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Major League Baseball History

From Abner Doubleday to the present day, a look back at the historic figures, eras and teams in Major League Baseball.
  1. All-Time Lineups (29)
  2. Award Winners (56)
  3. Hall of Fame Members (170)
  4. Amateur Draft Selections (55)

Top 100 Major League Players All-Time
A countdown of the top players in Major League Baseball history.

2013 MLB Playoffs Central
A one-stop look at schedules and coverage of the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs.

2013 National League Awards Candidates
A look at the front-runners for major individual awards in the National League for the 2013 season, with stats, predictions and more.

Top MLB Players From Outside United States
A look at the top 10 players from several countries that feed players to Major League Baseball, including Cuba, Dominican Republic, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and more.

Top 10 MLB Players From Mexico
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Mexico.

Top 10 MLB Players from Japan
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Japan.

Top 10 MLB Players From Dominican Republic
A look at the 10 best players, and much more, in Major League Baseball history from the Dominican Republic.

Top 10 MLB Players From Canada
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Canada.

Top 10 MLB Players From Cuba
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Cuba.

Top 10 MLB Players From Puerto Rico
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Puerto Rico.

Jim Leyland Hall of Fame - Does Jim Leyland Belong In The Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Jim Leyland belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Shoeless Joe Jackson
Profile of baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson, with statistics, highlights and more.

Top 10 MLB Players From Venezuela
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Venezuela.

Top 10 Boston Red Sox Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Boston Red Sox teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Pittsburgh Pirates Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Pittsburgh Pirates teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Cleveland Indians Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Cleveland Indians teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Atlanta/Milwaukee/Boston Braves Teams
A countdown of the top 10 teams in the history of the Atlanta Braves, which includes their time in Boston and Milwaukee.

Top 10 Oakland/K.C./Philadelphia Athletics Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Oakland/Kansas City/Philadelphia Athletics teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Pete Rose
Profile and bio of baseball legend Pete Rose, the all-time hits leader in history.

Top 10 Toronto Blue Jays Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Blue Jays teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Tim Raines Hall of Fame - Does Tim Raines Belong In The Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Tim Raines belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

2013 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting
The 2013 voting by the Baseball Writers of America for the Hall of Fame. There were no players elected for the first time since 1996.

Top 10 Stories of 2012

Mike Piazza Hall of Fame - Does Mike Piazza Belong In The Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Mike Piazza belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Jack Morris Hall of Fame - Does Jack Morris Belong In The Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Jack Morris belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Jeff Bagwell Hall of Fame - Does Jeff Bagwell Belong In The Baseball Hall Of...
Join the debate: Does Jeff Bagwell belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Marvin Miller Hall of Fame - Does Marvin Miller Belong In The Baseball Hall...
Join the debate: Does Omar Vizquel belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Marvin Miller
Profile and bio of baseball union pioneer Marvin Miller, the first executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Top 10 Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos Teams
A countdown of the top five Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos in the history of the Major League Baseball franchise.

2012 MLB Playoffs Central
A one-stop look at schedules and coverage of the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs.

Ranking The Triple Crown Seasons
In 2012, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Where does he rank all-time? A ranking of the top Triple Crown seasons in baseball history.

Top 10 San Francisco/New York Giants Teams
A countdown of the top 10 San Francisco/New York Giants teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Baltimore Orioles Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Baltimore Orioles teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team, which also includes its seasons as the St. Louis Browns.

Omar Vizquel Hall of Fame - Does Omar Vizquel Belong In The Baseball Hall Of...
Join the debate: Does Omar Vizquel belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Top 10 Cincinnati Reds Teams
The Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team, and have the longest history of any major-league Team. For purposes of this exercise, we'll only count the teams from the 20th and 21st century, as the competition and the game itself is very different from Major League Baseball today. A look at the 10 greatest teams in Reds history.

Barry Bonds Hall of Fame - Does Barry Bonds Belong In The Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Barry Bonds belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Randy Johnson
Profile and bio of future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson.

Mike Piazza
Profile and bio of future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza.

Top 10 Stories of 2011
A look back at a baseball season full of drama, a review of 2011 in Major League Baseball.

Calm Before The Storm: The 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot
Analysis of the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, with a weak first-year crop led by Bernie Williams and several holdovers looking for enough votes before the ballot becomes crowded.

MVP Debate - Should Starting Pitchers Be Eligible for the Most Valuable...
Should starting pitchers be eligible to win the Most Valuable Player award? In 2011, Justin Verlander became the first to be named MVP in 25 years.

2011 World Series Game 6 - Greatest Game Ever?
On Oct. 27, 2011 in Game 6 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals, down to their last strike in the ninth and 10th innings, rallied to beat the Texas Rangers to force Game 7. Many are saying it's the greatest game of all-time. You make the call.

2011 World Series: Classic Game 6

Top 10 World Series Game 7s Of All-Time
And when a seven-month season comes down to one nine-inning game, some classic stuff tends to happen. A look at the 10 best Game 7s in World Series history:

Top 10 Milwaukee Brewers Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Milwaukee teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 5 Arizona Diamondbacks Teams
A countdown of the top five Arizona Diamondbacks teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 10 Texas Rangers Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Texas Rangers teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Top 20 Right-Handed Pitchers In Baseball History
The top 20 right-handed pitchers to ever pitch in professional baseball in the United States.

You Make The Call - Top 20 Right-Handed Pitchers Ever
Arguments about the 20 best right-handed pitchers in baseball history.

Jim Thome Highlights
Highlights, photos, stats and more from the Baseball Hall of Fame career of Jim Thome.

Top 10 Designated Hitters In Baseball History
A countdown of the 10 best designated hitters in baseball history.

You Make The Call - Top Designated Hitters In Baseball History
Arguments about the 10 best designated hitters in baseball history.

Top 10 Relief Pitchers In Baseball History
A countdown of the 10 best relief pitchers in baseball history.

You Make The Call - Top 10 Relief Pitchers Ever
Arguments about the 10 best relief pitchers in baseball history.

Inside The Milestone: Derek Jeter's 3000th Hit
Photos, highlights, tributes, facts and figures from the day Derek Jeter achieved his 3,000th hit, becoming the first New York Yankee to achieve the honor.

MLB Biggest Flame-Outs - Who Are The Biggest Flame-Outs In MLB History?
Readers make their case on the biggest flame-outs in MLB history. For some, they were great for was part of a season, or a time when they really came through. And then they went away just as fast. Sometimes it was just bad luck, sometimes it was just perhaps their good luck in the first place.

20 Biggest Flame-Outs In Major League History
To make this list of the 20 biggest flame-outs in big-league history, they had to be great for at least a brief period. For some, it was part of a season, or a time when they really came through. And then they went away just as fast.

2011 MLB First-Round Amateur Draft Choices
First-round selections in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, held June 6, 2011 and headlined by No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole, picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Tampa Bay Rays had 10 of the first 60 picks.

Top 10 Catchers in Major League Baseball History

Top 10 Players At Each Position
A look at the top 10 players at each position on the diamond in Major League Baseball history. Who is the best shortstop? The best center fielder? The best first baseman?

Best Catchers In Baseball History - Debate About The Best Catchers Of All Time
Who is the best catcher in Major League Baseball history? Is it Johnny Bench, the powerful cog of the Big Red Machine? Or is it Yogi Berra, a Yankees great who won 10 World Series? Or perhaps a modern player such as Mike Piazza or Ivan Rodriguez? Arguments and debate about the best to play catcher in the big leagues.

Andy Pettitte Hall of Fame - Does Andy Pettitte Belong In The Baseball Hall...
Join the debate: Does Andy Pettitte belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Top 10 First Basemen in Major League Baseball history

First base has always been a power spot, with just a couple of exceptions. The greatest first basemen are a collection of the greatest hitters in history, with eight of the 10 in the Hall of Fame, and the other two almost certain to be in Cooperstown at some point in the 21st century. A look at the top 10:

Best First Basemen In Baseball History - Debate About The Best First Basemen...
Who is the best first baseman in baseball history? Is it Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, or a player in the modern era, such as Albert Pujols? Arguments and debate about the best to play first base.

Top 10 MLB Players From Panama
A look at the 10 best players in Major League Baseball history from Panama.

Top 15 MLB Stars Who Played In College World Series
A countdown of the best 15 players who played in the College World Series, as ranked by their Major League Baseball accomplishments.

Top 10 Right Fielders in Major League Baseball History
In little league, right field is where coaches often hide their worst player. That, of course, is not the case in the big leagues. Right fielders historically have big power bats and big throwing arms. But not all of the players on this list of the top 10 right fielders of all-time have that exact skill set. A look at the top 10 who played the...

Top 10 Third Basemen in Major League Baseball History
Third base requires the quickest reflexes and strongest arm, and these 10 players combined that ability - and great hitting skills - to become the hottest at the hot corner. It's not the deepest position, as just four of these players who primarily played third base, are in the Hall of Fame as of 2011. A look at the top 10 third basemen in...

2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting
The 2011 voting by the Baseball Writers of America for the Hall of Fame. Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were elected.

Top MLB Stories of 2010
A look at the top stories from the 2010 baseball season, the comings and goings, the breakthroughs and milestones from the year in baseball.

Presidential First Pitches
A list of ceremonial first pitches thrown out by sitting United States Presidents, from 1910 to the present, with teams and results.

You Make The Call - Should Mark McGwire be in the Baseball Ha…
Should Mark McGwire be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Mark McGwire Timeline
Timeline of the career of slugger Mark McGwire, who hit 583 home runs, 70 in 1998, and admitted he took performance-enhancing drugs for much of his career.

2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Voting
The 2010 voting by the Baseball Writers of America for the Hall of Fame. Andre Dawson was the only player elected.

Best Baseball Teams Of The 2000s - Who's No. 1?
You make the call: Which was the best team of the first decade of the 2000s?

Top 25 Baseball Teams Of The 2000s

History judges teams by championships. And the top five teams on this list fit that description to a T. But were the 10 World Series winners of the decade the best 10 teams? No way (and it would be a pretty boring top 10 without a few curveballs along the way.

This list factors in hitting and pitching stats, and with postseason successes factored in. To qualify, a team must have made th…

Best Pitchers Of The 2000s - Who Are The Best Of The Decade?
End of the decade special: Who are the best pitchers of the 2000s?

Top 25 Pitchers Of The 2000s

Who was the best pitcher of the 2000s? Is it somebody with the most wins? The best ERA? The best in the postseason. This list factors in all of that and more (but does not factor in alleged performance-enhancing drug use.)

To qualify, a player must have played in five seasons (so sorry, Tim Lincecum). On with the countdown:

Best Position Players Of The 2000s - Who Are The Best Of The Decade?
End of the decade special: About.com readers pick the 25 best position players and hitters of the 2000s.

Best 25 Position Players Of The 2000s

Who was the best player of the 2000s? For position players, it was a tight battle at the top, and quite a few of the players are tainted by performance-enhancing drugs. Judging that factor will take place down the road when Cooperstown comes calling. (This list does not factor in steroid use.)

To qualify, a player must have played in five seasons. On with the countdown:

MLB One-Game Tiebreakers
Results of the one-game tiebreaker games in Major League Baseball history.

Best Second Basemen - You Make The Call: Who Is The Best Second Basem…
Some great players played second base early in the 20th century, from Nap Lajoie to Rogers Hornsby to Eddie Collins. In the middle of the decade, Jackie Robinson changed everything. And late in the century, a new hybrid of power, speed and fielding took over in players such as Roberto Alomar and Ryne Sandberg. Who is your pick for the best...

Top 10 Second Basemen
You don't need a big arm, but speed and guile is paramount. And some of the greatest players in history have called it their position. The 10 best second basemen in baseball history (note that Rod Carew is not eligible, as he played 54 more games at first base):

Career Hit Leaders, By Team
All-time hit leaders for each team in Major League Baseball.

Best Shortstops Of All-Time - Debate About Who Is The Best Shortstop
Who is the best shortstop in baseball history? It's among the most difficult positions to judge - do you go with the great hitters (Alex Rodriguez, Honus Wagner), the best fielders (Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel) or some combination of both (Barry Larkin, Cal Ripken, Derek Jeter, etc.)? You make the call.

Top 10 Shortstops In Baseball History
This might be the toughest position to judge from the early days of baseball to today, as shortstops typically fell into two camps: hitters and fielders. Only the best have done well at both, and the powerful (Alex Rodriguez, Cal Ripken) have only emerged in recent years.

Best Left-Handed Pitchers Of All-Time - Debate The Best Left-…
Who is the best left-handed pitcher of all-time? Is it Sandy Koufax? Lefty Grove? Warren Spahn? Randy Johnson? Somebody else? Add your argument to the debate.

Top 10 Left-Handed Pitchers In Baseball History
Randy Johnson and Tom Glavine could enter the Hall of Fame together sometime in the next decade. But how do they measure in the history of the game? Presenting the top 10 left-handed pitchers to ever take the mound in a major league game:

Perfect Games
List of all perfect games in Major League Baseball history, including the three games that were unofficial.

Best Left Fielders In Baseball History - Debate About The Best Left F…
Who is the best left fielder in baseball history? Arguments and debate about the best to play left field.

Joe Jackson
Profile of controversial outfielder "Shoeless Joe" Jackson.

Top 10 Left Fielders in Major League Baseball History
The top 10 players to ever be in the No. 7 fielding position on the scorecard - my picks for the best left fielders of all-time:

Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech
The text of the most famous speech in baseball history: Lou Gehrig's address in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.

Longest MLB Hitting Streaks
The longest hitting streaks in the history of Major League Baseball.

New York's Baseball Stadiums
History of baseball stadiums in New York, from Hilltop Park to the Polo Grounds to the present day.

RIP, 2008
A look back at the notable figures in baseball who died in 2008.

World Series winners: 1903-present
World Series winners, from 1903 to present.

Top 10 Yankee Stadium Moments

Yankee Stadium provided one of the greatest settings in sports for 85 years. A game considered the greatest ever played in NFL history was played there in 1958, and one of the most famous boxing matches (Joe Louis vs. Max Schmelling) took place there in 1938.

But the stadium will always be remembered for baseball most of all. The following are the top 10 baseball moments at baseball's …

Unassisted Triple Plays In Major League History
A list of the unassisted triple plays turned in major-league history.

Baseball Curses
Billy goats, Colonel Sanders statues and players long dead or forgotten - they still affect some teams, if you believe in curses. Some are active, and some have been exorcised. Below are some of the most infamous in baseball history.

Top 10 Stories of 2007
How will 2007 be remembered? There was scandal, some incredible streaks, some crazy numbers on the field and off of it. And while the biggest record in sports went down, it somehow was overshadowed to a certain extent. A look back at the year:

Top World Series Feats
Being a great player doesn't guarantee great success in the World Series. Ted Williams, regarded by many as the greatest hitter ever, hit just .200 in his World Series career. Ty Cobb, a .367 lifetime hitter, hit .272 in three World Series. Cy Young himself lost the first-ever World Series game. But these 10 players below were the greatest for at least a fleeting moment on the biggest stage.

10 Worst Pennant Race Collapses
A countdown of the 10 worst pennant race collapses in baseball history

New York Yankees All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the New York Yankees in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.

Boston Red Sox All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.

Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.

New York Mets All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the New York Mets in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history.

Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers in the team's history. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position.

Ken Griffey Jr. Highlights
A photo gallery/timeline looking back at the highlights from the Hall of Fame baseball career of Ken Griffey Jr.

Top 10 Center Fielders In Baseball History
It's a demanding position, one that demands speed and a good arm. And some of the greatest players of all-time have played there. A look at the top 10 center fielders in baseball history:

Best Center Fielders - Who Is The Best Center Fielder of All-Time?
You make the call: Who is the best center fielder in baseball history?

20 Most Famous Home Runs of All-Time
The most dramatic play in baseball is the home run, and when the drama is ratched up the highest, magic happens. Weighing in factors such as the setting, the probability of a home run at that point and what was at stake, here's a look at the 20 most famous home runs in baseball history.

You Make The Call - The Most Famous Home Run of All-Time
Bobby Thomson? Kirk Gibson? Bill Mazeroski? Babe Ruth? A debate about who hit the most famous home run in baseball history.

Top 10 Managers In Major League Baseball History

As of 2010, there have been almost 700 men who have been Major League Baseball managers. Some of them had great players, most of them didn't. And that makes this list quite subjective. Some of the best managers never won a World Series. Some didn't even have winning records. But baseball's language is statistics, and they rarely lie. They also make the best arguments.

There are bound to be disagreements, but these are my 10 best managers in baseball history. The minimum stats for this top 10: At least one World Series title, and either a Hall of Fame plaque or a resume that gets them there someday.

You Make The Call - The Best Managers In Baseball History
Who are the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history? A discussion of the top 10, and more.

Lou Piniella - Does Lou Piniella belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Join the debate: Does Lou Piniella belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Top 10 Philadelphia Phillies Teams
A countdown of the top 10 Philadelphia Phillies teams in the history of the Major League Baseball team.

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos All-Time Lineup
A look at the all-time starting lineup for the Washington Nationals in the team's history, which extends back to the 36 years the team was the Montreal Expos. It's not a career record - it's taken from the best season any player had at that position in team history to create a lineup.

Best Third Basemen In Baseball History - Debate About The Best Third Baseman...
Who is the best third baseman in baseball history? Arguments and debate about the best to play third base.

Best Right Fielders In Baseball History - Debate About The Best Right Fielder...
Who is the best right fielder in baseball history? Arguments and debate about the best to play left field.

Top 10 No. 1 overall draft picks
p No other professional sports draft is more of a crapshoot than the baseball draft. While NFL and NBA teams can look at college production, many of the best players are high school players who haven t faced any high-level pitching or hitting. Teams are looking at potential down the line. /p p Sometimes it works, such as with the 10 players...

Top 10 Most Unbreakable Baseball Records
While Barry Bonds has the career home run record in his sights, several other Major League records appear to be safe. Below is a breakdown of 10 baseball records that are the most likely to stand the test of time:

10 No. 1 overall draft picks
Ranking the top 10 No. 1 overall picks in the 43-year history of the baseball amateur draft.

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