Greatest living players honored at All-Star Game

By The Sports Xchange
Cincinnati Reds fans show their support for Pete Rose during the 86th All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 14, 2015. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI
Cincinnati Reds fans show their support for Pete Rose during the 86th All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 14, 2015. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo

Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench and Sandy Koufax were honored at the All-Star Game on Tuesday as baseball's greatest living players.

The honors were determined by an online fan poll in April and May, with 25.5 million votes cast.


The quartet appeared on the field at Great American Ball Park before the Midsummer Classic.

"What an experience to see those guys come out on the field," Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the American League's starting pitcher, said on the FOX telecast. "What a humbling experience to be out on the same field with them."

Major League Baseball also announced the four selected as the greatest Negro Leagues Players -- Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Buck O'Neil and Satchel Paige -- and the greatest pioneers (career began 1915 or earlier) -- Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young.


In addition, "Franchise Fours" were picked for each of the 30 major league teams.

Nolan Ryan was chosen as one of the four greatest players on three franchises -- the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Vladimir Guerrero was one of the honorees for the Angels and for the Washington Nationals. He starred for the Montreal Expos, who later became the Nationals.

Fifteen active players made the cut.

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and New York Mets third baseman David Wright all were honored for their current teams.


Tigers left-hander David Price, San Diego Padres right-hander James Shields and Oakland A's utility man Ben Zobrist made the Rays' all-time team. Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was honored as part of the Mariners' team.

The team-by-team "Franchise Fours," as selected by an online vote (players listed alphabetically):


Baltimore Orioles -- Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson

Boston Red Sox -- Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski

Chicago White Sox -- Harold Baines, Paul Konerko, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas

Cleveland Indians -- Bob Feller, Tris Speaker, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel

Detroit Tigers -- Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline

Houston Astros -- Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan


Kansas City Royals -- George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Bret Saberhagen, Frank White

Los Angeles Angels -- Vladimir Guerrero, Nolan Ryan, Tim Salmon, Mike Trout

Minnesota Twins -- Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett

New York Yankees -- Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth

Oakland A's -- Dennis Eckersley, Jimmie Foxx, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson

Seattle Mariners -- Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki

Tampa Bay Rays -- Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields, Ben Zobrist

Texas Rangers -- Adrian Beltre, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Michael Young

Toronto Blue Jays -- Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay


Arizona Diamondbacks -- Paul Goldschmidt, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling


Atlanta Braves -- Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn

Chicago Cubs -- Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Billy Williams

Cincinnati Reds -- Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose

Colorado Rockies -- Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Larry Walker

Los Angeles Dodgers -- Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider

Miami Marlins -- Jeff Conine, Mike Lowell, Gary Sheffield, Giancarlo Stanton

Milwaukee Brewers -- Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount

New York Mets -- Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, Tom Seaver, David Wright

Philadelphia Phillies -- Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt


Pittsburgh Pirates -- Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner

St. Louis Cardinals -- Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial

San Diego Padres -- Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Dave Winfield

San Francisco Giants -- Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Buster Posey

Washington Nationals -- Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Raines

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