All-Decade Teams: The 1900s

With the rules and schedules finally stabilized, the 1900s began the modern era of baseball.  The American League was able to establish themselves as a competitive “major league” in 1901, creating the still-standing basis of the MLB.  The Pirates dominated the early part of the decade, and the Cubs and Tigers dominated the end.  Every pitcher and all but two position players selected are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1910′s

Ah yes, the Deadball Era.  Only one player hit at least 100 HR in the decade, and the league ERA was just below 3.00.  Errors were commonplace, causing about 1/4 of all runs scored to be unearned.  This decade also marked the last attempt of competition to the NL and AL.  The Federal League lasted just two years, 1914 and 1915, but its effects lasted a long time.  World War I had a much smaller impact on the game, though the 1918 was cut short a month early, fitting the World Series in before the “Work or Fight” mandate began.  Seven of the players selected are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Decade Team: The 1920s

The Roaring 20′s brought the roar of the home run into the game, increasing scoring by nearly a full run per game for the decade.  Two hitters dominated the decade, posting the highest WAR totals of any player so far.  No pitcher was able to maintain great success, due to the change in offensive philosophy and the aging of some of the best of all time.  11 of the selections are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1930s

During the Great Depression, baseball remained as one of the strong areas in the American culture.  Offense remained at some of the highest levels in the modern era.  There were a couple of the best first basemen ever to play the game dominating this decade.  Only two pitchers really separated themselves as great, though one of them was an all-time great.  11 of the players selected are in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1940′s

The 1940′s probably contained the most change and adversity of any decade for Major League Baseball.  The big story in the first half of the decade was World War II and the legions of players who had to leave baseball to serve the country.  The brand of baseball suffered significantly in ’44 and ’45, but that turned around quickly with the end of the war.  Integration began with the signing of Jackie Robinson in ’46, and the influx of African-American and Latin talent created the Golden Age of Baseball.  As a note, there will no relief pitchers selected, since there were no significant pitchers who pitched most of the decade in relief.  Six of the position players and two of the pitchers are in the HOF. Continue reading

All-Decade Teams: The 1950s

The 1950s were the beginning of baseball’s Golden Age.  Integration had finally occurred, while expansion was not yet here.  The level of talent was very high since only 16 teams had all these new players to choose.  One quirky thing about the 50′s was the lack of stolen bases.  No player stole 200 bases during the decade.  Every position player chosen is in the Hall of Fame, while four of the pitchers are also inducted. Continue reading

All Decade Team: The 1960′s

The 1960′s were the decade of the outfielder, with seven of the top nine position players overall being outfielders.  The middle infield was quite weak, however.  The starting rotation is pretty thin, with only two great pitchers, but with the lack of relievers, seven starting pitchers will be selected with only two relievers.  As the last full decade without free agency, 11 of the 17 players played with only one team during the span.  Eleven Hall of Famers comprise this list. Continue reading

All-Decade Team: The 1970s

The 1970s saw a lot of great starting pitchers in their peaks, creating a very low offensive environment for the decade.  As a result, there will be an extra starting pitcher selected, while taking away a reliever.  As expected, the lineup is heavily represented by the Big Red Machine.  Much like the 80′s team, its strong point is the OBP abilities of the top of the order.  The entire starting rotation is (finally) in the Hall of Fame, along with one reliever and five of the position players. Continue reading

All-Decade Team: The 1980s

The 1980s did not have much of an identity, serving more as a bridge between the 70′s and 90′s.  Speed was the name of the game, but there were very few stars, especially among the pitchers.  The left side of the field were the only strong points.  This was also the last decade where closers were used in a more sabermetric-friendly fashion.  Overall, there are eight Hall of Famers, while many of them never even sniffed induction. Continue reading

All-Decade Team: The 1990s

The 1990′s saw a lot of great first basemen battle for supremacy, with the position accounting for four of the top ten position players.  Two starting pitchers dominated the league, and one outfielder far outpaced every other hitter.  Only one Hall-of-Famer is on the team, but the next few years of ballots will increase that number dramatically.  So here are the players who benefited the most from the exponential growth in salaries. Continue reading