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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1955

    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.

    Floyd Bannister
    Jim Clancy
    Jack Clark
    Danny Darwin
    Ron Davis
    Greg Harris
    Jay Howell
    Ruppert Jones
    Chet Lemon
    Jeffrey Leonard
    Dennis Martinez
    Lee Mazzilli
    Jack Morris
    Dwayne Murphy
    Ted Power
    Jeff Reardon
    Mike Scott
    Lonnie Smith
    Dave Smith
    Bryn Smith
    Lary Sorensen
    Ed Whitson
    Willie Wilson
    Robin Yount

    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
    1956: Eddie Murray (best pitcher: Bob Welch)
    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)
    17
    Floyd Bannister
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Clancy
    0.00%
    0
    Jack Clark
    5.88%
    1
    Danny Darwin
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Harris
    0.00%
    0
    Jay Howell
    0.00%
    0
    Ruppert Jones
    0.00%
    0
    Chet Lemon
    0.00%
    0
    Jeffrey Leonard
    0.00%
    0
    Dennis Martinez
    5.88%
    1
    Lee Mazzilli
    0.00%
    0
    Jack Morris
    23.53%
    4
    Dwayne Murphy
    0.00%
    0
    Ted Power
    0.00%
    0
    Jeff Reardon
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Scott
    0.00%
    0
    Bryn Smith
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Smith
    0.00%
    0
    Lonnie Smith
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Sorensen
    0.00%
    0
    Ed Whitson
    0.00%
    0
    Willie Wilson
    0.00%
    0
    Robin Yount
    64.71%
    11

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Yount, of course, with a tip of the cap to Morris.

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