Survey Says: The Best Players In Baseball

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Survey Says: The Best Players In Baseball
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The Sporting News recently surveyed 50 "baseball people" on who the current greatest baseball players are. The question seemed vague to me. What did the magazine mean by "current greatest" players? Did mean who is playing the best right now, or who is the best based on their careers?

I decided to conduct a survey. This survey includes many "bleacher creatures," bloggers, and just people who watch a ton of baseball. I surveyed 40 people, with at least one fan of each Major League Baseball team. The results are in.

Question: Who are the current ten best players in the MLB (rank) based on their careers?

Rk Pts Player Notes
1
289
Ken Griffey, Jr.

Griffey, Jr. appeared on 35 top-10 lists.
Griffey, Jr. received 10 first place votes.

2
277
Albert Pujols

Pujols appeared on 36 top-10 lists.
Pujols received 12 first place votes.

3
200
Randy Johnson

Johnson appeared on 28 top-10 lists.
Johnson received 4 first place votes.

4
163
Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez appeared on 24 top-10 lists.
Rodriguez received 3 first place votes.

5
157
Derek Jeter

Jeter appeared on 29 top-10 lists.
Jeter received 3 first place votes.

6
147
Ichiro Suzuki

Suzuki appeared on 29 top-10 lists.
Suzuki received 2 first place votes.

7
109
Chipper Jones

Jones appeared on 24 top-10 lists.
Jones received 1 first place vote.

8
92
Trevor Hoffman

Hoffman appeared on 16 top-10 lists.
Hoffman received 2 first place votes.

9
89
Vladimir Guerrero

Guerrero appeared on 19 top-10 lists.
Guerrero received 0 first place votes.

10
88
Jim Thome

Thome appeared on 28 top-10 lists.
Thome received 0 first place votes.


Also receiving votes (points): Tom Glavine (86), Mariano Rivera (86), John Smoltz (85), Manny Ramirez (77), Todd Helton (68), Ivan Rodriguez (62), David Ortiz (16), Roy Halladay (10), Johan Santana (9), Hanley Ramirez (7), Francisco Rodriguez (6), Miguel Cabrera (6), Ryan Braun (5), Gary Sheffield (4), Tim Lincecum (4), Jose Reyes (2), Jonathan Papelbon (1)

Question: Who are the current ten most talented (not necessarily best) MLB players?

Rk Pts Player Notes
1
176 Hanley Ramirez
Florida Marlins

Ramirez appeared on 26 top-10 lists.
Ramirez received 8 first place votes.

2
123
Chase Utley
Philadelphia Phillies

Utley appeared on 22 top-10 lists.
Utley received 1 first place vote.

3
122
Evan Longoria
Tampa Bay Rays

Longoria appeared on 21 top-10 lists.
Longoria received 1 first place vote.

4
118
Carl Crawford
Tampa Bay Rays

Crawford appeared on 19 top-10 lists.
Crawford received 2 first place votes.

5
115
Joe Mauer
Minnesota Twins

Mauer appeared on 18 top-10 lists.
Mauer received 2 first place votes.

6
114
Jose Reyes
New York Mets

Reyes appeared on 19 top-10 lists.
Reyes received 1 first place vote.

7
113
BJ Upton
Tampa Bay Rays

Upton appeared on 19 top-10 lists.
Upton received 4 first place votes.

8
100
Ian Kinsler
Texas Rangers
Kinsler appeared on 18 top-10 lists.
Kinsler received 2 first place votes.
9
100
Josh Hamilton
Texas Rangers

Hamilton appeared on 17 top-10 lists.
Hamilton received 4 first place votes.

10
99
Tim Lincecum
San Francisco Giants
Lincecum appeared on 17 top-10 lists.
Lincecum received 2 first place votes.


Also receiving votes (points): Grady Sizemore (97), Jimmy Rollins (81), Roy Halladay (69), Miguel Cabrera (68), Justin Upton (65), Adam Jones (56), Adrian Gonzalez (55), Ryan Braun (50), Mark Teixeira (49), David Wright (46), Torii Hunter (37), Michael Bourn (34), Jacoby Ellsbury (31), Orlando Hudson (28), Albert Pujols (28), Ryan Zimmerman (24), Zack Greinke (24), Brandon Phillips (21), Ichiro Suzuki (20), Alex Rodriguez (15), Prince Fielder (13), Carlos Zambrano (11), Carlos Quentin (9), Nyjer Morgan (7), Justin Verlander (6), Hunter Pence (6), Johan Santana (6), Matt Holliday (5), Josh Johnson (5), Nick Markakis (5), Jon Lester (5), Dexter Fowler (4), Chone Figgins (4), Jonathan Broxton (4), Jake Peavy (3), Curtis Granderson (3), Kevin Youkilis (3), Francisco Rodriguez (3), Brian Roberts (2), Adam Dunn (1), Ryan Howard (1), Micah Owings (1)

Question: Who are the five best MLB players this season?

Rk Pts Player Notes
1 174 Roy Halladay
Toronto Blue Jays
Halladay appeared on 23 top-5 lists.
Halladay received 12 first place votes.
2 156 Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Pujols appeared on 21 top-5 lists.
Pujols received 6 first place votes.
3 142 Raul Ibanez
Philadelphia Phillies
Ibanez appeared on 21 top-5 lists.
Ibanez received 6 first place votes.
4 82 Justin Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Morneau appeared on 15 top-5 lists.
Morneau received 2 first place votes.
5 78 Joe Mauer
Minnesota Twins
Mauer appeared on 14 top-5 lists.
Mauer received 1 first place vote.


Also receiving votes (points): Jason Bay (76), Evan Longoria (74), Zack Greinke (74), Mark Teixeira (54), Justin Verlander (46), David Wright (40), Johan Santana (32), Chase Utley (30), Ichiro Suzuki (26), Prince Fielder (24), Carl Crawford (12), Torii Hunter (12), Hanley Ramirez (10), Dan Haren (10), Alex Rodriguez (8), Adam Jones (8), Miguel Tejada (6), Adrian Gonzalez (4), Ian Kinsler (4), Ryan Braun (4), Tim Lincecum (4), Aaron Hill (4), Orlando Hudson (2), Kevin Youkilis (2), Ryan Howard (2)

So, what do you people think? Do you agree or disagree? Here's how I voted:

Career Talent Best Now
1. Ken Griffey, Jr.
1. Chase Utley
1. Justin Morneau
2. Albert Pujols 2. Roy Halladay 2. Albert Pujols
3. Alex Rodriguez
3. Joe Mauer 3. Evan Longoria
4. Randy Johnson 4. Mark Teixeira
4. Raul Ibanez
5. Chipper Jones
5. Hanley Ramirez 5. Zack Greinke
6. Manny Ramirez
6. Evan Longoria
7. Derek Jeter
7. Ian Kinsler
8. Trevor Hoffman 8. Tim Lincecum
9. Jim Thome 9. Adam Jones
10. Ichiro Suzuki
10. Justin Upton
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