Baseball Players I Love

Check out my top 10 list here.

Tell me about your favorite baseball players. And if you want to include Dottie Schroeder, well, I DO understand.


24 Responses to “Baseball Players I Love”

  1. Kevin Bradshaw says:

    Reading your list reminded me that there was a time when Ausmus wasn’t pathetic- Bill Clinton was still president. My wife doesn’t think he’s attractive. But has a crush on Berkman. I’d go w/ Munson myself.
    Favorite astros ever: Wynn, Caminiti, Berkman, Ensberg, Deshaies, Oswalt, Eusebio- but not in that order.

  2. Great article! Your number one is my number one, and number two (Rickey) was a dazzler, no doubt. I have to add, for intensity and flair, Will “The Thrill” Clark, and for pure power, another Giant, Jack “The Ripper” Clark. Mike Matheny was a joy to watch behind the plate. Omar Vizquel astonishes me regularly, such grace at shortstop, and equally graceful in front of fans and media.

  3. Lisa Gray says:

    your wife doesn’t think bill clinton is attractive? couldn’t agree more. berkman is a goofball in public but he isn’t hot to me – there is something about him makes me think he’s a different guy in his own home. munson??? doesn’t do a thing for me. cammy? somehow i knew he was an addict long before it ever got out – he reminded me of someone in my family. i just wish there was better treatment for addiction. i liked mo too. he SHOULD have had a better career…
    i don’t remember deshaies much as a pitcher but i sure like him as a broadcaster. thank gawd for brownie and deshaies.
    i was never really into will the thrill – i saw him a lot when he was with texas and he wasn’t thrilling in any way to me. also not hot. matheny? a very good catcher – watched him with the brew crew and the cards. definitely not hot. omar? very VERY good but not ozzie/adam. and not hot.

  4. Luke says:

    All time: Joe Carter – I lived in Toronto from ’89 to ’92 and he radiated joy, even though I know he wasn’t nearly the player that his RBIs seemed to indicate
    Astros – Jim Wynn and Denis Menke back in the day. Joe Morgan in ’80. Mike Scott when he clinched the pennant with a no-hitter.
    Most exciting: Eric Davis – saw him score standing up in a game in Candlestick Park after an errant pickoff throw at first. He didn’t break a sweat.
    As I never tire of telling people, I saw Joe Morgan and Sonny Jackson play as the double-play combo in double-A SA. As you can tell, I’m older than dirt :-)

  5. Lisa Gray says:

    eric davis!!!
    goodness, how could i have forgotten him? i remember him from the 90 WS – he was so awesome. i thought he was going straight to the Hall. too bad he was injured so much.
    and joe carter was a fine ballplayer. and as you can see from my list, i like more than 1 guy who isn’t exactly a star…
    and it is way kewl how many guys come around here who are oldern dirt. i LIKE hearing bout the old stories. i really wish they had had mlbtv back when i was young. there are so many players i never really got to see. then again, that was why the ASG used to be such a big deal…

  6. Joel B. says:

    check this out
    this guy says Scott will bat better than Pence next year.
    hahahha. i find it halarious. but not for the right reasons. o well all you can do is buy tickets.
    Desahies is really good. Bullard for the rockets reminds me of him.

  7. Lisa Gray says:

    sean smith is a GOOD analyst
    too bad the astros can’t/won’t hire him

  8. Austin says:

    Kevin –
    I can understand everyone on that list except Eusebio. Really? Eusebio? I disliked that guy almost as much as I disliked Munson. He was an anchor behind the plate (in a VERY bad way), and he was always portrayed as a hitting catcher, even though his highest single-season HR total was 7, and his highest single-season RBI total was 58. He never scored 50 runs in a season, and his OPS with the Astros was .729.
    I’m honestly curious – why did you enjoy watching him so much?

  9. lisa gray says:

    so austin and joel
    who are YOUR favorite players?

  10. Joel B. says:

    I like the hustlers. I like the guys that show dominance. I like the guys that are humble and act like they are an old hand at it. Not that showing emotion is bad.
    Biggio disappointed me in how he ended his career. He should have been out a couple years back.
    I’m 24, my dad took me to probably one game a year until I got to my teens. He had always loved the game more than me. I got into it really heavily the summer of ’04. Mainly because I was able to watch every game while in college.
    So even though I remember getting a signature from Todd Jones, watching Sosa and McGwire at Busch Stadium, going to see Johnson throw some heat, watching Ripken end his streak.
    The only guys that really made an impression on me were Biggio and Bagwell. Until the last couple of years were I’ve become a real fan that follows them daily, sometimes hourly. (its hard to pick anyone outside the Astros because thats all I watch)
    Besides those two guys.
    Oswalt. The guy is just tough. He goes out there kicks ass period.
    1: supremacy or preeminence over another
    2: exercise of mastery or ruling power
    3: exercise of preponderant, governing, or controlling influence
    4. Pujols
    Yeah that guy. He is just so good at what he does.
    Clemens. He absolutely impressed me. On the debut of his mid-season start against Lirano (wow did that guy impress, hope he returns to form) I watched Clemens warm up. I was probably 50 feet away in the stands, yet watching him launch rockets was amazing. There is just so much power and energy. I can’t imagine standing in the batters box.
    I hope Pence has a long and great career. He promise to be a very exciting player. I would project him to my number one spot.
    I like watching Backe’s fire.
    I don’t like talking about me but there you go. I feel like I’m in high school again.

  11. Stephen says:

    1. Jeffery Robert Bagwell — I respect everything he did, and being an athlete forced to the sidelines because of injury, I just feel for him.
    2. Ken Caminiti — Personal issues and the tragedy aside — though, I feel like I can relate their too — I always payed special attention to him because my Dad some him in the Minors and when we moved to he saw his first ML game. The grit, hustle, everything, he was just inspiring for a little leaguer.
    3. Craig Biggio — even 2007 aside, can any Astros’ fan deny that one of the most profound moments was watching Craig and Jeff hug after Game 6 of the NLCS? The man was pure class, grit, everything.
    4. Satchel Paige — pure balls, could any pitcher these days do what he did??
    5. Ozzy Smith — the Wizard before the Wizard
    6. Nolan Ryan — D-O-M-I-N-A-T-I-O-N
    7. Roger Clemens — he is some who I have either loved or hated, and I respect men like that…it means they’re doing something right.
    8. Roy Oswalt — dude wanted a tractor.
    9. Ken Griffy Jr. — you all remember the summer, and he’s the only one that doesn’t leave a sour taste in your mouth. Also, does his SNES game get any better?
    10. A-Rod — talented, rich, greedy. Envy doesn’t mean hate, which I think obscures a lot of people. But when he wipes the * away, everyone in baseball’s past, present, and future can sleep soundly.

  12. Stephen says:

    Bonds = Indicted HOLLA!!

  13. Joel B. says:

    not that i doN’T think he is being singled out and picked on, but I hope it helps the rest of the world out some how.
    Maybe teaching kids not to take drugs and lie.
    I can’t imagine they’d indict him with out a strong case, its already been enough of a circus.

  14. Stephen says:

    From what I understand given my interest in law and having a friend law school, they don’t just hand those out because they want to make an example of someone, or single someone out.

  15. Evan says:

    10. Charlie “Old Hoss” Radbourn- In 1884, he went 59-12 with 73 complete games. Enough said.
    9. Stan Musial- Although a Cardinal, a favorite of mine. The most underrated ballplayer of all time
    8. A-Rod- Greedy? Who isn’t?
    7. Andy Pettitte- Any man who continuously tore apart Smoltz/Glavine on baseball’s biggest stage has my respect. Also his classic “Oh my God” reaction to Pujols’ atom bomb in Game 5 will live forever in baseball lore
    6. Roger Clemens. Can’t have one without the other. This theme will be used again.
    5. Billy Beane- Was a better pure athlete than the Straw, before he discovered his fondness for tha nose candy.
    4. Derek Jeter- my pure respect for this man has become an overall liking of him the past few years. Clutch hitting may not exist, but if it did, this man would be the embodiment of it.
    -Big Gap-
    3. Roy Oswalt- Said not so fast to the Cards in Game 6. What kind of person wins that game after his team lost the previous one so dramatically? Roy F***ing Oswalt, that’s who.
    2. Bidge.
    1. Bags.

  16. Evan says:

    Least favorites in no particular order: Joe Morgan, Chipper Jones, Jim Edmonds, Rickey Henderson, John Smoltz, Andruw Jones, Barry Lamar Bonds, Gary Sheffield

  17. Austin says:

    I don’t know if I could put them in any particular order, but I like old school players, especially hard-nosed pitchers that aren’t afraid to be a little intimidating. And I love watching great defensive players.
    In no particular order:
    Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux (’cause watching him dominate hitters with an 88 mph fastball is just funny), Ken Griffey Jr. (in his prime), Andruw Jones, Ivan Rodriguez, Rusty Greer. Is that 10 already? Dang. I know it’s loaded with guys from Texas, but those are the guys I’ve watched. I’d love to be able to say Ozzie Smith, but I never saw him much.
    And don’t hate me Lisa, but I’d honestly have to put Willy Taveras on an honorable mentions list. I’m not a Willy apologist, I didn’t think he was the second coming of Kenny Lofton, but it was EXCITING when he hit the ball because I just held my breath waiting to see how far he could make it. Same thing with Rafael Furcal. I love watching those two.

  18. lisa gray says:

    i love hearing people talk about their favorite players.
    i think for me one of the reasons i usually love little guys and underdogs is because us grrrls are not allowed to play baseball and i always wanted to.
    and i look at guys like david eckstein and i think that most females i know are biggern he is. so if he could play then we could play too…
    when we are at the ballpark and they do the kids run the bases when i go down there with my kids i want SOOOOO bad to go run the bases too. and to shag fly balls during bp. who couldn’t catch lots of those lazy fb?
    and of course i forgot to put wandy on my honorable mention list, which i should have. because if there ever was a liittle guy who looks like the batboy instead of a ballplayer. of course he doesn’t have roy’s refuse to lose toughness – wish he did…
    and yeh i most definitely appreciate uncle albert, much as i hate the guy. i’m really glad he’s a cardinal because then i got to watch him a lot and he is SOOO superior to big papi and all the other dead weight DHs who are so adored.
    and austin,
    hey you can like whoever you want.
    even willy.
    after all, if i can like casey candaele…

  19. JDolla$ says:

    My favorite player growing up was Kirk Gibson. He wasn’t the best baseball player, although he was quite an athlete, but he had a great heart and a competitive fire that you don’t see much in professional athletes. The best way I can describe him is that he looked like an angry lion roaring around the bases. Well… maybe I should make that a tiger.

  20. Jeff Kallman says:

    OK, and in no particular order of preference, from among players I’ve seen . . .
    Sandy Koufax—A graceful assassin on the mound (and the most voluptuous curve ball I’ve ever seen), and a gentleman off the mound.
    Willie Mays—About the only thing he couldn’t do was pitch. And if there was a better mano-a-mano than Koufax or Bob Gibson against Mays, I haven’t seen it. (Those older than I swear by Bob Feller v. Joe DiMaggio, or Robin Roberts v. Jackie Robinson, but there’d have to be an awful lot of evidence to convince me.)
    Roberto Clemente—A bronze deer in the field, a slasher at the plate, and I never saw him make a grave mistake in either job.
    Ozzie Smith—Thomas Boswell said it best and with one word: Shazam! (Which also could have applied to the whole damn outfield of the 1969 Mets . . . )
    Juan Marichal—If the NBC Peacock had an equivalent on the mound, Marichal was it. He had more windups, kicks, and angles than the Peacock had colours in his tail feathers. Koufax was elegant, Marichal was fun. And if you ever saw a game in which they faced each other, it was schooltime if they were both on their games.
    Mike Schmidt—I’d trade ten dozen Alex Rodriguezes and as many Barry Bondses for one of him.
    Curt Schilling—It ain’t ego if you can back it up when it matters the most.
    Ichiro Suzuki—Just say the name and you’ve said it all.
    Dennis Eckersley—It was once said of Chuck Berry that he was sex, speed, and see-you-later-alligator jive. Meet Dennis the Menace, baseball’s equivalent, complete with perhaps the most elegantly rock-and-roll delivery of any sidewinder. (Classic moment: Barking at the last hitter he needed to nail it, “You are the final out—get your ass back in that box!” Bango!—punchout, and no-hitter.)
    Eric Gagne—Before the shoulder and elbow betrayed him, this guy was a clock stopping bear. The classic moment, as if picking one at his peak was that easy: Going one-on-one with Bernie Williams—with every last Yankee including The Mariano himself studying him intently—in an interleague game that had Dodger Stadium screaming as though the Beatles were on stage, and Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully opening the confrontation by saying, “You really ought to hear it for yourself, so I’m just going to keep my mouth shut”—and saying nothing as Gagne took Williams to school.
    Honourable mention: Henry Aaron, Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Dwight Gooden, David Eckstein, Al Kaline, Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Roy White (the most underappreciated player ever to wear the Yankee ‘Stripes), Roger McDowell.
    (What they said about Andy Van Slyke applies to McDowell: If you couldn’t have fun with this guy, you just didn’t know how to live. Terrific relief pitcher and author of the single most virtuoso hotfoot in baseball history—the one that nailed Mets first base coach Bill Robinson, on national television, as he strolled out to the coaching line with his left heel exploding into flames.)

  21. Mark says:

    Favorite players ?
    Well believe it or don’t, my favorite active player is Mike Lamb. I’m mad as hell at the Astros right now.
    When I was a young Astros fan, my favorites were Larry Dierker and Cesar Cedeno. I always liked Rusty Staub, but of course, he was traded in one of those dumb trades that the Astros used to make. And I know that trading Joe Morgan was dumb, but I really did like Tommy Helms.
    My favorite non-Astro of all time is Mike Schmidt.

  22. Jeff Kallman says:

    Mark—You think trading Joe Morgan was dumb? (“Dumb” is probably a polite way to put it.) At least you haven’t had to deal with, among others . . .
    Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio. (And the Cubs were even warned against thinking about Broglio before they made the deal . . . )
    Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas.
    Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi. (OK, so Ryan proves to be one of the most overrated pitchers of all time but he’s still Nolan Ryan, fer crissakes . . . )
    Keith Hernandez (if you’re a Cardinal fan) for Neil Allen and a couple of nobodies.
    Ryne Sandberg (if you’re a Phillies fan) for Ivan DeJesus.
    Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser, and Francisco Liriano for A.J. Pierzynski.
    Dennis Eckersley (if you’re an Indian fan) for Rick Wise, Bo Diaz, Mike Paxton, and Ted Cox.

  23. Broocks says:

    voloptous curveball. one of the finest uses of language ever.
    1. Jeff Bagwell
    2. Dickie Thon – what a stache
    3. Bill Doran
    4. Mickey Mantle
    5. Tris Speaker
    6. Larry Doby
    7. Al Rosen
    8. Lance Berkman
    9. Al Kaline
    10. Maury Willis
    1. Robin Roberts
    2. Ken Johnson
    3. Jim Bunning
    4. Roy Oswalt
    5. Shane Reynolds

  24. Broocks says:

    also the bill james annual has
    pence at .306/.357/.538 and
    scott at .277/.365/.526