Your-time All-time Baseball Team

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sonofbuck's picture

The Big Red Machine of 1975

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

I'd add the 1976 Cincinnati Reds as well.

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Sanantonefan's picture

Winners! No need to go further.

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cdub4's picture

Wow...players I have seen..off the top of my head.

LF- Barry Bonds
CF- Mike Trout
RF- Vlad Guerrero
1B- Albert Pujols
2B- Roberto Alomar
SS- Alex Rodriguez
3B- Mike Schmidt
C- IRodriguez
DH- Frank Thomas

P-Pedro Martinez

I may have cheated, I never saw Schmidt play in person, but he did play during my lifetime... he retired when I was 13 and I grew up in an AL city....pretty sure I have seen everyone else I mentioned.

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lhardeman's picture

Vlad was awesome. He was my second choice. He and Raul Mondesi had such great arms. Nice team.

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Hovenaut's picture

Not the biggest baseball fan, but here goes (players I've seen):

  • LF - Bonds
  • CF - Dale Murphy
  • RF - Bobby Abreu
  • 1B - Eddie Murray
  • 2B - Lou Whitaker
  • SS - Cal Ripken
  • 3B - George Brett
  • C - Carlton Fisk
  • DH - Rafael Palmeiro
  • P - Jack Morris
  • Relief - Dan Quisenberry
  • Manager - Sparky Anderson

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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lhardeman's picture

I was a big fan of Eddie Murray growing up. Real consistent, I think he had something like 15 years in a row hitting 20 homers and 75 RBI. Palmeiro another great choice.

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Macke777's picture

George Brett is my all time favorite player. Such a bad ass mofo. 

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Poco Loco's picture

               Pre 1950                         Post 1950

LF   Charlie Keller                  Minnie Minoso

CF  J. DiMaggio                     Willie Mays

RF  T. Williams                      Roberto Clemente

1B  Jimmie Foxx                   Orlando Cepeda

2B  Joe Gordon                    Paul Molitor

SS   Lou Boudreau               Robin Yount

3B   Ken Keltner                   Al Rosen

C    Bill Dickey                      John Bench

P   Bob Feller                       Juan Marichal

Have not been to the ball park for 20 years so this list is a bit dated.

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RBurgundy4's picture

Poco, you are a treasure, my friend. The Man, without question. 

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cdub4's picture

Great list..would have loved to see several of these guys.

Williams was a LF, not a RF.

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Poco Loco's picture

Cdub4-My bad. Move Williams to left and put Jeff Heath in right. Heath was one of less than a handful who hit a home run to dead center field in the Stadium before the fence. Hell, you could barely see the center field bleachers from behind home plate.

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cdub4's picture

That is insane. I remember the layout of the CF area, those covered areas were ridiculously far.

Ted Williams is my all time favorite athlete from a historical perspective. I think I have biographical 4 books on him on my shelf, plus "The Science of Hitting" as an instructional book.

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RBurgundy4's picture

We did a similar thread a few years ago and it was fun. I support the concept of "best you ever saw" over "...of All Time". That said, Babe Ruth is the greatest of All Time, and second probably isn't all that close. One could argue about Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, or a few others, but what Ruth did when he did it was the definition of game changer. Example: In 1920 Ruth hit 54 HR. The next closest was HoF George Sisler, a crazy-good player in his own right,  with...(wait for it)...19. Ruth's dominance is probably unparalleled in sport (Gretzky?). 
But I didn't see him, so tough snot.

Lineup:
1. OF Ichiro 
2. OF Tony Gwynn
3. 1B Pujols
4. OF Barry Bonds
5. DH Miggy
6. 3B Schmidt
7. 2B  Sandberg (respect to Joe Morgan)
8. C  Bench (respect to Pudge)
9. SS Ozzie

RHP - Ryan (respect to many, this is tough. Doc Gooden may be 2nd), LHP - Carlton (respect to Big Unit),
Bullpen -1990 Reds were ridiculous. 

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lhardeman's picture

I can’t believe I totally forgot about Mr. Padre. He and Ichiro probably the two best hitters of my lifetime. Correction they are definitely the two best. 

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RBurgundy4's picture

Yeah, Tony Gwynn was a great, great player. Hand/eye was off the charts, obviously (Boggs, Carew, Rose, also). Couldn't K him; took his BB's. Doubles power all day long, gap to gap. Could turn for power. Great baserunner - and better than average base stealer, despite his portly body. Threw better than most. Tremendous, sure defender, if not flashy. Pure class as a human.

RIP, 19. I got a spot for you on my team, for sure.

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JohnnyBuckeye's picture

My era is the 70’s-90’s. I always joke that I had to give up baseball when I got married and started a family. Truth be told, it was not a joke. I was as big of a  baseball fan as I am a Buckeye fan. Love the thread! My 30year love affair with baseball:

C - Johnny Bench - hands down greatest catcher I ever saw.

1B - Don Mattingly - at his best, rivaled the greatest.

2B - Joe Morgan - easy

SS - Ozzie - best defensive shortstop ever.

3B - Has to be Pete, followed by Schmidt and Brett (great era for the hot corner)

OF - Junior

OF - Bonds HOF without PED’s

OF - Albert Belle - beastly hitter

P - Ron Guidry

P - Steve Carlton

P - Greg Maddux 

P - Pedro Martinez 

Go Bucks

 

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lhardeman's picture

Love your team. I guess if I had a full rotation it would be Pedro, Nolan Ryan, The Big Unit, Maddux, and Clayton Kershaw. Bullpen would be Eckersley, Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith. 

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Macke777's picture

You just nailed down the best Pitchers. 

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JohnnyBuckeye's picture

Guidry probably had the most dominating single season of modern baseball pitching history. 25-3, 1.74 ERA amd 9 shutouts. As a 10 year old baseball junkie, I was mesmerized by “Louisiana Lightning “. 

Go Bucks

 

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martin anderson's picture

Not to split hairs with you but Bob Gibson's 1968 season was one for the ages. His ERA was 1.12 with 13 shutouts. He completed 28 of 34 starts vs Guidry's 16 of 35 starts. Gibson pitched before the reliever role became a specialty which means he probably would have been yanked from games that he did complete. Had Guidry had a few more complete games and/or Gibson been pulled in the 7th or 8th inning I wonder how the stats would compare

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JohnnyBuckeye's picture

Agree with you about Gibby. However, I was born in ‘67, so, I didn’t include in this post. I’ve always thought Gibson’s 1968 season wasTHE best in the modern era. MLB lowered the mound in 1969 because of Gibson.

Go Bucks

 

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JohnnyBuckeye's picture

Additionally, I should have said MY baseball history rather than modern, when I referred to Guidry.

Go Bucks

 

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cdub4's picture

Gibson in 1968 has to be up there. There is a book on Gibson...from the second start after coming back from when Clemente broke his leg, up until Curt Flood misplayed a ball late in game 7 of the 1968 WS...my number are not exact...but including postseason stts..Gibson went over 1 year and over 300 innings with an ERA of like 1.02. As inane a baseball stat as i have in my memory bank. 1968 was the year of the pitcher though. 

Pedro's 1999 season in the steroid era is probably the most dominant season ever. Can't forget Greg Maddux going 1.56 and 1.63 in 1994/1995.

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RBurgundy4's picture

Good call on Muddux, in particular. He was some shit. Certainly the most consistent pitcher I've seen. Never gave in - competitive and surgical. Gave his team supreme confidence. A dog on the mound for a long time.

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lamplighter's picture

First team                                     Second team

C- Bench - hands down                 Fisk

1B  - Hank Aaron                          Mattingly

2B – Ryno                                    Morgan

SS- Aparcio                                  Ozzie

3B- Boggs                                    Schmidt

CF - Willie                                    Henderson

RF – Mantle                                Clemente

LF – Junior                                  Pete

Pitchers - Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford, and Tom Seaver

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0H-10's picture

I like your list but would have Brooks Robinson at 1st Team 3rd Base, and I might switch Mantle & Clemente. Cannot beat those pitchers unless you wanted to throw in a Cy Young winner who was a convicted felon...pick one!

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cdub4's picture

Henderson played LF and Junior CF, unless we cant put players wherever we want. If so, my list changes.

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HOLYbucknut's picture

C- Piazza

1B- Miguel Cabrera

2B- Placido Polanco. One of the greatest fielders/ contact hitters ever.

SS- Ripken Jr. is at the park every day. But Omar would be hard to turn down. 

3B- Adrian Beltre

OF- Barry Bonds (RF)

OF- Willie Mays (CF) 

OF- Rickie Henderson (LF)

P- Alexander Graham Bell. Was having seizures during the game and still holds plenty of Phillies records. Plus he could drink me under the table after a game (Only thing I did right in college was a presentation on this guy).

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lhardeman's picture

Beltre is probably one of the most underrated great players of this era.

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HOLYbucknut's picture

It’s disgusting if you ask me. I’ll take him 24/7. I actually just looked at Mike Schmidt’s stats (younger guy) and my jaw dropped at some of his career lines. Beltre is a model of consistency though who I’ve seen day in and day out just bring it.

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Osumiami's picture

Mine would be
1b Miguel Cabrera
2b Roberto Alomar
Ss Alex Rodriguez
3b Cal Ripken Jr
Lf Barry Bonds
Cf Ken Griffey Jr
Rf Ichiro

Right handed pitcher Roger Clemens/ Nolan Ryan
Left handed pitcher Randy Johnson
Bullpen Nasty Boys
Closer Trevor Hoffman

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buckzilla1's picture

LF- Carl Yastrzemski.

CF- Willie Mays

RF- Hank Aaron

3rd  Mike Schmitt

SS- Derek Jeter

2nd Joe Morgan

1st Pete Rose

C - Johnny Bench

P - Nolan Ryan

P - Greg Maddux

Closer Mariano Rivera

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Page Turner's picture

Sandy Koufax

Johnny Bench

Eddie Murray

Joe Morgan

Cal Ripken, Jr

Mike Schmidt

Hank Aaron

Willie Mays

Roberto Clemente

Pitcher to  right field.  The privilege of being an old guy, growing up halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh

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TraSmith4's picture

Started watching baseball in 1986 first live game was in '89 at Riverfront... was a terrible stadium lol 

OF - Barry Bonds (would love to put Eric The Red or The Straw here but just can't lol)

OF - Ken Griffey Jr. (my all time fave - B. Harper my current fave)

OF - Ricky Henderson (probably should be Trout or Ichiro but I never got to see them in person)

3B - Adrian Beltre (sorry but I hated Chipper) 

SS - Alex Rodriguez (would love to put Larkin, Ripken or Jeter here but I didn't)

2B - Roberto Alomar 

1B - Albert Pujols (Miguel Cabrera not too bad either)

C - Pudge 

Pitchers - Pedro, Clemens, The Big Unit, Verlander.... Closer - not even close Mariano Rivera 

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HOLYbucknut's picture

I was so close to putting Pudge as mine, but Piazza was just too good of a hitter.

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Triv's picture

1. Ichiro RF
2. Trout CF
3. A-Rod SS
4. Bonds LF
5. Pujols 1B
6. Altuve 2B 
7. Chipper 3B
8. Pudge C
9. Pedro P

If we're playing in the AL, put Griffey in left and move Bonds to DH. If I get a full pitching rotation, it would be:
Pedro
Randy Johnson
Roger Clemens
Roy Halladay (RIP)
Kershaw

Closer is the easiest one on this list, its Rivera 100 times out of 100

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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lhardeman's picture

Good call on Clemens, surprised more people didn't pick him. I left him off after throwing the bat a Piazza, who happened to be one of my top 5 all-time favorite players.

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Triv's picture

I went with Pudge because Piazza had a throw out rate of under 15% on steal attempts, I just don't think his bat quite made up for his liabilities defensively to put him infront of Pudge. Very close though and prime Piazza was a treat to watch at the plate.

Another pitcher I almost added, but refrained because I didn't watch him play in his prime in the early 90s (I'm 24) was Greg Maddux. It was tough to leave him off the list because I know how incredible he was from 92-95, but I went with Halladay over him because he was more my era.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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rockyincbus's picture

1B Albert Pujols

2B Ryne Sandberg

SS Cal Ripken Jr

3B Chipper Jones

LF Barry Bonds*

CF Ken Griffey JR

RF Sammy Sosa*

C Johnny Bench (I was 8 years old when he retired and by then he was playing third and pinch hitting so I am cheating here but he is the greatest Red in history and the greatest catcher in history and he is going on my list.)

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Best I've ever seen, and only because it was so stipulated (because that's not the same as best ever).  I considered the team chemistry, defense, and role.  I'll go a step further and give you my batting order:

CF - Ricky Henderson
SS - Derek Jeter
1B - Pete Rose
3B - Alex Rodriguez
LF - Ken Griffey, Jr.
DH - Edgar Martinez
2B - Joe Morgan
RF - Vladimir Guerrero
C - Johnny Bench

SP - Greg Maddux
SP - Tom Seaver
SP - Tom Glavine
SP - Clayton Kershaw
SP - Pedro Martinez

RP - Wade Davis
RP - John Wetteland
RP - Dennis Eckersley
RP - Mariano Rivera

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lhardeman's picture

That is a helluva team and nice touch with the batting order.

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stxbuck's picture

1B-Lou Gehrig

2B-Joe Morgan

3B-Pete Rose-gotta have him somewhere

SS-Derek Jeter-his lifetime BA was .310-didn't realize it was that high

RF-Babe Ruth-GOAT-was HoF caliber pitcher before switching, over 90 career wins, 2.2 something career ERA

CF-Willie Mays

LF-Ted Williams-best pure hitter ever

C-Johnny Bench

Pitching-I can't even go there, so much difference in eras, vis a vis use of relievers,etc. All I know is that I would want Mariano Rivera and Rob Dibble (when healthy) in my bullpen. Bob Gibson is the one starter I would definitely want-he threw MEAN.

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stxbuck's picture

Nah, i just appreciate what the old timers did. Gehrig had a .340 career batting average, and 8 consecutive seasons of 120 RBIs-dude could rake-period!

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Triv's picture

Someone either didn't read the post, or is pushing the century mark which makes your ability to post on 11W all the more impressive

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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stxbuck's picture

Didn't read the post. To be honest, I have never watched much baseball outside of the Reds/their opponents and the WS, so I know modern players by their stat lines.

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analyticalguy's picture

LF - Frank Robinson

CF - Willie Mays

RF - Henry Aaron

1B - Ernie Banks

2B - Joe Morgan

SS - Barry Larkin

3B - Mike Schmidt

C - Johnny Bench

P - Sandy Koufax

DH - none.  (Mine's a NL team)
 

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

I’m 21 so I’m only picking players I’ve watched.

C: Yadi Molina

1B: Albert Pujols

2B: Jose Altuve

3B: Alex Rodriguez

SS: Derek Jeter

OF: Barry Bonds

OF: Mike Trout

OF: Ichiro

DH: Miguel Cabrera

P: Clayton Kershaw

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

C: Yadi Molina

Dude might want to invest in a cup...  But, seriously, his offensive numbers are shockingly poor.  He won't even make it to 200 HRs or 1,000 RBI. 

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SFlaBuckeye13's picture

I’m sure that didn’t feel too good. His power numbers aren’t great but he’s still a solid hitter. His defense and intangibles were why I picked him.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I wasn't necessarily saying he wasn't worthy of being on your list.  A buddy and I had the discussion, and I was shocked when he told me his stats.  I even looked them up myself, because I couldn't believe that he wouldn't achieve any significant offensive milestones, even for a catcher.

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buckzilla1's picture

I bet that against today's pitchers Ted Williams would have a .270 batting average and he is dead. Now that guy was a hitter.

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stxbuck's picture

Had to read your post twice, but I lol'ed-and completely agree. What is even more amazing is that Williams missed 5 years in the prime of his career as a fighter pilot in WWII and Korea-a fact not unrelated to his extraordinary vision and hand-eye coordination at the plate. If he had played those 5 seasons injury free, he would quite likely be well north of 600 career HRs, and over 3,500 base hits.

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buckzilla1's picture

He was a wing man for New Concord's very own John Glenn as well.

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BuckInChicago's picture

It was fun to look at all the possible players that could be plugged in around the field.  I've always been fairly defensively minded and wanted to get a lineup that can flash the leather as well as hit.  

LF- Bonds (Love the guy or hate the guy, he could play)

CF- Ken Griffey Jr.

RF- Tony Gwinn

1B- Albert Pujols

2B- Roberto Alomar

SS- Cal Ripken

3B- Alex Rodriguez

C- Ivan Rodriguez

DH- Edgar Martinez

SP- Randy Johnson

Reliever/Closer- Mariano Rivera

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jimmybuckeye's picture

don’t ever compare nobody to Johnny Bench - don’t never embarrass nobody by comparing them to Johnny Bench

- Sparky Anderson

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stxbuck's picture

Only thing that stopped Bench was cancer, or whatever they had to slice his pecs apart for to operate on his lungs.

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analyticalguy's picture

The surgery today would almost certainly be far less invasive.

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martin anderson's picture

Bob Gibson's 1968 season has to be one of the most dominating seasons in modern pitching. 28 complete games in 34 starts with 13 shutouts (almost 50% of his complete games) with an ERA of 1.12. And this is before the reliever became a specialty role and PEDS were used. Other than complete games it would be interesting to see his stats after being pulled in the 7th or 8th inning.

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buckzilla1's picture

And as a bonus, he didn't like Tim McCarver no more then I do. So there is that too.

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analyticalguy's picture

But who was there to pitch against in the NL back then? 

(... besides Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, Bonds [Bobby], Aaron, Banks, Williams, Rose, Perez, Pinson, Bench, Clemente, Stargell, Santo, Alou [a couple of them]...)

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martin anderson's picture

The same players that Gibson had a 1.12 ERA against

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analyticalguy's picture

Exactly. He was not pitching to a bunch of schmoes, and still had that ERA.

If memory serves me, because oh the dominance of pitching by 1967&68 (although no one dominated like Gibson), the strike zone was narrowed and the mound lowered in 1969 to give batters more of a chance, and voila! - batting averages and home runs increased, as did ERA. Like every other change in the game, that has to be considered in making comparisons before and after. Of course, BEFORE those changes, no other pitcher came close to what Gibson did in 1968. Carlton in 1972 and Guidry in 1978 were pretty impressive, but even considering the 2 rule changes, I say Gibson still had the better season.

I picked Koufax for my pitcher only because his string of seasons from 1962-1966 was for impressive.

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jpfbucks01's picture

I go back to at least the late 60's and I refuse to put in known steroid cheaters so that said here goes:

1st Team

OF - Pete Rose, Ken Griffey Jr and Carl Yaz

1B - Albert Pujols

2B - Ryne Sandberg

SS - Cal Ripken Jr

3B - George Brett

C - Johnny Bench

SP - Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddox and Pedro Martinez

RP - Mariano Rivera, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Lee Smith, Trevor Hoffman

2nd team

OF - Clemente, Henderson, and Ichiro

1B - Cabrerra

2B - Morgan

SS - Jeter

3B - Schmidt

C - Pudge

SP - Johnson, Ryan, Palmer, Kershaw and Verlander

RP - Wagner, Sutter, Franco, Gossage, Chapman

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lhardeman's picture

I like having two teams. I should’ve thought about that. 

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

All-Time Team (Players I saw play)
OF: Rickey Henderson
OF: Pete Rose
OF: Ichiro Suzuki
1B: Willie Stargell
2B: Joe Morgan
3B: Mike Schmidt
SS: Ozzie Smith
C: Johnny Bench
DH: Robin Yount or Paul Molitor
SP: Nolan Ryan
SP: Steve Carlton
SP: Greg Maddux
SP: Tom Seaver
SP: Randy Johnson
Closer: Mariano Rivera

All-Time Team (Players I never saw play, largely)
OF: Babe Ruth
OF: Willie Mays
OF: Ted Williams
1B: Lou Gehrig
2B: Rogers Hornsby
SS: Ozzie Smith
3B: Brooks Robinson or Mike Schmidt (Brooks for defense, Schmidt for hitting)
C: Johnny Bench
DH: Hank Aaron or Stan Musial or Mickey Mantle
SP: Walter Johnson
SP: Sandy Koufax
SP: Nolan Ryan
SP: Bob Gibson
SP: Randy Johnson
Closer: Mariano Rivera

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wpbbuckeye's picture

I really wanted to pick Stargell, too.  A personal favorite.  But Pujols' glove won out in the end.

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actionstanleyjackson's picture

C-Johnny Bench

1b-Musial

2b-Morgan

SS-Larkin-

3b Brooks Robinson

OF Rickey Henderson

OF Willie Mays

OF Ted Williams

DH Ken Griffey Junior

RP Eck

SP Nolan Ryan

SP Tom Seaver

SP Bob Gibson

SP Greg Maddux 

SP Randy Johnson

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TxBuckeye5's picture

LF- Kenny Lofton

CF- Jim Edmonds (Still my favorite fielder of all time)

RF- Vladimir Guerrero

1B- Jim Thome

2B- Craig Biggio

3B- Chipper Jones

SS- Fransisco Lindor

C- Javy Lopez

DH- Edgar Martinez 

SP- Clayton Kershaw

RP- Trevor Hoffman

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Redjim91's picture

C - Bench - no doubt

1B- Perez - HOF

2B - Morgan - GOAT

SS- Vizquel - best defensive SS ever

3B - Schmidt -best player ever to play in Athens

OF- Aaron, - Should be on everybody's list

OF- Griffey Jr. - 10 gold gloves and 630 HR

OF- Reggie Jackson - haven't seen him mentioned.  Mr. October.

P- Tom "Terrific" - haven't seen him mentioned either

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Mikefletcher24's picture

 Bench, Perez, Morgan, Concepción, Rose, Griffey, foster, Geronimo. 

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wpbbuckeye's picture

C - Bench.  Easiest choice on the list.

1B - Pujols

2b - Tough call.  Going with Sandberg over Joe Morgan.

3B - Nettles

SS - Ozzie Smith

LF - Rose

CF- Rickey Henderson

RF - Ichiro

DH - Barry Bonds

SP - Greg Maddux

RP -- Rivera

As someone who was never a reds fan, surprised I have 2 (nearly 3) Reds on my list.  That Big Red Machine was damned impressive, though. Also shows how limited baseball was on TV pre-ESPN and national cable.  Had I seen Aaron more than 1 or 2 times, I am sure he would be in the lineup.  

Edited to put Ichiro in right. Not sure he is better than Clemente, but my memories of Clemente are pretty old and limited/

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osudray's picture

Will chime in; only 27 so I am picking from players I actually remember seeing on the field

C - Piazza

1B - Pujols

2b - Brandon Phillips (love his glove and "swag")

3B - A Rod

SS - Jeter

LF - Bonds

CF- Griffey Jr (favorite of all time)

RF - Ichiro

DH - Miguel Cabrera

SP - Maddux, Randy Johnson, Pedro, Kershaw, Cueto (grew up a reds fan)

RP - Rivera (I love watching Chapman but he has fallen off and nowhere near Rivera)

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saltybuck61's picture

I haven't been around that long, but I think this team still hits with any out there. Some defense is sacrificed, however.

SP - Clayton Kershaw

RP - Mariano Rivera

C - Pudge Rodriguez

1B - Albert Pujols

2B - Robinson Cano

3B - Miguel Cabrera 

SS - Alex Rodriguez

LF - Barry Bonds

CF - Mike Trout

RF - Vlad Guerrero

DH - David Ortiz

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martin anderson's picture

I know I'll get some flack for this but Pete Rose IMO was not a great player. He was a great singles/doubles hitter. He couldn't hit for power. He couldn't steal bases. His arm was average. His fielding range was limited. What Pete did have is a love for the game and an undeniable will to win which made everybody around him a better player which is what made Pete a great player to have on the team. 

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Coach Harry's picture

Picks are made among players i have seen played the game .

C - Gary Carter

1B- Pete Rose

2B- Roberto Alomar

3B- Mike Schmidt

SS- Barry Larkin

CF- Mike Trout

RF- Tony Gwynn

LF- Tim Raines

DH- Big Papi

SP- Steve Rogers ( my best all time MLB moment was in 1981 in the division series ag. the Phillies when he WON his both games ag. the great Steve Carlton in a best of 5 series ) ... This is clearly a sentimental choice here ... I was 12 and a die hard Expos fan ... Will never forget that series .

CL- Dennis Eckersley

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buckguyfan1's picture

1. Jim Thome

2. Julio Franco

ss Omar Visquel

3  Toby Harrah

of  Joe Carter

of  Rick Manning

of Manny Ramirez

c Sandy Alomar jr

p  Rick Waits

Simplify...

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David Wertheim's picture

I love questions like this- like the above only going with players I've watched.

C- Gary Sanchez (yes, Gary Sanchez. He can't field but man can he hit. And my sample size of great catchers is low.) 

1B- Joey Votto (best pure hitter of all time except Ichiro, don't @ me)

2B- Jose Altuve

SS- Derek Jeter

3B- Alex Rodriguez

OF- Ichiro (best pure hitter of all time)

OF- Vlad Guerrero

OF- Ken Griffey Jr.

DH- Miguel Cabrera

SP- Clayton Kershaw/Justin Verlander

RP- Mariano Rivera

Desymond's picture

I like your list since it's skewed towards my era a bit more than others on here. I'd argue that Tony Gwynn is the best pure hitter of the last 30ish years ahead of Ichiro. I'd also argue that Griffey had the best pure swing of that time period. A Griffey swing is a thing of beauty. 

HS