Time again for a top 9, top 9 baseball players at each position that is. The criteria is they had to be players who played during my lifetime (1980-Now.) Hope you enjoy and please let me your favorites.
C- Ivan Rodriguez: The 21 year vet and 14 time all-star deserves all the credit in the world. Hands down in my opinion one of the best players to ever play the position. I haven’t even got to his defense yet, 13 gold gloves, are you kidding me? With nearly 3,000 hits he better be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
P- Randy Johnson: The recently inducted Hall-of-Famer was by far my favorite pitcher to watch. Growing up a Twins fan I was able to see many games against this man. And who could forget his awesome cameo in Little Big League.
1B- Frank Thomas: Friends and I had posters draped all over our walls with this guy. A larger than life hero, who was never linked to PED’s. Even though I despise the White Sox, I loved this guy. He was a 5x all-star 4x Silver Slugger and a 2x MVP. No wonder he recently got inducted into the HOF
2B- Roberto Alomar: Outside of the spitting incident this guy was a pleasure to watch in the field. I remember him most with the Indians and Blue Jays. This 12x All-Star, 10x Gold Glove, and two-time World Series champ had it all.
3B- Mike Schmidt: Even though I only got to see the tail end of this man’s career, it was enough to witness his greatness. Playing for one team your entire career is almost unheard of these days, aside from Jeter of course. The man exemplified baseball. He could hit, run, throw, field and hit with tremendous power.
SS- Derek Jeter: This position was tough to decide on. I could go with the Wizard, Cal, either would’ve been fine suggestions. But the fact that Derek Jeter did what he did during my playing career made him stand out to me. The Yankees are America’s team and this guy personified what it was to be a Yankee and what it was to play the game at 100% all the time. There is no doubt this guy is in my top 9, maybe my top 1.
LF- Barry Bonds: PED’s aside, this guy was a pleasure to watch. The offensive statistics he put up will never be duplicated, maybe for good reason, but people at that time didn’t care. They just wanted to see this guy hit a HR every AB. The worst part was he didn’t need to take PED’s, he probably would have been a Hall-of-Famer without them.
CF- Ken Griffey Jr.: Had he not had as many injuries as he did, this guy could’ve broken Aaron’s record in a legit way. The way he played the outfield position with such reckless abandon… I emulated this guy, I wanted to be him. The smooth left-handed swing that looked so effortless… guy was a stud. A 13x All-Star, 10x Gold Glove, 7x Silver Slugger and the 1997 MVP award. It’s a shame he couldn’t have stayed healthy.
RF- Vladimir Guerrero: Hands down the best arm I’ve ever seen. And who could forget the fact that he hit a single off a ball that bounced before it made it to home plate. Best bad ball hitter ever. 9x All-Star 8x Silver Slugger and an MVP, I hope to see this guy in Cooperstown sometime soon.
There it is folks. Hope you enjoyed my picks. Now what are yours?