MLB Hall of Fame: Who Are the All-Time Best Players from the Top 10 States?

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MLB Hall of Fame: Who Are the All-Time Best Players from the Top 10 States?

There's never an end to the debates of a team's best players.  Or, the best players in the history of the game.  

There'll never be any shortage of fans that think Babe Ruth is the best power hitter of all time, even though he's now third on the all-time list for home runs.

Likewise, someone will always say that Mickey Mantle was the best center fielder of all time, while a different person will become enraged at the assertion, because how could any fool not say that Willie Mays was the greatest?

And yet another will be angry enough to kill, because "The Mick" wasn't even the best center fielder on the Yankees!

In other words, if ever there was a sport where its fans "agree to disagree," baseball is it.

As a lifelong baseball fan, I'm always looking for new baseball information—and there certainly is no dearth of it.  Likewise, I'm constantly seeking more ammunition for debate's best battlefield.  

So, who's the best baseball player from the best baseball states?  It's a question so subjective that it can never be answered without contentious conversations.

I've chosen "baseball's best states" based on the numbers of major league ball players produced by each state.  The "best players" of these 10 states are members of the Hall of Fame, and the top three that I feel are the most deserving.

Without further ado, I give you the top 10 states for major league ball players, and the best from those states.

Let the deliberation begin.

 

Author's note: With exception of two slides, I've narrowed down my personal picks to three per state.  This was easy for those states with five or fewer HOF members (Florida and Michigan) and quite difficult for those with many more (New York and California).  I excluded those that made the Hall as executives, managers, broadcasters or those who played pre-1900.  

Also, from 1959-1962 there were two All-Star Games per season (to help raise money for the player's pension funds); in these years, I only counted one All-Star appearance per player. 

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