ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS
No one else is close to the Babe's power and patience at the plate.
Much more than a HR slugger - hit for average, contact, power. Could run, throw, play defense.
Took advantage of the favorable Polo Grounds dimensions to become a terrific slugger. Great eye.
Rates just slightly below the two ahead of him. Was a five-tool player who dominated the game.
Great fundamental player with amazing arm and hitting skills. Youngest to win batting title, at 20.
A shade below Kaline who got on base more, Clemente could do it all on the field and was a great leader.
As a young player he was much more well-rounded, ended up mostly as a free-swinging slugger. Great clutch.
The next three rate very close. Waner was a better all-around hitter and got on base a lot.
Amazingly adept at putting the ball in play and finding holes. He won four batting titles.
Best defender of the group between #7 and #13, Crawford had great pop in his bat. All-time triples leader.
Comparable to Heilmann and Crawford but a step behind. Helped a bit by his ballparks, but still great.
Lack of power leaves him out of the upper echelon. A seven-time batting champion who ranks with the best as hitter for average.
As talented an athlete as has ever played in the major leagues, slipped a bit in later years.
Not well-liked, but hard to overlook his production. 140 OPS+ and 56 WAR for a 22-year career.
Also roamed center field. Dawson was a great runner, hitter, fielder in his prime. The only player to win an MVP award with a last place team.
Underrated, Smith had great tools, very similar to Dawson and Walker.
A pure hitter who hit homers and drew walks. Brief peak, but good enough to make the list.
A very good all-around ballplayer who excelled at getting on base.
Never great - but always very good. Maybe the best all-around defensive right fielder in baseball history.
Speed, contact, and lots of hits: Ichiro was a unique offensive weapon for his era.