When people think of the greatest players of all time, a select few come to mind. When they think of the best players of a decade, those same people usually pop up. Babe Ruth symbolized the 1920s, and Albert Pujols symbolized the 2000s, just to name a couple.
When you expand it to include the top three players from each decade, however, it suddenly becomes a lot harder. Who do you keep in and leave out? How do you compare pitchers to hitters? If a player had staying power in three decades but wasn't consistently elite, does he get left off?
Here are the top three players from each decade.