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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1949

    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.

    Dusty Baker
    Don Baylor
    Vida Blue
    Bill Buckner
    Mike Caldwell
    Cecil Cooper
    Rick Dempsey
    Phil Garner
    Dave Goltz
    Bobby Grich
    Mike Hargrove
    George Hendrick
    Jim Kern
    Gary Lavelle
    Garry Maddox
    John Mayberry
    Bake McBride
    Ben Oglivie
    Rick Reuschel
    Jerry Reuss
    Steve Rogers
    Mike Schmidt
    Ted Simmons
    Andre Thornton
    Richie Zisk

    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
    1950: Ron Guidry (best batter: Brian Downing)
    1951: Dave Winfield (best pitcher: Bert Blyleven)
    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)
    15
    Dusty Baker
    0.00%
    0
    Don Baylor
    0.00%
    0
    Vida Blue
    6.67%
    1
    Bill Buckner
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Caldwell
    0.00%
    0
    Cecil Cooper
    0.00%
    0
    Rick Dempsey
    0.00%
    0
    Phil Garner
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Goltz
    0.00%
    0
    Bobby Grich
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Hargrove
    0.00%
    0
    George Hendrick
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Kern
    0.00%
    0
    Gary LaVelle
    0.00%
    0
    Garry Maddox
    0.00%
    0
    John Mayberry
    0.00%
    0
    Bake McBride
    0.00%
    0
    Ben Oglivie
    0.00%
    0
    Rick Reuschel
    20.00%
    3
    Jerry Reuss
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Rogers
    6.67%
    1
    Mike Schmidt
    66.67%
    10
    Ted Simmons
    0.00%
    0
    Andre Thornton
    0.00%
    0
    Richie Zisk
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Mike Schmidt's name kind of jumps out at you from the list above.
    They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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    • #3
      A lot of good players on the list but Schmidt just dominates all of them.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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      • #4
        Schmidt, obviously, with a tip of the cap to Vida Blue.

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        • #5
          Among all 21 batters with 80 or more career at-bats vs. Steve Rogers, Mike Schmidt had the lowest batting average and highest total of strikouts.

          Vote for Steve Rogers! Best pitcher born in 1949!
          Your Second Base Coach
          Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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