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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1965

    Here's another fun project idea I had - we are going to name the best baseball players by birth year. The rules are simple: Vote for who you believe to be the best player on the given list, with each player on that list sharing the same year of birth.

    You are allowed to vote for a maximum of two players (because oftentimes it seems individuals prefer not to choose between batters and pitchers, rather choosing one of each).

    A few of the early years are already taken care of for us, as there was only one person who played Major League Baseball born that year.

    A couple notes about this project:

    1) The lists are constructed using information from Baseball-Reference.com. They are rather arbitrarily made, however I think they will cover the top players from each year.

    2) The lists will, at most, contain 20-25 names.

    3) Only MLB players (including NA players) are being considered for this project. I am omitting Negro Leaguers, pre-Major Leaguers, Japanese guys etc. for the sake of ease.

    4) Though I am including only major league players, for those who spent time playing in the pre-Major League era or the Negro Leagues (et cetera), you may take into consideration this peripheral playing experience. Weigh it as as you see fit.

    5) The poll will stay open for one week.

    Which of the following individuals was the best player? You may vote for up to two players.

    Luis Alicea
    Jay Bell
    Craig Biggio
    Mike Bordick
    Kevin Brown
    Steve Finley
    Ron Gant
    Erik Hanson
    Ken Hill
    Al Leiter
    Steve Reed
    Jose Rijo
    Benito Santiago
    Ruben Sierra
    John Smiley
    Todd Stottlemyre
    Greg Swindell
    Greg Vaughn
    Matt Williams
    Todd Zeile

    Code:
    Best players by birth year:
    
    1831: Nate Berkenstock
    1832: Lew Carl
    1833: None
    1834: None
    1835: Harry Wright
    1836: Dickey Pearce
    1837: None
    1838: Dave Birdsall
    1839: Al Barker
    1840: Al Reach
    1966: Greg Maddux (best batter: Larry Walker)
    1967: John Smoltz (best batter: Kenny Lofton)
    20
    Luis Alicea
    0.00%
    0
    Jay Bell
    0.00%
    0
    Craig Biggio
    65.00%
    13
    Mike Bordick
    0.00%
    0
    Kevin Brown
    30.00%
    6
    Steve Finley
    5.00%
    1
    Ron Gant
    0.00%
    0
    Erik Hanson
    0.00%
    0
    Ken Hill
    0.00%
    0
    Al Leiter
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Reed
    0.00%
    0
    Jose Rijo
    0.00%
    0
    Benito Santiago
    0.00%
    0
    Ruben Sierra
    0.00%
    0
    John Smiley
    0.00%
    0
    Todd Stottlemyre
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Swindell
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Vaughn
    0.00%
    0
    Matt Williams
    0.00%
    0
    Todd Zeile
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Brown and Biggio.
    Chop! Chop! Chop!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
      Brown and Biggio.
      Agreed- pretty easy one this time.
      1885 1886 1926 1931 1934 1942 1944 1946 1964 1967 1982 2006 2011

      1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

      1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


      The Top 100 Pitchers In MLB History
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      • #4
        Since you can vote for two I added Brown to the overwhelming choice IMO, Biggio. Other than those two is there anyone who even has a marginal HOF argument? Williams, Finley and Santiago are the only ones I see that would even crack the top 50 at their respective positions.

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        • #5
          I went with Biggio and tipped my cap to Brown as well.

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          • #6
            Wow, I didn't read the posts until after voting, but it looks like there's a pretty good consensus on this one.

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