There have been many great baseball players since the beginning of the sport, from Cy Young to Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb to Hank Aaron; there have been many greats to have graced the baseball diamond and also to have toed the pitching rubber.
This article will showcase the best current players at each position in all of Major League Baseball. The best of the best.
Without a doubt the best first baseman in all of baseball and possibly the best player in Major League Baseball is none other than Albert Pujols, or Prince Albert.
Pujols is an absolute force at the plate, the ability to hit for a high average and the ability to hit with great power. There are no simply no holes in his game. Pitchers fear him, opposing hitters envy him, and the crowd awes him.
Career Statistics- 9 seasons, 29 years old
328 home runs, 1006 runs batted in, .335 career batting average, .626 slugging %, .426 OBP, 972 runs, 1562 hits
Accolades- 2-time NL MVP, 2001 rookie of the year, 1 gold glove, 4 silver sluggers, 7-time all star
Although Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler deserve recognition, both are not on the same level as Chase Utley. Utley has tons of power, and shows a great ability to drive in runs.
He is the best offensive second baseman since Jeff Kent. He is a competitive intense player who will lay his body on the line if it means he can lead his team to a victory.
Career Statistics- 7 seasons, 30 years old
138 home runs, 513 runs batted in, .299 batting average, .530 slugging %, .378 OBP, 510 runs, 843 hits
3 silver sluggers, 3-time all-star
Hanley Ramirez is one of the few five-tool players. He has a unique combination of great speed and great power, he has the ability to have a 30-30 season year in and year out with the potential to go 40-40, in addition to that rare combination or speed and power Ramirez also has the ability to hit for a great average.
Although Ramirez's defense leaves a little to be desired his offense more than makes up for it. He is also still young so we have yet to see him at his true, limitless potential.
Career Statistics- 5 seasons, 25 years old
81 home runs, 219 runs batted in, 140 stolen bases, .307 batting average, .523 slugging %, .377 OBP, 378 Runs, 596 hits
2006 Rookie of the Year, 2008 allstar, 2008 silver slugger,
Alex Rodriguez reached 500 homeruns the fastest out of all hitters in the history of the MLB. He is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, steroids or not, and he is still in his prime.
Making it seem likely that his current numbers will be even greater than they are now, he is a hall of fame talent, and could be the next home-run king, replacing Barry Bonds.
Five-tool player, who plays his heart out even through rough patches. He is simply one of the best ever to have picked up a baseball bat.
Career Statistics- 15 seasons, 33 years old
553 home runs, 1606 Runs Batted In, 283 Stolen Bases, 2404 Hits, .306 Batting Average, .578 Slugging %, .389 OBP
3 AL MVP awards, 10 Silver Sluggers, 2 Gold Gloves, 12-time All-star
Joe Mauer, the rare catcher who has the ability to be top 10 in the league in batting average, year in and year out. He may not have a lot of pop in his bat, but his ability to hit and get on base more than makes up for his lack of power. He gets on base often allowing his teammates to drive him in.
Although Geovany Soto, Brian McCann, and Russell Martin are all fighting to emerge as the best amongst catcher; Joe Mauer barely beats them out as the best.
Career Statistics- 6 seasons, 26 years old
45 home runs, 303 runs batted in, 659 hits, 328 runs, .319 batting average, .460 slugging %, .400 OBP
2 time all-star, 2 silver slugger awards, led the AL in batting average twice (2006 and 2008), 2008 gold glove winner
Considered one of if not the best right-handed hitter of all time. The man with the dreadlocks, Manny Ramirez is a beast at the plate, and has no holes in his swing.
He can single-handedly carry a team on his back with his great hitting. He may be a liability on the field but in the batter's box he is simply one of the best.
Career Statistics- 17 seasons, 37 years old
532 home runs, 1740 runs batted in, 2421 hits, .315 batting average, .594 slugging %, .412 OBP
2004 World Series MVP, 12-time all-star, 9 sliver slugger awards
Grady Sizemore is a 30-30 type of player,a perfect leadoff man, who plays with reckless abandon in the outfield. The only hole in his game is his low batting average, but other than that his game is perfect.
Speed, Power, Fielding, a Rocket Arm, Grady Sizemore simply has it all. And he is still young meaning that he can work to make his batting average higher.
Career Statistics- 6 seasons, 26 years old
117 home runs, 368 runs batted in, 778 hits, 122 Stolen Bases, .278 batting average, .491 slugging %, .369 OBP
Now that Vladimir Guerrero has started to decline, Nick Markakis takes the top spot as right fielder. Nick Markakis is a great young talent who is going to get better, he is capable of putting up 25-30 homeruns a year and drive in 100+ RBIs.
He is a five-tool player, he is constantly getting better as a baseball player, so the best has yet to come.
Career Statistics- 4 seasons, 25 years old
62 home runs, 285 runs batted in, 302 runs, 549 hits, 30 stolen bases, .303 batting average, .481 slugging %, .379 OBP
Well...it's kind of hard getting recognition while playing for the Orioles.
Even with his decline, David Ortiz is still the best DH int he game today. Ortiz didn't have much of a career with Minnesota but after he left the Twins to join the Red Sox, oh how his fortunes have changed for him.
Opposing pitchers pitch around him, fearing the outcome if they pitched to him, he is one of the most clutch baseball players in history.
Career Statistics- 13 seasons, 33 years old
289 home runs, 981 runs batted in, 1349 hits, 822 runs, .286 batting average, .550 slugging %, .381 OBP
Johan Santana is the best pitcher in baseball today to step on the rubber every five games. He has the filthiest changeup in the game, that when used after his fastball hitters look foolish flailing at it.
He is without a doubt the best starting pitcher in baseball.
Career Statistics- 10 seasons, 30 years old
112-52 record, 3.07 ERA, 214 games started, 1575.2 innings pitched, 1631 strikeouts, 436 walks, 1.099 WHIP
Accolades- 2 AL Cy Young awards, 2006 pitching triple crown, 3-all-star, 2007 gold glove winner
What better way to end this list of best current players in baseball than with a closer? Mariano Rivera is the absolute best closer in the history of the game as well as today's game.
He only has one pitch, a pitch so effective that he doesn't need anything else, that pitch is the Cutter. Hitters know that its coming but they can't hit it. When he enters the game, the opposing team knows that the game is over.
Career Statistics- 15 seasons, 39 years old
68-49 record, 2.29 ERA, 487 Saves, 1.022 WHIP, 947 Strikeouts, 244 Walks
Accolades- 9-time all-star, 4 Rolaids Relief Awards