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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1946

    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.

    Bobby Bonds
    Pedro Borbon
    Nate Colbert
    Larry Dierker
    Rollie Fingers
    Ken Forsch
    Danny Frisella
    Ken Henderson
    Catfish Hunter
    Reggie Jackson
    Bill Lee
    Skip Lockwood
    Bobby Murcer
    Al Oliver
    Tom Paciorek
    Joe Rudi
    Paul Splittorff
    Gene Tenace
    Mike Torrez
    Bob Watson

    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
    1947: Johnny Bench (best pitcher: Nolan Ryan)
    1948: Steve Garvey (best pitcher: Hough/Nolan)
    1949: Mike Schmidt (best pitcher: Rick Reuschel)
    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)
    1968: Frank Thomas (best pitcher: Mike Mussina)
    15
    Bobby Bonds
    6.67%
    1
    Pedro Borbon
    0.00%
    0
    Nate Colbert
    0.00%
    0
    Larry Dierker
    0.00%
    0
    Rollie Fingers
    6.67%
    1
    Ken Forsch
    0.00%
    0
    Dan Frisella
    0.00%
    0
    Ken Henderson
    0.00%
    0
    Catfish Hunter
    13.33%
    2
    Reggie Jackson
    66.67%
    10
    Bill Lee
    0.00%
    0
    Skip Lockwood
    6.67%
    1
    Bobby Murcer
    0.00%
    0
    Al Oliver
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Paciorek
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Rudi
    0.00%
    0
    Paul Splittorff
    0.00%
    0
    Gene Tenace
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Torrez
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Watson
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I'll take Reggie.

    JACKSON.jpg
    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 Jackson and Jim Hunter.

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      • #4
        Here we have another reason why the A's had as much success as they did from 72-74

        The three best players on the list above were all in their late 20s, plus Rudi and Tenace.
        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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        • #5
          REG-GIE!

          reggie-jackson-candy-bar_100317448_m.jpg

          A's certainly represented well here.

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          • #6
            ah, 1946- a great year. I was born in 1946 so I'm prejudiced. My votes went to Reggie Jackson and... Bobby Bonds. Al Oliver was close behind. Hunter was a good pitcher, but I think he benefitted greatly from playing on some outstanding teams. Same for Fingers.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EnterSandman View Post
              REG-GIE!

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              A's certainly represented well here.
              I once opened a Reggie Bar and it SPOKE to me.

              It told me how good it was...
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Second Base Coach View Post
                I once opened a Reggie Bar and it SPOKE to me.

                It told me how good it was...
                Oh my gosh, Catfish Hunter is posting from the grave!

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