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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1944

    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.

    Stan Bahnsen
    Sal Bando
    Mark Belanger
    Paul Blair
    John Briggs
    Steve Carlton
    Sparky Lyle
    Rudy May
    Denny McClain
    Tug McGraw
    Dave Nelson
    Graig Nettles
    Joe Niekro
    Freddy Patek
    Doug Rader
    Steve Renko
    Dave Roberts
    Manny Sanguillen
    George Scott
    Tom Seaver
    Bill Singer
    Rusty Staub

    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
    1945: Rod Carew (best pitcher: Jim Palmer)
    1946: Reggie Jackson (best pitcher: Catfish Hunter)
    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)
    22
    Stan Bahnsen
    0.00%
    0
    Sal Bando
    0.00%
    0
    Mark Belanger
    0.00%
    0
    Paul Blair
    0.00%
    0
    John Briggs
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Carlton
    22.73%
    5
    Sparky Lyle
    0.00%
    0
    Rudy May
    0.00%
    0
    Denny McClain
    0.00%
    0
    Tug McGraw
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Nelson
    0.00%
    0
    Graig Nettles
    9.09%
    2
    Joe Niekro
    0.00%
    0
    Freddy Patek
    0.00%
    0
    Doug Rader
    0.00%
    0
    Steve Renko
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Roberts
    0.00%
    0
    Manny Sanguillen
    0.00%
    0
    George Scott
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Seaver
    54.55%
    12
    Bill Singer
    4.55%
    1
    Rusty Staub
    9.09%
    2

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    I'll take Seaver

    Whoops didn't mean to vote twice. Can someone erase my Carlton vote?
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    • #3
      I'm voting for Tom Terrific on this one.

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      • #4
        Nettles, Seaver and Carlton are all elite all-timers in a format like this. It was a shame not to have three votes.

        I can see Nettles over Carlton if one wanted a hitter and a pitcher, but I gave my second vote to Carlton anyway.
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        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.
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        • #5
          I went with Seaver and Staub.

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