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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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”.

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.


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.