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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1953

    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.

    Larry Andersen
    Tony Armas
    Dave Bergman
    George Brett
    Rick Camp
    John Candelaria
    Larry Christenson
    Ivan DeJesus
    Pete Falcone
    Jim Gantner
    Keith Hernandez
    Larry Herndon
    Tom Hume
    Sixto Lezcano
    Rick Mahler
    Larry Parrish
    Dan Quisenberry
    Rick Rhoden
    Jim Rice
    Gene Richards
    Rodney Scott
    Tim Stoddard
    Bruce Sutter
    Frank Tanana
    Tom Underwood

    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
    1954: Gary Carter (best pitcher: Dennis Eckersley)
    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)
    24
    Larry Andersen
    0.00%
    0
    Tony Armas
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Bergman
    0.00%
    0
    George Brett
    62.50%
    15
    Rick Camp
    0.00%
    0
    John Candelaria
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Christenson
    0.00%
    0
    Ivan DeJesus
    0.00%
    0
    Pete Falcone
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Gantner
    0.00%
    0
    Keith Hernandez
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Herndon
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Hume
    0.00%
    0
    Sixto Lezcano
    0.00%
    0
    Rick Mahler
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Parrish
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Quisenberry
    4.17%
    1
    Rick Rhoden
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Rice
    0.00%
    0
    Gene Richards
    4.17%
    1
    Rodney Scott
    4.17%
    1
    Tim Stoddard
    4.17%
    1
    Bruce Sutter
    8.33%
    2
    Frank Tanana
    8.33%
    2
    Tom Underwood
    4.17%
    1

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    This one's easy.

    brett-11.jpeg
    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
      Just seeing Quisenberry's name make me choke up a bit.
      "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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      • #4
        With about a day left, I thought I'd give this a bump.

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