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Top 10 Players At Each Position

A countdown of the best at each position on the diamond in MLB history


The best of the best. Hall of Famers all around. It's a countdown of the top 10 players in baseball history at each position. Agree or disagree? Give your opinion and join the debate about the best 10 players at each position.

Top 10 catchers: Others were more physically talented, but Yogi Berra was the glue of a team that won an incredible 10 World Series. Johnny Bench is a close second. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 first basemen: He's known for playing in a lot of games in a row and a disease that bears his name. But that's only a small part of the greatness of Lou Gehrig. Jimmie Foxx is second, and a current star is at their heels. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 second basemen: No list of the best hitters of all-time can't be without Rogers Hornsby, a great combination of power and average. It's a position where modern players take a back seat. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 third basemen: No player combined power with grace at third base like Mike Schmidt. A contemporary - George Brett - is No. 2. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 shortstops: Honus Wagner is probably better known for his baseball card, which is more valuable than anybody else's because of its rarity. But his career was better than any other shortstop in big-league history, too. Three modern players are ranked second through fourth. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 left fielders: What puts Red Sox great Ted Williams over the top isn't just that .344 lifetime average, the .482 on-base percentage, the .634 slugging percentage or those 521 homers. Stan was the man at No. 2. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 center fielders: Some of the greatest athletes ever played this spot. But if Willie Mays were coming up today, he would be the No. 1 pick in every fantasy draft. Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle are next. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 right fielders: The central figure in the history of the sport. How could it be anybody else but Babe Ruth? And the second-best -- Hank Aaron -- broke his home run record. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 designated hitters: None of these 10 set out to be on this list, but landed here because of circumstances, either with injury, defensive shortcomings or because that's where their team needed them. But they were all great hitters, in some cases Hall of Fame hitters, since the designated hitter rule came into being in 1973. No. 1 was a first baseman for years, and put a "Big Hurt" at the plate, Frank Thomas. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 left-handed pitchers: He's got the right name for it - Lefty Grove. He's of the most underappreciated pitchers in baseball history. It's a tough list. Sandy Koufax is all the way down at No. 4. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 right-handed pitchers: The "Big Train" chugs in at No. 1. Walter Johnson has the numbers and the reputation as the all-time best in a list with pitchers from all different eras, from the 19th century to the present. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

Top 10 relief pitchers: At a position that's evolved as an important one in the past generation or so, Mariano Rivera has carved out his spot as the clear No. 1. Four Hall of Famers are in the top six, with another at No. 9. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

And, of course, you need a skipper, too.

Top 10 managers: John McGraw, a master of small ball who managed at the turn of the 20th century, is still the best ever. The top four are all from earlier eras. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

And a play-by-play guy.

Top 10 broadcasters: A Dodgers great - Vin Scully, who has been with the team since the Brooklyn days - is the gold standard of baseball broadcasters, now and for all-time. Agree/disagree? You make the call.

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