Some of these players I never saw as they were before my time. I go by what experts said when I was growing up. I have been watching baseball from the mid-60's so I have seen a lot. If I were to start a team these are the players I would pick for each position.
My Shortstop is Derek. I admit I'm a little bit prejudiced here and those can say Honus Wagner was the greatest. Jeter has won five World Series and may top 4,000 hits before he is through. Not as acrobatic as Ozzie Smith or as good a fielder as Vizquel but he is not that far behind. None of those shortstops hit for the same power and Jeter is always in the right place at the most clutch times of a game like nobody that has ever played the game.
Schmidt gets the nod over Brooks Robinson for my third baseman because he was a by far a superior hitter. Some could put Alex Rodriques up there but he has only played 5 seasons at third. Schmidt as his peak was a scary hitter!
My First Outfield choice. The Babe is the greatest player ever. No telling the records he might have set as a pitcher if he stayed a pitcher. If he didn't pitch and took better care of his body he might have hit 900 homeruns.
Bob Gibson is my other pitching choice. Totally unhittable in 1968. The most dominating post season pitcher ever. If Curt Flood didn't miss that ball in game 7 he might have been the series hero over Lolich.
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