Top 100 players in baseball

7/23/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Ok, so I'm not really asking you to list all 100 of your picks, but check out Joe Posnanski's list that he posted on SI.com.

Let us know which guys you think he listed too high, too low, or who might need to be swapped.

The rules, according to Posnanski:
"Your owner asks you to give him your dream list, the 100 best players in the game, but the key is you have to win THIS YEAR or you will be fired, and then you will be tarred and feathered, and then you will be forced to spend 10 hours a day for two solid months listening to Steve Phillips tell you how to run a baseball team.

1. The list is based on everyone being healthy at the start. But I did try to take into consideration players who might not STAY healthy. In other words, Jose Reyes is healthy for the draft, but you still have to consider that he's coming off a hamstring injury and his speed is his greatest skill.

2. I also took into consideration a player's defensive position. There are a lot of good hitting first basemen, not so many good shortstops or catchers. Jason Bartlett being a good defensive shortstop puts him higher on the list than, say, Jason Bay, who is a corner outfielder.

3. This list is not finished. That's because this list could NEVER be finished. If you gave me this list right now, there is absolutely no doubt I would make 23 changes, slide players up and down, add a couple of players, take away a couple of players. And then if you gave me the list 10 minutes later, I would make 23 MORE changes. No, this list can never be finished. But, eventually, it has to be published."


Here's the list:

1. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
2. Joe Mauer, C, Twins
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins
4. Zack Greinke, SP, Royals
5. Chase Utley, 2B, Phillies
6. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees
7. Tim Lincecum, SP, Giants
8. Dan Haren, SP, Diamondbacks
9. Johan Santana, SP, Mets
10. Roy Halladay, SP, Blue Jays
11. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
12. Carlos Beltran, CF, Mets
13. Ryan Braun, LF, Brewers
14. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins
15. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays
16. Kevin Youkilis, 1B, Red Sox
17. Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees
18. Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers
19. Manny Ramirez, LF, Dodgers
20. Ichiro Suzuki, RF, Mariners
21. Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
22. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Padres
23. Derek Jeter, SS, Yankees
24. Josh Beckett, SP, Red Sox
25. Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
26. Raul Ibanez, LF, Phillies
27. Matt Cain, SP, Giants
28. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
29. Josh Johnson, SP, Marlins
30. David Wright, 3B, Mets
31. Josh Hamilton, CF, Rangers
32. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies
33. Justin Upton, RF, Diamondbacks
34. Torii Hunter, CF, Angels
35. Carl Crawford, LF, Rays
36. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros
37. Matt Kemp, CF, Dodgers
38. Grady Sizemore, CF, Indians
39. Curtis Granderson, CF, Tigers
40. Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals
41. C.C. Sabathia, SP, Yankees
42. Mariano Rivera, RP, Yankees
43. Joe Nathan, RP, Twins
44. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
45. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers
46. Jose Reyes, SS, Mets
47. Brad Hawpe, RF, Rockies
48. Edwin Jackson, SP, Tigers
49. Mark Buehrle, SP, White Sox
50. Ben Zobrist, Util, Rays
51. Victor Martinez, C/1B, Indians
52. Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays
53. Jason Bay, LF, Red Sox
54. John Lackey, SP, Angels
55. Javier Vazquez, SP, Braves
56. Jon Lester, SP, Red Sox
57. Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels
58. Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays
59. Jermaine Dye, RF, White Sox
60. Jonathan Broxton, RP, Dodgers
61. Cliff Lee, SP, Indians
62. Chone Figgins, 3B, Angels
63. Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals
64. Scott Rolen, 3B, Blue Jays
65. Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Red Sox
66. Joakim Soria, RP, Royals
67. Jayson Werth, RF, Phillies
68. Shin Soo-Choo, OF, Indians
69. Michael Young, 3B, Rangers
70. Adam Dunn, OF, Nationals
71. Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
72. Mark Reynolds, 3B, Diamondbacks
73. Ryan Franklin, RP, Cardinals
74. Heath Bell, RP, Padres
75. Rafael Soriano, RP, Braves
76. Todd Helton, 1B, Rockies
77. Brandon Inge, 3B, Tigers
78. Kevin Millwood, SP, Rangers
79. Joey Votto, 1B, Reds
80. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Cubs
81. Brian McCann, C, Braves
82. Shane Victorino, CF, Phillies
83. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
84. Johnny Damon, LF, Yankees
85. Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Mets
86. Carlos Lee, LF, Astros
87. Chipper Jones, 3B, Braves
88. Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Astros
89. James Shields, SP, Rays
90. Yunel Escobar, SS, Braves
91. A.J. Burnett, SP, Yankees
92. Carlos Zambrano, SP, Cubs
93. Robinson Cano, 2B, Yankees
94. Franklin Gutierrez, CF, Mariners
95. Brandon Phillips, 2B, Reds
96. Jorge Posada, C, Yankees
97. Yovani Gallardo, SP, Brewers
98. Chad Billingsley, SP, Dodgers
99. Jarrod Washburn, SP, Mariners
100. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Nationals
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