MLB's 10 Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
10. Lou Whitaker
Whitaker is one of the most underrated infielders ever. In a 19-year career, with the Detroit Tigers, he had a .276 average, 244 home runs, 1084 RBI, 1386 runs scored, 2369 base hits and 143 stolen bases. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1977.
He was also a very good defensive second basemen, winning three consecutive gold gloves in the mid 80's and was one of the best hitting infielders of his time. He won four Silver Slugging Awards and was selected to the All-Star team five times, starting at second for three of them.
9. Rod Carew
Carew was one of the greatest hitters of all-time. In his 19-year career with the Twins and Angels, he had a .328 average, 92 home runs, 1015 RBI, 1424 runs scored, 3053 base hits and 353 stolen bases. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1967 and was selected to 18 All-Star teams, starting at second for eight of them.
He won seven batting titles in his career, including four consecutive from 1972 until 1975. His best season came in 1977 when he won the AL MVP award, hitting .388 along with 14 home runs, 100 RBI's and 128 runs scored. Finally, he ranks 22nd all-time in total hits.
8. Craig Biggio
Biggio was one of the grittiest and biggest hustlers of all-time. In his 20-year career with the Houston Astros he had a .281 average, 291 home runs, 1175 RBI, 1844 runs scored, 668 doubles, 414 stolen bases and 3060 base hits. He was selected to the All-Star team seven times, starting at second for four of them.
He won five Silver Slugger Awards and was a very good defensive infielder, winning four consecutive Gold Gloves in the mid 90's. However, he never won a championship. Finally, he was one of the most revered people in baseball and won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2007.
7. Jeff Kent
Kent was one of the best offensive second baseman ever, leading all second basemen in home runs with 377. He also has a .290 average, 1518 RBI, 1320 runs scored, 560 doubles and 2461 base hits. He was selected to the All-Star team five times, starting at second for four of them.
His best season came in 2000 with the Giants where he had a .334 average, 33 home runs, 125 RBI's, 114 runs scored and 12 stolen bases and won the NL MVP award. However, he was an average defensive player, had problems in the dugout and never won a championship, losing in his only World Series appearance.
6. Eddie Collins
Collins was one of the best hitters ever. He had a .333 career average in his 25-year career with the Athletics and White Sox. He had only 47 home runs, but he drove in 1300 runs, scored 1821 times, stole 744 bases and had 3315 base hits. He was also a great winner, leading the Athletics to the World Series six times, winning four of them.
He was never selected to the All-Star team because there wasn't an All Star game during his prime. However, he won the AL MVP in 1914 with the Athletics, with a .344 average and a .452 on-base percentage. He ranks seventh all time in career stolen bases and finished in the top five in MVP voting five times.
5. Jackie Robinson
Robinson is probably best known for breaking the color barrier, as he was the first African-American to play in the majors. However, he was also one of the greatest players to ever play the game as well. In his ten-year career, he had a .311 average, 137 home runs, 734 RBI, 947 runs scored, 1518 base hits and 197 stolen bases.
He was selected to the All-Star team six times, starting at second for four of them. He was also a big winner as he led the Dodgers to the World Series six times, winning one of them. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 and the NL MVP award in 1949, while winning the batting title hitting .342 and had 16 homers, 124 RBI's and 122 runs scored.
4. Roberto Alomar
Alomar was one of the best all-around players ever. He was great offensively and defensively. In his 17-year career, he had a .300 average, 210 home runs, 1134 RBI, 1508 runs scored, 2724 base hits and 474 stolen bases. He was selected to the All Star team twelve times, starting at second for nine of them.
He is arguably the greatest defensive second basemen of all-time, leading all second basemen with ten Gold Glove awards throughout the 90's and into the 2000's. He also won the Silver Slugger Award four times, but had attitude problems as he once spit in the face of an umpire. Finally, he won two World Series titles with the Blue Jays.
3. Ryne Sandberg
Sandberg was also a great offensive and defensive second baseman. In his 16-year career, he had a .285 average, 282 home runs, 1061 RBI, 1318 runs scored, 2386 base hits and 344 stolen bases. He was selected to the All-Star team ten times, starting at second for nine of them.
He was also one of the best defensive second basemen ever ranking second all-time with nine Gold Gloves at the position. He won the Silver Slugger Award seven times and won the NL MVP award in 1984. Finally, he could never win a World Series and only made it to the postseason twice.
2. Rogers Hornsby
Hornsby is one of the greatest hitters of all-time. He had a .358 average, 301 home runs, 1584 RBI, 1579 runs scored, 2930 base hits, 541 doubles, 169 triples and 135 stolen bases. He won seven batting titles, nine on-base percentage titles and nine slugging percentage titles. He also won two triple crowns in the 1922 and 1925 seasons.
Hornsby also led his teams to the World Series twice, winning one with the Cardinals in 1926. He won two MVP awards in the 1925 and 1929. His best season came in 1925 when he had a .403 average, 39 home runs, 143 RBI and 133 runs scored. Overall, he had a .400 average or better in three seasons.
1. Joe Morgan
Morgan is the greatest second baseman ever. He was great offensively and defensively. In his 22-year career, he had a .271 average, a .392 on base percentage, 268 home runs, 1133 RBI, 1650 runs scored, 2517 base hits and 689 stolen bases. He was selected to the All-Star team ten times, starting at second for seven of them.
He was also one of the best defensive second baseman ever, winning five consecutive Gold Glove awards in the mid 70's. He won one Silver Slugger Award, was an All-Star game MVP in 1972 and won back-to-back MVP awards in 1975 and 1976. He was also a great leader and winner, as he led his teams to the World Series four times, winning two of them.
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