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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Greatest living players by position.

In a couple of recent posts I addressed the fan poll sponsored by the Major Baseball League.  I think it was ill conceived so I decided to try doing it myself.

Initially I considered having people vote but most of the positions have clear choices, so I'll simply show my all living team and then present some top candidates by position.
Photo of Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds, greatest living player
Catcher: Yogi Berra  Hey, in case of a tie, go with the home team.
First Base: Albert Pujols
Second Base: Joe Morgan
Shortstop: Cal Ripken
Third Base: Mike Schmidt
Left Field: Barry Bonds
Center Field: Willie Mays
Right Field: Hank Aaron

See, pretty easy.  Now starting pitchers.

Righty: Roger Clemens
Lefty: Randy Johnson


Catcher: Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza, Ted Simmons, Carlton Fisk

First Base: Albert Pujols, Mark McGwire, Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, Willie McCovey

Second Base: Joe Morgan, Robinson Cano, Bobby Grich, Chase Utley, Ryne Sandberg

Shortstop: Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, Barry Larkin, Robin Yount

Third Base: Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Wade Boggs

Left Field: Barry Bonds, Carl Yastrzemski, Rickey Henderson, Albert Belle

Center Field: Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Edmonds, Mike Trout

Right Field: Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Al Kaline, Reggie Jackson


Cliff Blau said...

So where's A-Rod?

Kenneth Matinale said...

I considered listing Alex Rodriguez at both SS and 3B but since I knew I would not select him I decided that he would be too distracting. Rodriguez is certainly a valid ad hoc candidate as is Miguel Cabrera.

Russel Julius said...

Your greatest living player, a steroid user (look at his head pre-Giants vs pre-73 homers) you are insulting ALL of the players who did it right. At least one thing, unlike the MLB Network, you rank Albert Pujols correctly.

Kenneth Matinale said...

We don't know who used and who gets insulted is up to the individual. There's enough unethical behavior to go around. Considering only one is pretty silly. How about telling teams that you are younger than you really are and getting a BIG ten year contract. Any guesses?