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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1951

    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.

    Glenn Abbott
    Buddy Bell
    Bert Blyleven
    Jeff Burroughs
    Cesar Cedeno
    Al Cowens
    Dan Driessen
    Dwight Evans
    Mike Flanagan
    Rich Gossage
    Don Gullett
    Dennis Leonard
    Bill Madlock
    Greg Minton
    Sid Monge
    Dave Parker
    Dick Ruthven
    Dan Spillner
    Don Stanhouse
    Jim Sundberg
    Derrel Thomas
    Dave Winfield

    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
    1952: Fred Lynn (best pitcher: John Denny)
    1953: George Brett (best pitcher: Bruce Sutter)
    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)
    17
    Glenn Abbott
    0.00%
    0
    Buddy Bell
    0.00%
    0
    Bert Blyleven
    41.18%
    7
    Jeff Burroughs
    0.00%
    0
    Cesar Cedeno
    0.00%
    0
    Al Cowens
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Driessen
    0.00%
    0
    Dwight Evans
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Flanagan
    0.00%
    0
    Rich Gossage
    5.88%
    1
    Don Gullett
    0.00%
    0
    Dennis Leonard
    0.00%
    0
    Bill Madlock
    0.00%
    0
    Greg Minton
    0.00%
    0
    Sid Monge
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Parker
    0.00%
    0
    Dick Ruthven
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Spillner
    0.00%
    0
    Don Stanhouse
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Sundberg
    0.00%
    0
    Derrel Thomas
    5.88%
    1
    Dave Winfield
    47.06%
    8

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Winfield with a tip of the cap to Blyleven.

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    • #3
      Yeah, so I'm just going to start disqualifying Blackout's votes as "nonsense."

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      • #4
        what?? why the heck is that

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