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Greatest Baseball Players of the 1980s
 Who were the greatest players of the 1980's decade?

Greatest Baseball Players of the 1980s Photo
| Closed on 07/01/10 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | MLB | Opinion List
Players:  George Brett | Robin Yount | Rickey Henderson | Mike Schmidt | Tim Raines | Keith Hernandez
Team Breakout:
Rank59 FansAvg (1st)
1.Rickey Henderson 7.4 (15)
2.Mike Schmidt 7.3 (15)
3.George Brett 6.1 (9)
4.Cal Ripken 5.4 (9)
5.Wade Boggs 4.3 (1)
6.Eddie Murray 3.6 (1)
7.Robin Yount 3.5 (2)
8.Ozzie Smith 3.2 (2)
9.Dale Murphy 2.7 (1)
10.Andre Dawson 2.2 (1)
Also receiving votes:Dave Winfield2.0 (1)
Tim Raines 1.3
Paul Molitor 1.3
Pedro Guerrero 1.0 (1)
Gary Carter 1.0
____ ______ (please comment)0.5
Keith Hernandez 0.5
Dwight Evans 0.5 (1)
Jack Clark 0.4
Alan Trammell 0.4
Lou Whitaker 0.4

  
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#1 | 1592 days ago
jasonwrites (+)

 Wow this was a hard list to pick... it was a great decade for the game with many great players but no dominant ones. Of course, it was also the only decade during which the Yankees did not win a World Series-- and I'm sure some Yankee fans would protest that Don Mattingly is not on the list.
1. Mike Schmidt   2. Dale Murphy   3. Eddie Murray   4. Wade Boggs   5. George Brett   6. Andre Dawson   7. Cal Ripken   8. Dave Winfield  9. Rickey Henderson   10. Tim Raines   
#2 | 1589 days ago

jasonwrites wrote:
 Wow this was a hard list to pick... it was a great decade for the game with many great players but no dominant ones. Of course, it was also the only decade during which the Yankees did not win a World Series-- and I'm sure some Yankee fans would protest that Don Mattingly is not on the list.
Mattingly missed out on the Hall of Fame while only receiving a quarter of the votes; when compared to some of the top choices like Schmidt and Henderson who were first balloters, I don't feel he was really over looked. Maybe he would've placed somewhere on the list, but I doubt he would've been deep into the top 10.
1. Rickey Henderson   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Robin Yount   4. Eddie Murray   5. Tim Raines   6. Wade Boggs   7. George Brett   8. Dale Murphy   9. Dwight Evans   10. Keith Hernandez   
#3 | 1586 days ago

(Edited by mnstar1959)
Very tough to chose.....My top 3 were Brett, Boggs, Ripken............
1. George Brett   2. Wade Boggs   3. Cal Ripken   4. Rickey Henderson   5. Mike Schmidt   6. Dave Winfield  7. Paul Molitor   8. Ozzie Smith   9. Robin Yount   10. Pedro Guerrero   
#4 | 1585 days ago

Super question - too many to choose from, there are some players,although did not put up quality numbers, just enjoy to watch them play the game. -- Mike Schmidt (3MVPs)Wade Boggs(7-200hit seasons)then again Cal played every game.
even Reggie Jackson had some good seasons and Jim Rice.
1. Mike Schmidt   2. Rickey Henderson   3. Robin Yount   4. George Brett   5. Cal Ripken   6. Wade Boggs   7. Eddie Murray   8. Gary Carter   9. Ozzie Smith   10. Dave Winfield  
#5 | 1583 days ago

Lots of names missing. Tony Gwynn, Will Clark, Mark McGwire, Dwight Gooden just a few that come to mind right away.
1. Rickey Henderson   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Ozzie Smith   4. Cal Ripken   5. George Brett   6. Paul Molitor   7. Eddie Murray   8. Wade Boggs   9. Dave Winfield  10. Robin Yount   
#6 | 1583 days ago

bayareabeast21 wrote:
Lots of names missing. Tony Gwynn, Will Clark, Mark McGwire, Dwight Gooden just a few that come to mind right away.
 Clark and McGwire didn't put up big enough numbers during that decade and Gooden isn't even a hall of famer.

Gwynn probably could've made this list, but I got it from another site that named their top 20. Just wanted to see what order this site's members would put it in.
1. Rickey Henderson   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Robin Yount   4. Eddie Murray   5. Tim Raines   6. Wade Boggs   7. George Brett   8. Dale Murphy   9. Dwight Evans   10. Keith Hernandez   
#7 | 1583 days ago

Eddie Murray's 2500+ Total Bases, 900+ RBI, 250+ HR and 13 Grand Slams were all #1 for the 80s plus he had almost 1500 hits, won three gold gloves and was one of the best clutch hitters of all time, which makes him my clear #1. My #7 is Tony Gwynn, which I thought was the biggest snub of the list. The only catcher on this list was Carter and I'd rate Carlton Fisk and Lance Parrish ahead of Carter. Other notables left off... 1B Kent Hrbek, CF Willie Wilson, CF Kirby Puckett, and probably Mattingly.
1. Eddie Murray   2. Cal Ripken   3. Mike Schmidt   4. George Brett   5. Wade Boggs   6. Rickey Henderson   7. ____ ______ (please comment)  8. Dale Murphy   9. Dwight Evans   10. Robin Yount   
#8 | 1583 days ago

Again toomany AllStars and MVPs too choose from. Mike Schmdt produced some monster numbers during the 1980s-In that decade it was unheard of to hit 50HR in a season. 1987 McGwire and Dawson clubbed 49. George Brett was solid during the 80s,hitting .390. I'm glad Dwight Evans was named he had super 1987 season.
1. Mike Schmidt   2. Rickey Henderson   3. Robin Yount   4. George Brett   5. Cal Ripken   6. Wade Boggs   7. Eddie Murray   8. Gary Carter   9. Ozzie Smith   10. Dave Winfield  
#9 | 1583 days ago

Kenne wrote:
 Clark and McGwire didn't put up big enough numbers during that decade and Gooden isn't even a hall of famer.

Gwynn probably could've made this list, but I got it from another site that named their top 20. Just wanted to see what order this site's members would put it in.
Well sure if you're basing it strictly on stats put up in the 80's then you gotta give the nod to players who played through the entire decade.
1. Rickey Henderson   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Ozzie Smith   4. Cal Ripken   5. George Brett   6. Paul Molitor   7. Eddie Murray   8. Wade Boggs   9. Dave Winfield  10. Robin Yount   
#10 | 1571 days ago
BDV4U (+)

Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, Kirby Puckett, Jack Morris - a lot of choices for "{blank} (please comment)"
1. Ozzie Smith   2. Rickey Henderson   3. Wade Boggs   4. Eddie Murray   5. Mike Schmidt   6. Cal Ripken   7. George Brett   8. ____ ______ (please comment)  9. Robin Yount   10. Tim Raines   
#11 | 1566 days ago

my choices were given by the list you gave!  i tried to look at the all around play of the person--- offense, defense, etc....
i not one to pick who is the best, but this is interesting!
1. Pedro Guerrero   2. Rickey Henderson   3. Cal Ripken   4. Eddie Murray   5. Ozzie Smith   6. Mike Schmidt   7. Dave Winfield  8. Andre Dawson   9. George Brett   10. Keith Hernandez   
#12 | 1555 days ago

i went with cal ripkin first no particular reason just like him,didnt ken griffy sr. play in the 80's at least no doping scandals was going on at the time
1. Cal Ripken   2. Gary Carter   3. George Brett   4. Wade Boggs   5. Dale Murphy   6. Eddie Murray   7. Robin Yount   8. Paul Molitor   9. Dave Winfield  10. Ozzie Smith   
#13 | 1523 days ago

George Brett was more of a 70s star so I didn't pick him here for that reason.
1. Mike Schmidt   2. Dale Murphy   3. Rickey Henderson   4. Eddie Murray   5. Cal Ripken   6. Jack Clark   7. Andre Dawson   8. Robin Yount   9. Lou Whitaker   10. Ozzie Smith   
#14 | 1514 days ago

Tough list Gooden was the best of the 80's he just was the worst of the 90's.
1. George Brett   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Eddie Murray   4. Pedro Guerrero   5. Gary Carter   6. Cal Ripken   7. Dale Murphy   8. Rickey Henderson   9. Robin Yount   10. Paul Molitor   
#15 | 1503 days ago

bayareabeast21 wrote:
Lots of names missing. Tony Gwynn, Will Clark, Mark McGwire, Dwight Gooden just a few that come to mind right away.
GOODEN WAS BAD IN THE 90'S BUT HE WAS THE BEST OF THE 80'S
1. George Brett   2. Mike Schmidt   3. Eddie Murray   4. Pedro Guerrero   5. Gary Carter   6. Cal Ripken   7. Dale Murphy   8. Rickey Henderson   9. Robin Yount   10. Paul Molitor   

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