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2010s All Decade Team

Sabermetrics took hold of nearly every front office and changed forever the way the game is both managed on the field and operated by General Managers during the 2010s. With GMs armed with metrics that tell them young talented players are the more economically prudent roster choices over costly veterans, we have seen some tremendously talented young players. But the veterans still have plenty to teach the young guns. Ichiro, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre, and Albert Pujols all got their 3,000 hit during the decade. David Ortiz crossed the 500 homer threshold. Pujols hit both his 500th and 600th homers during the decade and Jim Thome and Alex Rodriguez both hit number 600. On the rubber, C.C Sabathia and Justin Verlander both eclipsed the 3,000 career strikeout mark. And five different pitchers struck out 300 batters or more in a season: Clayton Kershaw (301, 2015), Chris Sale (308, 2017), Max Scherzer (300, 2018), Justin Verlander (300, 2019), and Gerrit Cole (326, 2019). The 2010s may be remembered for more than just the rise of sabermetrics, home runs, and strikeouts. Playing in just 8 full seasons (2012 – 2019) and 40 games of another (2011) Mike Trout accumulated 13 more wins above replacement than the second-highest total of the decade, Clayton Kershaw’s 59.3. And Kershaw had one of the most remarkable decades by a pitcher ever. Sit back enjoy this list and get ready to see the young budding stars take our game to new heights.



  • First Base, Joey Votto


  • Joey Votto Batting Statistics
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    51.25 153 1411 6150 5009 847 1532 327 16 231 759 67 23 1046 1088 .306 .428 .516 .944



  • Shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki


  • Troy Tulowitzki Batting Statistics
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    30.11 125 859 3576 3179 494 931 180 8 160 537 26 9 333 577 .293 .363 .506 .868



  • Outfield, Mookie Betts


  • Mookie Betts Batting Statistics
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    41.8 135 794 3629 3203 613 965 229 26 139 470 126 25 371 464 .301 .373 .519 .892


  • Starting Pitcher, Clayton Kershaw


  • Clayton Kershaw Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    59.3 61 294 293 156 61 2.31 1,996 25 15 0 566 513 434 2,179 9.8 0.962

  • Starting Pitcher, Max Scherzer


  • Max Scherzer Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    56.1 75 319 319 161 74 3.13 2,061.1 10 5 0 758 716 534 2,452 10.7 1.069

  • Starting Pitcher, Justin Verlander


  • Justin Verlander Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    56.2 75 321 321 160 86 3.10 2,142 20 6 0 797 737 568 2,260 9.5 1.077

  • Starting Pitcher, Chris Sale


  • Chris Sale Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    45.4 71 312 232 109 73 3.03 1,629.2 16 3 12 590 548 374 2,007 11.1 1.035

  • Starting Pitcher, Cole Hamels


  • Cole Hamels Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    46.2 81 306 305 115 87 3.33 1,955.2 11 3 0 778 724 579 1,872 8.6 1.187


  • Relief Pitcher, Aroldis Chapman


  • Aroldis Chapman Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    17.5 55 550 0 33 26 2.24 533.1 0 0 273 146 133 248 883 14.8 1.028

  • Relief Pitcher, Mariano Rivera

    • Age: 40 – 43
    • Years: 2010 – 2013
    • Teams: New York Yankees
    • All-Star: 2010 – 2011, 2013


    Mariano Rivera Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    8.1 47 198 0 11 8 1.95 193.2 0 0 126 45 42 30 167 7.8 0.929

  • Relief Pitcher, Darren O’Day


  • Darren O’Day Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    14.1 58 487 0 34 17 2.45 458.1 0 0 19 132 125 121 493 9.7 0.988

  • Relief Pitcher, Dellin Betances

    • Age: 23, 25 – 31
    • Years: 2011, 2013 – 2019
    • Teams: New York Yankees
    • All-Star: 2014 – 2017


    Dellin Betances Pitching Statistics
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
    11.6 57 358 1 21 22 2.36 381.2 0 0 36 113 100 170 621 14.6 1.043

Honorable Mention

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