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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

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    • Catcher – Joe Mauer
    • First Base – Todd Helton
    • Second Base – Jeff Kent
    • Third Base – Chipper Jones
    • Shortstop – Hanley Ramirez
    • Oufield – Ichiro Suzuki
    • Oufield – Carlos Beltran
    • Oufield – Vlaidimir Guerrero
    • Starting Pitcher – Jacob deGrom
    • Starting Pitcher – Zack Greinke
    • Relief Pitcher – Kenley Jansen

    5 Comments »

    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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    2. Known steroid users should not be on any list except a cheaters list. Just like in the olympics, records set on steroids should be voided.

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