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MLB Special: Top 100 Players in Baseball

Posted By Michael Waterloo On Jun 1 2011 @ 7:09 pm In MLB | 2 Comments

Each and every year with publications, there are certain issues that people look forward too.  Men who read Sports Illustrated for example, can tell you one of their favorite issues is the “Swimsuit” issue.  Your wife will leave you a note to make dinner as she has to stop after work to pick up the People Magazine “Most Beautiful People” issue.  ESPN the Magazine, unveils the athletes they feel are most likely to break out with their “Next” issue.  Then there is the Sporting News.  I subscribe to both ESPN and the Sporting News because they are both terrific publications and both have their own style.  No issue gets me more excited than the annual “50 Best Players in Baseball” issue (on newsstands now).

Each year, I go through the list by myself and then go out and talk to my dad about it.  We both debate who was left off the list and who shouldn’t have been on, as well as where the players were ranked.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love to make lists and debate topics.  So I thought, anyone can make a top 5o list.  This year, I decided to step it up a notch and do the top 100 players in baseball.

1.  Albert Pujols -  1B, St. Louis Cardinals

2.  Joey Votto -  1B, Cincinnati Reds

3.  Troy Tulowitzki -  SS, Colorado Rockies

4.  Felix Hernandez -  SP, Seattle Mariners

5.  Roy Halladay -  SP, Philadelphia Phillies

6.  Tim Lincecum -  SP, San Francisco Giants

7.  Josh Hamilton -  OF, Texas Rangers

8.  Miguel Cabrera -  1B, Detroit Tigers

9.  Evan Longoria -  3B, Tampa Bay Rays

10.  CC Sabathia -  SP, New York Yankees

11.  Joe Mauer -  C, Minnesota Twins

12.  Adrian Gonzalez -  1B, Boston Red Sox

13.  Josh Johnson -  SP, Florida Marlins

14.  Robinson Cano -  2B, New York Yankees

15.  Ryan Braun -  OF, Milwaukee Brewers

16.  Hanley Ramirez -  SS, Florida Marlins

17.  Cliff Lee -  SP, Philadelphia Phillies

18.  Jose Bautista -  OF, Toronto Bluejays

19.  Jon Lester -  SP, Boston Red Sox

20.  Justin Verlander -  SP, Detroit Tigers

21.  Matt Holliday -  OF, St. Louis Cardinals

22.  Mark Teixeira -  1B, New York Yankees

23.  Carl Crawford -  OF, Boston Red Sox

24.  Carlos Gonzalez -  OF, Colorado Rockies

25.  Alex Rodriguez -  3B, New York Yankees

26.  Prince Fielder -  1B, Milwaukee Brewers

27.  David Price -  SP, Tampa Bay Rays

28.  Ryan Zimmerman -  3B, Washington Nationals

29.  Chase Utley -  2B, Philadelphia Phillies

30.  Mariano Rivera -  CL, New York Yankees

31.  Kevin Youkilis -  3B, Boston Red Sox

32.  Ryan Howard -  1B ,Philadelphia Phillies

33.  Ichiro Suzuki  -  OF, Seattle Mariners

34.  Clayton Kershaw -  SP, Los Angeles  Dodgers

35.  Jered Weaver -  SP, Los Angeles Angels

36.  Dustin Pedroia -  2B, Boston Red Sox

37.  Buster Posey  -  C, San Francisco Giants

38.  Dan Haren -  SP, Los Angeles Angels

39.  Andre Ethier -  OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

40.  David Wright -  3B, New York Mets

41.  Brian McCann -  C, Atlanta Braves

42.  Ubaldo Jimenez -  SP, Colorado Rockies

43.  Andrew McCutchen -  OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

44.  Matt Kemp -  OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

45.  Justin Morneau -  1B, Minnesota Twins

46.  Zack Greinke -  SP, Milwaukee Brewers

47.  Shin-Soo Choo -  OF, Cleveland Indians

48.  Adam Wainwright -  SP, St. Louis Cardinals

49.  Trevor Cahill -  SP, Oakland Athletics

50.  Brandon Phillips – 2B, Cincinnati Reds

51.  Jayson Werth – OF, Washington Nationals

52.  Adrian Beltre -  3B, Texas Rangers

53.  Jason Heyward -  OF, Atlanta Braves

54.  Justin Upton -  OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

55.  Clay Buchholz -  SP, Boston Red Sox

56.  Asdrubal Cabrera – SS, Cleveland Indians

57.  Jose Reyes -  SS, New York Mets

58.  Jay Bruce -  OF, Cincinnati Reds

59.  Curtis Granderson -  OF, New York Yankees

60.  Starlin Castro – SS, Chicago Cubs

61.  Gio Gonzalez -  SP, Oakland Athletics

62.  Nelson Cruz -  OF, Texas Rangers

63.  Mike Stanton -  OF, Florida Marlins

64.  Chris Carpenter -  SP, St. Louis Cardinals

65.  Torii Hunter – OF, Los Angeles Angels

66.  Heath Bell – CL, San Diego Padres

67.  Roy Oswalt -  SP, Philadelphia Phillies

68.  Victor Martinez -  C, Detroit Tigers

69.  Carlos Santana -  C, Cleveland Indians

70.  Neil Walker -  2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

71.  Yovani Gallardo -  SP, Milwaukee Brewers

72.  Jair Jurrjens -  SP, Atlanta Braves

73.  Josh Beckett -  SP, Boston Red Sox

74.  Rickie Weeks -  2B, Milwaukee Brewers

75.  Lance Berkman -  OF, St. Louis Cardinals

76.  Jimmy Rollins -  SS, Philadelphia Phillies

77.  Cole Hamels -  SP, Philadelphia Phillies

78.  Ian Kinsler -  2B,  Texas Rangers

79.  Martin Prado -  OF/2B, Atlanta Braves

80.  Todd Helton -  1B, Colorado Rockies

81.  Adam Dunn – 1B, Chicago White Sox

82.  Brian Wilson -  CL, San Francisco Giants

83.  Shane Victorino -  OF, Philadelphia Phillies

84.  B.J. Upton -  OF, Tampa Bay Rays

85.  Michael Young -  IF, Texas Rangers

86.  Corey Hart – OF, Milwaukee Brewers

87.  Joakim Soria -  CL, Kansas City Royals

88.  Tommy Hanson -  SP, Atlanta Braves

89.  Tim Hudson -  SP, Atlanta Braves

90.  Johan Santana -  SP, New York Mets

91.  Johnny Cueto – SP, Cincinnati Reds

92.  Derek Lowe -  SP, Atlanta Braves

93.  Alfonso Soriano -  OF, Chicago Cubs

94.  Grady Sizemore -  OF, Cleveland Indians

95.  David Ortiz -  DH, Boston Red Sox

96.  Carlos Beltran -  OF, New York Mets

97.  Daniel Hudson -  SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

98.  Hunter Pence -  OF, Houston Astros

99.  Matt Cain -  SP, San Francisco Giants

100.  Bobby Abreu -  DH, Los Angeles

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