MLB's 10 Greatest Shortstops of All Time
10. Omar Vizquel
Vizquel is the second greatest defensive shortstop behind the great Ozzie Smith. In his 20-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, and San Francisco Giants, he has won eleven gold glove awards and was selected to the three All Star teams. He has a .273 career average along with 77 home runs, 892 RBI's, 1361 runs scored, 2657 base hits and 385 stolen bases. However, he could never win a championship, losing in 1995 and 1997 with the Cleveland Indians.
9. Alan Trammell
Trammell was an amazing offensive and defensive shortstop. In 2293 career games, he posted a .285 average, 185 home runs, 1003 RBI's, 1231 runs scored, 2365 base hits and 236 stolen bases. He spent his entire 20-year carreer with the Detroit Tigers, was selected to six All Star teams and won three Silver Slugger awards. He was also one of the best defensive infielders ever, winning four Gold Glove awards in the early 80's.
8. Arky Vaughan
Vaughan is a very underrated player, as no one talks about him. In his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers, he had a .318 average, 96 home runs, 926 RBI's, 1173 runs scored, 2103 base hits and 118 stolen bases. He was selected to the All Star team nine times, starting at shortstop for four of them. He won one batting title, three on base percentage titles and one slugging percentage title. He finished in the top three in MVP voting in 1935 and 1938.
7. Barry Larkin
Larkin was a great all-around shortstop. In his 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, he had a .295 average, 198 home runs, 960 RBI's, 1329 runs scored, 2340 base hits and 379 stolen bases. He won an amazing nine Silver Slugger Awards throughout the 90's and was selected to the All Star team 12 times, starting four out of five games.
He was a solid defensive player as he won three consecutive Gold Glove awards in the mid 90's. His best season came in 1995 when he won the NL MVP award even though he missed over 30 games that season. Finally, he helped lead the Reds to a victory in the World Series in 1990 as the Reds swept the Athletics.
6. Derek Jeter
Jeter is one of the greatest offensive infielders ever and one of the best postseason performers of all time. So far in his 14 year career with the Yankees, he has a .316 average, 206 home runs, 1002 RBI's, 1467 runs scored, 2535 base hits and 275 stolen bases. He has been selected to the All Star team nine times, starting in four of them and has won three Silver Slugger Awards.
He is also a good defensive shortstop as he won three consecutive Gold Glove awards in the mid 2000's. He won the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award and an All Star MVP in 2000. Finally, he is one of the greatest winners in baseball as he has led the Yankees to the postseason every year of his career except for one and to the World Series six times, winning four of them.
5. Ozzie Smith
Smith is without a doubt the greatest defensive infielder of all time and possibly at any position. He won 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards throughout the 80's and into the early 90's. He was also selected to the All Star team an amazing 15 times, starting in eleven of them.
In a 19-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he had a .262 average, 28 home runs, 793 RBI's, 1257 runs scored, 2460 base hits and 580 stolen bases. He was also a great leader and big winner as he helped lead the Cardinals to the World Series three times, winning one in 1982. Finally, he was one of the best people in baseball and he won the Roberte Clemente Award in 1995.
4. Ernie Banks
Banks is a great power hitter, as he ranks 21st all time in total home runs with 512. In a 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs, he had a .274 average, 1636 RBI's, 1305 runs scored, 2583 base hits and 50 stolen bases. He was selected to the All Star team 14 times, starting at shortstop for six of them.
He also won back-to-back MVP awards in the 1958 and 1959 seasons. His best season came in 1958 as he had a .313 average, 47 home runs, 129 RBI's, 119 runs scored and 193 base hits. He was a solid defensive player and he won a Gold Glove in 1960. However, he never won a championship with Cubs.
3. Cal Ripken Jr.
Ripken was nicknamed the "Iron Man" because he played 2,632 straights games. He had a .276 average, 431 home runs, 1695 RBI's, 1647 runs scored, 3184 base hits and 603 doubles. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1982 and was selected to the All Star team an amazing 19 times, starting at shortstop in 13 of them.
He won eight Silver Slugger Awards and was a good defensive player as he won two Gold Glove awards in the early 90's. Ripken won two MVP awards and had his best season in 1991 when he had a .323 average, 34 home runs, 114 RBI's, 99 runs scored and 210 base hits. Finally, he led the Orioles to a championship in the 1983 season.
2. Honus Wagner
Wagner is one of the greatest hitters of all time. In his 21-year career for the Louisville Colonels and Pittsburgh Pirates, he had a .327 average, 101 home runs, 1732 RBI's, 1736 runs scored, 3415 base hits (eighth all-time) and 722 stolen bases. He won eight batting titles, four on base percentage titles and six slugging percentage titles. He wasn't selected to an All Star team as the All-Star did not exist in his time.
He was also a good leader and big winner as he led the Pirates to two World Series appearances, winning one of them in the 1909 season. Finally, he finished in the top six in MVP voting three times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936.
1. Alex Rodriguez
ARod is likely to end up as the greatest player of all time. So far in his 15-year career for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees, he has a .306 average, 553 home runs, 1606 RBI's, 1605 runs scored, 2404 base hits and 283 stolen bases and he still is on contract for NINE MORE seasons. He has been selected to the All Star team 12 times, starting at shortstop in four of them.
He has also won nine Silver Slugger Awards throughout the 90's and 2000's. He has also won five home run titles, two RBI titles and five runs titles. He also was an above average defensive player as he won back-to-back Gold Gloves in the early 2000's and three MVP awards. He has had a 40-40 season and eight 40-plus home runs seasons along with two 50-plus homer seasons.
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