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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1943

    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.

    Sandy Alomar
    Jack Billingham
    Nelson Briles
    Tommy Burgmeier
    Jose Cardenal
    Joe Foy
    John Hiller
    Davey Johnson
    Tommy Johnson
    Jerry Johnson
    Mike Marshall
    Lee May
    Jim McGlothlin
    Jim Merritt
    Felix Millan
    Joe Morgan
    Marty Pattin
    Rico Petrocelli
    Lou Piniella
    Bill Robinson
    Vicente Romo
    Roy White

    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
    1944: Tom Seaver (best batter: Nettles/Staub)
    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)
    32
    Sandy Alomar
    6.25%
    2
    Jack Billingham
    0.00%
    0
    Nelson Briles
    0.00%
    0
    Tommy Burgmeier
    0.00%
    0
    Jose Cardenal
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Foy
    0.00%
    0
    John Hiller
    3.13%
    1
    Davey Johnson
    3.13%
    1
    Tommy John
    18.75%
    6
    Jerry Johnson
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Marshall
    6.25%
    2
    Lee May
    0.00%
    0
    Jim McGlothlin
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Merritt
    0.00%
    0
    Felix Millan
    3.13%
    1
    Joe Morgan
    40.63%
    13
    Marty Pattin
    3.13%
    1
    Rico Petrocelli
    3.13%
    1
    Lou Piniella
    3.13%
    1
    Bill Robinson
    3.13%
    1
    Vicente Romo
    0.00%
    0
    Roy White
    6.25%
    2

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    Second place will be interesting.
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    Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
    Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
    Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
    Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
      Second place will be interesting.
      Tommy John is an easy #2. Unfortunately he was omitted from the ballot, replaced by Tommy Johnson(?), who was born in 1951.
      Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.

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      • #4
        Yeah, it's supposed to be Tommy John. Oops.

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        • #5
          Ah. I can't seem to edit the poll, otherwise I'd vote for John.
          Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
          Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
          Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
          Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
          Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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          • #6
            Oops.

            I overlooked Morgan.

            I voted for Petricelli and Alomar. I didn't know Tommy Johnson was Tommy John, or I would have voted for him.
            Chop! Chop! Chop!

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            • #7
              The typo got me too... It's Morgan and John and everybody else. I voted for Mike Marshall after Morgan after giving Roy White a first thought.
              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
                Morgan and John for me as well.

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                • #9
                  marty pattin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blackout View Post
                    marty pattin
                    Don't bother voting, I discount your nonsense votes anyway.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                      Don't bother voting, I discount your nonsense votes anyway.
                      Don't put players on the poll you don't feel are worthy, then.
                      Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
                      Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
                      Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
                      Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
                      Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                        Don't put players on the poll you don't feel are worthy, then.
                        Nah, I'll put the players on the list that I think should go on the list.

                        BlackOut has consistently voted for random names and those that are, per the electorate, less worthy of being voted for than others. Like last vote, we had Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Graig Nettles and Rusty Staub...and he votes for Bill Singer and Bill Singer alone. 1946 gave us Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and Bobby Bonds, and he votes for Skip Lockwood. It's endemic to his voting pattern, which means he votes not because he actually wants to contribute anything to this project, rather he votes on a whim, or with the intent of disrupting the project. In the Hall of Fame forum, members have been banned from voting in projects for engaging in such stupid behavior, and, by discounting BlackOut's votes, I have effectively banned him from this project.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                          Nah, I'll put the players on the list that I think should go on the list.

                          BlackOut has consistently voted for random names and those that are, per the electorate, less worthy of being voted for than others. Like last vote, we had Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Graig Nettles and Rusty Staub...and he votes for Bill Singer and Bill Singer alone. 1946 gave us Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and Bobby Bonds, and he votes for Skip Lockwood. It's endemic to his voting pattern, which means he votes not because he actually wants to contribute anything to this project, rather he votes on a whim, or with the intent of disrupting the project. In the Hall of Fame forum, members have been banned from voting in projects for engaging in such stupid behavior, and, by discounting BlackOut's votes, I have effectively banned him from this project.
                          Then why comment when he announces who he is voting for? Do you think that strops him from voting? He's getting a rise out of you and you're playing right into it by responding. So he's going to keep on voting and you're going to keep complaining publicly about it. Who wins?
                          Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
                          Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
                          Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
                          Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
                          Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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                          • #14
                            I voted for one player who was Joe Morgan my next votes would be for Tommy John and Roy White. Lee May and Lou Piniella would be next choices.
                            "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                            "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                              Then why comment when he announces who he is voting for? Do you think that strops him from voting? He's getting a rise out of you and you're playing right into it by responding. So he's going to keep on voting and you're going to keep complaining publicly about it. Who wins?
                              A valid point has been made.

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