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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1962

    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.

    Roger Clemens
    Eric Davis
    Doug Drabek
    Sid Fernandez
    Tony Fernandez
    Chuck Finley
    Mark Gubicza
    Danny Jackson
    Bo Jackson
    Wally Joyner
    Dave Magadan
    Oddibe McDowell
    Kevin Mitchell
    Jamie Moyer
    Randy Myers
    Joe Orsulak
    Dan Plesac
    Jeff Reed
    Kevin Seitzer
    Cory Snyder
    Terry Steinbach
    Darryl Strawberry
    Danny Tartabull
    Robby Thompson
    Devon White

    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
    1963: Randy Johnson (best batter: Martinez/McGwire)
    1964: Barry Bonds (best pitcher: Gooden/Saberhagen)
    1965: Craig Biggio (best pitcher: Kevin Brown)
    1966: Greg Maddux (best batter: Larry Walker)
    1967: John Smoltz (best batter: Kenny Lofton)
    18
    Roger Clemens
    72.22%
    13
    Eric Davis
    5.56%
    1
    Doug Drabek
    0.00%
    0
    Sid Fernandez
    0.00%
    0
    Tony Fernandez
    0.00%
    0
    Chuck Finley
    0.00%
    0
    Mark Gubicza
    0.00%
    0
    Danny Jackson
    0.00%
    0
    Bo Jackson
    0.00%
    0
    Wally Joyner
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Magadan
    0.00%
    0
    Oddibe McDowell
    0.00%
    0
    Kevin Mitchell
    0.00%
    0
    Jamie Moyer
    0.00%
    0
    Randy Myers
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Orsulak
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Plesac
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Reed
    0.00%
    0
    Kevin Seitzer
    0.00%
    0
    Cory Snyder
    0.00%
    0
    Terry Steinbach
    0.00%
    0
    Darryl Strawberry
    22.22%
    4
    Danny Tartabull
    0.00%
    0
    Robby Thompson
    0.00%
    0
    Devon White
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I would go with Roger Clemens and Daryl Strawberry.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      Roger Clemens

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      • #4
        I might have voted for only Strawberry if he had actually followed through on his threat to beat up Wally Backman. I didn't like that guy, either.
        "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial

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        • #5
          clemens by far of course. even when you discount for roids he is the only one of this group who is even remotely all time great.
          I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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          • #6
            Clemens, Strawberry .. Bo Jackson may have been the best tho and is absolutely the best athlete there.
            "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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            • #7
              Clemens and a tip o' the cap to Strawberry.

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              • #8
                Looking for a few more votes.

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