The Best of All Time? That's Easy...

Bleacher Report Senior Writer IAugust 13, 2008

There has been some debate over who is the best player at each position. But no need to worry, I got it covered for you.


  1. Johnny Bench: Possibly the greatest defensive catcher, he hit 389 career homers, won two MVP awards, and led the team of the' 70s. He was the 1968 Rookie of the Year and is a Hall of Famer.
  2. Yogi Berra: Three time MVP and collected 10 World Series titles with the Yanks. Holds several WS records, such as at-bats, hits, and doubles. One of the most unlikely Hall of Famers. Hit .285 with 358 homers and 1,440 RBI.
  3. Roy Campanella: Three time National League MVP. Led the Brooklyn Dodgers to five National League Pennants. Unfortunately, a tragic car accident ended his career. He finished his career with 242 home runs and a .276 batting average in just a decade.

First basemen:

  1. Lou Gehrig: Wasn't even considered the best on the Yankees when Babe Ruth was there, but wow! Gehrig could flat out play. Had 493 homers and a .340 career average, including 13-straight 100 RBI years until getting ALS.
  2. Jimmie Foxx: He won three MVP awards, challenged the Babe's home-run record, and won a Triple Crown. Hit 534 career home runs, had a .325 career average, and had almost 2,650 hits.
  3. Eddie Murray: One of the most clutch Orioles ever. Greatest switch hitter since Mickey "The Mick" Mantle. He was part of the Orioles' glory days from the '70s to the '80s. He is the only player except Henry Aaron and Willie Mays with 3,000 hits and 500 homers. Had 504 homers and 3,255 hits.

Second basemen

  1. Rogers Hornsby: Regarded as the best right-handed hitter of all time. He hit .400 three times! He won seven batting titles and has the highest average for a career at .358. He also had over 300 homers. The most impressive thing is that he walked over 1,000 times and only struck out 638 times.
  2. Joe Morgan: The best second baseman of his generation. He was the spark of the "Big Red Machine" and won two NL MVP awards. The Hall of Famer had 268 homers and a .271 batting average. Also a great color commentator.
  3. Eddie Collins: A member of four World Series winners. He played 25 seasons in baseball. He led the league in fielding nine times. He leads all second basemen in putouts and assists. Oh by the way, he hit .333 with 1,300 RBI in his career.


  1. Honus Wagner: In the 1909 World Series, Wagner outplayed Tigers brute Ty Cobb to win the series. Nicknamed "the Flying Dutchman". Retired with more hits, doubles, triples, runs, games, steals, and RBI than any National League player. Retired with a .327 average and 1,732 RBI.
  2. Alex Rodriguez: You can't leave A-Rod out of the discussion. Before turning 30, "A-Rod" had 400 homers. He has moved from short to third with the Yankees, but will always be regarded as a shortstop. If he stays healthy, he could bash 800 homers. Has over 500 right now and probably will play eight more years or so.
  3. Robin Yount: Won the MVP at two different positions. Became the first to have four hits in a World Series game, twice! Inducted into the Hall in his first try. Ended his career with 251 homers and 3,142 hits.

Third basemen

  1. Mike Schmidt: He was the example of the ideal third baseman. He had the Gold Glove ability of Brooks Robinson and the bat of Eddie Mathews. Won three MVPs and led the league in homers eight times. Hit 548 homers and hit .267 in his career.
  2. Brooks Robinson: Had a bat, but was most known for his unbelievable glovework. Won 16 CONSECUTIVE gold gloves. Had 267 homers and a .268 batting average. At the time of his retirement, those 267 shots were the most of any third basemen.
  3. Eddie Mathews: One of the most feared sluggers of the 1950s. Mathews and Hank Aaron own the record for most homers by teammates. Mathews finished with 512 and a .271 average.

Left Fielders

  1. Ted Williams: "Teddy Ballgame" was the best. If you want to show your kids how to be a fundamentally sound hitter, watch Ted. He was the last man to hit .400. He had a remarkable eye, had power, and hit for average. Hit .344 with 521 homers.
  2. Stan Musial: "Stan the Man" was a great baseball player. Hit .331 with 475 home runs and 1,951 runs knocked in. He won seven batting titles, three MVPs, and reached the 3,000 hit milestone. Not too shabby.
  3. Barry Bonds: In spite of all the media criticism, Bonds is one of the greatest to ever play this great game of baseball. He had 73 homers in 2001, owns the home-run record until someone says different, and won an amazing seven MVP awards.

Center Fielders

  1. Ty Cobb: Probably the biggest jerk of all time and the biggest racist to play baseball. However, in 24 seasons, he hit an amazing .367! He was actually the first man inducted into the Hall. Also had 892 stolen bases.
  2. Willie Mays: "The Say Hey Kid" was one of the most entertaining players ever. Of course, he is known for "The Catch", but he also hit 660 home runs and was the first to hit 50 homers and swipe 20 bags.
  3. Mickey Mantle: Best switch hitter ever. He overcame injuries to hit over 536 homers. He played in 12 World Series as a Yankee, won three AL MVP awards, and won a Triple Crown in 1956.

Right Fielders

  1. Babe Ruth: "The Babe" is probably the best player ever. He single-handedly ended the dead-ball era. Hit 714 homers, which could be near 1,000 by today's standards.
  2. Hank Aaron: Most prolific hitter of all time. He broke Babe Ruth's career home-run record, only to be surpassed by a steroid user. Won two batting titles, an MVP in 1957, and led the Braves to a World Series title.
  3. Roberto Clemente: A very sad day in the baseball world was when Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash. Clemente was one of the best players ever, with 240 homers and a .317 career average.

Starting Pitchers

  1. Lefty Grove: Won 300 games and posted a sick .681 winning percentage. Was one of the most brilliant pitchers to ever step foot on a major-league mound. Grove is considered the best southpaw ever.
  2. Pedro Martinez: The right-handed skinny kid from the Dominican had three Cy Young awards at the age of 31 and four ERA titles. He has been hurt the last few years, but is better now. Is 212-96 with a 2.86 ERA.
  3. Cy Young: I would put the Big Train here, but this guy made the best award ever. Had 511 career wins. Was never hurt and has pitched more than 800 career games.


  1. Mariano Rivera: Has the best cut fastball in the game. Baseball's most efficient closer. Almost 500 career saves and is perfect this year.
  2. Goose Gossage: Can't leave out the Goose. He managed to save over 310 games. Oh by the way, he came up as a starting pitcher and was one of the memorable Yanks.
  3. Dennis Eckersley: Overcame adversity to become one of the best closers ever. Third all time in career saves, despite a late arrival to the bullpen.


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