All-Decade Team

1990s All-Decade Team

The 1990s may be remembered as much for the players strike in August of 1994 as for the PED-fueled home run chase in 1998 that brought the game back into the national spotlight. It was, however, a decade filled with players reaching some of the most respected individual statistical milestones. The 300-win club welcomed all-time strikeout king and hall of famer to be Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens joined the 3,000 strikeout club when he fanned Randy Winn on July 5, 1998. As with much of the decade, even the milestones were dominated by the hitters. Of the 30 players in the 3,000 hit club seven joined during the 1990s. Robin Yount and George Brett reached the milestone in September of 1992. A year later in September of 1993 Dave Winfield collected number 3,000. 1995 saw Eddie Murray join and in 1996 Paul Molitor became the first player who’s 3,000 hit was a triple. Then on back to back days in August of 1999 Tony Gwynn and Wade Boggs were welcomed to the elite club with Boggs becoming the first player to collect number 3,000 on a home run. The decade started with Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones being selected as the number one overall pick in the June 1990 draft. Phil Nevin (1992), Alex Rodriguez (1993), Darin Erstad (1995), Pat Burrell (1998), and Josh Hamilton (1999) are the other position players taken number one overall during the decade making it one of the best classes of number one overall picks and a sign for things to come.

There were definitely some significant bumps during the decade but the game has ultimately come out on top. Below is our list of best players during the decade by position.

  • Catcher, Mike Piazza


  • Mike Piazza Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    41.5 981 3,653 611 1,200 173 4 240 768 13 13 381 563 .328 .391 .575 .966


    Frank Thomas Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    52.7 1,371 4,892 968 1,564 317 10 301 1,040 28 18 1,076 741 .320 .440 .573 1.013

    • Second Base, Craig Biggio

      • Age: 24 – 33
      • Years: 1990 – 1999
      • Teams: Houston Astros
      • All-Star: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
      • Silver Slugger: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998


      Craig Biggio Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      52.9 1,515 5,823 1,042 1,728 362 35 136 641 319 100 730 880 .297 .386 .441 .827

      • 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
        26.9 779 2,890 542 871 166 17 153 524 83 19 459 463 .301 .394 .529 .923

        • Shortstop, Barry Larkin

          • Age: 26 – 35
          • Years: 1990 – 1999
          • Teams: Cincinnati Reds
          • MVP: 1995
          • All-Star: 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
          • Silver Slugger: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999


          Barry Larkin Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          52.4 1,293 4,780 834 1,447 269 51 137 639 266 47 658 513 .303 .388 .466 .854

          • Outfield, Barry Bonds


          • Barry Bonds Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            79.9 1,434 4,894 1,091 1,478 299 42 361 1,076 343 94 1,146 747 .302 .434 .602 1.036

            • Outfield, Ken Griffey, Jr

              • Age: 20 – 29
              • Years: 1990 – 1999
              • Teams: Seattle Mariners
              • MVP 1997
              • All-Star: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
              • Silver Slugger: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


              Ken Griffey, Jr. Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              67.3 1,408 5,377 1,002 1,622 297 30 382 1,091 151 53 703 901 .302 .384 .581 .965

              • Outfield, Albert Belle


              • Albert Belle Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                39.4 1,336 5,076 881 1,520 344 16 351 1,099 86 34 619 838 .299 .376 .581 .957

                • Designated Hitter, Edgar Martinez


                • Edgar Martinez Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  51.6 1,295 4,630 854 1,492 358 12 196 750 38 26 854 708 .322 .430 .532 .962


                  Greg Maddux Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  65.3 331 331 176 88 2.54 2,394.2 75 23 0 786 677 443 1,764 6.6 1.055


                  Pedro Martinez Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  40.3 249 182 107 50 2.83 1,359.1 28 11 3 476 428 410 1,534 10.2 1.074


                  Roger Clemens Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  68.5 305 305 152 89 3.02 2,177.2 57 24 0 813 731 731 2,101 8.7 1.176


                  Jose Rijo Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  29.6 168 168 72 43 2.74 1,111 16 3 0 383 338 313 955 7.7 1.157


                  Randy Johnson Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  52.6 298 290 150 75 3.14 2,063.1 65 25 2 805 715 910 2,538 11.1 1.197


                  Billy Wagner Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  7.7 224 0 17 14 2.35 253 0 0 101 72 66 108 394 14.0 1.051


                  Mariano Rivera Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  15.2 266 10 26 13 2.58 376.2 0 0 129 113 108 119 337 8.1 1.112


                  Bryan Harvey Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  8.9 218 0 7 17 2.44 251 0 0 135 79 68 81 300 10.8 1.028


                  Rob Dibble Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  3.9 274 0 16 19 3.47 318.2 0 0 87 134 123 178 445 12.6 1.271


                  Ugueth Urbina Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  6.6 238 21 29 24 3.40 346.2 0 0 102 146 131 156 401 10.4 1.246

                Honorable Mention

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  1. C Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez Benito Santiago
    1B Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, Mark McGuire, Rafael Palmeiro, Fred McGriff, Andres Gallarago
    2B Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio
    3B Matt Williams, Robin Ventura
    SS Barry Larkin, Jay Bell
    LF Barry Bonds, Albert Belle
    CF Ken Griffey Jr, Steve Finley, Kenny Loften
    RF Juan Gonzales, Gary Sheffield

    DH Edgar Martinez

    SP Greg Maddux
    SP Roger Clemens
    SP Tom Glavine
    SP John Smoltz
    SP Kevin Brown
    SP David Cone

    RP Dennis Eckersley
    RP John Franco
    RP Randy Myers
    RP John Wetteland
    RP Doug Jones

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