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    Top Baltimore Orioles players ranked, from 50 to 1

    Some of the best Major League Baseball players have worn the Baltimore Orioles uniform over the years. But which players have had the best careers while calling Oriole Park at Camden Yards or Memorial Stadium their home field?

    We’ve compiled a list of the 50 greatest Baltimore Orioles players of all time. It features a lot of names you’d expect to see on the list, and maybe a few that surprise you. that’s what makes it fun.

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    Our list is based on baseball-reference.com’s win-over-replacement (better known as war) ratings. the war is meant to measure how much better a player is than a player who would normally be available to replace that player. the higher the number, the better that player is than the average replacement level player.

    War Ratings listed are accumulated only from a player’s time with the Baltimore Orioles. Therefore, while Frank Robinson is widely regarded as one of the all-time baseball greats, he ranks lower on this list than you might expect because he only played six seasons at Baltimore.

    roster does not include players who played for the st. Louis Browns before the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954. Managers are also not included, although two former managers do appear in the ranking as players. so other than that, you won’t see any mention of earl weaver, one of the quintessential orioles of them all.

    Chris Davis

    50. Chris Davis – 12.2

    chris davis’s last three years in baltimore were not good, to say the least. But he provided plenty of production for the O’s in his first five full seasons with the club, which included one of the best offensive seasons in Baltimore history. In 2013, Davis hit .286 with 42 doubles, 53 home runs, and 138 RBIs and finished third in AL MVP voting. he finished with 253 hrs and 656 rbis as an oriole.

    Erik Bedard

    49. Erik Bedard – 12.8

    Erik Bedard stood out on some not-so-great Baltimore teams in the mid-2000s. He went 40-34 in five seasons with a 3.83 ERA. He went 13-5 with a 3.16 era and 221 strikeouts and finished fifth in Cy Young’s voting in 2007. That offseason, he was traded to Seattle in the deal that brought Adam Jones to the Orioles.

    Scott Erickson

    48. Scott Erickson – 13.1

    Scott Erickson was traded from Minnesota to Baltimore in July 1995 and made an immediate impact, going 9-4 in 17 starts that season. he backed it up with four straight winning seasons, including a 16-7 mark in 1997 and a 2-0 mark in that postseason. Erickson went 79-68 in seven seasons for the O’s.

    Storm Davis

    47. Storm Davis – 13.4

    storm davis caused a stir at age 20, going 8-4 with a 3.49 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 100.2 innings in 1982. He improved over the next two seasons, going 13-7 in 1983 and 14- 9 in 1984 .Davis went 61-43 over six seasons with the O’s before being traded to San Diego after the 1986 season.

    Ben McDonald

    46. Ben McDonald – 13.7

    injuries prevented ben mcdonald from living up to the hype of being selected with the orioles first overall pick in the 1989 mlb draft. over seven seasons in baltimore, mcdonald had a record of 78 -70 with a 3.91 era, but only twice did he record more than 25 starts in a season. His best year came in the strike-shortened 1994 season, when he went 14-7.Bob Nieman

    45. Bob Nieman – 14.4

    Outfielder Bob Nieman was hitting .300 when he was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Orioles in May 1956. He finished that season at .320 with 14 hours and 68 RBIs and finished seventh in the MVP voting. Nieman hit .301 over six seasons at Baltimore, with 82 hours and 336 rbis.

    Rich Dauer

    44. Rich Dauer – 14.4

    Rich Dauer spent his entire 10-year career (1976-1985) in Baltimore and was a solid no. 2 or not. 8 hitter and best defensive player, mostly at second base. he had a .257 career batting average for him, and his most productive year was in 1980 when he batted .284 and drove in 63 runs. In 1978, he set American League single-season records with 86 consecutive error-free games and 425 consecutive error-free chances.

    Mike Bordick

    43. Mike Bordick – 14.5

    The arrival of shortstop Mike Bordick from Oakland in 1997 required (or allowed) the transfer of Cal Ripken Jr. to third base. Bordick spent most of the next six seasons in Baltimore, except for a trade deadline to move to the New York Mets in 2000 before re-signing with the O’s in 2001. He hit .260 with 299 RBs and was a Above-average defensive player during the golden age of shortstops in the late 1990s.

    Jim Gentile, pictured playing for San Diego of the minor leagues in 1968

    42. Jim Gentile – 14.8

    jim gentile played just four seasons at baltimore, but put up big numbers during his short tenure. The first baseman hit .272 with 124 hours and 398 RBs from 1960 to 1963. He was a standout in his first three seasons, being second in rookie of the year voting in 1960 and third in MVP voting in 1961, when he he batted 302 with 46 hours and 141 rbis.

    Jonathan Schoop

    41. Jonathan Schoop – 15.2

    jonathon schoop won the second base job as a 22-year-old in 2014 and finished that season with 16 hrs and 45 rbis. he put it all together two years later, hitting .267 with 25 hours and 82 RBs, followed by a .293/32/105 season in 2017 before being traded at the trade deadline in 2018.Hoyt Wilhelm, pictured in 1970 with the Atlanta Braves

    40. Hoyt Wilhelm – 15.6

    Hoyt Wilhelm started only six games in his first seven seasons in the majors before being traded to the Orioles in 1958. But he started 27 times in his first full season with the O’s in 1959 and posted a 2.19 era, the best of the mlb. In more than four seasons at Baltimore, Wilhelm went 43-39 with a 2.42 ERA and was a three-time all-star.

    Gary Roenicke, pictured as an Orioles scout in 2011

    39. Gary Roenicke – 15.7

    gary roenicke, half of the right-handed hitters in a platoon of righties and lefties with john lowenstein, spent eight seasons with the orioles, batting .250 with 106 hours and 352 RBIs. his best season was in 1982, when he hit .270 with 21 hrs and 71 rbis.

    J.J. Hardy

    38. J.J. Hardy – 15.7

    j.j. hardy came to the minnesota orioles before the 2011 season and responded with possibly the best season of his career, hitting .269 with 30 hours and 80 rbis. In seven seasons at Baltimore, Hardy hit .252 with 107 HRs and 385 RBIs. he was also a great fielder and won three consecutive gold gloves at shortstop from 2012 to 2014.Jeremy Guthrie

    37. Jeremy Guthrie – 16.1

    Like Erik Bedard, Jeremy Guthrie pitched for some bad teams during his tenure at Baltimore, as the O’s never won more than 69 games between 2007 and 2011. Guthrie was the team’s winningest pitcher in 2008, 2009 and 2010, but he only had a winning record in his first season, going 8-4 in 2007. He went 47-65 with a 4.12 era in his five years at Baltimore.

    Luis Aparicio

    36. Luis Aparicio – 16.4

    shortstop luis aparicio came to the orioles in 1963 in the trade that sent hoyt wilhelm to the chicago white sox. in five seasons at baltimore, he was a two-time all-star, a two-time gold glover and twice led the majors in stolen bases. he batted .251, scored 385 runs, drove in 194 and stole 166 bases.

    Steve Barber

    35. Steve Barber – 16.9

    steve barber pitched for seven and a half seasons in baltimore from 1960 to 1967 and had a winning record in six of his first seven years. His highest ERA in those winning seasons was just 3.46, and he finished his time at Baltimore with a 95-75 record and a 3.12 ERA. His best season was 1963, when he went 20-13 with a 2.75 ERA.

    Merv Rettenmund

    34. Merv Rettenmund – 17.0

    outfielder merv rettenmund has only surpassed 100 games played in three of his six seasons at baltimore. Two of those seasons represented Rettenmund’s best years. He hit .322 with 18 hours and 58 rbis in 1970 and hit .318 with 11 hours and 75 rbis in 1971. A career .271 hitter of his, he hit .284 as an oriole.Mike Cuellar

    33. Mike Cuellar – 17.1

    mike cuellar showed signs of a promising career for four seasons in houston. But he dominated from the start when he came to Baltimore in 1969. That year he went 23-11, won the Cy Young Award and finished eighth in the MVP voting. He followed that up with a 24-8 record in 1970 and a 20-9 mark in 1971. He added another 20-win season (22-10) in 1974 and finished his career with a 143-88, 3.18 era record. .

    Mike Boddicker

    32. Mike Boddicker – 17.4

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    mike boddicker made his first appearance for the orioles in 1980, but didn’t stay in the majors until 1983, and he made sure to stay that season. Boddicker went 16-8 with a 2.77 ERA and five shutouts in the regular season and finished third in rookie of the year voting. That postseason, he was named ALCs MVP after pitching a five-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts in Game 2 against the Chicago White Sox. He then threw a three-hit complete game in Game 2 of the World Series against Philadelphia. Boddicker went 20-11 and led the league with a 2.79 era in 1984 and finished his time at Baltimore with a 79-73 record.

    B.J. Surhoff

    31. B.J. Surhoff – 17.7

    bj surhoff came to the orioles as a free agent before the 1996 season, just as the team was poised to become a contender again. Surhoff, who was drafted first as a catcher by Milwaukee in 1985, played third base for most of the 1996 season in Baltimore before transitioning from full-time (mostly) to the outfield in 1997. Loved in Baltimore Because of his tough style of play, Surhoff hit .291 with 120 hours and 551 RBs over two seasons with the O’s (1996-2000, 2003-2005).

    Matt Wieters

    30. Matt Wieters – 18.2

    A lot of buzz surrounded Matt Wieters after the Orioles selected him fifth in the 2007 MLB draft. He made his debut in 2009 and lived up to the hype, hitting .288 with 9 hours and 43 RBs in 96 games. his two best seasons were in 2011 (.262/22/68) and 2012 (.249/23/83) when he was an all-star and Gold Glove winner. he hit .256 with 117 hrs and 437 rbis in eight seasons as an oriole.

    Don Buford

    29. Don Buford – 19.2

    don buford came to baltimore in the trade that sent luis aparicio to the chicago white sox after the 1967 season. he hit .270 with 67 hrs and 252 rbis in five seasons with the orioles, posting a career-high . 291 in 1969.

    Miguel Tejada

    28. Miguel Tejada – 19.5

    Shortstop Miguel Tejada was the Orioles’ big free-agent acquisition before the 2004 season, and while his presence didn’t make the team a contender, it wasn’t for a lack of production on his part. In his first four seasons with the O’s, Tejada hit .311 with 146 doubles, 102 HRs and 429 RBIs. he finished fifth in all-mvp voting in 2004 and was a standout in each of his first three seasons. He signed as a free agent again in 2010, but he wasn’t the same player and was traded to San Diego at the trade deadline.Davey Johnson

    27. Davey Johnson – 20.0

    davey johnson was a solid hitter in the back half of the orioles lineup during his eight seasons, but he was perhaps best known for his defense. Johnson was a three-time Gold Glove winner at second base, a three-time All-Star and was third in rookie of the year voting in 1966. He batted .259 with 66 hours and 391 RBIs at Baltimore. Johnson also managed the Orioles in 1996 and 1997, and in both years he led the team to the American League Championship Series.

    Scott McGregor

    26. Scott McGregor – 20.2

    Scott McGregor’s entire 13-year career (1976-1988) was played out in Baltimore. the southpaw started nine of those seasons and posted double figures in wins each of those nine years. He finished sixth in Cy Young Award voting twice: in 1980 when he was 20-8 with a 3.32 ERA, and in 1983 when he was 18-7 with a 3.18 ERA. in six postseason starts, he was 3-3 with a 1.63 ERA. McGregor finished his career with a 138-108 record and a 3.99 ERA.

    Rick Dempsey

    25. Rick Dempsey – 21.2

    Without a doubt one of the most beloved Orioles of all time, Rick Dempsey played 12 seasons (1976-1986, 1992) with the Orioles and was one of the best defensive receivers of his time. In the regular season with the Orioles, Dempsey hit .238 with 75 HRs and 355 RBIs. But he really shined in the postseason, hitting .324 in two World Series appearances with Baltimore and being named the 1983 World Series MVP.Mike Flanagan

    24. Mike Flanagan – 21.4

    mike flanagan became a full-time starter with the orioles in 1978 and was an all-star that season, going 19-15. The following year, Flanagan went 23-9 with a 3.03 ERA, won the Cy Young Award and finished sixth in the MVP voting. In two seasons (1975-1987, 1991-1992) with the Orioles, Flanagan went 141-116 with a 3.90 ERA.

    Milt Pappas, pictured with the Chicago Cubs in 1972

    23. Milt Pappas – 21.7

    milt pappas made his first appearance for the orioles as an 18-year-old in 1957. in eight full seasons in baltimore, pappas never won fewer than 10 games and twice won 16 in one year. He finished with a 110-74 record and a 3.24 era, but he is perhaps best remembered as one of three players sent to Cincinnati in a trade for Frank Robinson in 1965.Doug DeCinces

    22. Doug DeCinces – 22.9

    doug decinces succeeded brooks robinson as the orioles’ third baseman, sharing the position in 1975 before becoming the leading starter in 1976. spanning nine seasons (he made just 21 plate appearances in 1973 and 1974 combined ), fifteen hit .253 with 107 hours and 397 rbis. He was traded to Los Angeles from California before the 1982 season, when he finished third in all MVP voting.

    Chris Hoiles

    21. Chris Hoiles – 23.5

    chris hoiles played his entire career (1989-1998) in baltimore and was the orioles’ starting catcher for most of the 1990s. he had his best season in 1993 when he hit .310 with 29 hours and 82 rbis and finished 16th in the mvp voting. he finished his 10-year career with a .262 batting average, 151 hours and 449 rbis.

    Rafael Palmeiro

    20. Rafael Palmeiro – 24.4

    Rafael Palmeiro was one of the pillars of the oriole resurgence in the mid-1990s. From 1994 to 1998, Palmeiro hit .292 with 162 doubles, 182 HRs and 553 RBIs, finished in the top 15 in MVP voting three times, and won a Gold Glove at first base. He returned to Baltimore for his final two seasons and got his 3,000th hit as the Orioles in July 2005, but was suspended after a positive steroid test just days later. he played just seven more games after he ended his suspension.

    Al Bumbry

    19. Al Bumbry – 24.7

    It was almost guaranteed: if the bumbry was in the starting lineup, he’d be hitting leadoff. from 1973 to 1984, no oriole struck first more than bumbry. After a cup of coffee with the club in 1972, Bumbry was the 1973 rookie of the year by hitting .337, stealing 23 bases and leading the AL in triples with 11. He was an all-star in 1980 and finished his 13-year career. in baltimore with an average of .281 and 402 rbis.

    Dave McNally

    18. Dave McNally – 25.3

    left-hander dave mcnally won 181 of his 184 major league games as a baltimore oriole. He was one of the best pitchers in the majors from 1968 to 1971, going 87-31 with a 2.81 era, finishing in the top four of Cy Young Award voting in three of those years (1969 to 1971) and Finishing fifth in the MVP voting in 1968: the year Denny McLain was a unanimous pick for Cy Young. Mcnally went 181-113 with a 3.18 ERA over 13 seasons at Baltimore.

    Nick Markakis

    17. Nick Markakis – 26.0

    Nick Markakis was often one of the few bright spots on some dismal Orioles teams in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Markakis was always a solid producer in the top half of the Orioles lineup. Orioles, hitting .290 with 316 doubles, 141 hours and 658 RBs in nine seasons with the Orioles. He also won Gold Gloves in 2011 and 2014, his last season before signing as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves.

    Brian Roberts

    16. Brian Roberts – 28.8

    Like Bumbry before him, Brian Roberts was a mainstay at the top of the Orioles batting order. once he became the team’s full-time second baseman in the middle of the 2003 season, he rarely hit anywhere other than the top of the lineup. Over a six-year period, from 2004 to 2009, Roberts was one of the best at his position, hitting .290 with 278 doubles, 69 hours, 374 RBs and 212 stolen bases. He led the American League in steals (50) in 2007, led the American League in doubles (50) in 2004 and led the majors in doubles in 2009 (56) before injury after injury knocked him out of the way.

    Melvin Mora

    15. Melvin Mora – 29.1

    Orioles fans weren’t sure what to expect when the team acquired Melvin Mora in the trade deadline deal that sent Mike Bordick to the New York Mets in 2000 after a few seasons as a utility player , mora was installed as the player of the team. he regular third baseman in 2004 and had his most productive year as a pro. He hit .340 that season, second best in the league to Ichiro Suzuki’s .372, with 27 hours and 104 RBIs. Mora was a two-time all-star in his 10 years at Baltimore and hit .280 with 158 hours and 662 rbis.

    Ken Singleton

    14. Ken Singleton – 30.0

    dave mcnally pitched the 1975 season, his final season in the majors, with the montreal expos, going there in a trade that sent outfielder ken singleton to baltimore. once he singleton, he was a mainstay in right field for a decade. He was in the top 10 in MVP voting three times: finishing third behind Rod Carew and Al Cowens in 1977, and runner-up to Don Baylor in 1979. A three-time all-star, Singleton hit .284 with 182 hours and 776 rbis for orioles.

    Manny Machado

    13. Manny Machado – 31.9

    Hopes were high when the Orioles selected Manny Machado with the third overall pick in the draft in 2010, the year the Washington Nationals selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick. Drafted as a shortstop, Machado was relegated to third base due to the presence of Gold-Glover J.J. resistant. But Machado shone in the hot corner, winning two gold gloves himself. he was a four-time all-star and finished in the top 10 in mvp voting three times with the orioles. During the equivalent of six full seasons, Machado hit .283 with 162 hours and 471 rbis.

    Frank Robinson

    12. Frank Robinson – 32.4

    no player had a first season with the baltimore orioles, or perhaps with any other team, like frank robinson in 1966. traded by the cincinnati reds for three players, including milt pappas, in the offseason, robinson hit triple crown with a .316 average, 49 hrs and 122 rbis. He led the Orioles to a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series and was named series MVP. Robinson also became the first and only player to be named MVP in both the American and National Leagues. Robinson’s stats in just six years with the Orioles are staggering: a .300 batting average, 179 hours and 545 RBs. he was an all-star in five of those six seasons and had three other top-10 finishes in mvp voting.

    Adam Jones

    11. Adam Jones – 32.5

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    adam jones was the centerpiece of the five-player package the orioles received from the seattle mariners in the trade for pitcher erik bedard before the 2008 season. and for most of his 11 seasons in baltimore, jones was the focal point on the field. he was an all-star and gold glove winner in 2009, but he really peaked for him in 2010.

    From 2010 to 2017, Jones averaged 28 doubles, 28 hours and 84 RBIs per season and never batted below .265. he ranked sixth in the mvp voting in 2012 when he hit .287 with 32 hours and 82 rbis, then followed that up with a .285/33/108 season in 2013. he finished with five all-star appearances and four gold gloves .

    Brady Anderson

    10. Brady Anderson – 34.9

    brady anderson came to the orioles (with a rough shilling) in a 1988 trade deadline deal that sent mike boddicker to the boston red sox. He struggled at the plate as a part-time player in his first 3½ years at Baltimore, but his production increased dramatically when he became a full-time starter in 1992. He led the majors in plate appearances (749) that season, batted for .271 with 21 hrs and 80 rbis, he stole 53 bases, gave 98 walks and scored 100 runs.

    anderson peaked in 1996, hitting .297 and becoming the first oriole to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He also scored 117 runs and drove in 110. During 14 seasons at Baltimore, Anderson hit .257 with 209 hours, 744 RBIs, 1,044 runs scored, and 307 stolen bases.

    Boog Powell

    9. Boog Powell – 35.5

    How many young fans enjoying Boog’s BBQ during a trip to Camden Yards realize that Boog Powell was one of the Orioles’ early star players? Powell played 14 seasons (1961-1974) at Baltimore and appeared in four straight All-Star games from 1968 to 1971. He finished third in AL MVP voting in 1966 (behind teammates Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson) when he hit . 287 with 34 hours and 109 rbis. He was second to Minnesota’s Harmon Killebrew in 1969 when he hit .304 with 37 hours and 121 rbis. and finally won the MVP award in 1970 when he hit .297 with 35 HRs and 114 RBIs. Powell batted .266 with 303 hours and 1,063 RBIs at Baltimore before finishing his career at Cleveland.Bobby Grich

    8. Bobby Grich – 36.0

    Bobby Grich’s seven seasons in Baltimore are often overshadowed, if not completely forgotten, due to his 10 years with the California Angels. But Grich established himself as one of the best second basemen in the game during his five seasons (1972 to 1976) as the Orioles’ starter. A three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and three-time MVP, finishing ninth in 1974. As an oriole, Grich hit .262 with 70 hours, 307 RBIs, and 432 RBIs. runs scored scored.

    Paul Blair

    7. Paul Blair – 39.7

    paul blair patrolled center field for 12 seasons in baltimore and was one of the best outfielders in the majors during his prime. Blair won his first Gold Glove Award in 1967, then won seven in a row from 1969 to 1975. He was a two-time All-Star and finished 11th in the All-MVP voting in 1970 when he hit .285 with 26 hours, 76 rbis, 102 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Blair hit .254 as an oriole, with 126 hours and 567 rbis.

    Mark Belanger

    6. Mark Belanger – 40.9

    Once upon a time in baseball, a shortstop was trusted primarily for his defensive skills and any offensive production was simply a bonus. mark belanger was a shining example of that idea. During 17 seasons (1965-1981) in Baltimore, 13 as a full-time starter, Belanger batted .227, had 1,304 hits and only 20 hrs. but it was belanger’s defense that kept him in the lineup.

    Won eight career Gold Glove Awards, including six in a row between 1973 and 1978. According to baseball benchmarks, Belanger has the second-highest defensive warfare of all time (39.5), behind only Ozzie Smith. . Belanger played one season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1982 when the Orioles had to make room at shortstop for Cal Ripken Jr.

    Mike Mussina

    5. Mike Mussina – 47.7

    mike mussina was one of the most reliable starting pitchers in baseball during his 10 seasons in baltimore. He compiled a record of 147-81 with a 3.53 era from 1991 to 2000 and only had two losing seasons in that span: the first and last, the two worst Orioles teams he pitched for.

    In between, he finished in the top 6 in Al Cy Young voting seven times, but never won the award (he was second to Pedro Martinez in 1999 for his best finish). Mussina twice won 18 games and twice won 19 games with the Orioles, was a five-time All-Star and won four straight Gold Gloves from 1996-99.

    Eddie Murray

    4. Eddie Murray – 56.5

    Eddie Murray was quite simply one of the most feared switch hitters in baseball history and arguably the best player in the game in the early 1980s. He burst onto the scene in 1977, winning rookie of the year for hit .283 with 27 hours and 88 rbis.

    From 1980 to 1985, Murray hit .304 and averaged 30 doubles, 30 hours and 108 RBs per season. He was in the top 6 in all MVP voting each of those years, including consecutive runner-up finishes to Robin Yount in 1982 and Cal Ripken Jr. in 1983. He also won three consecutive gold gloves between 1982 and 1984.

    In 13 seasons at Baltimore (1977-1988, plus a brief return in 1996), Murray batted .294 with 2,080 hits, 363 doubles, 343 hours and 1,224 RBIs, only once striking out more than 100 times. (104 in his rookie season).

    Jim Palmer

    3. Jim Palmer – 67.6

    After arm problems caused him to make only 10 appearances, all in the minor leagues, in 1968, the Orioles left Jim Palmer unprotected in that year’s expansion draft. Fortunately for Baltimore, neither the Kansas City royalty nor the Seattle pilots selected Palmer because he bounced back with a decade of dominance.

    From 1969 to 1978, Palmer went 192-101 with a 2.52 ERA and averaged 277 innings per season. (Throw out an injury-plagued 1974 season when he went 7-12 and those numbers look even better.) He was in the top 5 in the Al Cy Young voting during that span, winning the award in 1973, 1975 and 1976 and finishing a close second to Sparky Lyle in 1977. Palmer also finished second in the MVP voting behind Reggie jackson in 1973, added another finalist cy young in 1982, and won four consecutive gold gloves from 1976 to 1979. in 19 years as an oriole, palmer went 268-152 with a 2.86 ERA.

    Brooks Robinson

    2. Brooks Robinson – 78.4

    orioles fans will argue that there is no better third baseman, at least defensively, in the history of the game than brooks robinson. the numbers back them up. Robinson ranks third all-time in defensive warfare (39.1) behind Ozzie Smith and teammate Mark Belanger, both shortstops. Robinson won his first Gold Glove in 1960 and made the award his own. no other American League third baseman would win the award until 1976.

    but robinson could also hit. He finished his 23-year career, all at Baltimore, with a .267 average, 2,848 hits, 482 doubles, 268 hours and 1,357 RBs. He was also an all-star for 15 consecutive years beginning in 1960 and finished in the top 10 in MVP voting seven times: he won the award in 1964 and finished second to teammate Frank Robinson in 1966. He also hit . 303 in 39 postseason games and was the most valuable player in the 1970 World Series.

    Cal Ripken Jr.

    1. Cal Ripken Jr. – 95.9

    was there any doubt that cal ripken jr. would top this list? he holds a record most fans believe he will never break, if he comes close, for playing in 2,632 consecutive games. He helped revolutionize the shortstop position from a defensive position in the lineup (like his immediate predecessor, Mark Belanger) to one that provided more offensive strength as well as defensive prowess.

    When the Orioles ripken their starting shortstop to open the 1982 season, they saw little to no drop-off from Belanger defensively and a huge jump in offensive production. ripken hit .264 as a rookie, with 28 hours and 93 runs, and won all-around rookie of the year honors, the first of many honors in ripken’s career.

    Won the first of two MVP awards in 1983, hitting .318 with 27 hours and 102 hours while also leading the majors with 211 hits and 47 doubles. he also made the first of 19 consecutive all-star appearances and won the first of eight silver hitter awards as the best hitting shortstop.

    His second MVP came in 1991, arguably his best season, when he hit .323 with 34 hours and 114 RBIs, won the first of his two Gold Gloves and put on a show in the home run derby and all-star game. in toronto.

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    Ripken spent his entire 21-year career with his hometown team (he grew up in Aberdeen), playing in 3,001 MLB games. He finished with a .276 batting average, 3,184 hits, 603 doubles, 431 hours and 1,695 rbis and never struck out more than 97 times in a season.

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