For my 100th post here, I will name my 100 greatest players of all time. I tried to put them in the best order as I can, but it is all speculation and guessing. I did include the players accused and admitted of steroid use, but they get knocked down on the list. I also included former Negro Leaguers and current players. For the active guys, I only consider what they have accomplished, no projections as we can not predict the future.
In considering each player, I take account not only his stats, but his overall play(fielding, baserunning, etc), individual awards, team championships and overall impact on the game. So a catcher or good fielding outfielder will take precedence over a slugger like a Harmon Killebrew or Ralph Kiner.
Couple notes on some individual players, I included Alex Rodriguez. I don't how much of his stats and accomplishments are steroid aided and how much is legit. Plus, he is a rather poor teammate. But his stats are so overwhelming, I had to include him. Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmiero are not included because the legacies are dependent mostly just on individual statistics. Manny Ramirez was more of a clutch post season player than the above, but he didn't do much more than being a great hitter. So, he is off the list also.
Mariano Rivera is my only closer. All things considered equal I will take a starter over a closer. I believe they are overall better pitchers. Rivera is the best of all time and has been phenomenal in his career including post season, I had to include him also.
And here is the list:
98. Ryne Sandberg
92. Ralph Kiner
87. Miguel Cabrera
74. Ichiro Suzuki
68. Pedro Martinez
66. James "Cool_Papa" Bell
65. Mickey Cochrane
Why Babe Ruth #1? Basically because, he was so much better than others in his era. He actually out homered teams for a full season. He also was so hugely popular among fans and is considered help save the gave after the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. But, the biggest attribute of Ruth is that prior to being the great home run hitter, he was a very good pitcher. No other player on the list can say that.