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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1954

    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.

    Don Aase
    Juan Berenguer
    Gary Carter
    Julio Cruz
    Andre Dawson
    Dennis Eckersley
    Willie Hernandez
    Rick Honeycutt
    Steve Kemp
    Bob Knepper
    Ken Landreaux
    Gary Lucas
    Scott McGregor
    Larry McWilliams
    Donnie Moore
    Willie Randolph
    Dan Schatzeder
    Bob Shirley
    Ozzie Smith
    Bob Stanley
    Jason Thompson
    John Tudor
    Claudell Washington

    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
    1955: Robin Yount (best pitcher: Jack Morris)
    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)
    18
    Don Aase
    0.00%
    0
    Juan Berenguer
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Carter
    38.89%
    7
    Julio Cruz
    0.00%
    0
    Andre Dawson
    16.67%
    3
    Dennis Eckersley
    22.22%
    4
    Willie Hernandez
    0.00%
    0
    Rick Honeycutt
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Kemp
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Knepper
    0.00%
    0
    Ken Landreaux
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Lucas
    0.00%
    0
    Scott McGregor
    0.00%
    0
    Larry McWilliams
    0.00%
    0
    Donnie Moore
    0.00%
    0
    Willie Randolph
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Schatzeder
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Shirley
    0.00%
    0
    Ozzie Smith
    22.22%
    4
    Bob Stanley
    0.00%
    0
    Jason Thompson
    0.00%
    0
    John Tudor
    0.00%
    0
    Claudell Washington
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    This comes down to Ozzie Smith and Gary Carter. I'm with Gary Carter.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      I went with Andre Dawson, with a tip o' the cap to Dennis Eckersley.

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      • #4
        Went with the Wizard, Ozzie Smith

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        • #5
          What, no Willie Mays Aikens?!?! :clown:

          I had to go with Ozzie as a position player, and Eck on the mound.

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          • #6
            Why am I so blown away that Willie Randolph is the same age as Carter, Dawson, and Smith?
            I would have sworn that he was 10 years older.
            "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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