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  • Best Baseball Player by Birth Year: 1937

    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.

    Clete Boyer
    Jim Brewer
    Don Buford
    Orlando Cepeda
    Lou Clinton
    Mike Cuellar
    Gary Geiger
    Tom Haller
    Jim Hickman
    Joe Horlen
    Juan Marichal
    Gary Peters
    Juan Pizzaro
    Dick Radatz
    Claude Raymond
    Phil Regan
    Brooks Robinson
    Ted Savage
    Diego Segui
    Chris Short
    Sonny Siebert
    Ron Taylor
    George Thomas
    Jake Wood

    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
    1842: Joe Start
    1938: McCovey/Perry
    1939: Carl Yastrzemski (best pitcher: Phil Niekro)
    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)
    14
    Clete Boyer
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Brewer
    0.00%
    0
    Don Buford
    0.00%
    0
    Orlando Cepeda
    7.14%
    1
    Lou Clinton
    0.00%
    0
    Mike Cuellar
    0.00%
    0
    Gary Geiger
    0.00%
    0
    Tom Haller
    0.00%
    0
    Jim Hickman
    0.00%
    0
    Joe Horlen
    0.00%
    0
    Juan Marichal
    42.86%
    6
    Gary Peters
    7.14%
    1
    Juan Pizzaro
    0.00%
    0
    Dick Radatz
    0.00%
    0
    Claude Raymond
    0.00%
    0
    Phil Regan
    0.00%
    0
    Brooks Robinson
    42.86%
    6
    Ted Savage
    0.00%
    0
    Diego Segui
    0.00%
    0
    Chris Short
    0.00%
    0
    Sonny Siebert
    0.00%
    0
    Ron Taylor
    0.00%
    0
    George Thomas
    0.00%
    0
    Jake Wood
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.


  • #2
    In an effort to bring this series of polls to a quicker conclusion, I've decided to start running two at a time.

    I went with Marichal and Robinson, with an unofficial tip o' the cap to Cepeda.

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    • #3
      Marichal and Robinson for me.
      “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.” Walter Lippmann

      "Fill in any figure you want for that boy (Mantle). Whatever the figure, it's a deal." - Branch Rickey

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      • #4
        About a day left.

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