It’s one of the most fun topics we’ve had here on Sportzedge.com (and we’ve had a lot of them). Who is your favorite player? We asked our sports team to give us their favorite baseball players, position by position. We’ve got two Yankees fans (Erik Dobratz and Kels Dayton) and a Padres fan (poor Noah Finz), so you won’t see many Red Sox on these lists.
We decided that our list had to be limited to players we’ve seen and can remember seeing, so no old-timers from back in the ’60s made the cut. Check them out, and create yours by commenting below or by signing up to become a contributor!
Editor’s Note: John may have some explaining to do about his Dwight Evans pick.
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John says: My FIRST favorite player! I cried when he died!
1B- Don Mattingly
John says: Hands down, my favorite player of all-time. I got my license in ’86–I drove to the Stadium 17 times that season just to watch #23.
2B- Ryne Sandberg
John says: When I had the chance to see the Cubs on TV– just loved the way he went about his business.
SS- Cal Ripken Jr.
John says: He changed the shortstop position. Loved that a guy his size was so fluid, durable and could hit with power!
3B- George Brett
John says: It’s a love/hate thing. Loved him when he played anyone but the Yankees. He was intense–just see the pine tar incident!
OF- Dave Winfield
John says: An absolutely amazing athlete. The power and big long strides. He had a cannon for an arm–ask the seagull!
OF- Ken Griffey Jr.
John says: After Mattingly retired, I had no greater joy watching someone play baseball than Junior! SWEETEST. SWING. EVER.
OF- Dwight Evans
John says: Yeah Kels, I was a Yankee fan, so what? You have to respect the way Dewey played the game. And what an arm! Now explain Pokey Reese and Charles Johnson!
SP- Matt Harvey
John says: He had big league swagger in high school. I love watching the local guys flourish. Plus, how funny was he on the Jimmy Fallon show!
RP- Mariano Rivera
John says: Mo over Goose by a neck.
UT- Don Baylor
John says: I love the way he crowded the plate. I’m still amazed when he got hit by a pitch; he never flinched!
John says: Was there anything more entertaining when he blew a gasket?