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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1959

    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.

    Harold Baines
    Jesse Barfield
    George Bell
    Oil Can Boyd
    Tim Burke
    Britt Burns
    Richard Dotson
    Bill Gullickson
    Kevin McReynolds
    Mike Moore
    Mike Morgan
    Lloyd Moseby
    Otis Nixon
    Alejandro Pena
    Tony Phillips
    Tim Raines
    Ryne Sandberg
    Milt Thompson
    Mitch Webster
    Todd Worrell

    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
    1960: Cal Ripken, Jr. (best pitcher: Valenzuela/Viola)
    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)
    18
    Harold Baines
    5.56%
    1
    Jesse Barfield
    0.00%
    0
    George Bell
    0.00%
    0
    Oil Can Boyd
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Burke
    0.00%
    0
    Britt Burns
    5.56%
    1
    Richard Dotson
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Gullickson
    0.00%
    0
    Kevin McReynolds
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Moore
    5.56%
    1
    Mike Morgan
    0.00%
    0
    Lloyd Moseby
    0.00%
    0
    Otis Nixon
    0.00%
    0
    Alejandro Pena
    0.00%
    0
    Tony Phillips
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Raines
    50.00%
    9
    Ryne Sandberg
    27.78%
    5
    Milt Thompson
    0.00%
    0
    Mitch Webster
    0.00%
    0
    Todd Worrell
    5.56%
    1

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I went with Tim Raines, with a tip o' the cap to Todd Worrell. I was considering Gullickson, but Worrell seemed a bit more dominant in the role he played than Gullickson in his role. An unofficial tip o' the cap to Sandberg.

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    • #3
      Just looking for a few more votes, especially to get a tie-breaker on those pitchers.

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      • #4
        Looks like Rock to me.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
          Just looking for a few more votes, especially to get a tie-breaker on those pitchers.
          Mike Moore is the best pitcher.

          If it's that important you should do separate polls. Or instruct voters to vote for two or three, with at least one pitcher and one non-pitcher.
          Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.

          Comprehensive Reform for the Veterans Committee -- Fixing the Hall continued.

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          • #6
            If you saw Burns when he came up.... oh boy. He was one of those wudda-cudda-shudda types, sure.
            Your Second Base Coach
            Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Freakshow View Post
              Mike Moore is the best pitcher.

              If it's that important you should do separate polls. Or instruct voters to vote for two or three, with at least one pitcher and one non-pitcher.
              It's not that important.

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