Top Ten Best Baseball Players of All Time

The Top Ten Best Baseball Players of All Time

1 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.

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.

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

It's not just about the numbers. There have been many truly great players that have put up awesome numbers in various categories. But Babe Ruth literally gave rebirth to two now-legendary franchises (Red Sox and Yankees) that are to this day, almost a century later, still among the oldest, most loved, most hated, and most fanatically followed. And in doing so, he dominated baseball for more than two decades and changed the game forever. No one has ever had the impact on any sport that Ruth had on baseball.

2 Willie Mays Willie Howard Mays, Jr., nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid", is an American former Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22-season career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants, before finishing with the New York Mets.

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).

Best all-around player of all time. Most others on this list aren't five tool players. Some are but most aren't. (I will say that Ruth was a great pitcher which might count as a sixth tool.) Willie was the best or nearly the best at each of the five tools. Mays was popular with teammates and acclaimed by all contemporaries. He rarely missed games, and he loved to entertain the fans. Willie Mays is in the top five of more statistical categories than anyone, career and single season, old school stats and modern stats. Mays had to play his home games in huge ballparks, Polo Grounds and then windy Candlestick. That made it harder to rack up home runs, and harder to play defense in those huge center fields. He played in a pitchers era. Mays lost two prime years to military service. If his Negro Leagues stats could be added to his MLB stats, his case would only be stronger.

3 Hank Aaron Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

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.


Hank araon is op
Because he is quick with his speed and agility to run fast and doesn't give up.

4 Ted Williams

Let me run through Ted's stats. Ted had one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time in 1939, with 31 home runs, a.327 average, and perhaps most impressively, a league best 145 RBIs. Ted Williams still gets criticism for his 1940 season, and I'm not sure why. He hit.344. In 1941 Ted had insane stats. 38 home runs, a.406 average, 145 walks, a.553 OBP, a 1.2+ OPS, and a.735 slugging percentage. In 1942 he won the triple crown, while hitting.356 with 39 homers. He served in the military from 1943-1945, and judging by his 1940's achievements, these would've been monster seasons. When he came back in 1946, all he did was hit.346, smack 38 home runs, win the A. L MVP, and lead his team to the world series. Unfortunately he got injured. In 1947 he won the triple crown. In 1948 he hit.370. In 1949 he set the record for most consecutive games on base (89), hit.342, hammered 43 home runs, all while winning his 2nd MVP. Throughout the 50's he was plagued by 2 more more years of military ...more

Greatness on and off the field. keep in mind he did this with no help around him like Joe DiMaggio had and Mickey Mantle had and Babe Ruth had.

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.

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.

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.

6 Lou Gehrig Henry Louis Gehrig, nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname more.

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!

If Gehrig hadn't gotten sick and continued on his trajectory, he would have broken all of Ruth's records and would be considered the gold standard bearer of baseball. He did it all, played sick, hurt and in the shadow of Ruth but still made an indelible name for himself.

7 Mickey Mantle

It is difficult to compare an outfielder like Mantle to an infielder or a pitcher or catcher but Mickey Mantle had great speed along with a strong arm in centre and terrorized both left and right handed pitchers with his power and average from both sides of the plate. The fact that he played in Yankee Stadium with its short fences doesn't factor into his homerun numbers due to the fact that he consistently hit tape measure home runs and still has three that have never been duplicated. He also hit under pressure in key playoff situations. Playing injured and compromised by his destructive lifestyle (that he admitted) throughout the second half of his career he was still one of the most dominant players in the game. He was a charismatic athlete and if you were old enough to remember his playing days then you know what I mean. The only other player who looked superhuman almost on a daily basis was Bo Jackson. I wish I had watched him play live because they say that you could hear the ...more

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..

Amazing that Mantle had such a great career considering the leg injuries he endured. The Yankee trainer would tape both his legs from ankle to knee to ease the pain and provide some stability. Seven pounds of tape on each leg and he still managed to run like a deer to beat out those bunts. He was a winner, seven World Series rings, a triple crown winner.

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.

8 Jackie Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.

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

I could easily vote for Willie Mays, but no baseball player changed the game today, made everyone play together, not separated, Jackie Robinson earns everyone's respect. As a Giants fan I think Jackie Robinson should be the only athlete in the world to be idolized because of what he did, the pain he went through alone tells you that he's a revolutionary athlete. He's the grandfather of modern sports. Without him there would only be white players in Mlb and not just Mlb but in all other professional sports as well. Because he broke the color barrier, history has changed forever. Thank you Jackie Robinson.

9 Ken Griffey Jr. George Kenneth Griffey Jr. nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball.

Over rated player. He wasn't even the best player on the Mariners roster.

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.

10 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.

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

The Contenders

11 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!

Certainly should be ahead of Robinson. Yes, broke the color barrier, but that should be put aside when discussing actual performance on the field. Only 4 really good seasons (6+ WAR), Wagner had 12.

12 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

All-around 5-tool Great. Holds record for All Star Games, along with Mays (or Aaron? ). Held National League rrcord for hits, 3630, until Rose. Mays, Clemente, Griffey are only ones probably better 5-tool players who hit for average but not as high lifetime as Stan's.331, which is in top 10 all time. Second all time in doubles. Has most triples of any player since about 1935, could run. RBI all time about # 6. Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, Wagner, Cobb, Mantle, Mays are among top hitters all time, but only Mays had the 5 tools also. I'll concede #1 and 2 to Ruth and Mays best all time players. Then I put Musial, with best lifetime stats of any other 5 tool player!

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.

13 Albert Pujols José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League 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.

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

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

Even Lou Gehrig did not match the consistency of performance that Albert Pujols has demonstrated over his first 10 years in MLB. Albert has not benefitted from having the level of players around him that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig had. In his early years, Albert had Mcquire, Rollins and Edmonds. Currently he has Holliday, Ramus and Ludwick. These do not match up with the players Ruth and Gehrig had on thier teams,

14 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.

Not until he is inducted into Canton should the likes of BB, SS or even RC be included on a ballot. The greatest hitter of all time never juiced he just happened to love two things, and unfortunately on occassion he participated in both at the same time.

15 Joe DiMaggio Joseph Paul DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.

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.

If DiMaggio played in Fenway Park, The Polo Grounds of Wrigley Field, he'd have every hitting record in baseball.

16 Sandy Koufax

If your life depended on the outcome of a baseball game, you would want Sandy Koufax to pitch for you.

He won the cy young

I LOVE SANDY KOUFAX! I am doing a report on him I am ten years old!

Wish I saw more of him. Arguably the greatest stretch of pitching in the history of baseball.

17 Roberto Clemente Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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.

Roberto Clemente would be the most valuable of all time had baseball never put up those damn outfield walls... Greatest energy created hitting line drives coupled with the greatest energy created with that incomparable throwing arm... Baseball continues to HIDE the GREATEST ONE!

18 Barry Bonds Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.

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

I have a lot of things to say about this-so please, PLEASE keep an open mind.

First off, I'd like to say-please stop putting modern players that might be forgotten in 50 years, but are just on this list because they were someone's favorite player. Bryce Harper is NOT the greatest player of all time. It's nice to think he could be, but he isn't. Then there's those ridiculous choices like Dan Uggla, Troy Tulowitzki, etc.-guys that will be trivial in 10 years.

I'd also like to say that Mark Teixeira would be my choice, because he is my favorite player, but he is nowhere near the greatest player (he's #50 rn 12/30/17) but he IS one of the most underrated players of all time-and if you wanna disagree, look up his stats defensively one of the best all time at first basemen, top 5 switch hitter all time, and-anyway I was here to talk about Barry Bonds.

No, he does not DESERVE the title of "all time home run leader" or "greatest player ever", but ...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

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.

19 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

20 Tony Gwynn

Even a better person as he was a hitter rip mr padre

The Derek Jeter of the West Coast as far as being a person. Great hitter. Never played with a winner but was a winner.

The greatest pure hitter to play the game

Should be in top 20

21 Derek Jeter Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop, current businessman and baseball executive who is the chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball.

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 is the best baseball player because he has a terrific swing, he also has a amazing fielding and never gives up and gives it his all. I bet you he would die for baseball because that is where his heart is just placed. So he is the guy I look up to, so that's why I voted for the number one base ball player, Derek Jeter.

22 Satchel Paige

Paige is a genuine legend! Played ball 12 months a year. Was an MLB "rookie" in his 40's and dominated batters effortlessly.

Had the fastest fastball ever 3rd black person elected into the hall of fame

We'll never know, but this is with out doubt, way too low.

I've read a book about him it's called king of the mound it's a good book

23 Ricky Henderson

amazing that this guy is All time leader in stolen bases, on base %, runs scored, a 3000 hit guy, most home runs from a lead off batter, has 2 rings and he doesn't crack the top 10? Rickey is top 5 in my book!

Deserves to be higher, obviously he is the stolen base king and always will be, but this shouldn't distract from his outstanding OBP, OPS and Runs, and a great defender, something not taken into account much on these lists. Plus played in the modern era where pitching was consistently good, not to mention he had to stand out in an era in which players were unnaturally athletic.

THE best leadoff man in history. There will be a player(s) who eventually break the HR record by Bonds, all- time hits by Rose, and maybe even the 56 game hitting streak by Dimaggio. But no one will ever come close to the stolen base record. Turning a single or walk into a double and into scoring position must have driven opposing managers crazy. He made pitchers focus on him when on base, which was a complete distraction from the what the pitchers main focus should have been...the hitter. Easily top 5 all-time.

Top five, without a doubt. Hard to rate players before integration as talent was so limited. Babe Ruth would have been very average. Good arm and bat but not athletic or fast at all.

24 Bob Gibson

Listen to player/broadcasters from that era... They speak in complete awe of this man... Fierce competitor... One of the greatest clutch World Series pitchers of all time... It is a joke that he is so low on this list behind some guys who aren't or weren't even the best of their era.. Never mind all time... I want to win a game... Bob Gibson is my starter... Saw him pitch three or four times at Shea stadium... You knew the game was going to be over in about two hours or less... I could list stats but it was the intangibles that made him one of the greatest... No batter wanted to face him

The Black Babe Ruth is just what it sounds like. Hits homers even off of Paige

Gibbywas great probably top five pitchers all time he could hit too.

Starting a new team today, only one pitcher I would select before Gibson, that's Koufax

25 David Ortiz David Américo Ortiz Arias, nicknamed "Big Papi," is a Dominican American former professional baseball designated hitter and occasional first baseman who played 20 Major League Baseball seasons, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, but also with the Minnesota Twins.

Big Papi should be higher and how are Albert Pujols and Joey Votto on here

David has strength and persistency

I think he should be higher up on the list. He is not quite as good as some as the other players but he should at least be at 5 or 6

David Ortiz is the best baseball player of all time I'm glad they put them this high on the list but they should of put him at number one. He is my all time favorite. I am addicted to the Red Sox and their hitters and David Ortiz he is the best!

26 Mike Trout Michael Nelson "Mike" Trout, nicknamed The Millville Meteor, is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

How is he Number 48? He has been playing for 2 years. He has the potential of being a top 25 player but there is no way he is in the top 50 this early.

I think he should be top 10 because he's no doubt one of the best players anyone could ever see as a out fielder and he's fast very fast he scores home runs almost every time he plays and that is why there is no doubt that he should be top ten

Mike Trout can hit for POWER Contact he's VERY VERY FAST he's a great fielder and he has a good arm and that's all you can ask for from a outfielder

This kid has the potential to be one of the greats. He truly is one of the most versatile players in the game today.

27 Warren Spahn

History seems to have forgotten about Warren Spahn, the greatest pitcher of his era. Spahn won 363 games while pitching for some terrible teams (Boston Braves and NY Mets) Spahn was a true master of the mound.

Arguably the best lefty ever. #35 is too low. He's aboy # 20.

28 Ozzie Smith

No One doubts he is the best defensive player ever, at any position. If choosing a team, I suspect he would be the starting shortstop on virtually every major league manager's team. He was unquestionably the best defensive player at the most important defensive position.

15 time all star 13 time gold glove award 1 time world series

.262 lifetime BA he's not even a top 100

Did he make the best catch ever or was it someone else I'm confused

29 Johnny Bench

Strongest, Smartest Catcher of all-time. I still remember when he caught a fast ball bare handed in a major league game.

Johnny Bench should be above Mickey Mantle. Mantle was great, but Johnny Bench was not only a good hitter, he was likely the best catcher of all time. He was a leader and influenced other players in a very positive way.

When people think of great baseball players catcher doesn't usually come to mind first. It should. I am going to argue that it's the hardest position to play well. And bench played it well. He defiantly should be top 15 because he is that good. Also catcher is my favorite position in baseball.

I think he should be high because he is one of the BEST CATCHER!

30 Bryce Harper Bryce Aron Max Harper is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He stands 6'3" tall and weighs 220 lbs.

Bryce harper is not number 36 in front of nolan ryan he is a rookie.

Bryce Harper is a boss! Give him more credit!

Why do people even list brand new active players? That's not fair.

Bryce Harper is the best baseball player in the world better than mike trout

31 Josh Gibson

If all things had been equal then fair is fair and a brain tumor on top
Of it as well as poor treatment by society. He was an amazing individual
And through the benefits of the internet the world can view history and
Stand in awe of such extraordinary people.

Could have easily surpassed the greats if he'd been able to play. Not fair that his 800 home runs will never be remembered. Deserves to be much higher on list.

800 home runs is 38 more then the number one Barry Drugs

The Black Babe Ruth should be higher. He hits homers even off of Paige

32 Jimmie Foxx

Most underrated great player ever. Look up his stats baseball fans. Was better than Mickey Mantle and many others on this list!

One of the top ten greatest players ever. Second greatest first basemen of all time behind Gehrig.

He's okay I guess

The double X deserves to be higher

33 Christy Mathewson

If he was in the first Hall Of Fame and struck out Ruth you can tell this man doesn't deserve to be this low

Holy crap! How is he this low. One of the top five pitchers ever. Give me a break people.

Statistically speaking he should be much higher up on this list...

You blew this by a wide margin. He's a Top 20.

34 Cap Anson

First baseball superstar

Uh...don,t care

35 Pedro Martinez Pedro Jaime Martínez, is a Dominican former professional baseball starting pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball from 1992 to 2009, for five teams - most notably the Boston Red Sox from 1998 to 2004.

Best picher ever versus drugs era

Very good

Best Dominican Pitcher in History, arguably of course, with Juan Marichal!
Shouldn't be behind a lot of this newbies

36 Rogers Hornsby

What are you thinking! Rogers Hornsby should be top 10. Batted.400 three times, had a.358 career batting average, and player/managed the cardinals to their first World Series victory in 1926. Clearly does not deserve to be number 53?!?!

Why is Hornsby all the way down at 41? He hit.400 three times! Led the Cards to a player/manager World Series win. He deserved to be in the top 10 if not higher. Change him to be higher!

He's a Top 10. Greatest second baser ever. Triple crown winner. Put together perhaps the three best back-to-back-to-back seasons of all time.

Absolutely a top ten ball player. This list is stupid.

37 Mike Schmidt

I think Mike Schmidt should be in at least the top 20 because he could really crush the ball and he had the best defense at 3rd base

Maybe not the best player EVER but I would put him at either 20 or 24 and the only list barry bonds should be on is biggest disgraces to the earth list

Tell me who was better than Mike Schmidt at third base? You can not! The most complete player at that position!

Barry Bonds is above Mike Schmidt, that's just wrong.

38 Joey Votto

Joey should be weigh higher he is way better than prince and jose

Joey should be in top 50 at least

He has 10 walk off hits


39 Randy Johnson

Should be in top twenty easily... not enough real people who know who's really the best on these lists OBVIOUSLY!

Randy Johnson being ranked 39th makes him currently worthy of the title underrated... Very underrated. Unbelievable...

Today he just got into the hall of fame! The bird man!

#1 pitcher of all time

40 Frank Robinson

Frank has always been treated with a lot of prejudice whether racial or as a ball player...he is probably the most underrated ball player ever to play... when he was 15 years old he could have played in the major leagues that is how good he was compared to others he played with that also played in pro level ball... many forget he has been very active as a manager and a president of a ball club but most recenter he works on the Executive offices of Major League Baseball. He Not only was a very good athlete but he was very intelligent mannered individual who played with a great level of integrity which many of the people that have been chosen before him who were great athletes can't even begin to stand in the same light as Frank let alone the ones who used substances to increase physical attributes that is and always will be a black mark on baseball. Personally I do not recognize any players who used substances for the purpose of enhancing performance way above what others did naturally ...more

One of the greatest along w/ Aaron and Mays and not included?

One of the all-time greats. Right up there with Mays, Aaron, Clemente, and Mantle.

He was better than Bonds and should be ranked higher!

41 Jim Thome

Most underrated player of all time

As great old school first baseman. A great power hitter.

A class act. Truly and honestly. Eclipsed 600 homeruns throughout the steroid era, and he was one of the nicest players you'd ever see in the game of baseball. There's no reason why he shouldn't be in the top ten.

He is nice and has great power swinging the bat.

42 Kris Bryant Kristopher Lee Bryant is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

I agree a fantastic talent but this all time I would rank him about 12 or13 in current baseball

He has 26 home runs as a rookie that is amazing and had about 49 home runs in minor league last year

Kris Bryant is my favorite cub right now, and my favorite Mlb team is the cubs.

He is a good player but he shouldn't be too 100

43 George Brett

George Brett is one of, if not the best, baseball players of all time. He was injured all of the time, and if he wouldn't have had to sit out for some games, he could've gotten way more than 3,154 hits. He is the only player to win three batting titles in three different decades, and is the greatest third basemen of all time. SO WHY IS HE 57 ON THIS LIST?! George stayed with the Kansas City Royals for 21 years! 21 YEARS! He was also underpaid most of the time. He could've easily gone to the Yankees and gotten millions, but he stayed in Kansas City! George didn't play baseball for the money, he played it like the thing it is. A game. He was an exceptional player, and I think even if he played with some of the stars today, he could still show them how it's done.

Seriously guys? Number 60? There is no way George Brett is this far back. He's behind people who didn't even have the skill to make hall of fame. He was an amazing all around player. His stats are compared with Pete Rose, Babe Ruth, Willy Mays, Mickey Mantle, and way more greats. There is no way he should be this far back.

Great stats and embodies everything you want in a player. Should be top 10. If he'd been a Yankee he would be

Best player ever to play baseball

44 Chipper Jones

Aside from Mickey Mantle, the best switch hitter to play the game.

The best player under pressure of all time. Rock solid!

Why is chipper this low I know right this totally proves I'm a braves fan but Chipper is pride of Atlanta man what a guy

Second best switch hitter of all time and could field that should be top fifteen

45 Jake Arrieta Jacob Joseph Arrieta is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

Arrieta and the Cubs will start to fade, because the goat curse will haunt them. Jake could have one really good season and that could be it for him.

He's good at pitching and not to bad at hitting

He is one of the best pitchers in the game. He will end up in the hall of fame

I love the cards and he is a great player

46 Paul Goldschmidt Paul Edward Goldschmidt, nicknamed "Goldy", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2011. Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star.

He is a great fielder and the best player from 2014-2019

He is the best in his team.

Paul goldschmido is the bomb

Booo u r a idiot

47 Jose Bautista José Antonio Bautista Santos is a Dominican professional baseball right fielder and third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

I think he is a good player and I think he should be on the top 100 of active players, but I don't think he should be on the top 100 ALL TIME

He is second on the blue jays all time home run list

Jose is seriously epic vote for him

A lot of home runs this season

48 Tom Seaver

I am 72 yrs of age and to me Tom is the best right handed starter that I ever saw

Agree dude this rankings are stupid

He a top.20 player

Evan nolan ryan said he was the best pitcher of his generation

49 Anthony Rizzo Anthony Vincent Rizzo is a professional baseball first baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

Well your wrong

Best cub first baseman ever

He knows how to slam

I think he's the best player ever

50 Josh Donaldson Joshua Adam Donaldson is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.

Put josh Donaldson the MVP higher than 71 come on when your a die hard jays fan you will fight for your team.

He is such a good homer hitter! He has a lot of power and he is a great 3 baseman!

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