MLB 2015: The 20 Best Players in Baseball (MLB, ESPN, FoxSports and Sports Illustrated Rankings)

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

The Unanimous Best Player In Baseball: Mike Trout

It’s official and it’s unanimous. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is projected to be the best player in baseball this season, according to four of the biggest baseball sources on the Internet, including Major League Baseball itself.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated also perch Trout at the top of the rankings.

Then, naturally, things get fuzzier.

Three different players – Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew McCutchen – can claim second best.

Add Felix Hernandez, Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Cabrera, and you have everybody that populates the top five.

Check out the top 20 below for all four sources (and click on the source name to see the full rankings from each – from 100 to 300 players. Overall, 31 different players from 21 different teams make the cut. The Washington Nationalsfavorites to win the 2015 World Series – have the most with four.

THE RANKINGS

ESPN (BBTN) MLB FOX SPORTS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
1. Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF Mike Trout, CF
2. Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF Giancarlo Stanton, RF Andrew McCutchen, CF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF Andrew McCutchen, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Andrew McCutchen, CF Clayton Kershaw, LHP
5. Felix Hernandez, RHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Clayton Kershaw, LHP Giancarlo Stanton, RF
6. Miguel Cabrera, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B
7. Chris Sale, LHP Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Gomez, CF Miguel Cabrera, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B Jose Abreu, 1B Jose Abreu, 1B Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Jose Altuve, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B
10. Buster Posey, C Adam Jones, CF Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
11. Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Bautista, RF Anthony Rizzo, 1B Adam Jones, CF
12. Jose Abreu, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Bautista, RF
13. Troy Tulowitzki, SS Felix Hernandez, RHP Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
14. Jose Bautista, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B Felix Hernandez, RHP
15. Madison Bumgarner, LHP Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jose Altuve, 2B Adrian Beltre, 3B
16. Corey Kluber, RHP Anthony Rizzo, 1B Anthony Rendon, 3B Chris Sale, LHP
17. Johnny Cueto, RHP Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF Troy Tulowitzki, SS
18. David Price, LHP Yasiel Puig, RF Buster Posey, C Anthony Rendon, 3B
19. Yasiel Puig, RF Michael Brantley, LF Adrian Beltre, 3B Ian Desmond, SS
20. Stephen Strasburg, RHP Hanley Ramirez, SS Max Scherzer, RHP Jose Altuve, 2B

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THE PLAYERS

PLAYER # OF TOP 20 LISTS TOP RANKING TEAM
1. Mike Trout, CF 4 1 Los Angeles Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
3. Clayton Kershaw, LHP 4 2 Los Angeles Dodgers
4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 4 2 Miami Marlins
5. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4 3 Detroit Tigers
6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B 4 3 Arizona Diamondbacks
7. Felix Hernandez, RHP 4 5 Seattle Mariners
8. Jose Abreu, 1B 4 6 Chicago White Sox
9. Robinson Cano, 2B 4 8 Seattle Mariners
10. Jose Bautista, RF 4 10 Toronto Blue Jays
11. Troy Tulowitzki, SS 4 12 Colorado Rockies
12. Carlos Gomez, CF 3 7 Milwaukee Brewers
13. Anthony Rizzo, 1B 3 9 Chicago Cubs
14. Jose Altuve, 2B 3 9 Houston Astros
15. Adam Jones, CF 3 10 Baltimore Orioles
16. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B 3 10 Toronto Blue Jays
17. Chris Sale, LHP 2 7 Chicago White Sox
18. Buster Posey, C 2 10 San Francisco Giants
19. Max Scherzer, RHP 2 11 Washington Nationals
20. Adrian Beltre, 3B 2 15 Texas Rangers
21. Anthony Rendon, 3B 2 16 Washington Nationals
22. Yasiel Puig, RF 2 18 Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Madison Bumgarner, LHP 1 15 San Francisco Giants
24. Corey Kluber, RHP 1 16 Cleveland Indians
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF 1 17 New York Yankees
26. Johnny Cueto, RHP 1 17 Cincinnati Reds
27. David Price, LHP 1 18 Detroit Tigers
28. Ian Desmond, SS 1 19 Washington Nationals
29. Michael Brantley, LF 1 19 Cleveland Indians
30. Hanley Ramirez, SS 1 20 Boston Red Sox
31. Stephen Strasburg, RHP 1 20 Washington Nationals

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THE TEAMS

TEAM PLAYERS IN TOP 20
1. Washington Nationals 4
2. Chicago White Sox 2
3. Cleveland Indians 2
4. Detroit Tigers 2
5. Los Angeles Dodgers 2
6. San Francisco Giants 2
7, Seattle Mariners 2
8. Toronto Blue Jays 2
9. Arizona Diamondbacks 1
10. Baltimore Orioles 1
11. Boston Red Sox 1
12. Chicago Cubs 1
13. Cincinnati Reds 1
14. Colorado Rockies 1
15. Houston Astros 1
16. Los Angeles Angels 1
17. Miami Marlins 1
18. Milwaukee Brewers 1
19. New York Yankees 1
20. Pittsburgh Pirates 1
21. Texas Rangers 1

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Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Coaches with the Most Final Four Appearances

John Wooden And Mike Krzyzewski Have 12 Final Four Appearances, The Record For A Head Coach

John Wooden And Mike Krzyzewski Have 12 Final Four Appearances, The Record For A Head Coach

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COACH FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES W-L W L SCHOOL: SEASON
1. John Wooden 12 10-2 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 1962, 1974 UCLA: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
1. Mike Krzyzewski 12 8-3 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2010 1988, 1989, 2004 Duke: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015
3. Dean Smith 11 5-6 1968, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1993 1967, 1969, 1972, 1991, 1995, 1997 North Carolina: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997
4. Tom Izzo 7 2-4 2000, 2009 1999, 2001, 2005, 2010 Michigan State: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015
4. Rick Pitino 7 3-4 1996, 1997, 2013 1987, 1993, 2005, 2012 Providence: 1987; Kentucky: 1993, 1996, 1997; Louisville: 2005, 2012, 2013
4. Roy Williams 7 4-3 1991, 2003, 2005, 2009 1993, 2002, 2008 Kansas: 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003; North Carolina: 2005, 2008, 2009
7. Denny Crum 6 2-4 1980, 1986 1972, 1975, 1982, 1983 Louisville: 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986
7. Adolph Rupp 6 5-1 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966 1942 Kentucky: 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966
7. John Calipari 6 3-2 2008, 2012, 2014 1996, 2011 Massachusetts: 1996; Memphis: 2008; Kentucky: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
10. Bob Knight 5 3-2 1976, 1981, 1987 1973, 1992 Indiana: 1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992
10 Guy Lewis 5 2-3 1983, 1984 1967, 1968, 1982 Houston: 1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1984
10. Lute Olson 5 2-3 1997, 2001 1980, 1988, 1994 Iowa: 1980; Arizona: 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001
13. Jim Boeheim 4 3-1 1987, 1996, 2003 2013 Syracuse: 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013
13. Jim Calhoun 4 3-1 1999, 2004, 2011 2009 Connecticut: 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011
13. Billy Donovan 4 3-1 2000, 2006, 2007 2014 Florida: 2000, 2006, 2007, 2014
13. Jack Gardner 4 1-3 1951 1948, 1961, 1966 Kansas State: 1948, 1951; Utah: 1961, 1966
13. Henry Iba 4 3-1 1945, 1946, 1949 1951 Oklahoma State: 1945, 1946, 1949, 1951
13. Harold Olsen 4 1-3 1939 1944, 1945, 1946 Ohio State: 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946
13. Jerry Tarkanian 4 1-3 1990 1977, 1987, 1991 UNLV: 1977, 1987, 1990, 1991
13. Fred Taylor 4 3-1 1960, 1961, 1962 1968 Ohio State: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968

Photo: Chuck Liddy via newsobserver.com

Footballers with the Most Career Goals in English Premier League / Football League First Division History

The Greatest Scorer In First Division English Football History, Jimmy Greaves, Here As A Member Of Tottenham

The Greatest Scorer In First Division English Football History, Jimmy Greaves, Here As A Member Of Tottenham

Three top tier English footballers (from the Football League First Division between 1888-89 and 1991-92 through the English Premier League from 1992-93 to today) have collected over 300 career goals, led by Chelsea/Tottenham forward Jimmy Greaves with 357.

The other two are Everton forward Dixie Dean and Derby forward Steve Bloomer.

This is going back in time, though. Greaves, the most modern player of the three, made his mark in the 1960’s; Bloomer at the turn of the century; and Dean in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

It’s not until you get to Alan Shearer, with 283 goals of his own, that we enter the truly modern era on today’s list. Shearer started with Southampton in the late 1980’s, then split time into the mid-2000’s between Blackburn and Newcastle.

Only he, Ian Rush and Tony Cottee played in the 1980’s or later.

Where is the top active player? It’s Manchester United‘s Wayne Rooney, 38th overall, with 184 goals scored.

Thanks to free-elements.com, which runs down the career goal tally of every English first division footballer ever.

FOOTBALLER CAREER GOALS FOOTBALL CLUB (1ST DIVISION) GOALS FROM TO
1. Jimmy Greaves 357 Chelsea 124 1957-58 1960-61
Tottenham 220 1961-62 1969-70
West Ham 13 1969-70 1970-71
2. Dixie Dean 310 Everton 310 1924-25 1937-38
3. Steve Bloomer 309 Derby 248 1892-93 1913-14
Middlesbro 61 1905-06 1909-10
4. Gordon Hodgson 287 Liverpool 232 1925-26 1935-36
Aston Villa 4 1935-36 1935-36
Leeds 51 1936-37 1938-39
5. Alan Shearer 283 Southampton 23 1987-88 1991-92
Blackburn 112 1992-93 1995-96
Newcastle 148 1996-97 2005-06
6. Charlie Buchan 258 Sunderland 209 1910-11 1924-25
Arsenal 49 1925-26 1927-28
7. Nat Lofthouse 255 Bolton 255 1946-47 1960-61
7. David Jack 255 Bolton 144 1920-21 1928-29
Arsenal 111 1928-29 1933-34
9. Joe Bradford 248 Birmingham 248 1921-22 1934-35
10. Hughie Gallacher 247 Newcastle 134 1925-26 1929-30
Derby 38 1930-31 1931-32
Chelsea 72 1932-33 1935-36
11. Joe Smith 243 Bolton 243 1911-12 1926-27
12. George Brown 240 Huddersfield 142 1921-22 1928-29
Aston Villa 79 1929-30 1932-33
Leeds 19 1935-36 1936-37
13. George Camsell 235 Middlesbro 235 1927-28 1938-39
14. Ian Rush 232 Liverpool 229 1981-82 1995-96
Leeds 3 1996-97 1996-97
15. David Herd 222 Arsenal 97 1954-55 1960-61
Man United 114 1961-62 1967-68
Stoke 11 1968-69 1969-70
16. Harry Hampton 219 Aston Villa 215 1904-05 1914-15
Birmingham 4 1921-22 1921-22
17. Tony Cottee 214 West Ham 92 1982-83 1987-88
Everton 72 1988-89 1993-94
West Ham 23 1994-95 1995-96
Leicester 27 1997-98 1999-00
17. Billy Walker 214 Aston Villa 214 1919-20 1932-33
19. Geoff Hurst 211 West Ham 181 1961-62 1971-72
Stoke 30 1972-73 1974-75
20. Bobby Gurney 208 Sunderland 208 1925-26 1938-39

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