Ranking MLB Players – the reasoning behind our list of the Best Hitters of All Time
This is an explanation of why fans may think that some of the players listed below might be ranked too high, while others may be ranked too low. Please keep in mind the ranking of MLB players, using my formula, is based on their life-time hitting statistics only, the ranking does not factor in defensive skills, base-running, but does factor in how dominating the player was in his era.
Using our formula to determine the best hitter of all time we rank Ron Santo higher than Brooks Robinson. But if you factor in defensive skills and being the more dominant 3rd baseman of his era, Brooks Robinson is without a doubt the greater third baseman.
Certain players are ranked higher than you would think, and others are ranked lower than you would think. See if you agree with our rationale.
BABE RUTH. 690 career slugging percentage, enough said.
# 1 Ruth is in a “league of his own.”
LOU GEHRIG In our opinion the second best hitter/run producer
# 2 of all time. His career as a hitter is sometimes
over shadowedby his consecutive game streak
as well as his farewell speech.
JOE DiMAGGIO One of the top 10 greatest hitters of all-time. As the
# 9 years pass, we seem to forget what a great hitter/run
producer he was, also in our opinion underrated as great
power hitter. His first six seasons rank among the
greatest career starts in baseball history.
STAN MUSIAL One of the top ten best hitters of all-time, not
# 8 really under-rated, but definitely not mentioned as
much as he should be.
HANK GREENBERG As a hitter/run producer he is under-rated. Using
#12 our statistic formula, he is ranked as the third greatest
hitting first baseman of all time.
FRANK ROBINSON One of the best hitters of all-time and he never
#20 is mentioned as much as he should be as an all-time
great.He played in the shadow of Mantle and Mays
MANNY RAMIREZ Ranks as one of the top 20 best hitters of all-time. At
#15 the end of the 2009 season Manny ranks ahead of
Mantle as the 15th best hitter of all-time. .313 Life-
time B.A. .591 Slg.% .411 O.B.%
In his 17 season career, he has had 12--100 plus
R.B.I. seasons.His bizarre personality is some what
a distraction to his great career.
MEL OTT 9,456 at bats, runs scored 1,851, R.B.I.’s 1800
#17 1,708 Walks to only 896K’s Lifetime on base
percentage- .414 Slugging percentage- .533.
HARRY HEILMAN 7,787 at bats, R.B.I.’s1,539, a .342.life-time B.A.
#26 Life-time on base percentage- .410 ,Slugging
percentage -.520. 542 Doubles, and 151 Triples.
LARRY WALKER Only 6,907 At-Bats.
#47 Runs Scored 1,355, R.B.I.’s 1,311Lifetime
B.A..313. Lifetime on base percentage-.400 Slugging
PLAYERS RANKED LOWER THAN EXPECTED:
ROBERTO CLEMENTE Keep in mind, to be ranked the #52 best hitter of all
#52 time is a phenomenal achievement, and when factoring
in his defensive skills, base running, and being a
dominant player of his era, Clemente will go up in the
ranking. In 9,454 at bats, less than 1500 runs scored,
and only 1300 R.B.I.’s.,1,230 K’s to 621 Walks.
Lifetime on base percentage- .359 Slugging
TONY GWYNN 9,280 at-bats, 135 H.R., R.B.I.’s 1,135
#55 A .338 lifetime hitter, a lifetime on base
percentage- .388. Lifetime slugging percentage- .459
LOU BROCK He did have over 3,000 hits.
#187 1,600 runs scored. Only 900 career R.B.I.’s, lifetime
A relatively low on base percentage- .343. Slugging percentage- .410.
REGGIE JACKSON A.262 lifetime batting average.
#34 2,597 career K’s to 1,375 career B.B.Lifetime
490 slugging percentage- 356 Lifetime on base percentage- .keep in mind, even though he is ranked #52 if I
had to win one game and my life depended on it I
would want Reggie Jackson (along with Pete Rose) to be on my roster.
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