Monday, February 18, 2013

Who Wore It Best? (0-9)

As if you couldn't spend any more time on there, Baseball-Reference has added uniform number data to the website.

Let's take a look at each number and see who ran up the highest career WAR and who wore it for the most seasons. 

The first list for each number shows each uni number's top ten by Wins Above Replacement. Players that only wore the number for a season or two were removed from the list. For instance, Jimmie Foxx actually tops the #1 list, having worn that number for the Cubs in 1944. But he wore 3 for the bulk of his career and he'll be on that list instead.

The second list shows the ten players that wore the number for the most seasons.



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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Ozzie Smith1973.0San Diego Padres (78, 79, 80, 81)
St. Louis Cardinals (82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Lou Whitaker1971.4Detroit Tigers (77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)
Pee Wee Reese1663.1Brooklyn Dodgers (40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58)
Richie Ashburn1560.2Philadelphia Phillies (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59)
Chicago Cubs (60, 61)
New York Mets (62)
Bobby Doerr1347.4Boston Red Sox (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51)
Buddy Myer1143.7Washington Senators (31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41)
Tony Fernandez1442.0Toronto Blue Jays (83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 93, 98, 99, 01)
San Diego Padres (92)
New York Mets (93)
Cleveland Indians (97)
Earle Combs740.0New York Yankees (29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35)
Rabbit Maranville339.4Boston Braves (32, 33, 35)
Rafael Furcal637.6Atlanta Braves (00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

And here's the list by season

PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Ozzie Smith1973.0San Diego Padres (78, 79, 80, 81)
St. Louis Cardinals (82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Lou Whitaker1971.4Detroit Tigers (77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)
Pee Wee Reese1663.1Brooklyn Dodgers (40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58)
Garry Templeton1524.9St. Louis Cardinals (77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
San Diego Padres (82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91)
Richie Ashburn1560.2Philadelphia Phillies (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59)
Chicago Cubs (60, 61)
New York Mets (62)
Luis Castillo1426.8Florida Marlins (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
Minnesota Twins (06, 07)
New York Mets (07, 08, 09, 10)
Tony Fernandez1442.0Toronto Blue Jays (83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 93, 98, 99, 01)
San Diego Padres (92)
New York Mets (93)
Cleveland Indians (97)
Jose Cardenal1416.9California Angels (66, 67)
Cleveland Indians (68, 69)
St. Louis Cardinals (70, 71)
Milwaukee Brewers (71)
Chicago Cubs (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77)
Philadelphia Phillies (78, 79)
Al Bumbry1322.3Baltimore Orioles (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84)
Bobby Doerr1347.4Boston Red Sox (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51)
Brian Roberts1226.3Baltimore Orioles (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12)
Lance Johnson1227.8Chicago White Sox (88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)
New York Mets (96, 97)
Chicago Cubs (97, 98, 99)
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By both WAR and seasons played, Smith, Whitaker and Reese are the top three #1's. It's pretty clear that by the top spot belongs to The Wizard and as you can see, he's pretty pumped about it.

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Player Yrs WAR ▾ Team (click to sort by first year)
Charlie Gehringer 11 76.6 Detroit Tigers (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)
Derek Jeter 18 69.3 New York Yankees (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12)
Billy Herman 5 52.5 Chicago Cubs (32, 33, 34, 35, 36)
Gabby Hartnett 4 50.7 Chicago Cubs (37, 38, 39, 40)
Mickey Cochrane 3 48.9 Philadelphia Athletics (31, 32, 33)
Tony Phillips 4 48.2 Oakland Athletics (86, 87, 88, 89)
Brett Butler 7 47.0 Cleveland Indians (84, 85, 86, 87)
San Francisco Giants (88, 89, 90)
Nellie Fox 13 46.3 Chicago White Sox (53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
Houston Colt .45's (64)
Houston Astros (65)
Red Schoendienst 14 39.0 St. Louis Cardinals (46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 62, 63)
Dick Bartell 6 37.3 Philadelphia Phillies (32, 33)
New York Giants (35, 36, 37, 38)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Derek Jeter1869.3New York Yankees (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12)
Red Schoendienst1439.0St. Louis Cardinals (46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 62, 63)
Nellie Fox1346.3Chicago White Sox (53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
Houston Colt .45's (64)
Houston Astros (65)
Randy Winn1224.5Tampa Bay Devil Rays (98, 99, 00, 01, 02)
Seattle Mariners (03, 04, 05)
San Francisco Giants (05, 06, 07, 08, 09)
Leo Durocher112.7St. Louis Cardinals (33, 34, 35, 36, 37)
Brooklyn Dodgers (38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45)
Charlie Gehringer1176.6Detroit Tigers (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)
Granny Hamner1115.6Philadelphia Phillies (49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59)
Freddie Patek1121.3Pittsburgh Pirates (68, 69, 70)
Kansas City Royals (71, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
California Angels (80, 81)
Randy Jackson1010.4Chicago Cubs (50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
Brooklyn Dodgers (56, 57)
Cleveland Indians (58, 59)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58)
Jerry Remy1012.6California Angels (75, 76, 77)
Boston Red Sox (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84)
Red Rolfe1022.2New York Yankees (31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)
Jack Wilson1021.2Pittsburgh Pirates (03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09)
Seattle Mariners (10, 11)
Atlanta Braves (12)
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This is a two-horse race between Jeter and Gehringer. It'll be interesting to see if Jeter can catch Detroit's Hall of Fame second baseman, who currently sits 7.3 wins ahead. The Yanks' captain is signed for 2012 and 2013 with a player option for 2014, so I think he'll fall just short. 

However, with a boost from being the de facto face of baseball for most of the last two decades and the fact that Gehringer accrued more than a quarter of his value without a uniform number, I'll give Jeter the nod as the greatest #2.

It's worth noting that by similarity score, Jeter's number five comp is Gehringer and Gehringer's number nine comp is Jeter.

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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Babe Ruth7178.3New York Yankees (29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34)
Boston Braves (35)
Alex Rodriguez10111.4Seattle Mariners (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00)
Texas Rangers (01, 02, 03)
Jimmie Foxx1293.5Philadelphia Athletics (31, 32, 33, 34, 35)
Boston Red Sox (36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)
Ken Griffey379.2Cincinnati Reds (06, 07, 08)
Frankie Frisch668.0St. Louis Cardinals (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37)
Bobby Grich567.3Baltimore Orioles (72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
Alan Trammell1967.1Detroit Tigers (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Goose Goslin361.0Washington Senators (30)
St. Louis Browns (31, 32)
Willie Davis1556.8Los Angeles Dodgers (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73)
Texas Rangers (75)
San Diego Padres (76)
Harmon Killebrew1955.8Washington Senators (57, 58, 59, 60)
Minnesota Twins (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
Kansas City Royals (75)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Harold Baines2234.0Chicago White Sox (80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 96, 97, 00, 01)
Texas Rangers (89, 90)
Oakland Athletics (90, 91, 92)
Baltimore Orioles (93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 00)
Alan Trammell1967.1Detroit Tigers (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Harmon Killebrew1955.8Washington Senators (57, 58, 59, 60)
Minnesota Twins (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
Kansas City Royals (75)
Dale Murphy1842.6Atlanta Braves (76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Philadelphia Phillies (90, 91, 92)
Colorado Rockies (93)
Dick McAuliffe1634.3Detroit Tigers (60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73)
Boston Red Sox (74, 75)
Willie Davis1556.8Los Angeles Dodgers (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73)
Texas Rangers (75)
San Diego Padres (76)
Phil Garner1426.5Oakland Athletics (73, 74, 76)
Pittsburgh Pirates (77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
Houston Astros (81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87)
Bud Harrelson1318.6New York Mets (65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77)
Jimmie Foxx1293.5Philadelphia Athletics (31, 32, 33, 34, 35)
Boston Red Sox (36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42)
Eric Chavez1234.0Oakland Athletics (99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10)
Earl Averill1145.1Cleveland Indians (30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
Boston Braves (41)
Cesar Izturis114.5Los Angeles Dodgers (02, 03, 04, 05, 06)
Chicago Cubs (06, 07)
Pittsburgh Pirates (07)
St. Louis Cardinals (08)
Baltimore Orioles (09, 10, 11)
Milwaukee Brewers (12)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

I'm not surprised to see Eric Chavez here, but how about Cesar Izturis?

The top three 3's by bWAR include Foxx, Rodriguez (who by the end of the season will have worn 13 for as many years as he did 3) and Ruth, who only wore the iconic number for the final seven seasons of his 22-year career. But even though he already had 470 homers before he wore it, there is only one answer for the greatest #3.


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Player Yrs WAR ▾ Team (click to sort by first year)
Rogers Hornsby 4 124.6 St. Louis Cardinals (23, 33)
St. Louis Browns (36, 37)
Lou Gehrig 11 108.5 New York Yankees (29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
Mel Ott 15 104.0 New York Giants (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
Paul Molitor 18 72.5 Milwaukee Brewers (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92)
Minnesota Twins (96, 97, 98)
Luke Appling 17 69.9 Chicago White Sox (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50)
Bobby Grich 10 67.3 California Angels (77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86)
Duke Snider 17 63.1 Brooklyn Dodgers (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58, 59, 60, 61, 62)
New York Mets (63)
Joe Cronin 14 61.9 Washington Senators (31, 32, 33, 34)
Boston Red Sox (35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45)
Goose Goslin 4 61.0 Detroit Tigers (34, 35, 36, 37)
Joe Gordon 4 54.0 Cleveland Indians (47, 48, 49, 50)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Paul Molitor1872.5Milwaukee Brewers (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92)
Minnesota Twins (96, 97, 98)
Duke Snider1763.1Brooklyn Dodgers (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58, 59, 60, 61, 62)
New York Mets (63)
Luke Appling1769.9Chicago White Sox (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50)
Mel Ott15104.0New York Giants (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
Joe Cronin1461.9Washington Senators (31, 32, 33, 34)
Boston Red Sox (35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45)
Marty Marion1329.6St. Louis Cardinals (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50)
St. Louis Browns (52, 53)
Lenny Dykstra1241.0New York Mets (85, 86, 87, 88, 89)
Philadelphia Phillies (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Carney Lansford1237.4Boston Red Sox (81, 82)
Oakland Athletics (83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92)
Bobby Higginson1120.2Detroit Tigers (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
Jeff Blauser1118.8Atlanta Braves (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97)
Chicago Cubs (98, 99)
Lou Gehrig11108.5New York Yankees (29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
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A bunch of Hall of Famers here, but I'll go with the first player to get his number retired.

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Player Yrs WAR ▾ Team (click to sort by first year)
Albert Pujols 12 88.5 St. Louis Cardinals (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (12)
George Brett 19 84.0 Kansas City Royals (75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93)
Jeff Bagwell 15 76.7 Houston Astros (91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
Joe DiMaggio 12 75.1 New York Yankees (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51)
Brooks Robinson 21 72.7 Baltimore Orioles (57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77)
Johnny Bench 17 72.3 Cincinnati Reds (67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
Arky Vaughan 4 70.5 Pittsburgh Pirates (40, 41)
Brooklyn Dodgers (42, 43)
Lou Boudreau 12 59.1 Cleveland Indians (39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50)
Hank Greenberg 11 55.1 Detroit Tigers (34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46)
Pittsburgh Pirates (47)
John Olerud 8 53.7 New York Mets (97, 98, 99)
Seattle Mariners (00, 01, 02, 03, 04)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Brooks Robinson2172.7Baltimore Orioles (57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77)
George Brett1984.0Kansas City Royals (75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93)
Johnny Bench1772.3Cincinnati Reds (67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
Jeff Bagwell1576.7Houston Astros (91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
Nomar Garciaparra1442.0Boston Red Sox (96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04)
Chicago Cubs (04, 05)
Los Angeles Dodgers (06, 07, 08)
Oakland Athletics (09)
Ray Durham1430.6Chicago White Sox (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02)
Oakland Athletics (02)
San Francisco Giants (03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08)
Milwaukee Brewers (08)
Ron Gant1431.2Atlanta Braves (87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93)
St. Louis Cardinals (96, 97, 98)
Philadelphia Phillies (99, 00)
Anaheim Angels (00)
Oakland Athletics (01, 03)
Brian Downing1447.8California Angels (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Texas Rangers (92)
Albert Pujols1288.5St. Louis Cardinals (01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (12)
George Scott1232.0Boston Red Sox (66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 79)
Milwaukee Brewers (72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
Lou Boudreau1259.1Cleveland Indians (39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50)
Joe DiMaggio1275.1New York Yankees (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51)
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Hank Aaron wore 5 during his rookie season in 1954 before switching to 44, but he's not on these lists. You could make a strong case for any of six different legends. Robinson wore it for the longest time and is the greatest defensive third baseman ever. Bench might be the best backstop of all time. Pujols leads in bWAR and will add to his total. Brett is just behind him and ranks higher than each of the others on B-R's EloRater list. And then there's only Joe DiMaggio Jeff Bagwell.

I'm just starting this exercise, but I don't think I'll find a tougher call. Since he still has nine years left on his contract and will likely end up with some incredible lifetime totals, I'll go with Albert Pujols.


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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Stan Musial22123.4St. Louis Cardinals (41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
Al Kaline2187.4Detroit Tigers (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
Sal Bando1657.1Kansas City Athletics (66, 67)
Oakland Athletics (68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
Milwaukee Brewers (77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
Joe Gordon754.0New York Yankees (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46)
Stan Hack950.7Chicago Cubs (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47)
Tony Lazzeri546.2New York Yankees (29, 34, 35, 36, 37)
Willie Wilson1643.5Kansas City Royals (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Oakland Athletics (92)
Chicago Cubs (93, 94)
Roy White1143.0New York Yankees (69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
Carlos Delgado340.4Toronto Blue Jays (93, 94, 95)
Tony Oliva1339.7Minnesota Twins (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Stan Musial22123.4St. Louis Cardinals (41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
Al Kaline2187.4Detroit Tigers (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
Steve Garvey1934.4Los Angeles Dodgers (69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82)
San Diego Padres (83, 84, 85, 86, 87)
Sal Bando1657.1Kansas City Athletics (66, 67)
Oakland Athletics (68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
Milwaukee Brewers (77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
Ron Fairly1631.7Los Angeles Dodgers (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69)
Montreal Expos (69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
Toronto Blue Jays (77)
California Angels (78)
Willie Wilson1643.5Kansas City Royals (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Oakland Athletics (92)
Chicago Cubs (93, 94)
Carl Furillo1531.8Brooklyn Dodgers (46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57)
Los Angeles Dodgers (58, 59, 60)
J.T. Snow148.4California Angels (93, 94, 95, 96)
San Francisco Giants (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 08)
Dan Wilson1410.9Cincinnati Reds (92, 93)
Seattle Mariners (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05)
Tony Oliva1339.7Minnesota Twins (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
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It's nice to see J.T. Snow and Dan Wilson here, but this one goes to The Man (RIP).

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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Mickey Mantle18105.5New York Yankees (51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68)
Kenny Lofton1364.9Cleveland Indians (92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 00, 01, 07)
Atlanta Braves (97)
Chicago Cubs (03)
Pittsburgh Pirates (03)
Philadelphia Phillies (05)
Texas Rangers (07)
Al Simmons564.3Philadelphia Athletics (31, 32)
Chicago White Sox (34, 35)
Washington Senators (38)
Ivan Rodriguez2163.7Texas Rangers (91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 09)
Florida Marlins (03)
Detroit Tigers (04, 05, 06, 07, 08)
Washington Nationals (10, 11)
Craig Biggio1962.1Houston Astros (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07)
Reggie Smith1060.8Boston Red Sox (67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73)
St. Louis Cardinals (74, 75, 76)
Bob Johnson452.8Philadelphia Athletics (34, 35, 36, 37)
Joe Medwick952.4St. Louis Cardinals (33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40)
Brooklyn Dodgers (40, 43)
J.D. Drew1342.4St. Louis Cardinals (99, 00, 01, 02, 03)
Atlanta Braves (04)
Los Angeles Dodgers (05, 06)
Boston Red Sox (07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Rocky Colavito542.0Detroit Tigers (60, 61, 62, 63)
Kansas City Athletics (64)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Ivan Rodriguez2163.7Texas Rangers (91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 09)
Florida Marlins (03)
Detroit Tigers (04, 05, 06, 07, 08)
Washington Nationals (10, 11)
Craig Biggio1962.1Houston Astros (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07)
Mickey Mantle18105.5New York Yankees (51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68)
Mark Belanger1637.6Baltimore Orioles (66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
Ed Kranepool152.2New York Mets (65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
Steve Yeager1416.6Los Angeles Dodgers (73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85)
Seattle Mariners (86)
J.D. Drew1342.4St. Louis Cardinals (99, 00, 01, 02, 03)
Atlanta Braves (04)
Los Angeles Dodgers (05, 06)
Boston Red Sox (07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Harvey Kuenn1322.8Detroit Tigers (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59)
Cleveland Indians (60)
San Francisco Giants (61, 62, 63, 64, 65)
Chicago Cubs (65, 66)
Kenny Lofton1364.9Cleveland Indians (92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 98, 99, 00, 01, 07)
Atlanta Braves (97)
Chicago Cubs (03)
Pittsburgh Pirates (03)
Philadelphia Phillies (05)
Texas Rangers (07)
Rick Burleson1221.0Boston Red Sox (74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80)
California Angels (81, 82, 83, 84, 86)
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Some impressive names here, and Joe Mauer should crack the top ten pretty soon. With apologies to Pudge Rodriguez, Craig Biggio and the overlooked Kenny Lofton, the choice is Mickey Mantle.

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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Joe Morgan1397.1Cincinnati Reds (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
Houston Astros (80)
San Francisco Giants (81, 82)
Philadelphia Phillies (83)
Oakland Athletics (84)
Cal Ripken2190.9Baltimore Orioles (81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01)
Carl Yastrzemski2390.1Boston Red Sox (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
Gary Carter1866.4Montreal Expos (75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 92)
New York Mets (85, 86, 87, 88, 89)
San Francisco Giants (90)
Los Angeles Dodgers (91)
Reggie Smith660.8Los Angeles Dodgers (76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
Andre Dawson860.6Chicago Cubs (87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92)
Florida Marlins (95, 96)
Yogi Berra1756.1New York Yankees (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
New York Mets (65)
Willie Stargell2154.2Pittsburgh Pirates (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82)
Bill Dickey1552.4New York Yankees (30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46)
Bob Elliott747.6Pittsburgh Pirates (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)
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PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Carl Yastrzemski2390.1Boston Red Sox (61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
Cal Ripken2190.9Baltimore Orioles (81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01)
Willie Stargell2154.2Pittsburgh Pirates (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82)
Bob Boone1824.4Philadelphia Phillies (73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81)
California Angels (82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88)
Kansas City Royals (89, 90)
Gary Carter1866.4Montreal Expos (75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 92)
New York Mets (85, 86, 87, 88, 89)
San Francisco Giants (90)
Los Angeles Dodgers (91)
Yogi Berra1756.1New York Yankees (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
New York Mets (65)
Doc Cramer154.3Philadelphia Athletics (33, 34, 35)
Boston Red Sox (36, 37, 38, 39, 40)
Detroit Tigers (42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48)
Bill Dickey1552.4New York Yankees (30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 46)
Andy Etchebarren159.3Baltimore Orioles (62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75)
California Angels (75, 76, 77)
Milwaukee Brewers (78)
Gary Gaetti1537.9Minnesota Twins (82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Kansas City Royals (94, 95)
St. Louis Cardinals (96, 97, 98)
Chicago Cubs (98, 99)
Alex Gonzalez138.7Toronto Blue Jays (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01)
Chicago Cubs (02, 03, 04)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (05)
Philadelphia Phillies (06)
Mark Loretta1317.0Milwaukee Brewers (95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02)
Houston Astros (02, 07, 08)
San Diego Padres (03, 04, 05)
Joe Morgan1397.1Cincinnati Reds (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
Houston Astros (80)
San Francisco Giants (81, 82)
Philadelphia Phillies (83)
Oakland Athletics (84)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

A brutally tough decision here. We have three all-time great catchers, two 400-HR/3,000 H greats that played 20+ seasons with the same team, the best (or second-best) second baseman ever, plus Alex Gonzalez and Mark Loretta!

In a very close race, I'll give it to Cal Ripken since he wore 8 for his whole career while Joe Morgan didn't wear the number in his Houston days.

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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Ted Williams19119.8Boston Red Sox (39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60)
Reggie Jackson968.4Oakland Athletics (68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75)
Baltimore Orioles (76)
Graig Nettles1562.8New York Yankees (73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
San Diego Padres (84, 85, 86)
Montreal Expos (88)
Joe Torre954.2St. Louis Cardinals (69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74)
New York Mets (75, 76, 77)
John Olerud853.7Toronto Blue Jays (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Enos Slaughter1351.3St. Louis Cardinals (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)
Gabby Hartnett650.7Chicago Cubs (32, 33, 34, 35, 36)
New York Giants (41)
Minnie Minoso1647.5Chicago White Sox (51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 61, 64, 76, 80)
Cleveland Indians (58, 59)
St. Louis Cardinals (62)
Washington Senators (63)
Matt Williams1543.5San Francisco Giants (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Cleveland Indians (97)
Arizona Diamondbacks (98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03)
Charlie Keller740.6New York Yankees (39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 49)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

PlayerYrs ▾WARTeam (click to sort by first year)
Ted Williams19119.8Boston Red Sox (39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60)
Bill Mazeroski1732.3Pittsburgh Pirates (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72)
Marquis Grissom1626.7Montreal Expos (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94)
Atlanta Braves (95, 96)
Milwaukee Brewers (98, 99, 00)
Los Angeles Dodgers (01, 02)
San Francisco Giants (03, 04, 05)
Minnie Minoso1647.5Chicago White Sox (51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 61, 64, 76, 80)
Cleveland Indians (58, 59)
St. Louis Cardinals (62)
Washington Senators (63)
Graig Nettles1562.8New York Yankees (73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83)
San Diego Padres (84, 85, 86)
Montreal Expos (88)
Matt Williams1543.5San Francisco Giants (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96)
Cleveland Indians (97)
Arizona Diamondbacks (98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03)
Brady Anderson1432.2Baltimore Orioles (89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01)
Cleveland Indians (02)
Terry Pendleton1425.1St. Louis Cardinals (84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90)
Atlanta Braves (91, 92, 93, 94)
Florida Marlins (95, 96)
Cincinnati Reds (97)
Enos Slaughter1351.3St. Louis Cardinals (38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53)
Vinny Castilla1216.7Colorado Rockies (93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 04, 06)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (00, 01)
Washington Nationals (05)
San Diego Padres (06)
Todd Hundley129.3New York Mets (92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98)
Los Angeles Dodgers (99, 00, 03)
Chicago Cubs (01, 02)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

I love seeing Marquis Grissom here, and there are several solid Hall of Very Good-type players like Olerud, Torre and Nettles. That said, the greatest #9 is obviously Teddy Ballgame.

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And we can't forget those who wore 0 or 00! Below are the complete lists of those players.

0

PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Al Oliver840.2Texas Rangers (78, 79, 80, 81)
Montreal Expos (82, 83)
Philadelphia Phillies (84)
San Francisco Giants (84)
Los Angeles Dodgers (85)
Toronto Blue Jays (85)
George Scott132.0Kansas City Royals (79)
Oscar Gamble120.5Chicago White Sox (85)
Oddibe McDowell49.4Texas Rangers (85, 86, 87, 88)
Candy Maldonado18.1Toronto Blue Jays (95)
U.L. Washington17.9Pittsburgh Pirates (86)
Franklin Stubbs21.7Milwaukee Brewers (91, 92)
Rey Ordonez2-0.2New York Mets (96, 97)
Terry McDaniel1-0.4New York Mets (91)
Kerry Robinson2-0.7St. Louis Cardinals (02, 03)
Junior Ortiz6-1.2Pittsburgh Pirates (89)
Minnesota Twins (90, 91)
Cleveland Indians (92, 93)
Texas Rangers (94)
Mark Ryal1-1.5Chicago White Sox (85)
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Generated 2/18/2013.


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PlayerYrsWAR ▾Team (click to sort by first year)
Bobby Bonds155.7St. Louis Cardinals (80)
Jack Clark150.1San Diego Padres (90)
Bobo Newsom342.0Washington Senators (43, 46, 47)
Jose Canseco139.1Toronto Blue Jays (98)
Don Baylor124.4Oakland Athletics (88)
John Mayberry121.5Houston Astros (68)
Cliff Johnson214.4Toronto Blue Jays (85, 86)
Omar Olivares213.6St. Louis Cardinals (93)
Philadelphia Phillies (95)
Curt Leskanic211.5Milwaukee Brewers (00, 01)
Eddie Milner111.5Cincinnati Reds (88)
Tony Clark110.0New York Mets (03)
Jeffrey Leonard47.2San Francisco Giants (87, 88)
Milwaukee Brewers (88)
Seattle Mariners (89, 90)
Joe Page15.5Pittsburgh Pirates (54)
Rick White31.3Cleveland Indians (04)
Pittsburgh Pirates (05)
Cincinnati Reds (06)
Philadelphia Phillies (06)
Paul Dade30.4Cleveland Indians (77, 78, 79)
Brandon Watson3-0.5Washington Nationals (05, 06, 07)
Cincinnati Reds (06)
Kerry Robinson1-0.7Cincinnati Reds (99)
Curtis Goodwin2-1.5Cincinnati Reds (96, 97)
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Generated 2/18/2013.

Far from a zero, Al Oliver banged out 2,743 hits to earn the top spot among 0's. I'll give the 00 nod to the oft-traveled Bobo Newsom, who was traded 16 times in his 20-year career.

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