I've been watching baseball since the late 60's. Below is the Best Team Of Players I have seen. I haven't run any stats or anything on this. Just gut intuition. Would love to hear your comments.
Disregarding the following players (whom I have seen,
but were past their prime when I started really
following baseball in the mid-late 70's.
Besides, I gotta have a cutoff date somehwere!):
Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron,
Willie McCovey, Lou Brock, Brooks Robinson , Ernie Banks,
Denny Maclain, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal,
Fergie Jenkins, Bob Gibson, Carl Yazstremski, Al Kaline, etc.
(that would be a hell of a team, wouldn't it?)
Disregarding performance enhancers Clemens, Pujols, Bonds, etc (and possibly some I've missed below)
1) Rickey Henderson LF
2) Tony Gwynn CF
3) Roberto Alomar 2B
4) George Brett 3B
5) Eddie Murray 1B
6) Vladimir Guererro RF
7) Johnny Bench C
8) Ozzie Smith SS
Starters: Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Pedro Martinez
Bullpen: Jim Palmer, Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Phil Niekro, Goose Gossage
Carlton Fisk, Rod Carew, Joe Morgan, Alex Rodriguez, Paul Molitor,
Ken Griffey Jr., Pete Rose
Remaining 15 players on 40 man roster:
Mariano Rivera, Mario Soto, Gaylord Perry , Tommy John,
Luis Tiant, Catfish Hunter, Curt Schilling, Willie Stargell,
Jim Rice, Mike Schmidt, Ivan Rodriguez, Wade Boggs.
Keith Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki, Fred Lynn
I know there is probably lots of love for Joe Morgan around here, but Alomar was one of the best I've ever seen.
I'm a little uncertain about my outfield. I know Gwynn doesn't belong in center, but him and Ricky at the top of the lineup is too hard to resist.
Any suggestions here?
Mike Schmidt tops most lists at third base, but he was too much of a strikeout/slugger for my taste. George Brett was awesome.
With that starting rotation, you could put the 1983 Reds on the field and they'd still win it all.
The bench is a little shy on outfielders, but Rose and Molitor could play there in a pinch.
Two guys I know will get mentioned by others: Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken Jr.
Both, in my humble opinion, were very much overrated.
My list might be a little 1970-80's centric. Sorry. I'm biased that players "in the day" were better.
If I put this list together in 1999, Griffey is in centerfield.
Bring it on!