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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1957

    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.

    Steve Bedrosian
    Buddy Black
    Mike Boddicker
    Brett Butler
    Tom Candiotti
    Leon Durham
    Kirk Gibson
    Dan Gladden
    Tom Henke
    Teddy Higuera
    Bob Horner
    Doug Jones
    Carney Lansford
    Bob Ojeda
    Jesse Orosco
    Tony Pena
    Johnny Ray
    Don Robinson
    Lee Smith
    Dave Stewart
    Dave Stieb
    Willie Upshaw
    Tim Wallach
    Lou Whitaker

    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
    1958: Rickey Henderson (best pitcher: Orel Hershiser)
    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)
    17
    Steve Bedrosian
    0.00%
    0
    Buddy Black
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Boddicker
    0.00%
    0
    Brett Butler
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Candiotti
    0.00%
    0
    Leon Durham
    0.00%
    0
    Kirk Gibson
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Gladden
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Henke
    0.00%
    0
    Teddy Higuera
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Horner
    0.00%
    0
    Doug Jones
    0.00%
    0
    Carney Lansford
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Ojeda
    0.00%
    0
    Jesse Orosco
    0.00%
    0
    Tony Pena
    0.00%
    0
    Johnny Ray
    0.00%
    0
    Don Robinson
    0.00%
    0
    Lee Smith
    11.76%
    2
    Dave Stewart
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Stieb
    29.41%
    5
    Willie Upshaw
    0.00%
    0
    Tim Wallach
    0.00%
    0
    Lou Whitaker
    58.82%
    10

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Whitaker with a tip of the cap to Stieb.

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    • #3
      Same as CowTipper.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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      • #4
        I am very sorry I missed this poll.

        I would have gone with Brett Butler and Dave Stieb.
        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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