Inside the top 100 MLB players of all time

Breaking it down

Here’s a quick rundown of how my Top 100 MLB players of all time break down.

By position

Pitchers (18): Walter Johnson (2), Christy Mathewson (6), Lefty Grove (11), Grover Cleveland Alexander (15), Clayton Kershaw (17), Greg Maddux (19), Roger Clemens (21), Cy Young (22), Tom Seaver (32), Warren Spahn (34), Bob Gibson (39), Pedro Martinez (40), Sandy Koufax (41), Randy Johnson (47), Kid Nichols (50), Steve Carlton (67), Robin Roberts (85), Carl Hubbell (86)

Catchers (7): Yogi Berra (37), Johnny Bench (43), Ivan Rodriguez (49), Roy Campanella (59), Mickey Cochrane (76), Mike Piazza (87), Joe Mauer (99)

First Basemen (3): Lou Gehrig (14), Jimmie Foxx (28), Albert Pujols (35), Jeff Bagwell (61), Hank Greenberg (68), Eddie Murray (69), Mark McGwire (72), Johnny Mize (74), Jim Thome (80), Harmon Killebrew (81), Miguel Cabrera (84)

Second Basemen (7): Rogers Hornsby (13), Joe Morgan (24), Eddie Collins (26), Jack Robinson (30), Craig Biggio (36), Nap Lajoie (44), Roberto Alomar (52), Charlie Gehringer (62), Ryne Sandberg (73), Rod Carew (75), Frankie Frisch, (83)

Third Basemen (6): Mike Schmidt (20), George Brett (29), Eddie Matthews (38) Wade Boggs (55), Adrian Beltre (66), John McGraw (78), Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo (93)

Shortstops (5): Honus Wagner (5), Alex Rodriguez (23), Cal Ripken Jr. (45), Arky Vaughan (51), Robin Yount (60), Ernie Banks (71), Barry Larkin (79), Derek Jeter (81)

Left Fielders (6): Barry Bonds (3), Ted Williams (9), Stan Musial (12), Ricky Henderson (25), Carl Yastrzemski (42), Joe Jackson (58), Manny Ramirez (75), Al Simmons (88), Willie Stargell (90), Ed Delahanty, (91), Ralph Kiner (92), Minnie Minoso (98)

Center Fielders (8): Willie Mays (4), Ty Cobb (7), Tris Speaker (10), Joe DiMaggio (16), Mickey Mantle (18), Mike Trout (31), Duke Snider (48) Ken Griffey Jr. (56)

Right Fielders (9): Babe Ruth (1), Hank Aaron (8), Frank Robinson (27), Mel Ott (33), Pete Rose (47), Roberto Clemente (54), Al Kaline (63), Harry Heilmann (64), Tony Gwynn (68), Ichiro Suzuki (

Designated Hitters: Frank Thomas (65), David Ortiz (97)

Great guys finish

World Series rings by player

0: Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Jeff Bagwell, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Craig Biggio, Carl Yastrzemski, Nap Lajoie, Arky Vaughan, Ken Griffey Jr., Robin Yount, Jeff Bagwell, Harry Heilmann, Tony Gwynn, Ryne Sandberg, Rod Carew, Robin Roberts, Mike Piazza, Joe Mauer, Ralph Kiner, Ron Santo, Ichiro Suzuki, Willie McCovey
1: Walter Johnson, Willie Mays, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Henry Aaron, Rogers Hornsby, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Greg Maddux, Mike Schmidt, Cy Young, Alex Rodriguez, George Brett, Jackie Robinson, Tom Seaver, Mel Ott, Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, Pedro Martinez, Cal Ripken Jr., Randy Johnson, Duke Snider, Ivan Rodriguez, Bob Feller, Wade Boggs, Joe Jackson, Roy Campanella, Charlie Gehringer, Al Kaline, Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire, Barry Larkin, Carl Hubbell, Ozzie Smith
2: Lefty Grove, Roger Clemens, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench, Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente, Hank Greenberg, Manny Ramirez, Al Simmons, Brooks Robinson, Willie Stargell
3: Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Mickey Cochrane, David Ortiz
4: Eddie Collins, Sandy Koufax, Frankie Frisch
5: Reggie Jackson, Johnny Mize, Derek Jeter
6: Lou Gehrig
7: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle
9: Joe DiMaggio
10: Yogi Berra

Played before World Series: Kid Nichols, John McGraw, Ed Delahanty

By decades

2010s (3)
Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera
2000s (10)
Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, David Ortiz, Ichiro Suzuki, Mariano Rivera
1990s (15)
Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Ivan Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Ken Griffey Jr., Jeff Bagwell, Frank Thomas, Tony Gwynn, Mark McGwire, Barry Larkin, Mike Piazza
1980s (9)

Mike Schmidt, Rickey Henderson, George Brett, Cal Ripken, Wade Boggs, Robin Yount, Eddie Murray, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith
1970s (8)

Joe Morgan, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Reggie Jackson, Rod Carew, Willie Stargell (90)
1960s (12)
Henry Aaron, Frank Robinson, Warren Spahn, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Willie McCovey
1950s (10)
Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Yogi Berra, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Ernie Banks, Robin Roberts, Minnie Minoso, Ralph Kiner
1940s (5)
Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller, Johnny Mize
1930s (10)
Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott,  Arky Vaughan, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Mickey Cochrane, Carl Hubbell, Al Simmons
1920s (5)
Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Harry Hielmann, Frankie Frisch
1910s (5)
Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson
1900s (4)
Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie
1800s (3)
Cy Young, Kid Nichols, John McGraw, Ed Delahanty

Other rankings

ESPN (2015)
Bill James (2000)
Joe Posnanski (2016)
The Sporting News (1998)

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Inside the top 100 MLB players of all time

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