TopicBaseball Reference

  • Thu 17th Sep 2020 - 7:14am

    ANGELS: Mike Trout Trout is still only 29 and under contract with the Angels through the 2030 season, but he's already the club's best player ever and its all-time leader in Wins Above Replacement by a sizable margin. The three-time AL MVP and eight-time All-Star has racked up 73.6 WAR, which is over 20 WAR more than the next-highest Angels position player or pitcher Mike Piazza Dodgers Jersey, according to Baseball Reference. Left-hander Chuck Finley is second with 52 WAR, while the second-highest position player is Jim Fregosi with 45.9 WAR. Trout could end up with more total WAR with the Angels than Fregosi and Finley combined. ASTROS: Craig Biggio The first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque in the Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2015, Biggio holds club records for games played (2,850), at-bats (10,876), runs (1,844), hits (3,060), extra-base hits (1,104) and doubles (668). He's a seven-time All-Star, won five Silver Sluggers (at catcher and second base) and four Gold Gloves. He hit 291 home runs, stole 414 bases and posted a .281 average. On June 28, 2007, Biggio became the 27th player in Major League history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. ATHLETICS: Rickey Henderson Perhaps the greatest leadoff hitter the game has ever seen Sandy Koufax Jersey, no athlete is more revered in Oakland than Rickey. A 10-time All-Star with the A's, Henderson holds the franchise record for position player bWAR (72.7), runs (1,270), walks (1,227) and stolen bases (867). Known as the "Man of Steal," Henderson led the AL in stolen bases 12 times. Nine of those seasons came playing for Oakland, including an astonishing 130 swiped bags in 1982, which remains the Major League single-season record. The Oakland native was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and remains a mainstay in the A's clubhouse, often suiting up in full uniform to take part in pregame drills with the team. The A's honored their organization's greatest player by naming the Oakland Coliseum playing surface Rickey Henderson Field in 2017. MARINERS: Ken Griffey Jr. It's impossible to think of the Mariners' history without having the image of Griffey and his backwards cap and ear-to-ear grin come to mind. "The Kid" broke in with the Mariners as a precocious 19-year-old in 1989 and went on to 10 consecutive AL All-Star selections and 10 straight Gold Glove Awards in center field as one of MLB's greatest players of the '90s. Griffey returned to Seattle to close out his career after nine seasons in Cincinnati and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016 as the first player to wear the Mariners cap on his plaque in Cooperstown. RANGERS: Iván Rodríguez Pudge made his Major League debut on June 20, 1991, at the age of 19. He played in 88 games that year, hit .264 and threw out 49% of attempted base-stealers. He spent the next 10 seasons as the best catcher in baseball. Rodríguez won 10 straight Gold Gloves, was named to 10 straight All-Star Games and was the 1999 AL MVP. He reached the big leagues on his defensive ability but ended up hitting .304/.341/.488 during his 13 years with the Rangers. NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST BRAVES: Hank Aaron When Aaron ended his 23-year career in 1976, he owned more offensive records than any other player in Major League history. He still holds the records for most RBIs and extra-base hits. His home run mark was topped by Barry Bonds, but Aaron will always be remembered as the man who broke Babe Ruth's "unbreakable" home run record. If you did not count any of Aaron's 755 career homers, he would still have more than 3,000 hits. The iconic Hall of Famer debuted for the 1954 Milwaukee Braves Cody Bellinger Youth Jersey, who won a World Series during his 1957 NL MVP season. MARLINS: Giancarlo Stanton Stanton made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2010 and became the Marlins' all-time-leading slugger, pacing the franchise in home runs (267) and RBIs (672). Injuries hampered his Marlins tenure, but when he had his completely healthy season in 2017, he was a force. In 159 games, Stanton led the Majors in home runs with 59 and RBIs with 132, and he became the only player in franchise history to win the NL MVP Award. In 2014, Stanton's 37 homers also topped the NL, and he was runner-up to Clayton Kershaw in the MVP voting. Stanton's 34.6 FanGraphs WAR is the highest of any player in Marlins history. METS: Tom Seaver No one looms larger than Seaver, a near-unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer who remains the Mets' all-time leader in ERA, wins, complete games, shutouts, innings, strikeouts, Wins Above Replacement and more. All of those records have stood for more than 40 years; some will never be broken Jackie Robinson Dodgers Jersey. Until Mike Piazza entered the Hall of Fame in 2016, Seaver was the only player in Cooperstown with a Mets cap on his plaque. He is not just the greatest Met of all time, or one of the best pitchers the game has ever seen, but one of the greatest players in Major League history. NATIONALS: Vladimir Guerrero Looking at the franchise from its time in Montreal to Washington, the Hall of Famer Guerrero stands out. The outfielder played the first half of his star-studded career with the Expos, and his performances still are untouched today. Among all players in franchise history Cody Bellinger Dodgers Jersey, Vlad has the best batting average (.323), slugging percentage (.588), OPS (.978) and at-bats per home run (16.1). Guerrero ranks second in home runs (234) and OPS+ (148), as well as third in triples (34). He was named to four consecutive All-Star teams and won Silver Slugger Awards in 1999, 2000 and '02. PHILLIES: Mike Schmidt Schmidt not only is the greatest Phillies player in franchise history, he is arguably the greatest third baseman in baseball history. He ranks first among third basemen in home runs (548) and is tied for third in RBIs (1,595). Among third basemen with 7,500 or more plate appearances, Schmidt ranks second in slugging percentage (.527) and OPS (.908) and fifth in on-base percentage (.380). He won the NL MVP Award in 1980, '81 and '86. He made 12 NL All-Star teams. He won 10 Gold Gloves. He won six Silver Slugger Awards. He won World Series MVP honors in 1980, helping the Phillies win their first title in franchise history. NL CENTRAL BREWERS: Robin Yount Yount likes to say his career was all about longevity, but that understates the greatness of a player who broke into the big leagues at age 18 and played all 20 seasons in Milwaukee. He won the AL MVP Award at two different positions -- shortstop in 1982 and center field in 1989 -- and his 1,731 hits in the 1980s led all of baseball. In 1992, on the same day Brewers owner Bud Selig was named MLB commissioner, Yount became the third-youngest player ever to reach 3,000 hits. "Extraordinary talent," said fellow Hall of Famer Ted Simmons. CARDINALS: Stan Musial Musial is one of the game's undisputed greats, and he played his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals. The outfielder and first baseman won three MVP Awards and finished second four other times. Musial won seven batting titles and led the league in runs five times, hits six times, doubles eight times, triples five times, RBIs twice, total bases six times and OPS seven times. He was a 24-time All-Star and a three-time World Series winner. He hit a career .331/.417/.559 and accumulated 128.3 WAR. Musial's No. 6 was the first number the Cardinals retired, and he became a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1969. CUBS: Ernie Banks There can only be one "Mr. Cub," and that is a nickname Banks earned during his 19 Major League seasons, which were spent entirely with the North Siders. When Banks made his debut on Sept. 17, 1953, he became the first Black player in Cubs history. He went on to win back-to-back NL MVP Awards (1958-59) and made 14 All-Star teams. Banks owns the club records for games played, at-bats, total bases and extra-base hits, and he was the leader in home runs (512) until he was surpassed by Sammy Sosa. Banks was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1977 and his famous catchphrase, "Let's play two," is a fixture in the baseball lexicon.

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