ESPN Updates Their Hall of 100

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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5 Responses to “ESPN Updates Their Hall of 100”

  1. glenrussellslater Says:

    I loved Mays, and was fortunate to have seen him from the first year that I became a real big baseball fan in 1970 until he retired in 1973. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him except for day games when the Mets played them at Candlestick Park and in day and night games when the Mets played the Giants at Shea (the Mets, strangely, used to televise almost all their home games; so did the Yankees. Not all teams could say that—- I remember that my mother’s parents in western Pennsylvania could only see the Pirates on TV on away games— KDKA-TV blacked out all or most Pirate home games), all-star games and in the 1971 National League playoffs (weren’t they in the 1971 National League Playoffs against Pittsburgh?) and maybe on the NBC Game of the week on Saturdays, but I was too young to stay up that late when the Mets were playing the Giants out on the west coast, so I wasn’t able to see him play as often as I would have.

    I loved the basket catches and all that, and he really was cool to watch.

    But a guy who I don’t recall seeing play because he retired by the time I started really watching baseball, Mickey Mantle, was chosen by Bill James as being the greatest ever, better than Mays. I guess James projected what Mays would have done without his knee problems. (I probably DID see him, no doubt, but I don’t recall. Strangely enough, the only Yankee I remember Yankee I remember watching in late 60s was Joe Pepitone, and that was because I remember how the Yankee fans booed the hell out of them—- I think it had something to do with his long sideburns, or something screwy like that.)

    Glen

  2. glenrussellslater Says:

    How could they possibly put Johnny Bench ahead of Yogi Berra?

    Was Berra not regarded as a good defensive catcher, V?

    Glen

  3. Precious Sanders Says:

    Some interesting choices on there. I’m going to check out the list. Thanks for sharing!

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