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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1958

    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.

    Jim Acker
    Juan Agosto
    Neil Allen
    Wade Boggs
    Luis Deleon
    Julio Franco
    Gary Gaetti
    Atlee Hammaker
    Von Hayes
    Dave Henderson
    Rickey Henderson
    Orel Hershiser
    Steve Howe
    Bruce Hurst
    Bob James
    Ron Kittle
    Tim Leary
    Willie McGee
    Dan Petry
    Gary Pettis
    Dave Righetti
    Mike Scioscia
    Walt Terrell
    Alan Trammell

    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
    1959: Tim Raines (best pitcher: Burns/Moore/Worrell)
    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)
    15
    Jim Acker
    0.00%
    0
    Juan Agosto
    0.00%
    0
    Neil Allen
    0.00%
    0
    Wade Boggs
    26.67%
    4
    Luis DeLeon
    0.00%
    0
    Julio Franco
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Gaetti
    0.00%
    0
    Atlee Hammaker
    0.00%
    0
    Von Hayes
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Henderson
    0.00%
    0
    Rickey Henderson
    60.00%
    9
    Orel Hershiser
    13.33%
    2
    Steve Howe
    0.00%
    0
    Bruce Hurst
    0.00%
    0
    Bob James
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Kittle
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Leary
    0.00%
    0
    Willie McGee
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Petry
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Pettis
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Righetti
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Scioscia
    0.00%
    0
    Walt Terrell
    0.00%
    0
    Alan Trammell
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Cowtipper; 02-21-2012, 10:12 PM.

  • #2
    I went with Rickey Henderson, with a tip of the cap to Hershiser. Righetti also got some consideration, as did Boggs.

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    • #3
      Just like a few more votes. Thanks.

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