September baseball is well underway, and Commissioner Bud Selig must be replete with excitement.
With just about half a month left in the regular season, there are an astounding 14 teams within no more than two-and-a-half games out of a playoff spot.
Among them are some teams we have come to expect—New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and St. Luis Cardinals—and some welcome new additions to the playoff scene like the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.
As exciting October baseball draws near, now is as good a time as ever to take a historical look back at each contender’s five best postseason performers of all time.
It should be noted that this list is based on merit, not hype.
If you are looking for Derek Jeter praise, you will be sorely disappointed. While Jeter’s playoff accomplishments are certainly praiseworthy, his numbers simply fail to meet the lofty standards set by former Yankees greats, despite common public notions.