This is the fifth slideshow in my series running down the top players at each position in each team's history. This one will focus on shortstops.
In case you missed them, the first four slideshows were on catchers, first basemen, second basemen, and third basemen. Here are the links to those articles:
My only restriction for these rankings is that only the stats that a player had for the team he is representing will be considered.
For example, take the case of Joe Cronin.
He is definitely one of the better shortstops of all time and a worthy Hall of Famer.
However, his career is pretty evenly split between the Red Sox and Twins (Senators in his case).
So, while he may have had a better career than the player I chose for the Twins, he did not have a better Twins career.
There were three teams in particular that were difficult to choose from, as the Pirates, Giants, and White Sox all had two Hall of Famers at the position.
On the catcher's slideshow, I wondered if anyone else would represent two teams, as Carlton Fisk was my choice for both the Red Sox and White Sox.
Then Eddie Collins joined him, as I chose him at second for the Athletics and the White Sox. Matt Williams then became the third member, as he represented both the Giants and Diamondbacks.
However, no shortstops will be joining him, as the closest may have been Garry Templeton, although Ozzie Smith was the clear choice for the Cards.
Overall, shortstop was an interesting position to analyze, as it has changed so much over the years from a defense-oriented position, to a speedster position, to the power hitters of today.
I look forward, as always, to the great debates these rankings spark, and I want to thank everyone who has actively participated in this series.
Without further rambling, the list begins.