Top Ten Best Baseball Players of All Time

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1Babe Ruth

He was a great pitcher and hitter. He changed the game and dominated like no other player. And Bonds should be number two. Who cares about steroids, almost every player does them, but that doesn't mean you are going to be great. People who think steroids are an advantage are idiots. - SgtPeppersz196715

Played in the dead era, hit more homeruns than entire teams in a season, he is the greatest player ever, the Great BAMBINO

Yes best player ever to play the game because he hit in the dead ball era and hit the ball with power to all fields. He would of had another 40 to 50 home-runs in the 1925 season if he was not suspended because he was having marriage problems with his first wife. Thank God his second wife helped him and he hit the record of 60 home runs in the 1927 season a record that stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 as a Yankee. Henry Aaron came to bat 2000 times more than the babe and if they did not walk Ruth so much he would of hit 800 or more home runs. He would of been a great manager as well but was never given the opportunity because of prejudice. He was as good as a pitcher as anyone in either league at the time in his career as a Boston Red Sox pitcher. He saved the game because of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal where people would of lost interest in the game if it were not for the Babe hitting home runs when others were not hitting them. He made the game our "NATIONAL PASTIME" ...more

Babe is the greatest because he changed the game in such a huge way. - jayhoo34

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2Willie Mays

While Babe Ruth was a great player, Willie Mays is the best position player ever. He could hit, catch, throw and run with the ability no other player had. As a hitter, he had to face probably the best pitchers that baseball has ever had, nevertheless, he finished his career with 660 homers playing in the extremely huge Polo Grounds first, then in Candlestick Park, where the wind blew in from left field. Two years in the army at the peak of his career surely deprived him of the sixty or so additional home runs that he needed to top Ruth. Also, he was quietly approaching Ruth's career mark in 1955, but at some point his manager, Leo Durocher, made the decision to told Mays to hit less homers and increase his singles and doubles production as Durocher thought that Mays was most helpful to the teams as a higher average hitter. That year Willie finished the season with 51 home runs.

Ruth was a great player. But he spent most of his career at Yankee Stadium, where the right field ...more

The only player with the talent to do everything (hit for power and average, field, rocket arm, run -- both speed and smart, and all the intangibles) all at the highest level; super smart player also.

Doing that all in a time that was very hard for black players, playing for teams in ball parks that weren't hitters parks (think of what he could have done in a hitters parks -- 800 home runes easy and higher average) and he lost a couple of prime years in the military and playing a few years in the Negro league still had statistics that virtually everyone drools at.

Not to mention things like:

- Most golden gloves for an outfielder and he played in the majors 6 years BEFORE they started giving out the award

- I believe he was the first National Leaguer to join the 30-30 club, one of a few people to ever be in the 20-20-20 and 20-20-20-20 club (and I think the first person to be all of them)

- Was named Player of the Decade in the 1960's

- If I ...more

To me, Mays was the best player to ever to put on a uniform. One fundamental mistake fans make is that they look solely at career stats and fail to look at context. Career stats only tell part of the story. Mays was clearly a better player than Aaron. Peers of both Aaron and Mays almost universally say that Mays was the better player. And actually Clemente was a better player than Aaron. Mays was a much better fielder and base runner than Aaron. Their hitting prowess is comparable. However, Willie had the disadvantage of 1) playing in the Polo Grounds; 2) playing at windy Candlestick Park; 3) being drafted for military service, interupting his career. If Mays had played his career in Milwaukee's County Stadium and in Atlanta and Aaron had played where Willie played most of their career hitting stats would be reversed (ie. Mays would have 755 HRs and Aaron would have 660 HRs).

The best baseball player should be the most talented. That would be Willie Mays!

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3Hank Aaron

I think Aaron should be above Willie Mays because Aaron was three times better than Mays. Of course, he never hit 50 homers in a season, but he had lots of 40 homer seasons. What's surprising is that even though Henry Aaron had more total bases than anyone else, he had a lower slugging percentage than guys like Mays, Hank Greenberg, and Ted Williams. While Babe Ruth was a great player, Aaron was the greatest hitter of all time. Because Ruth was a great hitter and a great pitcher, and Aaron was a great all-around player. If you take away all of his 755 home runs, he would still have 3,000 career hits because he had 3,771 hits in his career and you subtract the total number of home runs from that and he would have 3,016 hits in his career. He had a huge amount of doubles and he had nearly 100 triples in his career. Aaron had more power than Ruth and Mays. I'd say he would still have the home run record because I don't think Barry Bonds deserves it. When he was with the Pirates Bonds was ...more

Hammering Hank was great however because he hardly never hit more than 40 home runs a year none of the pitchers ever decided to walk him that much! The fact that he averaged 40 home runs a year for 15 years was amazing and hit 35 home runs for at least 5 of his 22 year career to go on and top Ruth all time home run record. He did this with death threats to his life and much prejudiced against him and he is to be commended for going on to beat the Babe. Arron came to bat more than 2000 more than Ruth however he is to be con-graduated because he never sustained any major injuries that sidelined him for part or all of any season compared to Mickey Mantle. Henry was also a better right fielder than Ruth and has his gold gloves to prove this. He deserves great respect and honor for his service to the game even after his playing days were over.

HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS TO EVER LIVE... AND ONE OF THE BEST BRAVES

Not better than Gehrig, Williams or Walter Johnson. I'd also put him behind Cobb, Hornsby, Musial and probably Wagner. Perhaps 9 or 10.

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4Ted Williams

I can't argue Babe Ruth as #1 for the fact that his pitching was as elite as his hitting. As far as #2 that's tougher. Hank Aaron #3 no way, and don't get it twisted I love Hank Aaron. But you see there's an unrecognized stat that I can understand my generation (born '79) not knowing, but it disappoints me that our elders ignore this and don't ever mention it to younger generations! That is that Ted Williams stopped playing baseball and enlisted in the AirForce as a fighter pilot for 6 years in the prime of his baseball career. So as far as my logic tells me the question is who is #2. I have to put Mays & Williams as a tie as Williams was the greatest hitter EVER and if you were to modestly calculate what his stats would have been if he didn't miss 6 years he blows everyone away period bar none. Yet Mays was a greater fielder one of the best ever so it's hard for me to decipher which was better because I can only look at stats and a little film. It's up to unbiased knowledgeable ...more

I'm sorry, but Albert Pujols does not belong higher on this list than Ted Williams. He hit.406! Williams could put the ball wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted. Coming from a Yankee fan, even I have to admit that Ted was the greatest ever.

All we really need to know is he won two triple crowns and nearly won another. The first was before he went into the service and the second was after he came back. What was possible in between. Best hitter ever and the man behind the Jimmy Fund. The press hated him case in point he did not win the MVP in either year that he won the trip please crown

Greatest mlb player no doubt

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5Ty Cobb

Cobb is second to no one, let alone 3rd! Cobb only batted under.300 once and that was his first season! He stole home when he was 42 years old, Aaron was great but has become overrated in hindsight. Ruth was great but began the downfall of baseball being tactical, beginning of the crowd pleaser brand of ball/instead of talented base hit & steal players. Ty Cobb was and is the greatest... PERIOD.

Cobb is #1 on my list followed shortly by The Mick. Cobb played with aggression which I love in a ball player because you can't be a nice guy playing baseball it just doesn't work out

Why is ty cobb so low? Huh? Most people say the greatest ever are these slow home run hitters who can't field and have low avg. Ty cobb can field, check, can hit for avg., check, can field, check, and his homeruns are pretty high for his time. All in all I'm saying that he should be no.2 at least. I think he's number 1 by far but that's just me.

Ty holds all the records except a few. If you leave his personal life out of the conservation and just judge him based on his stats he is easily hands down the best there ever was. None of us are perfect with our behaviors. there are plenty of big leaguers out there today who are much worse and I mean black and white and whatever. So back off of Ty and judge him on his playing ability.

Misunderstood and often lied about what happened in his personal life but on a ballpark wow

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6Lou Gehrig

the most consistently great hitter in the history of the game, up until he could no longer play due to ALS. Most respectful and selfless player ever

The iron horse was unbelievable amazing a really great carrier
One of the all time greats.

Will someone please look at Gehrig's 14 FULL consecutive seasons (25-38) and compare them to the BEST 14 seasons of any player keeping in mind that these years were basically his career contributions. The production of this player is staggering!

This guy really sucks he shouldn't even be on this list you Nikon who should yogi berra

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7Mickey Mantle

If it were not for injuries and his self destruction who knows what the record books would hold.. More raw power than anyone from both sides of the plate.. No one was faster home to first. I really believe that if Mantle were healthy he could have hit 800 home runs.. Bonds has no place on any list..

The Mick was one of the fastest players during his time. He invented tape measure home runs by himself! He was constantly playing in pain. Everybody looked up too and respected him. If he didn't get injured he could of beat Roger Maris in the Home run race. Mickey was the silent hero of Don Larsens perfect game in 1956. He also won the triple crown in 1956. The best switch hitter there ever was. Mickey was the ultimate team player and carried the team on his back. The best thing about him is that he didn't use or need steroids to be such an amazing player. 7.

Hands down the best team player of all time as well a team mate, as far a player no one was ever better. The Mick was and all around player, hit, hit with power, outstanding fielding record, speed best ever from home to first, great base stealer 80% of time stole the base. Just in the 1963 if he had not broke is foot in Baltimore he would have easy another 30 home runs that year. All time WS records that still stand.

He was a great player

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8Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson should be way ahead of Barry bonds

He should have played longer then I would maybe put him up higher

First baseball player to break the color barrier. Thanks Branch Ricky. Only player to have his number retired on ALL teams.

I think he should be higher up b/c bak then, who actually was brave enough to be black and in the mlb, and bsides how many other people above him in the list have stole home? let me know if fatboy ruth did lol

Because he changed the game, he made the game possible for blacks, and players like Roberto Clemente, The kid, Albert pujols and Ichiro and other great players from South America, Mexico, even Asian and Japanese players believe they could play in the MLB. I honestly think he is the greatest for his sportsmanship for the game and especially breaking the color barrier of the MLB. Plus he was a great all around player.

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9Ken Griffey Jr.

I grew up idolizing Jr by far the greatest player I have ever witnessed play the sweetest swing I have ever seen plus all the gold gloves and I know everyone says IF it wasn't for his injuries with the reds he would have destroyed the record there isn't a true baseball fan or previous MLB player that deep down in there heart knows for a fact that that is absolutely positively the truth he would have shattered the record Face it THE KID aka Jr was the best

I played with Junior as a kid and it was all natural. He was born to play ball. If not for the injuries we would all be talking about him before Willie, Hank and Mickey! Admit it. He could do it all. And his average only dropped a bit late in his career when the lower body and leg injuries took over. Junior and Thome are the only two this generation to crack 600 Homers steroid free. I know Pujols will do it but that only makes 3 in the last how many years?

In my opinion Jr. was one of the greatest pure athletes... Amazing at all aspects of the game...5 tool player... Respected by many of the games top tier players... Like Jeter he had an amazing presence off the field as well... Prettiest swing in baseball history; fluid, powerful, razor sharp... Unbelievably resilient... A kid favorite (which in my opinion makes a huge difference)... One of the most prolific hitters of all time... I could go on for days but you get the idea.

Ken is the best ball player ever no dought

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10Honus Wagner

The only players who should be above Wagner are Ruth and Gehrig. For Pujols to be above him is sacrilege, this list is a joke.

WAGNER: One of the greatest hitters of all time, on of the greatest fielding SS of all time, could pitch a few quality innings if needed. A true gentleman, an extremely positive presence in the clubhouse.

Beast ball player arguably the best shortstop ever still not the best ever

Honus wagner was better than Ty Cobb and if he played in the live ball era he would've hit at least 1 out of the park per game!

I think Wagner is the greatest all-around player in the history of the game. Why is Jackie Robinson above him? He should be in the top 5.

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11Pete Rose

Who cares if he gambled at least he was a tough ball player and was not afraid to get his shoes dirty like the players now who are traded to different teams every couple of years. He deserves to be in the hall of fame not like cal Rippen jr who nobody even knows about or gives a hoot about. I know a lot about baseball and my statement is very true. I am not saying Pete rose should be first place but at least give 3 place or something like that.

Even though he did not make the hall of fame he gambled as a manager. Don't listen to those people. He's, a hall of famer on my list. Same thing happend to shoeless joe jackson.

Pete Rose should never gave been banned from baseball for life. Other players have done much more to damage the game then Rose and never been banned for LIFE. His sentence was the most disproportionate punishment in the history of baseball, with the exception of the Black Sox scandal.

He had the most hits

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12Walter Johnson

The greatest pitcher ever, and remember pitching is 90% of the game. Don't get starstruck by the Babe's homers or Ty's hits. Johnson did more for his team than any other player. For an entire decade (1910-1919) he won 265 games, which was 34% of all the games won by the Senators. He won 417 total games as a Senator. No pitcher or ball player was more valuable to their team.

Walter Johnson was nicknamed the "Big Train" for his durability, and he is considered by many to be the fastest pitcher who ever lived. He retired as the all-time leader in strikeouts (with 3,509; his record got surpassed later on), and the all-time leader in shutouts (with 110). Johnson is also my favorite player of all-time.

He is one of the hardest throwing pitchers of all time. I feel bad for him because he played on some of the worst teams of all time.

Too low. He's the greatest pitcher ever. He comes in after at # 5 after Gehrig.

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13Joe DiMaggio

DiMaggio- 13? His 56 game hitting streak will never be broken. He played for 13 years with 3 MVP wins. Also, he made the All-Star game every year! He won the World Series 9 times with 10 pennants. He was one of the greatest fielders to play and he had more home runs than strikeouts. Furthermore, his hitting was phenomenal. He led the AL in home runs and RBI's twice, and was the AL batting champion 2 times. He even stood out outside of baseball. He married Marilyn Monroe, went to war, got shot in his wrist, and proceeded to make the All-Star game... again. He should not be 1 but somewhere in the top 5!

Hits hit streak record will take many years till its broken he was one of the greatest.

He set outstanding records and made pitchers sweat a lot. He Should be at the top of this list.

I think he should be in the top ten

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14Stan Musial

The most balanced hitter of all time should not be stuck at number 13. The guy had the exact same amount of hits on the road as he did at home in his career. That is the definition of balance when it is used in this sense. A 24 time All Star (there were two years, the first two of his career, where he was elected twice because back at that point in baseball history there was a spring all star game and a fall all star game. This changed after his second year), a WW2 veteran (during his playing career), a congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and one of the nicest and most down to earth ball players that you could've met: this man deserves to be higher on this list.

My great grandpa Ray new Stan the man and I will never forget about that read the book Stan the man they were good friends my answer is not biased because of that though Stan Musial is the best look at his stats best contact hitter ever 24 time all star numbers don't lie jackie your great but how are you higher than Musial just because you're the first black player and where is Roberto Clemente he is my number two

Stan the Man is SO horribly underrated. His stats are there... Just look 'em up. And... NO ONE has meant more to a city, state, and a team than Stan the Man. RIP Stan. St. Louis and a proud Cardinal Nation will ALWAYS remember you.

Top 10. Absolutely Top 10 Player.

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15Derek Jeter

Best yank to play the game and best all time hitter as a shortstop shoot he might be the best shortstop ever

Complete ballplayer on and off the field

I'm a Yankee fan all my life. Jeter is a winner. But he is not even close to being the best Yankee. He wasn't even the best shortstop of his era or 2nd best. He had decent range not great. He had an accurate but so-so arm. For a 6'3 guy had little power. But he had all the intangibles and played the game intelligently. Incredibly hard worker and as humble a superstar as ever. He played in NY which helped his star power and got 5 rings because he was an integral part of some GREAT teams. Hall of Fame - NO DOUBT. Best Yankee ever - NO WAY. Top 25 players all-time - BIG ARGUMENT.

Day to day he always gave his all and performed as great as anyone. Clutch hitter, the press loved him, and in the age of Media always admirable and rings.

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16Albert Pujols

Pujols is not the only modern player to not use steroids. Why isn't Junior on this list. I'd take him over Bonds and Pujols. His glove was amazing and still the prettiest swing ever in baseball

He should be at least higher than Bonds... Pujols is one of the only good modern players not on roids. - A7X1234

Uh why is pujols above Nolan Ryan, CY YOUNG, or jeter even? He's good, but he will never have an award handed out to ever years best pitcher with his name on it, or any award with his name in it for that matter, this list is a joke

I also think pulls should be 56th on the list but he is creeping up on Barry bonds on the home run list with 657 home runs

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17Barry Bonds

He does not belong on this list. With all of the great baseball players over the past 100 some years who have put up ridiculous numbers without steroids he shouldn't even be in the top 200 in my mind. He was using steroids like crazy. At 40 years old his head was growing.. What does this tell you? Not only was he juicing but he was juicing like crazy. Sure he was good before steroids but 17th of all time good? Probably not so if that's your argument you need to reevaluate it some. You can't rank this man as the 17th best of all time because "He was good even before steroids! " Yes he was good.. But you can't rank him 17th without knowing how good he actually would've been and how age would have affected his muscles without a performance enhancing drug preserving and improving them. The best of all time have usually found ways of staying good and in some cases even getting better with age. My guess is Bonds saw a noticeable decline in his baseball playing ability, and so he ...more

Couldn't have done it without the roids. He doesn't deserve to be on this list.

He had enough success before using and enhancement drug. He belongs here - Sabbath

I saw him play in spring training once toward end of his career with no steroids. (He had been under scrutiny for a while by then. ) He still hit three home runs with such precision and ease it was mind-boggling. He was the best baseball player I have ever seen and possibly the best who ever lived. Just my opinion.

He is the best most home runs

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18Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan holds or has held every major pitching and strikeout record on the books.

Had a fast ball that would "knock your pecker" in your watch pocket as Texans might tell you. Most admirably a solid competitor!

You are the greatest pitcher ever in my life

Top 50, not Top 20. You've got to win games and championships not just throw SOs and no-nos.

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19Cy Young

Too low. He dominated in his era, Should be in the top twenty

Too low should be in top 3, ever heard of the Cy young award?

Cy Young has a record that will never be equaled in modern times. The game has changed and the majors uses too many pitchers with fresh arms for any one pitcher to dominate.

Lts

He should be #1 because he pitched the first ever PERFECT game WOW not many people do that

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20Roberto Clemente

To play baseball you need a glove. Roberto Clemente has 12 gold gloves, most for an outfielder. Simply the Great one in the outfield. To play baseball you need a bat. Roberto Clemente has 3,000 hits because a tragedy ended his career early. He is the first of that great 3,000 club that every baseball player wants to be in. All time.317 batting average, including 4 batting titles and two of them with.351 and.357 average. Not to mention 12 All Star games, 1966 NL MVP, 1971 World Series MVP, two World Series Championships. His 21 need to be the second number to be retired in the entire MLB. Robinson & Clemente. Roberto Clemente live Great, play Great and died Great. Roberto Clemente is simple, the GREATEST ONE in Baseball...

Saw him as a kid from behind him in right field, what a presence, what speed, what an arm. I haven't even mentioned batting and base running. He went all out and was fearless on the field but this quality also contributed to his demise at sea. Still one of my childhood heroes that lives on today for me.

A tragedy ended his career early and he still had 3000 hits. Nobody went from first to third base on a single to right field... Those who tried were out. Great series player who lead a pretty average team to two championships. He had hits in all 14 series games he played in, and the Pirates won both series. This guy should be in the top five.

He good and nice

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