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  • 1905 Giants
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    Yaz and Brock. I may not have Brock very high if I did my rankings, but he was a talented player.

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  • Cowtipper
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    Rico Carter is supposed to be Rico Carty, by the way.

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  • Yankillaz
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    Yaz by a mile.

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  • Cowtipper
    started a poll Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1939

    Best Baseball Player by Birth Year - 1939

    17
    Bobby Bolan
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Bouton
    0.00%
    0
    Lou Brock
    11.76%
    2
    Johnny Callison
    0.00%
    0
    Rico Carter
    0.00%
    0
    Tommy Davis
    0.00%
    0
    Jack Fisher
    0.00%
    0
    Dave Giusti
    0.00%
    0
    Denny LeMaster
    0.00%
    0
    Dick McAuliffe
    0.00%
    0
    Pete Mikkelsen
    0.00%
    0
    Bob Miller
    0.00%
    0
    Phil Niekro
    35.29%
    6
    Jim Northrup
    0.00%
    0
    Claude Osteen
    0.00%
    0
    Milt Pappas
    0.00%
    0
    Pete Richert
    0.00%
    0
    Cookie Rojas
    0.00%
    0
    Zoilo Versailles
    0.00%
    0
    Carl Yastrzemski
    52.94%
    9

    The poll is expired.

    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 Bolan
    Jim Bouton
    Lou Brock
    Johnny Callison
    Rico Carty
    Tommy Davis
    Jack Fisher
    Dave Giusti
    Denny Lemaster
    Dick McAuliffe
    Pete Mikkelsen
    Bob Miller
    Phil Niekro
    Jim Northrup
    Claude Osteen
    Milt Pappas
    Pete Richert
    Cookie Rojas
    Zoilo Versalles
    Carl Yastrzemski

    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
    1841: Asa Brainard
    1940: Willie Stargell (best pitcher: Luis Tiant)
    1941: Pete Rose (best pitcher: Wilbur Wood)
    1942: Fergie Jenkins (best batter: Dick Allen)
    1943: Joe Morgan (best pitcher: Tommy John)
    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)

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