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.

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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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