I am going to clear everyone out of the baseball Hall of Fame and start my new hall of fame. I will induct 100 players, just 5 players will be inducted in this blog but up to 25 will be inducted in each blog after this. Active players may be used. If you click on a players name, it is a link to that players page at baseballreference.com
The first Hall Of Famer ever and I felt that it would be necissary to have him be the first Hall of Famer in my list as well. Hate him if you must for his terrible attitude but he is the best hitter of all time. The best run scorer of all time. Could be the best base stealer of all time. Just imagine if he played in the live-ball era, we are talking at least 500 career HR. The ball just jumped off of Cobb's bat. He had four years of 20+ triples! There is no doubt in my mind that Cobb is the best ball player ever.
What is there to say about this guy? The Big Bambino, Sultan of Swat, The King of Crash . . . there was nobody better in terms of hitting homeruns and driving runs in. In the year 1920, Babe Ruth hit more homeruns than any team in the American League. You read that right, team, not player, but team. He would have easily won 10 MVP awards if the MLB had that award back then. Don't forget that he was a great pitcher as well. Throughout his career, he has practically been on base more than he has gotten an out. The best power hitter ever by a mile.
Not quite in Babe or Cobb teritory but his 191 OPS+ would beg to differ. Williams was a pure hitter who could have smoked 600 homeruns if it weren't for missing over four years during his prime due to serving in multiple wars. At age 38, Ted Williams hit .388 and won the batting title. How many 38-year olds can hit that high? If that wasn't good enough, he led the league in batting once again the next year, hitting .328 at 39 years. The one thing I will never give Williams as much credit as everyone else seems to give him is his title of being the last player to hit .400. The key word is last, not first.
"The Kid" is the best defensive outfielder of all time, no doubt about that. His offense was also top-notch as well but it is still in a different league compared to the top three players and I don't feel that his defense makes up for this substancial difference. But enough of that, Mays is still a great player. You will be hard-pressed to find a year where he wasn't near the top in MVP voting, after all, he did average 36 HR and 103 RBI per year, unheard numbers for a centerfielder. He was also a major threat on the base paths in his prime, stealing 40 in one year, and is a .300+ hitter. But once again, nobody's a better fielder than "The Kid."
Walter "Big Train" Johnson is easily the best pitcher of all time. Granted, he pitched in an era that was somewhat pitcher friendly, but whoever heard of a pitcher now-a-days pitching a season with an ERA under 2, let alone 11? That's exactly what Johnson did, if you can believe it or not. 531 of his 666 career games started were complete games and adding onto that, 110 of those games were shutouts! Oh yea, did I add that his career record was 417-279? The game will never see a pitcher as great as Johnson again and that's a promise.