MLB's 100 Greatest Everyday Players of the 1990s: Nos. 25-1

Mike Anderson@tangledupinmikeCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

MLB's 100 Greatest Everyday Players of the 1990s: Nos. 25-1

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    The '90s were an interesting time for baseball. We saw the first Canadian world champion and a strike that devastated the game.

    We saw the reemergence of the Evil Empire and one of the classiest men in baseball break the consecutive games started streak, and we saw a home run chase that made baseball America's pastime once again.

    This was all fueled by the players themselves. I made this list based on many factors including stats, accolades, impact on the game, and my own opinion, among other things.

25. Ivan Rodriguez

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    18 Apr 1999:  Catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Texas Rangers  throws the ball during the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Rangers defeated the Athletics 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport
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    Texas Rangers: 1991-1999

    • RUNS: 649
    • HITS: 1333
    • 2B: 261
    • 3B: 20
    • HR: 144
    • RBI: 621
    • SB: 60
    • BB: 237
    • AVG: .300
    • OBP: .337
    • SLG: .465
    • OPS: .802
    • 1999 AL MVP
    • 8x Gold Glove
    • 6x Silver Slugger
    • 8x All Star

    Pudge was the best defensive catcher of the decade and some could argue the best of all time.  In 1996 he had more doubles than a catcher had ever had with 44.  He was the first catcher ever to have two or more seasons of 40 or more doubles. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, slugging percentage once, runs scored once, hits four times, and doubles once.  He led the league in assists by a catcher 1995-1998 and was in the top five in all other years. 

24. Cal Ripken

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 6:  Cal Ripken Jr. #8 of the Baltimore Orioles high-fives fans along side the warning track as he celebrates breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive game played with his 2131 career game, during a game against the California Ang
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    Baltimore Orioles: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 768
    • HITS: 1589
    • 2B: 305
    • 3B: 20
    • HR: 198
    • RBI: 827
    • SB: 17
    • BB: 527
    • AVG: .278
    • OBP: .341
    • SLG: .443
    • OPS: .783
    • 1991 AL MVP
    • 1991 All Star Game MVP
    • 2x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 10x All Star

    Ripken of course was best known in the 90s for breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak.  This was such an amazing feat and many feel it's the greatest moment of the decade in baseball.  Besides breaking the record Cal had a great decade and made every All-Star game. 

    In 1991 he led the league in total bases with 368.  On defense he led the league in assists three different times.  

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average once, slugging percentage once, OPS once, hits twice, doubles three times, home runs once, runs batted in once, and walks once. 

23. Paul O'Neill

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    26 Jul 1998:  Outfielder Paul O''Neill #21 of the New York Yankees in action during a game against the Chicago White Sox at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 6-3. Mandatory Credit: David Seelig  /Allsport
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    Cincinnati Reds: 1990-1992

    New York Yankees: 1993-1999

    • RUNS: 753
    • HITS: 1524
    • 2B: 328
    • 3B: 14
    • HR: 204
    • RBI: 923
    • SB: 75
    • BB: 690
    • AVG: .296
    • OBP: .376
    • SLG: .483
    • OPS: .860
    • 4x World Champion
    • 5x All Star

    O'Neill was often overlooked because he played with flashier players, but he was as valuable to the Yankees as anyone. 

    In 1994 he led the league in batting average at .359. He also finished fifth in the MVP race that year. 

    In 1990 he lead the league in assists by a rightfielder with 13.  He led the league in putouts by a rightfielder twice with 302 and 292. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on base percentage three times, slugging percentage once, OPS once, hits twice, doubles three times, home runs once, runs batted in twice, and walks three times. 

22. Kenny Lofton

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    18 Apr 1998:  Outfielder Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians in action during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Indians defeated the Red Sox 7-4. Mandatory Credit: David Seelig  /Allsport
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    Houston Astros: 1991

    Cleveland Indians: 1992-1996, 1998-1999

    Atlanta Braves: 1997

    • RUNS: 852
    • HITS: 1356
    • 2B: 212
    • 3B: 60
    • HR: 63
    • RBI: 412
    • SB: 433
    • BB: 537
    • AVG: .310
    • OBP: .384
    • SLG: .429
    • OPS: .813
    • 4x Gold Glove
    • 6x All Star

    Lofton was one arguably the fastest player of the decade.  He was also one of the best leadoff men around.  He led the league in stolen bases from 1992-1996 and was second in 1998. 

    During the 1994 season he finished fourth in the MVP race and led the league in hits with 160. In 1995 he led the league in triples with 13. 

    He had the most assists among centerfielders four times during the decade and finished in the top five, four other times. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage three times, OPS once, runs scored three times, hits three times, doubles once, triples five times, and walks once.

21. Mo Vaughn

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    29 Sep 1998:  Infielder Mo Vaughn #42 of the Boston Red Sox in action during the American League Division Playoff Series Game 1 against the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Red Sox defeated the Indians 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Jona
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    Boston Red Sox: 1991-1998

    Anaheim Angels: 1999

    • RUNS: 691
    • HITS: 1312
    • 2B: 219
    • 3B: 10
    • HR: 263
    • RBI: 860
    • SB: 28
    • BB: 573
    • AVG: .301
    • OBP: .390
    • SLG: .538
    • OPS: .928
    • 1995 AL MVP
    • 1x Silver Slugger
    • 3x All Star

    Mo Vaughn was a force to reckoned with in the 90s.  He was a big man with a big bat and moved pretty good for a guy his size.  During his 1995 MVP season he led the league in runs batted in with 126. He finished fifth in the MVP race the next year and fourth in 1998.

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage four times, slugging percentage six times, OPS six times, runs scored twice, hits twice, home runs five times, runs batted in twice, and walks twice.

20. Tony Gwynn

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    30 Jun 1998:  Outfielder Tony Gwynn #19 of the San Diego Padres in action during an interleague game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Athletics won the game,  12-10. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.  /Allspor
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    San Diego Padres: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 744
    • HITS: 1713
    • 2B: 330
    • 3B: 33
    • HR: 88
    • RBI: 688
    • SB: 97
    • BB: 389
    • AVG: .344
    • OBP: .388
    • SLG: .476
    • OPS: .865
    • 2x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 10x All Star

    Gwynn was probably the best pure hitter of the decade and was a beloved player for San Diego.  He played in every single All-Star Game.  During the strike season of 1994, Gwynn finished the season with a .394 batting average, and many believe he would have been able to hit the .400 mark if the season had finished.  He led the league in average that year and for the next three years. He also led the league in on base percentage in 1994 at .454. 

    He led the league in hits three different times in 90s as well.  During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average nine times, on-base percentage five times, slugging percentage twice, OPS three times, runs scored twice, hits six times, doubles four times, triples twice, and runs batted in once.

19. Bernie Williams

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    26 Aug 1998:  Bernie Williams #51 of the New York Yankees swings at a pitch during a game against the Anaheim Angels at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Angels defeated the Yankees 6-4.
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    New York Yankees: 1991-1999

    • RUNS: 754
    • HITS: 1298
    • 2B: 241
    • 3B: 44
    • HR: 151
    • RBI: 681
    • SB: 106
    • BB: 595
    • AVG: .304
    • OBP: .389
    • SLG: .487
    • OPS: .876
    • 3x World Champion
    • 3x Gold Glove
    • 3x All Star

    Bernie was an all-around terrific player.  He was vital to the Yankees becoming an elite team again and was the ALCS MVP in 1996, batting .474 with two home runs.  In 1998 he became the first player to win the batting title, Gold Glove, and a World Series in the same year. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage three times, slugging percentage twice, OPS three times, runs scored twice, hits twice, doubles once, triples three times, and walks once. 

18. Dante Bichette

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    7 Jun 1998:  Dante Bichette of the Colorado Rockies in action during an Interleague game against the California Angels at Edison Field in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Rockies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck  /Allsport
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    California Angels: 1990

    Milwaukee Brewers: 1991-1992

    Colorado Rockies: 1993-1999

    • RUNS: 795
    • HITS: 1584
    • 2B: 330
    • 3B: 24
    • HR: 236
    • RBI: 979
    • SB: 142
    • BB: 280
    • AVG: .303
    • OBP: .339
    • SLG: .510
    • OPS: .849
    • 1x Silver Slugger
    • 4x All Star

    Bichette was part of a powerful Rockies lineup and was one of the team's first stars.  His finest season came in 1995 when he placed second in MVP voting.  He also came very close to winning the Triple Crown as he led the league in home runs, runs batted in, and placed third in batting average. In that same season he led the league in slugging percentage and total bases as well. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average twice, slugging percentage twice, OPS once, runs scored twice, hits four times, doubles five times, home runs twice, and runs batted in six times.

17. Sammy Sosa

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    3 Oct 1998:  Right fielder Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs swings at a pitch during game three of the National League Divisional Series against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Braves defeated the Cubs 6-2. Mandatory Credit
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Chicago White Sox: 1990-1991

    Chicago Cubs: 1992-1999

    • RUNS: 814
    • HITS: 1366
    • 2B: 198
    • 3B: 35
    • HR: 332
    • RBI: 928
    • SB: 217
    • BB: 417
    • AVG: .268
    • OBP: .325
    • SLG: .515
    • OPS: .840
    • 1998 NL MVP
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 3x All Star

    Say what you will about Sosa, but there is no denying he is one of the most important players of the decade.  He along with Mark McGwire captured a nation in their home run chase, and even though he didn't finish with the most home runs, he did end up winning the MVP that year as he led the league in runs scored, runs batted in, and total bases. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in slugging percentage three times, OPS twice, runs scored twice, hits once, triples twice, homeruns seven times, runs batted in four times, and stolen bases twice.

16. Barry Larkin

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    11 Apr 1998:  Infielder Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds in action during a game against the Colorado Rockies at the Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.  The Reds won the game, 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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    Cincinnati Reds: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 834
    • HITS: 1447
    • 2B: 269
    • 3B: 51
    • HR: 137
    • RBI: 639
    • SB: 266
    • BB: 658
    • AVG: .303
    • OBP: .388
    • SLG: .466
    • OPS: .854
    • 1990 World Champion
    • 1995 NL MVP
    • 3x Gold Glove
    • 7x Silver Slugger
    • 8x All Star

    Larkin may very well have been the best all-around shortstop of the decade.  He was excellent on both sides of the ball. In 1990 he led the league in assists by a shortstop with 469. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage three times, slugging percentage twice, OPS twice, runs scored three times, hits twice, triples twice, walks three times, and stolen bases four times. 

15. Mark McGwire

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    13 Jun 1995:  Mark McGwire of the Oakland Athletic''s swings the bat during their 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.  /Allsport
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    Oakland Athletics: 1990-1997

    St. Louis Cardinals: 1997-1999

    • RUNS: 791
    • HITS: 1071
    • 2B: 172
    • 3B: 1
    • HR: 405
    • RBI: 956
    • SB: 9
    • BB: 951
    • AVG: .268
    • OBP: .411
    • SLG: .615
    • OPS: 1.025
    • 1x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 8x All Star

    Big Mac was pure power.  Even before the steroids speculation there is no doubt that the man could bash with the best of them.  He along with Sosa brought fans back to the sport and his breaking of Maris' record was one of the most exciting moments in baseball history. 

    He finished fourth in MVP voting in 1992, second in 1997, and fifth in 1999.  He led the league in many stats during the 90s including slugging percentage three times, on-base percentage twice, OPS twice, home-runs three times, runs batted in once, and walks twice. 

    During the decade he also finished in the top 10 in on-base percentage four times, slugging percentage six times, OPS six times, runs scored twice, home-runs seven times, runs batted in three times, and walks seven times.

14. Fred McGriff

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    23 Oct 1996:  Fred McGriff of the Atlanta Braves looks up after he blasts a home run against the New York Yankees in the second innin of game four of the World Series at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn/Allsport
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    Toronto Blue Jays: 1990

    San Diego Padres: 1991-1993

    Atlanta Braves: 1993-1997

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 1998-1999

    • RUNS: 837
    • HITS: 1573
    • 2B: 276
    • 3B: 13
    • HR: 300
    • RBI: 975
    • SB: 52
    • BB: 787
    • AVG: .291
    • OBP: .381
    • SLG: .514
    • OPS: .895
    • 1995 World Champion
    • 1994 All Star MVP
    • 2x Silver Slugger
    • 4x All Star

    Crime Dog was a a guy that many people forget about, but he was one of the top sluggers of the 90s.  In 1993 he finished fourth in MVP voting even though he played for two different teams.  In the 1995 World Series he hit two home runs, proving he could do it on the big stage as well. 

    In 1992 he led the league in home runs with 35.  During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average once, on-base percentage three times, slugging percentage five times, OPS five times, runs scored three times, hits once, home runs five times, runs batted in five times, and walks three times. 

13. Craig Biggio

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    28 Jun 1997:  Second baseman Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros in action at the plate during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cubs won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    Houston Astros: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 1042
    • HITS: 1728
    • 2B: 362
    • 3B: 35
    • HR: 136
    • RBI: 641
    • SB: 319
    • BB: 730
    • AVG: .297
    • OBP: .386
    • SLG: .441
    • OPS: .827
    • 4x Gold Glove
    • 4x Silver Slugger
    • 7x All Star

    Biggio was one of the toughest players around and he could play anywhere, as is evidenced by his three different positions.  He finished fourth and fifth in MVP voting in 1997 and 1998.  In 1994 he led the league in doubles with 44 and stolen bases with 39.  In 1995 and 1997 he led the league in runs with 123 and 146.  And in 1998 and 1999 he led the league in doubles with 51 and 56. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average twice, on-base percentage four times, OPS once, runs scored seven times, hits six times, doubles four times, triples twice, and walks five times. 

12. Edgar Martinez

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 8:  Edgar Martinez #11 of the Seattle Mariners doubles home the game winning runs in Game five of the 1995 American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees at the Kingdome on October 8, 1995 in Seattle, Washington. The Mari
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    Seattle Mariners: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 854
    • HITS: 1492
    • 2B: 358
    • 3B: 12
    • HR: 196
    • RBI: 750
    • SB: 38
    • BB: 854
    • AVG: .322
    • OBP: .430
    • SLG: .532
    • OPS: .962
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 4x All Star

    He may have been a DH, but he was a great player.  In 1995 he finished third in MVP voting and became the only DH to ever win the batting title.  He also led the league in on-base percentage, OPS, runs scored, and doubles that year.  As a total in the 90s, he led the league in batting average twice, on-base percentage three times, OPS once, runs scored once, and doubles twice. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average seven times, on-base percentage eight times, slugging percentage four times, OPS six times, runs scored three times, hits three times, doubles four times, runs batted in once, and walks six times. 

11. Rafael Palmeiro

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    10 Oct 1996:  First baseman Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles hits the ball during a championship game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York.  The Orioles won the game, 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty  /Allspo
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    Texas Rangers: 1990-1993, 1999

    Baltimore Orioles: 1994-1998

    • RUNS: 965
    • HITS: 1747
    • 2B: 343
    • 3B: 23
    • HR: 328
    • RBI: 1068
    • SB: 67
    • BB: 707
    • AVG: .299
    • OBP: .375
    • SLG: .534
    • OPS: .908
    • 3x Gold Glove
    • 2x Silver Slugger
    • 3x All Star

    Before Palmeiro wagged his finger at Congress, he was an excellent player who consistently put up numbers during the 90s.  Besides being a slugger he was a very good fielder as well.  He led the league in assists by a first basemen five times. In 1999 he finished fifth in MVP voting.  In 1990 he led the league in hits with 191.  In 1991 he led the league in doubles with 49, and in 1993 he led the league in runs scored with 124. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average four times, on-base percentage once, slugging percentage five times, OPS five times, runs scored three times, hits four times, doubles four times, home runs seven times, runs batted in six times, and walks twice.

10. Mike Piazza

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    17 Apr 1998:  Catcher Mike Piazza of the Los Angeles Dodgers in action during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Harry How  /Allsport
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    Los Angeles Dodgers: 1992-1998

    Florida Marlins: 1998

    New York Mets: 1998-1999

    • RUNS: 611
    • HITS: 1200
    • 2B: 173
    • 3B: 4
    • HR: 240
    • RBI: 768
    • SB: 13
    • BB: 381
    • AVG: .328
    • OBP: .391
    • SLG: .575
    • OPS: .966
    • 1993 NL Rookie of the Year
    • 1996 All Star MVP
    • 7x Silver Slugger
    • 7x All Star

    Piazza was the best hitting catcher of the 90s and could be the best hitting catcher of all time.  He came out of nowhere but ended up being one of the faces of baseball during the decade. In 1995 he finished fourth in MVP voting and was runnerup in both 1996 and 1997. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average five times, on-base percentage three times, slugging percentage six times, OPS five times, runs scored once, hits once, home runs six times, runs batted in five times, and walks once.

9. Gary Sheffield

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    26 Apr 1998:  Outfielder Gary Sheffield of the Florida Marlins in action during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran  /Allsport
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    Milwaukee Brewers: 1990-1991

    San Diego Padres: 1992-1993

    Florida Marlins: 1993-1998

    Los Angeles Dodgers: 1998-1999

    • RUNS: 733
    • HITS: 1235
    • 2B: 222
    • 3B: 16
    • HR: 227
    • RBI: 763
    • SB: 143
    • BB: 723
    • AVG: .294
    • OBP: .401
    • SLG: .517
    • OPS: .918
    • 1997 World Champion
    • 2x Silver Slugger
    • 5x All Star

    Sheffield was as consistent as they came during the 90s, and it is a bit of a surprise that he played for so many teams considering how good he was.  During the 1992 season he finished third in MVP voting and was in contention for the Triple Crown.  He won the batting title with a .330 average that year.  In 1996 he led the league in on-base percentage and OPS. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average twice, on-base percentage five times, slugging percentage three times, OPS three times, runs scored twice, hits once, home runs three times, runs batted in three times, and walks four times.

8. Juan Gonzalez

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    7 Jun 1998: Juan Gonzalez #19 of the Texas Rangers in action during an interleague game against the San Diego Padres at The Ball Park in Arlington, Texas. The Padres defeated the Rangers 17-8.
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    Texas Rangers: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 785
    • HITS: 1412
    • 2B: 279
    • 3B: 19
    • HR: 339
    • RBI: 1068
    • SB: 21
    • BB: 338
    • AVG: .296
    • OBP: .345
    • SLG: .576
    • OPS: .920
    • 2x AL MVP
    • 5x Silver Slugger
    • 2x All Star

    "Juan Gone" was a dominant player for Texas and while he was often overshadowed by other names, he was recognized enough to win the MVP award twice.  He also finished fourth in MVP voting in 1993.  In 1992 and 1993 he led the league in home runs with 43 and 46.  In '93 he also led the league in slugging percentage at .632.  In 1998 he led the league in doubles with 50 and runs batted in with 157. 

    During the decade he finished in the top ten in batting average twice, slugging percentage six times, OPS four times, runs scored once, hits once, doubles once, home runs six times, and runs batted in eight times.

7. Albert Belle

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    5 JUN 1994:  CLEVELAND OUTFIELDER ALBERT BELLE SWINGS AT AN OAKLAND PITCH DURING THE INDIANS 8-1 VICTORY OVER THE ATHLETICS AT THE OAKLAND COLISEUM. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT
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    Cleveland Indians: 1990-1996

    Chicago White Sox: 1997-1998

    Baltimore Orioles: 1999

    • RUNS: 881
    • HITS: 1520
    • 2B: 344
    • 3B: 16
    • HR: 351
    • RBI: 1099
    • SB: 86
    • BB: 619
    • AVG: .299
    • OBP: .376
    • SLG: .581
    • OPS: .957
    • 5x Silver Slugger
    • 5x All Star

    Belle may have been the most intimidating player during the 90s.  His power was unreal and while he had a temper, he was able to turn it into production on the field.  In 1994-1996 he finished third, second, and third in MVP voting.  Many believe that he should have won the MVP in 1995, but he may not have because of his demeanor. 

    During that season he became the only player to ever hit 50 or more home runs and 50 or more doubles in one season.  He of course led the league in both of those categories that year along with slugging percentage, runs scored, and runs batted in.  He also led the league in runs batted in during the 1993 and 1996 seasons.  In 1998 he led the league in slugging percentage and OPS. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage twice, slugging percentage six times, OPS five times, runs scored four times, hits four times, doubles four times, home runs eight times, runs batted in eight times, and walks twice.

6. Larry Walker

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    30 Aug 1998:  Larry Walker #33 of the Colorado Rockies waits for a pitch to hit during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Cubs defeated the Rockies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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    Montreal Exops: 1990-1994

    Colorado Rockies: 1995-1999

    • RUNS: 882
    • HITS: 1423
    • 2B: 314
    • 3B: 36
    • HR: 262
    • RBI: 851
    • SB: 189
    • BB: 527
    • AVG: .313
    • OBP: .390
    • SLG: .571
    • OPS: .961
    • 1997 NL MVP
    • 5x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 4x All Star

    Many skeptics say that Walker was only good because of the field he played at, but he was a tremendous player regardless of where he played.  Besides winning the MVP in '97 he also finished fifth in votes in '92.  During his MVP season he led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and home runs.  In 1994 he led the league in doubles with 44.  In 1998 and 1999 he led the league in batting average, also in '99 he led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average four times, on-base percentage three times, slugging percentage six times, OPS six times, runs scored three times, hits once, double three times, home runs four times, runs batted in five times, walks once, and stolen bases once.

5. Roberto Alomar

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    17 Apr 1994: ROBERTO ALOMAR, SECOND BASEMAN FOR THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS, BATS DURING THEIR GAME AGAINST THE CALIFORNIA ANGELS AT ANAHEIM STADIUM IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.
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    San Diego Padres: 1990

    Toronto Blue Jays: 1991-1995

    Baltimore Orioles: 1996-1998

    Cleveland Indians: 1999

    • RUNS: 951
    • HITS: 1678
    • 2B: 321
    • 3B: 51
    • HR: 135
    • RBI: 732
    • SB: 311
    • BB: 658
    • AVG: .308
    • OBP: .382
    • SLG: .460
    • OPS: .842
    • 2x World Champion
    • 1998 All Star MVP
    • 8x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 10x All Star

    Robby Alomar was an outstanding all-around second baseman and is undoubtedly the best at that position during the 90s.  In 1992 he helped the Blue Jays get to and win the World Series.  He was named MVP of the ALCS that year.  In 1999 he finished third in MVP voting.  In that year he led the league in runs scored with 138. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage four times, runs scored four times, hits four times, doubles three times, triples four times, runs batted in once, walks once, and stolen bases five times.

4. Jeff Bagwell

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    19 JUN 1994:  JEFF BAGWELL AT BAT DURING AN ASTROS V PADRES GAME IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobson/ALLSPORT
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    Houston Astros: 1991-1999

    • RUNS: 921
    • HITS: 1447
    • 2B: 314
    • 3B: 21
    • HR: 263
    • RBI: 961
    • SB: 158
    • BB: 885
    • AVG: .304
    • OBP: .416
    • SLG: .545
    • OPS: .961
    • 1991 NL Rookie of the Year
    • 1994 NL MVP
    • 1x Gold Glove
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 4x All Star

    Bagwell went out and performed as hard as he could every night.  He had one of the most unique batting stances, but it worked wonders for him.  Not only could he hit the ball, he was a very good fielder as well.  He led the league in assists by first basemen 1994-1997. 

    Besides winning the MVP in 1994 he finished third and second in 1997 and 1999.  During his MVP season he led the league in slugging percentage, OPS, runs scored and runs batted in.  In 1996 he led the league in doubles with 48.  In 1999 he led the league in runs scored and walks. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average three times, on-base percentage seven times, slugging percentage five times, OPS six times, runs scored five times, hits once, double four times, home runs four times, runs batted in five times, and walks eight times. 

3. Frank Thomas

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    20 Jul 1994: First baseman Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox swings at the ball.
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    Chicago White Sox: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 968
    • HITS: 1564
    • 2B: 317
    • 3B: 10
    • HR: 301
    • RBI: 1040
    • SB: 28
    • BB: 1076
    • AVG: .320
    • OBP: .440
    • SLG: .574
    • OPS: 1.013
    • 2x AL MVP
    • 3x Silver Slugger
    • 5x All Star

    "Big Hurt" was a monster at the plate and was a pain to every pitcher who faced him.  Besides winning the MVP award in back-to-back seasons in '93 and '94, he also finished third in '91 and '97.  In 1991 he led the league in on-base percentage, OPS and walks.  The next year he led the league in all of those categories plus doubles as well. 

    In 1994 he again led the league in on-base percentage, OPS, and walks, and this time he added runs scored.  In 1995 he once again led the league in walks.  In 1997 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average six times, on-base percentage seven times, slugging percentage seven times, OPS seven times, runs scored six times, hits four times, doubles two times, home runs six times, runs batted in seven times, and walks eight times. 

2. Barry Bonds

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 23:  Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants hits against the Cinninnati Reds on May 23, 1993 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds made his187th career home run during this game. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Ge
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    Pittsburgh Pirates: 1990-1992

    San Francisco Giants: 1993-1999

    • RUNS: 1091
    • HITS: 1478
    • 2B: 299
    • 3B: 42
    • HR: 361
    • RBI: 1076
    • SB: 343
    • BB: 1146
    • AVG: .302
    • OBP: .434
    • SLG: .602
    • OPS: 1.036
    • 3x NL MVP
    • 8x Gold Glove
    • 7x Silver Slugger

    Barry Bonds may be the most controversial player in baseball history, but love him or hate him you can deny that he was one of the best to play the game.  He was outstanding at the plate or in the field.  He won the MVP in '90, '92, and '93, but also finished second in '91, fourth in '94, and fifth in '96 and '97.  He led the league in on-base percentage '91-'93 and '95. 

    Led the league in slugging percentage in '90, '92, and '93.  Was the leader in OPS '90-'93 and '95.  Had the most runs scored in '92.  He led the league in home runs and runs batted in during the '93 season.  He also led the league in walks in 1992 and 1994-1997. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average twice, on-base percentage nine times, slugging percentage nine times, OPS nine times, runs scored nine times, hits once, doubles four times, triples twice, home runs eight times, runs batted in eight times, walks nine times, and stolen bases seven times.

1. Ken Griffey Jr.

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    26 Jul 1997:  Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners in action during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.  The Mariners won the game 9-7. Mandatory Credit: Tomasso DeRosa  /Allsport
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    Seattle Mariners: 1990-1999

    • RUNS: 1002
    • HITS: 1622
    • 2B: 297
    • 3B: 30
    • HR: 382
    • RBI: 1091
    • SB: 151
    • BB: 703
    • AVG: .302
    • OBP: .384
    • SLG: .581
    • OPS: .965
    • 1997 AL MVP
    • 1992 All Star MVP
    • 10x Gold Glove
    • 7x Silver Slugger
    • 10x All Star

    "The Kid" was a sight to see.  He came into the league and set it on fire.  His athleticism and grace was unmatched.  He was a true five tool player and one of the best all-around players to ever hit the field.  Many believe him to have the best swing in baseball history and that's hard to argue; many also feel he could be the best defensive center-fielder of all time and his 10 Gold Gloves during the decade help support it. 

    Besides winning the MVP in '97, he also finished fifth in '93, second in '94, fourth in '96, and fourth in '98.  He led the league in slugging in '97 at .646.  He also had the most runs scored with 125.  He led the league in home runs in 1994 and 1997-1999 with 40, 56, 56, and 48.  In '97 he led the league in runs batted in with 147. 

    During the decade he finished in the top 10 in batting average four times, on-base percentage twice, slugging percentage nine times, OPS eight times, runs scored seven times, hits four times, doubles three times, triples once, home runs seven times, runs batted in seven times, and walks once. 

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