Top Ten Best Baseball Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 Babe Ruth Babe Ruth George Herman Ruth Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

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

Or are they smart? McGwire and Sosa used steroids to chase the home run record. Then Bonds started using after '98 and hit even more home runs. Coincidence? Not. - 5ToolPlayers

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

Most dominant athlete in a team sport ever... and it's not even close.

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2 Willie 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

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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).

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3 Hank 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

Go brewers

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4 Ted 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.

If Ted Williams had the 5 1/2 years of his prime athletic career in baseball instead of defending our country as a Marine in WWII then re-upping for the Korean War a few years later, we would not be talking about Mays, Aaron or anyone else but Ruth and maybe Gehrig. Best hitter ever to play baseball. But an even better American.

Number 2

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5 Ty 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.

Cobb is number 1 end of debate. Look at just about every offensive statistical category out there and this Tiger great retired atop or near the top of almost all of them when he retired. Who else can say that? Ruth? No. Bonds? No. Mays? No. Aaron? No. Rose? No. How many of these guys hit over.400? A. None. Cobb did it 3 different times. Cobb also retired near the top of the all time putouts & assists records for outfielders so he wasn't just a great hitter who couldn't play defense (ala Ted Williams). I don't know what the official "criteria or template" is to determine who the greatest player ever is-but there isn't a single player who excelled in more areas of the game than Ty Cobb.

He played for the tigers

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6 Lou 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!

23 career grand slams. Impressive. Of course, the teammates he had probably loaded the bases for him frequently. - 5ToolPlayers

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7 Mickey 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..

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.

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.

Could have been the greatest ever but the stats don't support his potential, unfortunately. Mickey Mantle was the face of American baseball from 1956 through 1963. The all-American boy, everybody's favorite player. Ted Williams said he lived for his next at-bat. As a 13 year old boy, I lived for The Mick's next at-bat. The joke goes, "What was Mickey's favorite inning? THE FIFTH." Mickey once reportedly said, "If I knew I was going to play that long, I would have taken better care of myself." Ah, what might have been. - Mantlefan

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8 Jackie Robinson Jackie 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

He hit, he fielded really good, he was fast, and he broke the color barrier. Everyone says that he would be higher if he played more seasons, but by the time he got called up he was 27. After his 10 years he was already 37. Plus, he was named to the All-Century team, and stole home 19 times!

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9 Ken 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.

The KID is hands down the greatest to ever play the game. Power,speed, arm and glove! How could you ever deny his value?

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10 Honus 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!

He should be #1

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The Contenders

11 Walter 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.

Jackson ain't in the top ten? I thought this site was called TheTopTens!

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12 Pete 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.

Number one for the reds and history definitely hall of fame material

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13 Stan 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.

He is so awesome

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14 Joe DiMaggio

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

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!

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

DiMaggio should be much higher! I put him in the top 6 for sure!

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15 Derek 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.

Derek jeter should be tenth

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16 Albert 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

Albert's first 11 seasons in MLB is the best 11 year stretch in MLB history, that alone should put him in top 10. If it wasn't for that juicehead Bonds, Pujols would easily have 6 or 7 MVP awards. His accomplishments get overlooked because his era was tainted due to cheaters like bonds, sosa, a-rod, manny, etc. Also, the nicest human being I've ever met.

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

No way mike trout is bettter

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17 Barry Bonds Barry 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

Hand eye coordination is not the issue. Every Major league player must have that to get in. When you are stronger in the late innings due to steroids you hit with power when those who don't use them are physically tired and unable to get that punch on the bat. By the way there is no way to measurement for hand eye coordination just because you say it's the best is junk science. Hand eye coordination is smoke and mirrors. He cheated should never be on any list.

We all thought he was the greatest player in the game. But he sure did let down all baseball fans by using steroids.

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18 Cy 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

Polio hoolio

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19 Nolan Ryan Nolan Ryan

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

Best pitcher ever

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

The Best pitcher EVER

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20 Greg Maddux

I think Cy Young invented this award for Maddux. He certainly won his share. Pitched like David Copperfield, now you see it, now you don't. Great competitor.

Where's Roger Clemens? He took steroids just like Bonds! And you still put the sucker on!

Best pitcher of my generation. Proved its all about location. Not power

Maddux was incredible considering he didn't throw more than 90mph. Revolutionized pitching with his multitude of pitches and grips and finger pressure. Great fielder, great numbers, great teams!
Hall of Fame - YES. Top 25 - YES

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