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The Top 100 Baseball Players

Overtime Heroics is an ambitious organization, and we aim to be the definitive word on all-things sports.  It is natural and right that OTH will determine the definitive list of the 100 best baseball players of all-time.Inspired by just now having listened to an old episode of The Poscast, we have created the Golden Hall. As we all know, the “real” Hall of Fame is ripe for change. Need I say more than Harold Baines?

Special recognition for the truly great is long overdue.  Therefore, the Golden Hall.

What It Is

We will debate and deliberate in OTH forums and cast our votes, culminating in the fielding of the ten best teams plus ten backup players.  The baseball writers here at OTH will each cast ballots.

You, the reader, are invited to submit your own selections by voting in our series of Twitter polls.  Your votes will be combined to form a unified fan ballot, which will be cast right alongside those of our experts.

The winners will be revealed at the conclusion of balloting, and we will publish profiles on each of the 100 members of the Golden Hall. Runners-up will not be profiled ever!

How It Works

The Golden Hall will be made of ten starting nines plus ten additional players of any position.

Voters will receive four ballots: Pitchers and Catchers, Infielders, Outfielders, and the Bench.

On each ballot, the voters rank the ten best players at each position. A points system is used to determine the ten starting nines.

The Ballots

The first three ballots will contain the 17 MLB JAWS leaders per position plus the top three Negro Leagues WAR leaders per position. Negro Leagues players account for approximately 12 percent of the total major league players in history. In other words, 12 percent of 20 is about three.  In addition, the top Japanese player at each position, as defined by the good folks at Baseball Guru, is also included.

The fourth ballot includes the rejected from the first three plus the top 10 JAWS relievers, WAR pitchers, and WAR position players as well as the top ten NLB WAR leaders. Voters will also cast a ballot enshrining a female baseball player. The ballot will feature all the members of the National Women’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Player Requirements

Players must have been retired for at least five years to be on the initial ballot. Voters may add recently retired, active players, and any other players not on the ballot, as this author has done with Hector Esposito (look him up!).

The People’s Ballot

We at Overtime Heroics know baseball exists because of the devotion of its fans. You have cultivated learned and strong opinions regarding the best to have ever played the game. Therefore, unlike a certain “Real Hall,” the Golden Hall wants you, the fans, to have an official vote in selecting the top 100 players of all-time.

In polls currently underway, you can vote for the player you think most deserves to be in the Golden Hall. Follow Overtime Heroics and this Twitter page to make sure you do not miss a ballot!

Due to Twitter restrictions, only four names can be submitted to voters at one time. Therefore, we broke the ballot down by positions. Each ballot will consist of the three highest yet-to-be-selected JAWS Major League Baseball players in a position plus the highest WAR Negro Leagues/Japanese player. When a majority is not obtained by a single player, the top vote getters will proceed to a runoff.

The Results

The player with a majority of votes in a poll wins that round. The player receiving the fewest votes is removed from the next ballot but may reappear in future ones. Three strikes you’re out – finishing last in three ballots removes the player until the tenth ballot. Four strikes removes the player until the twentieth. A player winning his first appearance on a ballot moves to a one-on-one against the player immediately ahead of him to determine his relative ranking. Should he win this round, he proceeds to the next-highest player and so on until being defeated. This ensures a more accurate Golden Hall placement.

After each ballot concludes, the next ballot features the runners-up plus the next two in line who did not appear on the immediately preceding ballot.

Your Golden Hall Ballots

Pitchers

  • Bert Blyleven
  • Bob Gibson
  • Christy Mathewson
  • Cy Young
  • Greg Maddux
  • Jim McCormick
  • John Clarkson
  • Jose Mendez
  • Kid Nichols
  • Lefty Grove
  • Mariano Rivera
  • Masaichi Kaneda
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Old Hoss Radbourn
  • Pedro Martinez
  • Pete Alexander
  • Phil Niekro
  • Randy Johnson
  • Roger Clemens
  • Rube Waddell
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Satchel Paige
  • Smokey Joe Williams
  • Tim Keefe
  • Tom Seaver
  • Victor Starffin
  • Walter Johnson
  • Warren Spahn

Catchers

  • Bill Dickey
  • Bill Freehan
  • Biz Mackey
  • Buck Ewing
  • Buster Posey
  • Carlton Fisk
  • Ernie Lombardi
  • Gabby Hartnett
  • Gary Carter
  • Gene Tenace
  • Ivan Rodriguez
  • Joe Mauer
  • Joe Torre
  • Johnny Bench
  • Jorge Posada
  • Josh Gibson
  • Katsuya Nomura
  • Mickey Cochrane
  • Mike Piazza
  • Roy Campanella
  • Ted Radcliffe
  • Ted Simmons
  • Thurman Munson
  • Wally Schang
  • Yogi Berra

First Basemen

  • Albert Pujols
  • Ben Taylor
  • Buck Leonard
  • Cap Anson
  • Dan Brouthers
  • Eddie Murray
  • Frank Thomas
  • George Sisler
  • Hank Greenberg
  • Harmon Killebrew
  • Hector Espino
  • Jeff Bagwell
  • Jim Thome
  • Jimmie Foxx
  • Johnny Mize
  • Keith Hernandez
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Mark McGwire
  • Miguel Cabrera
  • Mule Suttles
  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • Roger Connor
  • Sadaharu Oh
  • Todd Helton
  • Willie McCovey

Second Basemen

  • Billy Herman
  • Bingo DeMoss
  • Bobby Grich
  • Charlie Gehringer
  • Chase Utley
  • Craig Biggio
  • Eddie Collins
  • Frankie Frisch
  • George Scales
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jeff Kent
  • Joe Gordon
  • Joe Morgan
  • Lou Whitaker
  • Napoleon Lajoie
  • Roberto Alomar
  • Robinson Cano
  • Rod Carew
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • Shigeru Chiba
  • Walter Cannady
  • Willie Randolph

Third Basemen

  • Adrian Beltre
  • Brooks Robinson
  • Buddy Bell
  • Carlos Moran
  • Chipper Jones
  • Darrell Evans
  • Dick Allen
  • Eddie Mathews
  • Edgar Martinez
  • George Brett
  • Graig Nettles
  • Home Run Baker
  • John Beckwith
  • Jud Wilson
  • Ken Boyer
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Paul Molitor
  • Ron Santo
  • Sal Bando
  • Scott Rolen
  • Shigeo Nagashima
  • Stan Hack
  • Wade Boggs

Shortstops

  • Alan Trammell
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Arky Vaughan
  • Barry Larkin
  • Bill Dahlen
  • Bobby Wallace
  • Cal Ripken, Jr
  • Derek Jeter
  • Dick Lundy
  • Dobie Moore
  • Ernie Banks
  • George Davis
  • Honus Wagner
  • Isao Harimoto
  • Jack Glasscock
  • Joe Cronin
  • John Henry Lloyd
  • Lou Boudreau
  • Luke Appling
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Pee Wee Reese
  • Robin Yount
  • Willie Wells

Left Fielders

  • Al Simmons
  • Barry Bonds
  • Billy Williams
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Ed Delahanty
  • Fred Clarke
  • Goose Goslin
  • Hurley McNair
  • Jesse Burkett
  • Jimmie Lyons
  • Joe Medwick
  • Katsuya Nomura
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Minnie Minoso
  • Pete Rose
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Sherry Magee
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Stan Musial
  • Ted Williams
  • Tim Raines
  • Willie Stargell
  • Zack Wheat

Center Fielders

  • Andre Dawson
  • Andruw Jones
  • Billy Hamilton
  • Cesar Cedeno
  • Cool Papa Bell
  • Cristobal Torriente
  • Duke Snider
  • Jim Edmonds
  • Jim Wynn
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Kazuhiro Yamauchi
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Kenny Lofton
  • Kirby Puckett
  • Larry Doby
  • Lip Pike
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Mike Trout
  • Oscar Charleston
  • Richie Ashburn
  • Tris Speaker
  • Ty Cobb
  • Vada Pinson
  • Willie Davis
  • Willie Mays

Right Fielders

  • Al Kaline
  • Babe Ruth
  • Bullet Rogan
  • Dave Winfield
  • Dwight Evans
  • Frank Robinson
  • Hank Aaron
  • Harry Heilmann
  • Ichiro Suzuki
  • Larry Walker
  • Luis Padron
  • Martin Dihigo
  • Mel Ott
  • Paul Waner
  • Pete Rose
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Reggie Smith
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Sam Crawford
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Stan Musial
  • Tony Gwynn

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