All baseball fans have a list of players who you just enjoy watching play baseball, whether it be live or on TV. I definitely have my favorites. This list is comprised of current and former baseball players. Here are my top ten favorite MLB players of all time:
10. Ty Wigginton
Wigginton will never be a Hall of Fame type player. However, he is a guy who will do whatever for a team. He can play multiple positions well and doesn't complain when he has to platoon or pinch hit. He is a solid defensive player who hits for good power.
9. Randy Winn
I had the privilege of watching Winn when he was a member of the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He is not a flashy player at all. He just plays hard all the time. He is a decent defensive player who also has some speed and power on offense. I hope he is able to play a few more years.
8. Mark DeRosa
It took awhile for DeRosa to stick as a regular starter in the big leagues. Now that he has, he has taken full advantage of it. Although he plays multiple positions, he still puts up solid offensive and defensive numbers. He is another player who plays the game all out.
7. Mike Schmidt
While living near Philly, I got to see Schmidt play live. What a privilege that was. Even though he was on the down side of a stellar career, it was great to see such a legend in action. He played the game the right way. He is still considered one of the classiest men in baseball.
6. Ken Griffey Jr.
Even if Griffey wasn't a huge power hitter, I would still have him in my top ten. The way he played center field was a sight to behold. He could make the hardest catches look so easy. Injuries and personality aside, Griffey is one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
5. Chipper Jones
You either love Chipper Jones or you hate Chipper Jones. Jones has a tendency to tick people off, but that doesn't diminish his ability on the baseball field. Like Griffey, injuries have slowed him a bit. For seven or eight seasons, there weren't too many players more consistent than Jones.
4. John Smoltz
Smoltz is a class act. It will be weird seeing him in Red Sox gear this season, but his memories as an Atlanta Brave will always be positive ones. He battled injuries to be one of the best pitchers of this era. He excelled as a starter and a closer. When he finally retires, he will be sorely missed.
3. Tom Glavine
Glavine will always be one of my favorite pitchers. Even when he pitched for the Mets, I still rooted for him. He will never scare anyone with a power fastball. He just gets the job done. His one-hit gem in the 1995 World Series is still one of the greatest performances I have ever seen.
2. Greg Maddux
The Braves made a huge move by getting Maddux from the Cubs in a trade. He went on to be the Braves best pitcher for years to come. His intensity on the mound was awesome to watch. Even though he looked like a science professor, there are not too many better pitchers in the history of the game.
1. Fred McGriff
If the Braves hadn't acquired McGriff and Maddux, they still might be waiting for that elusive championship. He gave the Braves an extra power bat that put them over the top. McGriff played the game with such class.
He gets ribbed for his commercial promoting Tom Emanski's baseball videos, but that doesn't diminish his great career. He may never be elected into the Hall of Fame, but he still is a great player, in my opinion.