All-Time MLB Team

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 13, 2008

Boys, girls, kids, and adults all have been playing baseball since the late 1700s. While the game started in 1774, Major League baseball started in 1871 and history has been made since then.

The game has changed plenty since being invented: type of playing fields, make of the ball, bats, rules, and everything in between.

The game has only seen a handful of "great" players. This is a team built around that handful. It is a mix of retired players, Hall of Famers, and current greats.

C: Johnny Bench Quite possibly the best defensive catcher of all-time. Bench retired as the Home Run leader for catchers and led the Reds, the best team of the 1970s.

1B: Lou Gehrig He won six championships while being never considered the best on his team. He holds the record for career Grand Slams and is the first player to have a jersey number retired.

2B: Joe Morgan He won two MVP awards with the "Big Red Machine". Morgan also leaded to other franchises to the postseason. He is now a broadcaster for ESPN Baseball.

3B: Mike Schmidt He won 10 Gold Gloves in his career and hit more than 500 home runs. Schmidt racked up three MVP awards and lead the league in homers eight times.

SS: Cal Ripken Jr. Ripken played in 2,153 consecutive games. That's all I need to say.

LF: Ted Williams Possibly the best hitter in Major League history. Williams batted over .400 in 1941 and is the only player to have defenses come up with schemes to stop him.

CF: Willie Mays The Say-Hey Kid was the first player to hit 50 homers and steal 20 bases in a single season.

RF: Hank Aaron Second all-time in home runs with 755. He won the 1957 MVP and won two batting titles in his career.

BNCH: Ty Cobb, OF Had a career average of .367, the highest ever. Cobb was the first man inducted into the Hall of Fame and is considered one of the dirtiest players ever. 

BNCH: Alex Rodriguez, SS/3B Youngest player ever to 500 home runs. He is the MLB's first $200 Million player and by his 30th birthday, he had already driven in 1,100 runs.

BNCH: Joe DiMaggio, LF An American Hero when most Americans needed a hero. Exhibited the best class and grace of the game. He is still considered one of the best Americans ever.

BNCH: Babe Ruth, RF The most vibrant, dominant, and exciting player in the history of the game. He retired as the all-time leader in home runs, runs batted in, and walks.

BNCH: Ivan Rodriguez, C He has won 10 Gold Gloves and has been elected to 10 straight All-Star games behind the plate. After leaving Texas, he led underdog Florida to a World Series Title.

BNCH: George Brett, 3B/2B He challenged the .400 mark in 1980 and collected for than 3,000 hits in his illustrious career. Also, Brett was considered one of the post-season players ever.

SP: Lefty Grove He posted an amazing .681 winning percentage in his career. He won 300 games in his career and won 105 for the Boston Red Sox after being sold because of arm trouble.

SP: Satchel Paige Maybe the best Negro League pitcher ever. His phenomenal durability, sportsmanship, and athletic ability guaranteed large crowds wherever he pitched from 1930 to 1950.

SP: Sandy Koufax During a span of four years, he won 111 games and threw four no-hitters and one perfect game. During that time, he led the league in ERA and strikeouts.

SP: Bob Gibson Almost single-handedly won two World Series for the Cardinals. In 1968, he won 22 games while posting an incredible 1.12 ERA. He won the MVP of the World Series twice.

SP: Cy Young He pitched in over 800 games and lasted 23 years in the bigs. He started 40 games in a season at least 11 times over his career. The award for the best MLB pitchers is named after him.

RP: Lee Smith He retired the career leader in saves (478) in 18 seasons. When he retired, no pitcher ended more games than Smith at 802. But, his lack of postseason success hurts his Hall-of-Fame chances.

RP: Rollie Fingers One of the most demanded reliever of his time. He would normally pitch 120-130 innings of relief a season.

RP: Goose Gossage One of the hardest throwers of his time. From team to team he never suffered a serious injury and retired after pitching in more than a 1,000 games.

RP: Francisco Rodriguez K-Rod is arguably the best reliever currently in the game. His strange pitching style makes the ball harder to see. So far this season he has saved 37 games before the All-Star break, the MLB record.

SU: Mariano Rivera His tremendous Cut-Fastball has carried his career to what it is today. The closer for the Yankees, has a 0.77 ERA in the post season.

CL: Dennis Eckersley At age 32 he became a closer. After that he saved 320 games for the A's over nine seasons. He helped his team to four divisional titles, three pennants, and one World Series title.

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