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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1960

    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.

    Paul Assenmacher
    Tom Browning
    Tom Brunansky
    Joe Carter
    Ron Darling
    Chili Davis
    Rob Deer
    Jose DeLeon
    John Franco
    Tony Gwynn
    Ken Hrbek
    Mark Langston
    Roger McDowell
    Terry Pendleton
    Kirby Puckett
    Harold Reynolds
    Cal Ripken
    Juan Samuel
    Steve Sax
    Zane Smith
    Mickey Tettleton
    Fernando Valenzuela
    Andy Van Slyke
    Frank Viola
    Mike Witt

    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
    1961: Don Mattingly (best pitcher: Jimmy Key)
    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)
    19
    Paul Assenmacher
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Browning
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Brunansky
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Carter
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Darling
    0.00%
    0
    Chili Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Rob Deer
    0.00%
    0
    Jose DeLeon
    0.00%
    0
    John Franco
    0.00%
    0
    Tony Gwynn
    31.58%
    6
    Kent Hrbek
    0.00%
    0
    Mark Langston
    0.00%
    0
    Roger McDowell
    0.00%
    0
    Terry Pendleton
    0.00%
    0
    Kirby Puckett
    0.00%
    0
    Harold Reynolds
    0.00%
    0
    Cal Ripken, Jr.
    57.89%
    11
    Juan Samuel
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Sax
    0.00%
    0
    Zane Smith
    0.00%
    0
    Mickey Tettleton
    0.00%
    0
    Fernando Valenzuela
    5.26%
    1
    Andy Van Slyke
    0.00%
    0
    Frank Viola
    5.26%
    1
    Mike Witt
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Ripken with a tip o' the cap of Viola. Not saying Viola was better than Gwynn and Puckett, but I like keeping with the one pitcher/one batter theme.

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    • #3
      About a day left.

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