25 Best baseball players of all time.

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Click bait. Everyone knows the Bambino is and will always be #1. I wonder how many homers Ruth would've hit if he'd actual worked out and took steroids?
 
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Bambini is #1 in my book. After him there is a cluster. Batting- Mantle, Williams, Mays, Arron, and a few others. Im a bit surprise Mr. October, Reggie Jackson didnt make it...3 back to back home runs in a World Series game aint trivial.
 

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Bambini is #1 in my book. After him there is a cluster. Batting- Mantle, Williams, Mays, Arron, and a few others. Im a bit surprise Mr. October, Reggie Jackson didnt make it...3 back to back home runs in a World Series game aint trivial.
I agree about Reggie. What about McGuire? He was no slump. Cal Ripken Jr.? I know there's only 25 spots but some of those guys I've never heard of before. I'm not a baseball freak but I've been around awhile and payed some attention to it over the years.
 

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Ted Williams was USMC not Navy.

What would his stats have been had he not served years during his prime in the mil.

Such a shame his head sits frozen on a tuna can.
 
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Ted Williams was USMC not Navy.

What would his stats have been had he not served years during his prime in the mil.

Such a shame his head sits frozen on a tuna can.
You can say that about any of them. What would this player or that players' stats have been if they didn't get injured, slumped, got traded to this team, started more games, pitched more innings, etc.

In the end it doesn't matter, the stats are what they are.
 

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You can say that about any of them. What would this player or that players' stats have been if they didn't get injured, slumped, got traded to this team, started more games, pitched more innings, etc.

In the end it doesn't matter, the stats are what they are.
True but how many of the stat minded players would have taken that extra at bat when they knew they were over .400 and not getting the hit would have put them under .400?
 
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Always going to be a controversial list.

Should have had:
Reggie Jackson
Omar Vizquel
Cal Ripken JR
Cy Young
Shoeless Joe Jackson

But most of all the man with ALL the World Series rings YOGI BERRA with 10 rings!
if i was starting a team tomorrow the only guy i would take off that list is Reggie
 

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WHAT...3000 hits because they added in tripple A stats ..i mean playing in japan
That isn't the only thing that made him great. Nobody had more infield base hits than him, his defensive skills were very good, and he rarely struck out. Just because he didn't hit a lot of home runs doesn't mean he didn't understand what mattered to help the team win.
 
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finally got through the list

you guys have to remember, this is a BEST of all time not number compilers

clemens over pedro..clemens never won a big game in his life. and was taking shit back in the 80's

Arod rather then Lou...are you kidding me. another guy who never got a big hit. Lou had 175 RBI's after ruth cleared the bases 60 times..clutch. never mind he almost won a world series by himself

babe/mays for 1-2

bonds over mays not even close mays was MVP runner up 13 times and no juice

Randy johnson better than gibson or ford..this list is on drugs

dont forget about bench

fake news
 

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That isn't the only thing that made him great. Nobody had more infield base hits than him, his defensive skills were very good, and he rarely struck out. Just because he didn't hit a lot of home runs doesn't mean he didn't understand what mattered to help the team win.
you take him for the outfield..who is he kicking out mays, mantly, joe d, ty cobb
ill take those 3 form my team

best of all time not really good
 

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I'm not talking about forming a team, I'm talking about best of all time. Suzuki will be a first ballot Hall of Fame entry. And since they had a current player on that list (Trout), Arenado belongs on there as well. He's one of the greatest 3rd baseman to ever play the game.

Nolan Ryan should be on that list as well. There are lots of players who I'd take over the ones on that list.
 

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funny we are bitching over guys when we both know the list is click bait

i thought this was snipershide not baseball reference lol

to throw it all in a tussle:

my grandfather was born in 1905, insane baseball fan
like they all were back then

has ticket stubs from the opening day of the original stadium

of course he used to yell at the tv and such that players today suck etc

one thing he always said, lou was the best player he ever saw.

now it collectively known that he is top 5 but not #1.

but opinion are like ....
 

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We are discussing baseball on a gun forum, in the sports section. And yes, that list is clickbait. But we can have a lively debate and discussion and that's where it gets interesting.
 
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how about george brett
he goes to see his drunk looser father after hitting 398 or 399 for the season (i forget) for the season
walk up to the house, dads sitting on the porch
first thing said..."you couldnt get one more fucking hit"
rough numbers usually make every hit worth about .002 batting average
tough love
 

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griffey jr is one of them for sure.
if he didnt play for seattle he would have been a mega star. not just a super star
for some reason henderson always gets left out. its almost like his talent doesnt transcend generations.
top 2-3 lead off men ever
problem with him is that even thought he never got caught and tested for PED's you can tell by his conditioning in his later years that he was using. he had a better physique at 35 then other guys at 25 or him at 25 for that matter
 
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That isn't the only thing that made him great. Nobody had more infield base hits than him, his defensive skills were very good, and he rarely struck out. Just because he didn't hit a lot of home runs doesn't mean he didn't understand what mattered to help the team win.
Agreed, Ichero is legit. There's a reason he is the only player in the history of the game to wear his First name on the back of his jersey. That's not something to be taken lightly.
 

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not a ichiro hater, he was on my team for awhile and really good player but, his first name on the jersey wasnt because he was special it was a marketing gimmick that stuck:

Because Suzuki’s magical season happened to coincide with a wacky marketing gimmick concocted by his manager, Akira Ohgi, his name will forever be rooted in the mystique of 200 hits in Japan. Ohgi an astute baseball man, quickly recognized the breakout potential of Suzuki. Ohgi was a flamboyant sort and he understood the name Ichiro Suzuki, as commonplace as Joe Smith is in the United States, offered little pizazz for an already colorless Blue Wave team that played in the second-fiddle Pacific League.
Hoping to capture Japan’s fancy, Ohgi replaced the surname across the back of Suzuki’s jersey with his first name during spring training and registered him with the commissioner’s office as Ichiro. Surprised, to say the least, Suzuki, who was 20, had little leverage to protest.
From that moment, scoreboards across Japan would identify him as Ichiro and the rest of Orix’s starting lineup by their surnames. Public-address announcers would shout out only the three syllables of his first name when introducing his at-bat. In a land of conformity, it was an attention-grabbing move. But for Suzuki, a young outfielder trying to make a name for himself based on performance, the pressure of having his name made for him was immense.
 

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Always going to be a controversial list.

Should have had:
Reggie Jackson
Omar Vizquel
Cal Ripken JR
Cy Young
Shoeless Joe Jackson

But most of all the man with ALL the World Series rings YOGI BERRA with 10 rings!
Shoeless Joe is probably the best player that will never be recognized in any way.
 
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not a ichiro hater, he was on my team for awhile and really good player but, his first name on the jersey wasnt because he was special it was a marketing gimmick that stuck:
That's all good and true. But has nothing to do with the MLB. His MLB numbers are no "marketing gimmick"
 

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If we were talking "Greatest Baseball TEAM" There would be NO discussion.

New York Yankees stand alone. The most dominant team in any sport ever. I got to see them play while Mantle, Maris, Ford, and Berra were at their top form.

-Pennants-
The New York Yankees have won 40 AL pennants, winning their first in 1921 and their most recent in 2009. This total is more than twice that of the next-closest team, the Oakland Athletics, who have won 15. They are followed by the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, with 14 and 11 pennants won respectively.

-World Series-
Teams with the most World Series titles
  • Yankees: 27.
  • Cardinals: 11.
  • 3 (tie). Red Sox: 9.
  • 3 (tie). Athletics: 9.
  • Giants: 8.
  • Dodgers: 6.
  • 7 (tie). Pirates: 5.
  • 7 (tie). Reds: 5.
 

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I’ll go on record w/ my vehement disagreement w/ Kershaw, Griffey, A-Rod & Bonds. There was no mention of Cy Young, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan or Pete Rose for starters. Also, at #4 Ted Williams is too far down the list.

There are lots is solid ball players on that list. It’s hard to limit it to just twenty-five, but there’s not even a closer on the list. No mention of Rolly Fingers or Mariano Rivera? GTFO. Lots of names that could’ve been mentioned that weren’t.

PS - Verlander deserves mention as well. A man that can take 100+ MPH into the 9th inning along w/ all of his accomplishments? Also, Verlander has a CY / MVP season (2011) as well.

Bob Feller is missing from this list also. His career numbers are impressive.
 
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That isn't the only thing that made him great. Nobody had more infield base hits than him, his defensive skills were very good, and he rarely struck out. Just because he didn't hit a lot of home runs doesn't mean he didn't understand what mattered to help the team win.
Let’s not forget Ichiro’s defensive contributions. I chirp had a cannon & the assists to prove it.

More importantly, let’s be absolutely honest here. While Ricky Henderson didn’t have a great arm by any stretch of the imagination, he was the greatest lead-off hitter of all time. Period. No discussion needed. To look at the numbers as far as lead off bombs, runs scored, BBs, slugging %, batting avg is like looking at the devastation the US laid on Hiroshima & Nagasaki; everywhere HENDERSON went he did damage. That’s why he is the uncontested best lead-off hitter of all time.
 
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These lists (besides being clickbait) almost always favor power hitters over average. They almost always ignore excellency in the field. They favor the present over the past. They ignore differences in eras. (Dead ball era vs today's juiced ball?) How about designated hitter? How many careers did that extend?

Ted Williams absolutely deserves his place at 4. That era's A-Rod... only better.

The Babe at #1, absolutely. Most folks don't know he spent the first years of his career as a pitcher. A damned good one too. He still has a few WS records for pitching.