All-Decade Team

2000s All-Decade Team

The 2000s were marked by home runs, high ERAs, and a lot of he said she said finger pointing. Steroids and the debates about who was using what and when and who knew what and when did they know it played out like a tireless drama. As it always has though the game went on. We were introduced to a few of the best sluggers the game has ever seen in Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera. We witnessed Randy Johnson solidly his Hall of Fame resume and watched the conclusion of Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens careers. 9 player joined the 500 homer club, 3 players joined the 600 homer club and Barry Bonds moved past Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader. Perhaps for the last time we saw 4 players join the 300 win club. The 3,000 strikeout club welcomed its newest members: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, and John Smoltz.

From the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry reaching a fever pitch to 23 of 30 teams making the playoffs the 2000s provided plenty of on field drama. What a decade it was. Below is our 2000s All-Decade team.

  • Catcher, Jorge Posada


  • Jorge Posada Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    37.5 1,302 4,426 681 1,251 288 7 208 819 15 15 707 1,056 .283 .386 .492 .878

  • Catcher, Joe Mauer


  • Joe Mauer Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    27.3 699 2,582 419 844 158 15 72 397 34 7 368 296 .327 .408 .483 .892

  • First Base, Albert Pujols


  • Albert Pujols Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    73.6 1,399 5,146 1,071 1,717 387 14 366 1,112 61 30 811 570 .334 .427 .628 1.055

  • First Base, Jason Giambi


  • Jason Giambi Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    38.7 1,305 4,257 775 1,171 224 5 303 912 13 5 942 965 .275 .418 .544 .961

  • Second Base, Chase Utley

  • Chase Utley Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    42.1 891 3,310 602 978 217 26 161 585 83 11 360 606 .295 .379 .523 .902

  • Second Base, Jeff Kent

  • Jeff Kent Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    32.8 1,266 4,756 754 1,429 327 29 216 850 45 29 504 752 .300 .371 .518 .889

  • Third Base, Alex Rodriguez

  • Alex Rodriguez Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    77.6 1,524 5,732 1,190 1,740 285 16 435 1,243 179 37 850 1,243 .304 .401 .587 .988

  • Third Base, Chipper Jones

  • Chipper Jones Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    50.4 1,387 4,935 916 1,535 306 20 273 921 59 25 884 768 .311 .413 .547 .960

  • Shortstop, Derek Jeter

  • Derek Jeter Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    43.9 1,500 6,122 1,088 1,940 316 27 161 727 219 47 612 993 .317 .387 .456 .844

  • Shortstop, Hanley Ramirez

    • Hanley Ramirez Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      23.2 618 2,439 470 771 170 22 103 313 164 49 261 448 .316 .386 .531 .917

    • Outfield, Barry Bonds

    • Barry Bonds Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      59.1 986 2,871 772 925 178 12 317 697 54 9 1,128 427 .322 .517 .724 1.241

    • Outfield, Manny Ramirez

    • Manny Ramirez Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      43.5 1,358 4,931 933 1,562 328 11 348 1,106 10 9 828 1,085 .317 .419 .599 1.018

    • Outfield, Lance Berkman

      • Age: 24 – 33
      • Years: 2000 – 2009
      • Teams: Houston Astros
      • All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008
      Lance Berkman Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      46.2 1,473 5,169 959 1,553 357 25 309 1,026 74 39 968 1,030 .300 .413 .559 .972

    • Outfield, Vladimir Guerrero

    • Vladimir Guerrero Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      43.8 1,432 5,415 929 1,751 324 30 315 1,037 147 67 569 670 .323 .392 .569 .960

    • Outfield, Gary Sheffield

    • Gary Sheffield Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      33.4 1,268 4,572 857 1,344 226 11 273 869 97 33 718 621 .294 .394 .527 .921

    • Starting Pitcher, Pedro Martinez

    • Age: 28 – 37
    • Years: 2000 – 2009
    • Teams: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies
    • Cy Young Award: 2000
    • All-Star: 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006


    Pedro Martinez Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    45.7 227 227 112 50 3.01 1,468 18 6 0 530 491 350 1,620 9.9 1.036

  • Starting Pitcher, Randy Johnson

  • Age: 36 – 45
  • Years: 2000 – 2009
  • Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants
  • Cy Young Award: 2000, 2001, 2002
  • All-Star: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004


Randy Johnson Pitching Statistics
WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
51.5 287 281 143 78 3.34 1,885.1 32 12 0 790 699 484 2,182 10.4 1.114

  • Starting Pitcher, Curt Schilling

  • Age: 33 – 40
  • Years: 2000 – 2007
  • Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red SOx
  • All-Star: 2001, 2002, 2004

  • Curt Schilling Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    46.4 243 221 117 63 3.54 1,569.1 26 7 0 630 618 257 1,545 8.9 1.129

  • Starting Pitcher, Roy Halladay

  • Age: 23 – 32
  • Years: 2000 – 2009
  • Teams: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Cy Young Award: 2003
  • All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

  • Roy Halladay Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    45.5 275 267 139 69 3.40 1,883.1 47 14 0 790 712 374 1,400 6.7 1.171

  • Starting Pitcher, Roy Oswalt

  • Age: 23 – 31
  • Years: 2001 – 2009
  • Teams: Houston Astros
  • All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007

  • Roy Oswalt Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    43.1 283 271 137 70 3.23 1,803.1 18 6 0 695 647 412 1,473 7.4 1.202

  • Relief Pitcher, Jonathan Papelbon

  • Age: 24 – 28
  • Years: 2005 – 2009
  • Teams: Boston Red Sox
  • All-Star: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

  • Jonathan Papelbon Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    14.6 268 3 14 11 1.84 298 0 0 151 70 61 77 346 10.4 0.980

  • Relief Pitcher, Brad Lidge

  • Age: 25 – 32
  • Years: 2002 – 2009
  • Teams: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies
  • All-Star: 2005, 2008

  • Brad Lidge Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    6.7 517 1 25 28 3.56 529 0 0 195 228 209 239 714 12.1 1.268

  • Relief Pitcher, Billy Wagner

  • Age: 28 – 37
  • Years: 2000 – 2009
  • Teams: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox
  • All-Star: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008

  • Billy Wagner Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    17.6 558 0 23 24 2.40 580.2 0 0 284 176 155 170 698 10.8 0.990

  • Relief Pitcher, Mariano Rivera

  • Age: 30 – 39
  • Years: 2000 – 2009
  • Teams: New York Yankees
  • All-Star: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

  • Mariano Rivera Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    33.0 651 0 45 39 2.08 713.1 0 0 397 182 165 137 669 8.4 0.960

  • Relief Pitcher, Joe Nathan

  • Age: 25 – 34
  • Years: 2000 – 2009
  • Teams: San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins
  • All-Star: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

  • Joe Nathan Pitching Statistics
    WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    20.0 514 15 39 18 2.53 594.2 0 0 246 181 167 216 664 10.0 1.056

    Honorable Mention

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    1. Good list, but I thought four players reached the 300-win plateau in the 2000s?
      -Roger Clemens on 6/13/2003
      -Greg Maddux on 8/7/2004
      -Tom Glavine on 8/5/2007
      -Randy Johnson on 6/4/2009

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