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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1961

    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.

    Rick Aguilera
    Tim Belcher
    Rafael Belliard
    Steve Buechele
    Vince Coleman
    Henry Cotto
    Glenn Davis
    Storm Davis
    Mike Felder
    Greg Gagne
    Andres Galarraga
    Scott Garrelts
    Kevin Gross
    Mike Henneman
    Jimmy Key
    John Kruk
    Mike Maddux
    Don Mattingly
    Kirk McCaskill
    Spike Owen
    Jeff Parrett
    Jim Presley
    Jeff Russell
    Billy Taylor
    Herb Winningham

    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
    1962: Roger Clemens (best batter: Darryl Strawberry)
    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)
    20
    Rick Aguilera
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Belcher
    0.00%
    0
    Rafael Belliard
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Buechele
    0.00%
    0
    Vince Coleman
    0.00%
    0
    Henry Cotto
    0.00%
    0
    Glenn Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Storm Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Felder
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Gagne
    0.00%
    0
    Andres Galarraga
    15.00%
    3
    Scott Garrelts
    0.00%
    0
    Kevin Gross
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Henneman
    0.00%
    0
    Jimmy Key
    30.00%
    6
    John Kruk
    5.00%
    1
    Mike Maddux
    5.00%
    1
    Don Mattingly
    45.00%
    9
    Kirk McKaskill
    0.00%
    0
    Spike Owen
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Parrett
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Presley
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Russell
    0.00%
    0
    Billy Taylor
    0.00%
    0
    Herb Winningham
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Don Mattingly with a tip o' the cap to Jimmy Key.

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    • #3
      Boy, now I feel stupid. Meant to vote for Mattingly, but picked Maddux instead. Sorry.
      *** Submit your personal HOF as your ballot for the Single Ballot BBF Hall of Fame! *** Also: Buck the Fraves!

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      • #4
        Key and Mattingly. Galarraga, Belcher, Glenn Davis, Aguilera and Kruk were in the mix as I scrolled down the names.

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        • #5
          What a thin year for talent. Normally, about two players per year are elected to the Hall of Fame, one way or the other. From this group, the only one with a chance is Mattingly, assuming that he wins a championship or two managing the Dodgers.

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          • #6
            I also gave serious consideration to Galarraga and Aguilera, but Mattingly and Key were better overall.

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