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The Top 25 MLB Players of All Time

Posted by sradmin on November 21, 2022

This list will reveal the best MLB players of all time, using statistics. Specifically, it considers career leaders in WAR. This measurement, simply put, measures a player’s value compared to a typical player that would replace him. Although The Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues, it should be noted that this list features only National League and American League players, partially because data is incomplete elsewhere.

Here are the top 25 greatest Major League Baseball players of all time, in alphabetical order, according to WAR:

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The Top 10 Greatest Third Basemen

Posted by sradmin on November 21, 2022

There are 17 Hall of Fame third basemen. That total is fewer than any other position in baseball (with the exception of designated hitter). However, some of baseball’s best defensive players and power hitters have played at the “hot corner” of the baseball diamond. We are going to break down the best third basemen of all time, using statistics. Specifically, we will be looking at the leaders in Position Player WAR. This measurement considers baserunning, grounding into double plays (when in DP situations), and fielding. Additionally, WAR is adjusted by position. Third basemen, for example, generally have the lowest batting averages outside of catchers. Finally, replacement level runs (based on playing time) round out the considerations of WAR, which determines who is among the best third basemen of all time.

It should be noted that 3-Time American League MVP Álex Rodríguez’s career WAR of 117.6 would top this list of third basemen. However, A-Rod is not included here because he played most of his career at shortstop with both the Mariners and Rangers. It was not until joining the Yankees for the 2004 season that Rodríguez made his debut at third base to accommodate Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.

Here are the top 10 greatest third basemen, in alphabetical order, according to WAR.

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Top 10 Shortstops of All Time

Posted by Aidan Jackson-Evans on November 10, 2022

Outside of pitching and catching, shortstop is the most difficult position on the diamond, requiring a level of athleticism that is tough to maintain over an entire career. Some of the best ever shortstops have been elite hitters and solid defenders. Some have had lighter bats, but have more than made up for that with their outstanding play in the field. Who, then, are the greatest shortstops of all time based on WAR? Let’s take a look.

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