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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1956

    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.

    Hubie Brooks
    Bill Caudill
    Steve Farr
    Pedro Guerrero
    Moose Haas
    Tom Herr
    Terry Kennedy
    Charlie Leibrandt
    Paul Molitor
    Dale Murphy
    Eddie Murray
    Lance Parrish
    Terry Puhl
    Gary Redus
    Scott Sanderson
    Eric Show
    Mario Soto
    Rick Sutcliffe
    Garry Templeton
    Bob Welch
    Mookie Wilson
    Butch Wynegar

    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
    1957: Lou Whitaker (best pitcher: Dave Stieb)
    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)
    13
    Hubie Brooks
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Caudill
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Farr
    0.00%
    0
    Pedro Guerrero
    0.00%
    0
    Moose Haas
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Herr
    0.00%
    0
    Terry Kennedy
    0.00%
    0
    Charlie Leibrandt
    0.00%
    0
    Paul Molitor
    38.46%
    5
    Dale Murphy
    0.00%
    0
    Eddie Murray
    46.15%
    6
    Lance Parrish
    0.00%
    0
    Terry Puhl
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Redus
    0.00%
    0
    Scott Sanderson
    0.00%
    0
    Eric Show
    0.00%
    0
    Mario Soto
    0.00%
    0
    Rick Sutcliffe
    0.00%
    0
    Garry Templeton
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Welch
    15.38%
    2
    Mookie Wilson
    0.00%
    0
    Butch Wynegar
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Urg. Meant to vote for just Molitor, not Murray.
    *** Submit your personal HOF as your ballot for the Single Ballot BBF Hall of Fame! *** Also: Buck the Fraves!

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    • #3
      I went with Murray and Welch.

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