20, Jason Giambi; 19, Keith Hernandez; 18, Todd Helton; 17, Rafael Palmeiro; 16, Cap Anson; 15, Dick Allen; 14, Harmon Killebrew; 13, Jim Thome; 12, Dan Brouthers; 11, Will Clark.
10) Mark McGwire, 1986-2001
For the purpose of ranking players, I judge them solely on what they did to help their team win games. McGwire cheated, but baseball had no penalty in place at that time. Until they go back and start taking away victories and championships, what he did on the field and in the clubhouse is all that matters.
Would you have wanted McGwire on your team? Of course. The antithesis is Dick Allen, who was about as good of a hitter as anybody on this list — but you wouldn’t necessarily have wanted him on your team.
McGwire was a one-dimensional player. It was a pretty valuable dimension.
9) Hank Greenberg, 1930-47
8) Eddie Murray, 1977-97
7) Willie McCovey, 1959-80
6) Frank Thomas, 1990-2008
5) Johnny Mize, 1936-53
4) Jeff Bagwell, 1991-2005
3) Albert Pujols, 2001-current
As Pujols moves to the Angels, he already stands as the third-best first baseman in major-league history. With a typical Pujols season this year, he will move into second; he’s probably four great seasons away from No. 1.
2) Jimmie Foxx, 1925-45
1) Lou Gehrig, 1923-39
Posted: April 21, 2012 at 09:29 AM | 101 comment(s)
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