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Top 100 Major League Players All-Time

Countdown of the best players in the history of the pro game

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Babe Ruth, 1930

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The Baseball Hall of Fame picks the best players, but doesn't rank them, of course.

Selected in November 2013, these are the About.com Baseball rankings of the Top 100 players in Major League Baseball history. This has been done in other places, of course -- there was the All-Century Team that was complied a little over a decade ago, and several other reputable sources have come up with their own rankings, such as ESPN, Society For Baseball Research and The Sporting News. Baseball-Reference.com's EloRater was also factored in.

And then there's sabermetrics, where the Bill James-created Win Shares give a statistical measure of players' contributions. All of these rankings and stats were factored in and studied, as well as our own rankings of players by position in the past. And then there's the whole performance-enhancing drugs issue -- and the rankings of players who have been suspended or otherwise named as PED users have factored in, mostly where they might have fit on this list had they not had their stats and career length augmented by performance-enhancers.

Also keep in mind that these are Major League Baseball rankings only -- we're not factoring in the Negro Leagues or any other baseball league.

Presented in reverse order, and ending with a player that just about everybody would agree with, here's our top 100 all-time.

About.com Baseball's Top 100 Players in MLB History

Player Position Years
100. Dizzy Dean RHP 1930-47
99. Jeff Bagwell 1B 1991-2005
98. Roberto Alomar 2B 1988-2004
97. Ivan Rodriguez C 1991-2011
96. Ryne Sandberg 2B 1981-97
95. Ferguson Jenkins RHP 1965-83
94. Mike Piazza C 1992-2007
93. Bert Blyleven RHP 1970-92
92. Ichiro Suzuki RF 2001-
91. Jim Thome 1B 1991-2012
90. Frankie Frisch 2B 1919-37
89. Gaylord Perry RHP 1962-83
88. Willie Stargell LF-1B 1962-82
87. Roy Campanella C 1947-57
86. Ed Walsh RHP 1904-17
85. Albert Pujols 1B 2001-
84. Duke Snider CF 1947-64
83. John Smoltz RHP 1988-2009
82. Eddie Plank LHP 1901-17
81. Mickey Cochrane C 1925-37
80. Harry Heilmann RF 1914-32
79. Tom Glavine LHP 1987-2008
78. Ozzie Smith SS 1978-96
77. Paul Molitor DH-IF 1978-98
76. Luke Appling SS 1930-50
75. Juan Marichal RHP 1960-75
74. Kid Nichols RHP 1890-1906
73. Mariano Rivera RHP 1995-2013
72. Paul Waner RF 1926-45
71. Whitey Ford LHP 1950-67
70. Tony Gwynn RF 1982-2001
69. Frank Thomas DH-1B 1990-2008
68. Eddie Murray 1B 1977-97
67. Reggie Jackson RF 1967-87
66. Jim Palmer RHP 1965-84
65. Willie McCovey 1B 1959-80
64. George Sisler 1B 1915-30
63. Robin Roberts RHP 1948-66
62. Robin Yount SS 1974-93
61. Wade Boggs 3B 1982-99
60. Al Simmons LF 1924-44
59. Harmon Killebrew 1B 1954-75
58. Carl Hubbell LHP 1928-43
57. Brooks Robinson 3B 1955-77
56. Alex Rodriguez SS 1994-
55. Rod Carew 1B 1967-85
54. Chipper Jones 3B 1993-2012
53. Derek Jeter SS 1995-
52. Ken Griffey Jr. CF 1989-2010
51. Joe Morgan 2B 1963-84
50. Hank Greenberg 1B 1930-47
49. Bob Feller RHP 1936-56
48. Pete Rose 1B-OF 1963-86
47. Jackie Robinson 2B 1947-56
46. Ernie Banks 1B-SS 1953-71
45. Charlie Gehringer 2B 1924-42
44. Al Kaline RF 1953-74
43. Carl Yastrzemski LF 1961-83
42. Shoeless Joe Jackson LF 1908-20
41. Steve Carlton LHP 1965-88
40. Johnny Bench C 1967-83
39. Yogi Berra C 1946-65
38. Sandy Koufax LHP 1955-66
37. Barry Bonds LF 1986-2007
36. Roger Clemens RHP 1984-2007
35. Nolan Ryan RHP 1966-93
34. Cal Ripken SS 1981-2001
33. Bob Gibson RHP 1959-75
32. Eddie Mathews 3B 1952-68
31. Pedro Martinez RHP 1992-2009
30. George Brett 3B 1973-93
29. Rickey Henderson LF 1979-2003
28. Napoleon Lajoie 2B 1896-1916
27. Joe DiMaggio CF 1936-51
26. Roberto Clemente RF 1955-72
25. Warren Spahn LHP 1942-65
24. Eddie Collins 2B 1906-30
23. Mel Ott RF 1926-47
22. Tris Speaker CF 1907-28
21. Randy Johnson LHP 1988-2009
20. Tom Seaver RHP 1967-86
19. Lefty Grove LHP 1925-41
18. Jimmie Foxx 1B 1925-45
17. Cy Young RHP 1890-1911
16. Mike Schmidt 3B 1972-89
15. Grover Cleveland Alexander RHP 1911-30
14. Frank Robinson RF 1956-76
13. Greg Maddux RHP 1986-2008
12. Christy Mathewson RHP 1900-16
11. Mickey Mantle CF 1951-68
10. Rogers Hornsby 2B 1915-37
9. Honus Wagner SS 1897-1917
8. Lou Gehrig 1B 1923-39
7. Stan Musial LF 1941-63
6. Ted Williams LF 1939-60
5. Walter Johnson RHP 1907-27
4. Hank Aaron RF 1954-76
3. Ty Cobb CF 1905-28
2. Willie Mays CF 1951-73
1. Babe Ruth RF 1914-35
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