The 100 Greatest Baseball Players Ever
100. Curt Schilling
99. Cool Papa Bell
98. Ron Santo
97. Lou Whitaker
96. Ichiro Suzuki
95. Mariano Rivera
94. Paul Waner
93. Craig Biggio
92. Old Hoss Radbourn
91. Robin Roberts
90. Mark McGwire
89. Bullet Rogan
88. Tim Raines
87. Nolan Ryan
86. Miguel Cabrera
85. Barry Larkin
84. Frankie Frisch
83. Gaylord Perry
82. Roberto Alomar
81. Joe Jackson
80. Johnny Mize
79. Smokey Joe Williams
78. Ryne Sandberg
77. Ozzie Smith
76. Buck Leonard
75. Tony Gwynn
74. Hank Greenberg
73. Arky Vaughan
72. Willie McCovey
71. Monte Irvin
70. Duke Snider
69. Sadaharu Oh
68. Bert Blyleven
67. Harmon Killebrew
66. Roy Campanella
65. Kid Nichols
64. Eddie Murray
63. Charlie Gehringer
62. Robin Yount
61. Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell
60. Brooks Robinson
59. Reggie Jackson
58. Turkey Stearnes
57. Derek Jeter
57a. Roy Hobbs
56. Chipper Jones
55. Ernie Banks
54. Rod Carew
53. Steve Carlton
52. Wade Boggs
51. Ken Griffey Jr.
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50. Al Kaline
49. Nap Lajoie
48. Bob Feller
47, Albert Pujols
46. Sandy Koufax
45 Yogi Berra
44. Pedro Martinez
43. Warren Spahn
42. Jackie Robinson
41. Pete Rose
40. Eddie Collins
39. Bob Gibson
38. Eddie Mathews
37. Roberto Clemente
36. Carl Yastrzemski
35. Cal Ripken
34. Mel Ott
33. George Brett
32. Grover Cleveland Alexander
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No question that Sachel Page, Josh Gibson, Rogers Hornsby, Johnny Bench, plus of course The Sultan, Willie Mays, Williams, Mantle, Gherig and, of course, Pete LaCock.
This list can’t be legit without T. Gwynn
Yea, and where the hell is Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, and Frank Robinson?
In the top 31
Baseball has been advocating “Stand Up To Cancer” & “backwards” K Cancer but yet every game we continue to see players using cancer-causing products. On-field drugs is highly unprofessional and inconsistent with the revolution to clean the game up of PED’s and other drugs. It’s also a rather bad example for kids and young adults looking to be just like their heroes as they play ball.
Tobacco is banned at every level of Baseball except the MLB. It’s also illegal for fans to use in nearly every stadium. Bud Selig is trying to take it off the field as well. Yes, these are grown men who have every freedom which I respect. But on the field drugs need to be done away with and replaced with another product that is not harmful to a players health especially something that is not carcinogenic.
If tobacco was taken off the field young kids wouldn’t have to view players using drugs on the field. I believe it would instantly benefit the players and their health too from 2-5 hours less of tobacco use each day. If they choose to use it off the field that’s 100% up to them. Nobody can take your rights away off the field. But we all have limitations of what we can or cannot do while at our places of work. PROFESSIONAL baseball should be able to back up what they stand for. “K Cancer” & “Stand UP To Cancer”
Each signature sends a direct letter to the desktop of MLB Executives & MLB Players Association.
Be consistent and clean up the game of baseball all around.
Will you join us in K’ing Cancer? Lets knock it out of the park!!
Will you STAND UP To Cancer?
http://chn DOT ge/1pceCat
Get up, stand up.
Yeah, he should totally take out the guy at 75 and replace him. B^)
I seaerhcd a bunch of sites and this was the best.
He’s on it………
Apparently the gap between 70 and 1 has missed you guys. He’s still publishing the list.
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Bert Cryleven. Give me a break. Biggio? C’mon Joe. Crappy list so far
Make your own then.
Cryleven is actually a pretty good burn, but the dude could pitch.
If Dan Brouthers isn’t on the list I’ll be very disappointed. Greatest hitter in early baseball, pre 1900.
Yeah, because you saw him play and the game was oh so difficult in those years..
Great Idea. Do we get an intro to this? Are we detracting from the Barry Bonds/Pete Rose types or it is based purely on on-field performance? How are we defining ‘Greatest’? Overall numbers, or does the time period factor in?
He does have an intro article, and I forget whether it was separate or whether it was included in the first player article.
The intro is at http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/the-100-greatest-baseball-players-ever/
Mariano Rivera at no. 95 im very disappointed now, he is the greatest closer of all time
Mariano Rivera might be a good closing pitcher, but he is a bad human being, this I know for a fact dealing with him personally during my time working for the NY Yankees as well as others.
Mariano rivera was one of the people who committed heinous criminal acts towards me and was never punished for his crimes.
Levi, Ray Guy was the greatest punter of all time but I’m not sure he’d make the top 100 NFL players list at all.
Should we use this posting for general discussion of the overall list and/or the Top 50 contest? The individual posts can be reserved primarily for talk around that player and their direct effect on the list/contest. That way we don’t have to search for individual posts that will cover months. Thoughts?
Hi Joe, I loved the stories on Monte Irvin, Stretch, and Arky Vaughan! Thanks for that, can I see the top 50, not sure if I’m missing something, but, know I am.
Didn’t realize he was in the middle of making the list, sorry.
Joe hasn’t updated his list since March 25. Maybe he’s saving the Top 46 for a book or something…?
Classic crack dealer technique.
I’m drowning here… need more of the list… If not, I might actually have to get work done while I’m sitting at my computer in the office…….
When is the list going to continue? No new blog posts on this for DAYS now.
Joe says he’s got about ten lined up, so I guess we have to be patient
When he started this, he was on pace to have it done by Opening Day. At his current pace, it won’t be done until the Cubs win a World Series.
Joe might have to pick up the pace to meet this deadline.
I’ve officially lost interest in this list. Time to check back in December and January when Joe’s brilliant HOF analysis pops up. (Seriously, is there a better writer about the HOF than Joe??? I think not.)
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With the tie at 61 this list really becomes the baseball 101. But that’s ok, I don’t mind having to read about an extra player.
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Ty Cobb is missing! But the other players are ok 😀
I’m going through withdrawal. I need more posts to read.
Yes, agreed. Joe is like a crack dealer. He gives us a huge taste and now we need more.
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Joe, Who’s number 40? Inquiring minds want to know.
I check in every day or two and still no changes? Such a shame – I figure he most know who the other 40 are.
Damn, I keep coming back weekly.
How about this… One new player per month?
Just for people who keep looking for more on this list, I am pretty sure Joe said he was making it into a book. (I am so not buying the book after the bait-and-switch, that crack analogy seems apt)
To all concerned:
My name is Paul Priore, and I am the former New York Yankees clubhouse attendant who was mentioned in Dylan Vox’s article.
I’m the coauthor of a tell-all book about my life and experiences working for the New York Yankees.
I’ve included a lot of detail as to what happened to me.
I would encourage everyone to look at the book’s website:
If you choose to purchase the book, “Abused by the New York Yankees,” I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
I’ve exposed many things about the Yankees organization and a majority of the baseball players who were team members in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
I’ve left no stone unturned.
(ex-NY Yankees clubhouse attendant)
Re: Donald Trump locker room banter:
As a former New York Yankees clubhouse attendant I can personally tell you from my own experiences that I heard a majority of New York Yankees baseball players, management and staff members make vulgar , crude sexual remarks towards women far worse than Donald Trump has ever said and some of them even acted on impulses.
The Yankees Organization encouraged it and did nothing to put a stop to it, despite the fact that it was unacceptable and degrading towards women and other groups of people.
These same baseball players, management and staff members made racist & gay remarks as well without being punished by the Yankees Organization.
Why hasn’t anyone done anything about that and other such things that they have done.
I standby everything I am saying 100%
(Former New York Yankees Clubhouse Attendant.)
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Hi Joe, just a note to let you know, I am still holding out for the rest of the Baseball 100. Take your time, but, you know, I am in my early forties now, so take that into consideration.
Thanks for everything you do
Cannot believe this has been going on (or not) for almost 3 years now. I thought only attorneys could get away with this.
Because none of the Yankees are running for president, so their comments are irrelevant.
Any chance you could just list the rest of the top 100? There was a prediction contest launched a couple years back that is still up in the air.
Yes, I’d love to see the completion of this list.
Mr.Larry schmitt: I disagree with your response, what differences does it make if a person is running for elected office? Would you still believe it the same if a member of your family was the subject of locker room banter? Regardless of who is making these types of comments is still unacceptable and disrespected towards women and others, these people in a position of power are supposed to be role models and are supposed to be more sensitive to people and issues of concern.
Exemtrely helpful article, please write more.
ket – been reading a lot recently about a fall back in organic. Many organic farmers are switching back to more intensive methods.Also read a piece by someone suggesting that intensive farming in some ways is more “green” as more food can be produced in a smaller area and less resourses are used when bigger farms can organize their use of equipment.
Is there a post anywhere that addresses the end of this series and the intention to roll it all into a book? I know there are people who were involved with the contest who have expressed interest. I wan’t one of those, I’m not even a “Posnanski reader” per se – I started visiting the site because I read elsewhere about the 100. I still check sometimes to see if it started up again, occasionally look at an article if the topic interests me, but that isn’t why I visit. I understand it might be impossible to complete the contest ranking people from 1-31 or 32 or whatever. It would be nice, though, just to see the list of the top 31 or 32, just to confirm if there’s a surprise – an Inner Circle guy who’s dropped outside the top 100 or a more obscure one who’s ranked with the very best.
After some digging: there was a Q&A column on September 10, 2014, apparently after the 100 was down to about 40:
“From Brilliant Reader Adam.
Yo Joe! What happened with the Baseball 100?
It was really going well, then hit #41 and just stopped.
At least release your top 40, even if you can’t write a post on each of them.
I did write about this a couple of times — it was really going well until about 60 and then my schedule went absolutely bananas, and the next 20 were sucking the life out of me. I’m writing this book about Tom Watson. We’re about to unveil this new thing at NBC Sports. There just isn’t enough time in the day.
I did offer to release the final 40 and was flooded with emails from people asking that I not do it — that it wouldn’t be much fun to just read a list without the accompanying essays. That was a nice thing to say — maybe most people don’t agree. But it did make me think about the best way to do this. After I finish this Watson book, I am considering writing a book of baseball, with the Top 100 as an anchor, so for now I’m going to hold on to the list.”
One more: from a post called “A Few Links” dated June 17, 2014. It seems like this is where people were telling him not to release names:
“I will also tell you that I’ve had a slight change of plans on the Baseball 100. As you probably remember, the original plan was to just list off the 100 best players in 100 days. I wasn’t planning on writing extensive essays on each. But, you know, I can’t help my myself. So the essays started getting more and more involved and elaborate, and I found myself getting pulled in a bunch of different directions.
“Well, I kept it up for as long as I could. But, as you might know, in addition to all the other stuff I’m also writing a book about Tom Watson and his rivalry and friendship with Jack Nicklaus (at a bookstore near you Masters time 2015!). So I simply can’t keep up the Top 100 as constructed. Still, I know some people are following the Top 100 so I’m going to start putting them out there one after another but only with very short comments. I will say I have some plans to revisit the 100 in greater depth at a later date.”
And from a general blog update of August 20, 2014:
“Oh, and as for the Top 100 – I was going to post a list of the remaining 40 players in my Top 100 but I heard from a bunch of you that you didn’t want me to do that and would rather wait for me to write the full essays on them. So, that will have to wait for a while. I might even take some of your suggestions and build my next book around it. We’ll see where it goes.”
Guess I should have added this, too, in case anyone tries to reverse-engineer the list: there would be 32 names in the last 31 slots. In the “Top 50 Contest” post dated March 3, 2014, it said, “I guess I should have mentioned this before — there is one tie in the Top 50.” This mirrors the “tie” of Bagwell and Thomas at No. 61.
Alas, I think he has another book project going, so we may be very old before we see the final players. Will the list need revising by then?
Yeah, I think Raul Mondesi, jr. will be on the list by then! 😉
Thank You. I’ve written a controversial tell all book about my life and experiences working for the New York Yankees which goes into great details about who they really are and how they operate. It also goes into great details about the treatment that I was forced to suffer at that their hands and how they go to no lenghts to lie their way out of a law suit, basically I underestimated them and what they would do. Everything in my book is completely 100% true and I even took a lie detector test and passed 100%.
My book has been out over 2 years now and the Yankees Organization and players were made aware of it and were giving copies to dispute anything, but to date hasn’t disputed, challenged or threaten to sue me.unfortunately we had to self published it, because the Publishing house wanted us to water down the truth and change people’s names which we refused, I standby everything in the book as the gospel truth. If you are interested in knowing more, the book is titled “Abused by the New York Yankees” The book’s web site is titled http://www.abusedbytheyankees.com if you do choose to read it, I would appreciate your feedback. Thank You again for your anticipated interest. Sincerely, Paul Priore
No list. That’s what happens when TV and fame calls.
To the list of names above should be added Alan Trammell (who Posnanski wrote forgot about but wrote an article that’s not included above:
Adrian Beltre has almost certainly joined the list, too, since he’s added 18 bWAR in three years and now is in the top 50 of all time in that category.
These are who I think the remaining 32 (one tie) would be. They’re not in any predictive order:
Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Oscar Charleston, John Henry Lloyd, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Roger Clemens, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Ted Williams, Alex Rodriguez, Lou Gehrig, Rickey Henderson, Ton Seaver, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson, Greg Maddux, Mike Schmidt, Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Joe Morgan, Jimmy Foxx, Johnny Bench, and Joe DiMaggio
I think the “tie” would be John Henry Lloyd and Honus Wagner
These are the unselected players who are in the top 100 in bWAR, but who I think are closed out from consideration by comparison with Posnanski’s selections:
(34) Phil Niekro; (40) Cap Anson; (47) Eddie Plank; (49) Tim Keefe; (52) Fergie Jenkins; (53) George Davis; (54) Roger Conner; (55) John Clarkson; (58) Mike Mussina; (60) Tom Glavine; (67) Dan Brouthers; (71) Bobby Wallace; (73) Jim McCormick; (74) Paul Molitor; (75) Bill Dahlen; (76) Sam Crawford; (79) Luke Appling; (81) Pud Galvin; (83) Jim Thome; (86) Larry Walker; (87) Harry Heilmann; (89) Rafael Palmeiro; (90) Ted Lyons; (91) Johnny Mize; (93) Carlos Beltran; (93) Red Ruffing; (99) Rick Reuschel; (99) Scott Rolen
I would say that, by the time this list is finished, in whatever form it takes, Kershaw and Trout will probably deserve to be on it
And Aaron Judge. And Bryce Harper, Jr.
And Danny Mazzuchi. He’s on my nephew’s pee wee team.
nolan ryan in the 87, noooooooooooo
It’s not trivial to ask what “greatest player of all time” means. Does it mean best compared to your peers? Or the best in terms of skill–i.e., if everyone was transported through time & space to Baseball Island, who would be the best?
Oddly (at least in my opinion), these lists always skewed toward older players. “Ty Cob hit .367, for God’s sake, of course he’s top 5!” But in all more easily quantifiable sports, performance only gets better through the years. So you’d think any list using the latter criteria (of the two I gave above) would skew toward modern players.
It’s worth pointing out that the standard deviation of most statistics was much greater in the old days than now. This suggests that the gap between the best players and the worst was wide. Also, the old-timers rose to the top of a much shallower talent pool. (Shallow in terms of numbers, not necessarily quality.)
What I’m getting at is that comparing players of different eras is a tough thing from a conceptual standpoint, much less a computational one, and so one’s criteria should be clearly defined.
p.s. it’s clear to me that Barry Bonds is the most skilled player who ever lived. But I sure don’t expect widespread agreement on that! PEACE.
If you saw Mickey Mantle play in 1956-1957—I did, I was a teenager then—it’d be hard to dismiss him as a contender for the most talented player ever.
have you ever finished the baseball 100?
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