). Rogers Hornsby
7 (8). Ty Cobb
6 (7). Honus Wagner
5 (6). Lou Gehrig
4 (4). Willie Mays
3 (3). Barry Bonds
2 (2). Ted Williams
1 (1). Babe Ruth

Pitchers:

23 (96). Carl Hubbell
22 (95). Robin Roberts
21 (89). Mariano Rivera
20 (88). Bob Feller
19 (86). Steve Carlton
18 (79). Kid Nichols
17 (72). Nolan Ryan
16 (69). Mordecai Brown
15 (66). Juan Marichal
14 (65). Fergie Jenkins
13 (60). Warren Spahn
12 (36). Gaylord Perry
11 (35). Cy Young
10 (32). Sandy Koufax
9 (31). Bob Gibson
8 (28). Christy Mathewson
7 (27). Pete Alexander
6 (22). Greg Maddux
5 (14). Randy Johnson
4 (13). Lefty Grove
3 (12). Pedro Martinez
2 (10). Roger Clemens
1 (5). Walter Johnson

(): Number in paranthesis indicate ranking in the top 100 list

Things of Interest:

– Mariano Rivera is the only reliever on the list

– Albert Pujols and A-Rod are both top 20 hitters of all-time

– Hank Aaron, the home run king, is not in the top ten for hitters

– Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader, is “just” the 44th best hitter

– Tim Raines and Roberto Alomar both make the top 100 list, but both players did not get elected to the Hall of Fame this past voting season.

Click on the following to view each individual post:

10-1

20-11

30-21

40-31

50-41

60-51

70-61

80-71

90-81

100-91

If you have any questions or observations regarding the list, either comment or contact me at: mdisco14@gmail.com



Top 100 players of all-time: 10-1

January 11, 2010

These next ten players are the best to ever step on a baseball diamond. They have had amazing careers and achievements. They are the best of their own era’s and of all-time. They are my top ten baseball players of all-time.

10. Roger Clemens

1.17/74.6 %/3.09/128.4

Clemens was a pitcher who was dominant for a long time and was also effective. Clemens was fiery on the mound. He once almost hit Mike Piazza with a piece of a broken bat in the 2000 World Series. He’s the all-time leader in strikeouts for the American league and he has won seven Cy Young awards. In 1986 he won the MVP. He led the AL in ERA six times, won twenty games six times, and racked up five strikeout titles. “The Rocket” won two Triple-Crowns and made eleven All-Star games.

9. Rogers Hornsby

.434/.577/.459/127.7

People often wonder who the greatest Cardinal of all-time is, but without a doubt it is Rogers Hornsby. He took good care of himself, especially his eyes. He never read the newspaper or watched movies because he wanted to take care of his batting eyes. He hit over .400 three times, won seven batting titles, and retired with the second highest batting average in baseball history. He won two Triple-Crowns and two MVP’s.

8. Ty Cobb

.433/.512/.451/159.3

Cobb was a player who played with any kind of injury. He would get seriously cut up in one of his games where the flesh was coming off of him and he still went onto play the next day. Cobb was one of the best hitters ever. He had over 4,100 hits. In twenty-four seasons he had a batting average of .367, the highest in the history of the game. In 1936 he became the first man inducted into the Hall of Fame. He had 222 out of 226 votes. That is more than Babe Ruth. He won the 1909 Triple-Crown and 1911 MVP.

7. Honus Wagner

.466/.857/.414/134.7

Some consider Wagner to be the greatest all around ball player in MLB history. It was said that he could be the best player at any position. At the end of his career Wagner retired with more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games, and steals than any other National League player. Wagner had over 3,400 hits.

6. Lou Gehrig

.447/.632/.474/118.3

Overshadowed by Babe Ruth, Gehrig was considered the greatest player who was not the best on his own team. For more than a decade he shared the spotlight with Babe Ruth and then Joe DiMaggio. He set the record for most consecutive games played. He owned the Yankees all-time hits record until Derek Jeter broke it last year. He might have had over 3,000 hits if he did not suffer from ALS. He was the first player to have his uniform retired. Gehrig won six World Series titles while batting clean up. Gehrig won two MVP’s and a Triple-Crown. He was a seven time All-Star.

5. Walter Johnson

1.07/72.2 %/2.36/127.7

Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all-time. He was the hardest thrower of his time. He and Christy Mathewson were the first pitchers to ever be elected into the Hall of Fame. He was a successful pitcher on some terrible Washington Senators teams, and he still managed to win 417 games. Johnson won two MVP’s and three Triple-Crowns.

4. Willie Mays

.384/.557/.413/154.7

To an entire generation Willie Mays is the best baseball player they have ever seen. He had power, speed, and a great glove. His most known play is “The Catch” from the 1954 World Series. Mays had eleven Gold Gloves and two MVP awards. Mays hit 660 home runs, and had over 3,400 hits, while batting .302. He went to twenty All-Star games.

3. Barry Bonds

.444/.607/.439/171.4

Forever Bonds will be surrounded by talks of steroids and Balco, but what he did on the field was simply amazing. In 2001 he hit seventy-three home runs in a single season to break the record. He also broke the all-time home run record a few seasons ago with 756 home runs. He stopped at 762. He won a record seven MVP awards and they were much deserved. Bonds once had a stretch of eight seasons with an OBP over .400. Bonds won eight Gold Gloves and went to thirteen All-Star games.

2. Ted Williams

.482/.634/.493/125.0

Williams lost some years by going to war twice, but he is still considered the best hitter ever. He was the last man to bat over .400. He had over 2,500 hits and over 500 home runs. He hit for power, average, and had a great eye. He won two MVP’s and two Triple-Crowns. Williams was a seventeen time All-Star. Williams had a higher career OBP than Babe Ruth.

1. Babe Ruth

.474/.690/.510/172.0

Ruth is the greatest player of all-time. Ruth played in a time when baseball was recovering from the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The sport was lacking attendance, but the Babe’s bat helped to save baseball. He was a great pitcher and hitter. In fact, Ruth was the home run king. He held the record with 714 until Hank Aaron broke it. He retired as baseball’s all-time leader in home runs, runs batted in, and walks. He is one of America’s biggest icons. Ruth was also apart of the greatest rivalry in sports. When Ruth was traded to the Yankees, the Yanks had instant success that barely went away. While the Red Sox struggled for many years, going through tough losses and heart break until 2004. He won the MVP in 1923.

This project was very difficult, but it was also lots of fun. It was cool to look back on some of the games greatest players ever. I put in tons of time and research to finish this project. It was like putting a puzzle together. Some rankings may differ from mine, but that is what makes it cool. I put up my rankings and had a little explanation showing why they belong there. I hope you enjoyed reading this series as much as I did creating it. Thank you to everyone who read and thank you the staff of 4PARL for giving me a chance to make “The List”.

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.

Top 100 players of all-time: 30-21

January 2, 2010

30. Ricky Henderson

.401/.419/.386/113.1

Henderson is the all-time steals leader with 1406. He is known for his flashy catches and his home run trots. Every where he went the fans loved his despite his selfish ego. He won a Gold Glove and a MVP. Henderson is a ten time All-Star.

29. Joe Morgan

.392/.427/.382/103.5

Morgan was the spark at the top of the Reds lineup in the 1970’s. He won two MVP awards. After he was done playing ball he became an announcer. He is a five time Gold Glove winner and went to ten All-Star game.

28. Christy Mathewson

1.06/70.2 %/2.23/87.7

Mathewson was the greatest pitcher in Giants history. The right-hander won more games than any other pitcher in National League history and was one of the first five players elected to the Hall of Fame. Mathewson won two triple crowns.

27. Pete Alexander

1.12/71.4 %/2.85

Alexander holds the National League record with 373 victories. He won twenty games in a season as many as nine times. Alexander was a three time triple crown winner. In 1915,1916, and 1920.

26. Jimmie Foxx

.428/.609/.458/94.0

Foxx was much more than a power hitter. Although he hit 534 home runs he also lead the league in batting twice. When he retired he was second on the all time home run list. He won three MVP’s and a triple crown. He made nine All-Star appearances.

25. Mike Schmidt

.380/.527/.395/108.1

If you don’t consider A-Rod a third baseman then Schmidt is your number one. He had the power of Eddie Mathews and glove of Brooks Robinson. He won ten Gold Gloves and hit over 500 home runs. Schmidt won three MVP’s and made twelve All-Star games.

24. Mel Ott

.414/.533/.432/109.2

He came to New York to play in the big leagues at the age of just seventeen years old. He was the first National League player to hit 500 home runs. He played twenty-two years with the Giants and retired with the National League lead in career home runs, runs scored, RBI, and walks.

23. Albert Pujols

.427/.628/.436/76.5

He has been this good. Pujols in just nine seasons has hit at least thirty-two home runs every season. His lowest OBP and SLG were in 2002 and they were .394 and .561. Pujols won the 2001 Rookie of the Year and three MVP’s. He made the All-Star game eight times.

22. Greg Maddux

1.14/72.3 %/3.26/96.8

Maddux wasn’t a dominant fast ball pitcher, but he could place his spots. In the 1990’s he won four straight Cy Young’s. Four times in his career he posted an ERA two runs below his league’s average. He also won fourteen Gold Gloves. He was an eight time All-Star.

21. Alex Rodriguez

.390/.576/.412/99.1

Rodriguez was a highly touted prospect. He started in his teens with the Mariners during the mid-1990’s. He was a great shortstop with power and defensive ability. By the time he turned thirty Rodriguez had hit 400 home runs. He made the switch to third base when he was traded to the Yankees in 2004. He struggled in the post-season until 2009 when he finally produced and helped the Yankees win their twenty seventh World Series. Rodriguez currently has 583 home runs.

Top 100 players of all-time: 40-31

December 31, 2009

40. Hank Greenberg

.412/.605/.453/56.9

Greenberg was a power hitter who led the American League in home runs three times and had a total of 331 homers. Greenberg won the MVP twice and made the All-Star game five times.

39. Jackie Robinson

.409/.474/.412/63.0
Robinson is one of the most well known players of all-time. He broke the color barrier in Major League baseball in 1947 while on the Brooklyn Dodgers.He was constantly taunted and threatened on and off the field due to his race. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the MVP award in 1949. He made six All-Star games.

38. Johnny Bench

.342/.476/.361/71.2

On my list Bench is the second best catcher of all-time. He was known for his defense, power, and clutch ability in the playoffs. Bench was apart of those great 1970 Reds teams. He won the Rookie of the year and two MVP awards. He was a ten time Gold Glove winner and made the All-Star game fourteen times.

37. Yogi Berra

.348/.482/.370/61.6

Berra is my number one catcher. He won three MVP awards and won ten World Series titles with the Yankees. No other player won that many in Major League Baseball history. He was one of the earlier power hitting catchers. He had 358 home runs. Berra made fifteen All-Star games. Also who doesn’t love a good Yogi-ism?

36. Gaylord Perry

1.18/73.3 %/3.06/96.3

Perry was known for his sinking fastball. He was also caught greasing the ball once in his twenty-two seasons, but said he did it his entire career. Perry was the first to win the Cy Young in both leagues. Perry was a five time All-Star.

35. Cy Young

1.13/64.1 %/2.82/146.0

Cy Young seemed to never have a sore arm. He pitched over 800 games and 7000 innings during a twenty three year career. He finished with more wins, innings pitched, games started, and complete games than any other pitcher. He will probably hold all those records to the end of time because the way pitchers are handled nowadays. In 1901 he won the Triple Crown.

34. Nap Lajoie

.380/.467/.399/104.2

Nap Lajoie was possibly the best player in MLB before the coming of Ty Cobb. He is one of the best hitters in history with over 3,200 hits. He won the 1901 Triple Crown for hitters.

33. Cap Anson

.393/.445/.389/99.2

For the early era Anson was a power hitter. Though he had only hit ninety seven total home runs. He led his league in RBI’s eight times and won two batting titles. Anson had 3418 hits in his twenty seven years as a player.

32. Sandy Koufax

1.11/77.4 %/2.69/54.5

From 1962-1966 he won 111 games and led the league in ERA- it was under 2.00 runs per game. He also led the NL in strikeouts, shutouts, and pitched four no-hitters. Along with a perfect game in 1965 he won three Cy Young’s, three Triple Crowns, and one MVP. Koufax made six All-Star games.

31. Bob Gibson

1.19/75.7 %/2.89/85.6

Some say he is the best big-game pitcher of all-time. Gibson almost won two World Series for the Cardinals by himself. In 1968, he enjoyed one of the most dominating seasons in baseball history, posting a 1.12 ERA and winning twenty-two games. He won nine Gold Gloves, two Cy Youngs, and one MVP. Gibson was an eight time All-Star.

Top 100 players of all-time: 50-41

December 22, 2009

50. Ernie Banks

.330/.500/.358/64.3

Mr. Cub was an MVP in 1958 and 1959. He switched his position to first base half way through his career. He owns almost all Cubs slugging record and had 512 total home runs. Banks was a one time Gold Glove winner and an eleven time All-Star.

49. Dan Brouthers

.423/.519/.432/83.7

In his era Brouthers was a premiere power hitter. He led his league six times in batting, seven times in slugging average, four times in total bases, three times in doubles, twice in homers, and once in triples.

48. Charlie Gehringer

.404/.480/.404/80.9

The best second baseman in baseball during the 1930s, Charlie Gehringer led his league in assists seven times, and nine times in fielding average. At the plate he topped .300 thirteen times and won the 1937 Most Valuable Player Award when he paced the American League with a .371 average. He also was a six time All-Star.

47. Jeff Bagwell

.408/.540/.406/79.9

He was one of the games most consistent sluggers. He helped the Stros’ win four division titles. Bagwell hit at least thirty homers and drove in at least 100 runs in six consecutive seasons from 1996-2001, and eight times overall. Bagwell won the 1994 MVP and that season he had a .750 SLG. He was a one time Gold Glove winner and went to four All-Star games.

46. Carl Yastrzemski

.379/.462/.374/88.5

It must have been hard trying to replace Ted Williams, but he did a pretty good job in doing so. Yaz won three batting titles and seven Gold Gloves in front of the Green Monster. He is apart of the 3,000 hits club and 400 home run club. He won 1967 AL MVP and the 1969 Triple Crown. Yaz was an eighteen time All-Star.

45. Roberto Clemente

.359/.475/.366/83.6

Clemente is one of the games most famous players. To the point where people want his number retired. He was a member of the 3,000 hit club and won four batting championships. He was a member of two World Series Pirate teams. Clemente died delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake in 1972.

44. Wade Boggs

.415/.443/.380/89.0

Boggs was a great hitter. He had 200 hits in seven straight seasons and accumulated over 3,000. He won five batting titles and won a World Series with the Yankees in 1996. Boggs made twelve All-Star games and won two Gold Gloves.

43. Eddie Mathews

.376/.509/.390/98.2

A feared slugger in his time, Mathews hit a total of 512 home runs. He was the only Brave to be apart of Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. He was apart of the 1957,1958, and 1968 World Series. Mathews was a nine time All-Star

42. George Brett

.369/.487/.374/84.9

Brett was one of my favorite past time players, even though he was a Yankee killer. He basically is the Kansas City Royals. Brett had over 3,100 hits and 317 home runs. He was one of the best post-season performers. He won the 1980 MVP and a Gold Glove. He made twelve All-Star games.

41. Frank Robinson

.389/.537/.406/107.

He won the triple crown and the MVP in both leagues and finished top ten in MVP voting ten times. He became the first black man to manage a team. He also hit 586 home runs. He was a Rookie Of the Year winner and a Gold Glove winner. Robinson also went to twelve All-Star games.

Top 100 players of all-time: 60-51

December 16, 2009

60. Warren Spahn

1.19/75.3 %/3.44/93.4

Spahn had a 3.09 ERA in seventeen major league seasons. He missed four years due to being in World War II. Spahn still won 363 games – the most ever by a left-handed pitcher. He won 177 games after his 35th birthday. He led them to two Pennants and a World Series title. Spahn also made fourteen All-Star games.

59. Duke Snider

.380/.540/.405/67.2

He was a five-tool player. He could steal, hit, drive in runs, and walk. In fact he finished in the top three in stolen bases twice, leading the NL in homers, RBI, total bases (three times), runs (three times), hits, walks, slugging, and OBP. He led the Dodgers to six pennants and went to eight All-Star games.

58. Chipper Jones

.406/.541/.404/76.7

Jones is one of the best switch hitters to ever play baseball. After 1995 Jones started a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 100 RBI. He won the MVP award in 1999 and made five All-Star games.

57. Pete Rose

.375/.409/.353/75.4

Banned from the Hall of Fame, but not my list. Rose was a big part of the Red Machine in the 70’s. His MVP season in 1970 helped them win the World Series. He also won the 1963 NL Rookie of the year and two Gold Gloves. Rose was an All-Star seventeen times. He also has more hits than any other major league player.

56. Ken Griffey Jr.

.371/.541/.387/79.2

One of the best players on those 90’s Seattle Mariners teams was Ken Griffey Jr. He was the 1997 AL MVP and he won a total of ten Gold Glove awards. Eleven times he has been selected to the All-Star Game. Griffey has a total of 630 home runs and if not struck by injury he could be challenging Bond’s home run record.

55. Joe Jackson

.423/.517/.439/62.9

Another banned player made my list. Jackson was offered money to blow the 1919 World Series, but he posted great numbers while in the series. He was great at getting on base. Let this man in the Hall of Fame!

54. Arky Vaughan

.406/.453/.402/75.6

Vaughn was one of the best players during the 1930’s. He led NL shortstops in putouts in 1936, 1938, and 1939, assists in 1936, 1938, and 1939, and fielding percentage in 1940. In 1935 he hit .385 one of the best averages by a shortstop ever. He is a nine time All-Star.

53. Roger Connor

.397/.486/.404/87.1

Connor’s 138 home run record was broken by Babe Ruth after he retired. He was one of the games earliest players and his career was over before 1900.

52. Rod Carew

.393/.429/.370/79.3

Carew was a genius with the bat and on the base paths. He won seven batting titles and was the best bunter of his generation. Carew stole home a total of seventeen times. In 1967 he won the Rookie of the Year. Then ten years later he won the MVP. Carew was an eighteen time All-Star.

51. Johnny Mize

.397/.562/.433/70.1

Mize won the home run title, batting title, and three RBI titles. Even in his numbered days as a ball player he helped the Yankees win five World Series. In 1952 he hit a home run in games three, four, and five. He also made ten All-Star appearances.

Top 100 players of all-time: 70-61

December 10, 2009

70. Mark McGwire

.394/.588/.415/63.1

Setting the tone for a successful career McGwire hit forty nine home runs in his first season. Earning him the 1987 Rookie Of the Year. In 1998 he broke Roger Maris’ home run record later broken by Barry Bonds. He was a twelve time All-Star and won the Gold Glove once. He piled up 583 home runs.

69. Mordecai Brown

1.07/70.9 %/2.36/56.1

His accident that crippled his hand was used to an advantage. His natural pitch was a sinker ball. He helped lead the Cubs to four pennants in five years.

68. Craig Biggio

.363/.433/.355/65.9

Biggio is the heart and soul of the Houston Astros. He won four Gold Gloves and made the All-Star game seven times. In 1998 he was the second man to hit 50 doubles and steal 50 bases. Biggio was an all-around player. Fielding, hitting, and power. In fact he is the only Astro with 3,000 hits.

67. Manny Ramirez

.411/.591/.419/66.2

Ramirez was a big help bringing Boston their first title since 1918. Mostly known for his outrageous antics and odd behavior, but he probably has the most fun on a baseball diamond. Ramirez is a nine time All-Star and was the 2004 World Series MVP. Manny is known for his great eye and power. He accumulated 527 home runs in his career.

66. Juan Marichal

1.10/74.5 %/3.04/64.0

Marichal had a legendary high leg kick that helped with his his fastball, curveball, slider and screwball. He led the league in fewest walks allowed per nine innings four times. He was a good control pitcher. He was overshadowed by Koufax and Gibson though. He was a nine time All-Star.

65. Fergie Jenkins

1.14/74.1 %/3.28/81.3

Jenkins was never on a playoff team, but still was able to pile up 284 victories. He won twenty games in a year seven times and made three All-Star games.

64. Frank Thomas

.419/.555/.416/75.9

The Big Hurt is one of the best hitters in White Sox history. In seven consecutive seasons Thomas hit .300, scored 100 runs, drove in 100 runs, and walked 100 times. No one else has ever done that. Thomas is a five time All-Star and won two consecutive MVP’s. He has 521 home runs.

63. Robin Yount

.342.430/.344/76.8

Yount spent his whole career with the Brewers. He also won the MVP at two different positions. Yount won the Gold Glove in 1987 and also made three All-Star games.

62. Tony Gwynn

.388/.459/.371/68.5

The Padres greatest player ever helped them to two World Series appearances coming up short in both. Gwynn won eight Batting Titles, and five Gold Gloves. In 1994 he batted .394. He had 3,000 plus hits and fifteen All-Star appearances.

61. Cal Ripken Jr.

.340/.447/.345/89.8

Cal Ripken can be described in many words, but the best is durability. Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record with 2,131. He hit 431 home runs and had over 3,000 hits. He won two Gold Gloves, two MVP’s, and the 1982 Rookie Of the Year. He also made nineteen All-Star games.

Top 100 players of all-time: 80-71

December 8, 2009

80. Luke Appling
.399/.398/.376/68.9

Luke was a great contact hitter. His batting average was .310 and he was 251 hits shy of 3,000. Appling has the highest single season batting average for a shortstop ever (.388). Appling was selected to seven All-Star games.

79. Kid Nichols
1.22/62.9 %/3.47/102.3

Nichols is one of the first dominant fastball pitchers ever. He accumulated 361 wins with an ERA of 2.95. In his first 10 seasons in the major leagues Nichols won twenty or more games. He ate up a lot of innings. 5056.1 total to be frank.

78. Tim Raines
.385/.425/.374/64.9

Raines was a speed demon. He could steal at will. He piled up over 1,500 runs scored and 2,600 hits. Raines won the 1986 Batting Title and led the National league in steals for four straight seasons. He is a one time World Series Champion. He hit for the cycle once and made the All-Star game seven times. His main stat was his 808 steals.

77. Paul Waner
.404/.473/.405/73.8

Waner was a great hitter. He is a part of the 3,000 hits club with 3152. He won three Batting Titles and finished top five in MVP voting three times while winning the 1927 MVP. He is a four time All-Star and has had five hitting streaks that lasted twenty games.

76. Bill Dickey
.382/.486/.394/54.3

Dickey owns the record of the most games caught in the World Series. (38). He was a key piece to the Yankees dynasties in the 30’s and 40’s. He took advantage of a short right field line at Yankee Stadium. He hit 135 of his 202 homers at home. Dickey was an eleven time All-Star.

75. Mike Piazza

.377/.545/.389/59.1

Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher in major league history. Piazza hit at least thirty home runs in nine seasons and totaled 427 home runs all together. He was a twelve time All-Star and won the 1993 Rookie Of the Year award. He was a poor defensive catcher, but still ranks as one of the greats.

74. Edgar Martinez
.418/.515/.405/67.2

Martinez is in his first of eligibility for the Hall Of Fame this year. I believe he did enough to get there. In his first three full seasons Martinez had a batting average of .300. Martinez was a part of the Mariners teams that had Griffey and A-Rod. He was a lonely superstar on the team. In his first year without Griffey he had 145 RBI, thirty seven homers, 100 runs scored, ninety-six walks and a .324 average. He was a seven time All-Star. I think of him as the only true Mariner.

73. Jim Edmonds
.377/.528/.384/66.6

When you look up web gem in the dictionary you see a picture of Jim Edmonds. Hes known for his amazing catches. He is either diving, twisting, or leaping for tough fly balls. The result is always the same though. An out. To show for his great defense he won seven Gold Gloves. Edmonds is also an excellent hitter. He hit .290-300 almost every season. He also hit forty-two home runs while teaming up with Mark Mcgwire in St. Louis. He has a total of 382 home runs. Edmonds is a four time All-Star.

72. Nolan Ryan
1.25/73.1 %/2.97/84.8

Nolan Ryan lasted from 66-93 in the Major Leagues. In that time he had an ERA of 3.19. Ryan was a fastball pitcher. It was overpowering. He shattered the strikeout record with a total of 5714 k’s. He also pitched seven no-hitters and had 324 wins. Ryan had been to the All-Star game eight times.

71. Al Kaline
.376/.480/.379/90.8

Kaline was a fifteen time All-Star and won the Gold Glove ten times. He also won a Batting Title. Kaline was one home run shy of the 400 mark. He was a good hitter and fielder. He had 3007 hits in his twenty seasons in a Tigers uniform.

Top 100 players of all-time: 90-81

December 4, 2009

YC picks up where he left off

90. Roy Campanella
.360/.500/.38536.3

Campanella was a three time MVP, (1951, 1953, and 1955) and had good power for a catcher. He hit 242 career home runs. He made eight All-Star appearances and led the Dodgers to five pennants while winning one World Series title.

89. Mariano Rivera
1.01/80.1 %/2.78/46.8
The G.O.A.T. in the closer role and the only closing pitching on this list is the great Mariano Rivera. Rivera is still playing today and will be the last man to wear number 42. He may not own the saves record, but the man does his job. Rivera’s career ERA is 2.25. Also known for his clutch playoff pitching, Mo has the most saves and lowest ERA in post season history. (39 and 0.74).

88. Bob Feller
1.32/74.0 %/3.48/66.0

Feller posted a 3.25 ERA in his twenty years as a professional ballplayer. He had twelve one hitters and set a record for strikeouts in a season with 348 in 1946. Feller also won the Pitching Triple Crown in 1940. He was an eight time All-Star as well. Feller accumulated 2581 strikeouts over his career.

87. Harmon Killebrew
.376/.509/.389/61.2

A true power hitter, Killebrew spent his first four seasons on the bench before bursting on the scene with 42 home runs in 1959. Killebrew went on to hit forty home runs in a season seven more times. Killer was the 1969 AL MVP and was sent to eleven All-Star games. He is apart of the 500 HR and 2,000 hit clubs. (573 homers, 2,086 hits)

86. Steve Carlton

1.25/74.1 %/3.15/84.4

Carlton was a four time Cy Young winner, one time Triple Crown winner, and a one time
Gold Glove winner. He too was a strikeout pitcher and held the strikeout career record until Nolan Ryan broke it. Carlton also made ten All-Star game appearances. He also won 329 games in his career.

85. Al Simmons

.380/.535/.409/63.5

In each of his first eleven seasons Simmons drove in over 100 runs. Simmons was one of the best hitting OF’s during the 20’s and 30’s. He was a three-time All-Star and he was 73 hits shy from 3000. Simmons had a final career batting average of .334.

84. Willie McCovey
.374/.515/.388/65.1

McCovey had a cove named after him outside AT&T Park. He and teammate Willie Mays formed a powerful duo. Willie McCovey was elected to the Hall in his first season of eligibility in 1986 . He was the 1959 ROY and the 1969 MVP. He was also six time All-Star. His main strength was his power. He hit 521 long balls over his career.

83. Ozzie Smith
.337/.328/.311/64.7

Smith is one of the Cardinals most known ballplayers. The Wizard of Oz had many acrobatic moves in the infield. Smith won thirteen straight Gold Glove awards and he was a sixteen time All-Star. His strength was his defense. He had great range and and is perhaps the greatest defensive player at any position in the history of baseball.

82. Larry Walker

.400/.565/.414/67.1

Walker was a product of Colorado’s perfect hitters park. In 1997 he hit .366 with a .452 OBP, 208 hits, 143 runs, 46 doubles, 49 home runs, 130 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.  He also was won seven Gold Gloves and had five All-Star game appearances. Walker was a fine defensive player who had range and a strong arm.

81. Jim Thome

.404/.557/.406/65.7

Thome is yet another great power hitter on my list. I think he has one of the best strokes in the game. For eleven straight seasons Thome hit at least twenty home runs. Like most power hitters he was either going to walk, strike out, or hit a home run. Thome is a four time All-Star. Thome has hit 541 home runs.