With the conclusion of the Hall of Fame voting, ESPN has updated its annual “Hall of 100”. This is their list of the 100 greatest ball players ever (with 25 honorable mentions thrown in for a total of 125 listed players). Here’s a list of the best team you can make based on their list. We’ll go one player per position with the first duplicate position providing the DH and with five starting pitchers, one of which must be a lefty and one of which must be right-handed, and a closer. The player’s rank on the list is in parens.
1B: Stan Musial (8 and listed as OF/1B–the first pure first baseman is Gehrig at 11)
2B: Rogers Hornsby (15)
SS: Honus Wagner (10)
3B: Mike Schmidt (16)
LF: Barry Bonds (3)
CF: Willie Mays (2)
RF: Babe Ruth (1)
C: Johnny Bench (26)
DH: Ted Williams (4 and the 2nd listed left fielder)
SP: Roger Clemens (7), Walter Johnson (12), Greg Maddux (13), Cy Young (17), Randy Johnson (21)
Rel: Mariano Rivera (52)
The highest rated active player is Albert Pujols at 29 or Alex Rodriguez at 23 (depending on whether he plays or not). The newest player is Felix Hernandez at 114 (on the Honorable Mention list). The highest player not listed on the team above is Hank Aaron at 5.
The list is available at ESPN’s website and is currently toward the bottom in a small box on the left hand side. No idea how long it will stay there. If you disagree with them, take it up with ESPN.
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