Top Position Players Stats of the 2000s

Counting down the top MLB hitters/fielders of the decade

Who was the best player of the 2000s? For position players, it was a tight battle at the top, and quite a few of the players are tainted by performance-enhancing drugs. Judging that factor will take place down the road when Cooperstown comes calling. (This list does not factor in steroid use.)

To qualify, a player must have played in five seasons. On with the countdown:

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Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox
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Teams: Seattle Mariners (2000), Texas Rangers (2001-03), New York Yankees (2004-2009)

Position: Shortstop/third base

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .303, 435 HR, 1,243 RBI, 179 SB, .586 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2003, 2005, 2007); Silver Slugger (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008); Hank Aaron Award (2001, 2002, 2003, 2007); Gold Glove (2002, 2003)

Team accomplishments: 8 playoffs, 1 pennant, 1 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: Playing a premium position puts him over the top.

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (2001-09)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 9 seasons, .334, 366 HR, 1,112 RBI, .628 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2005, 2008, 2009); Rookie of the Year (2001); NLCS MVP (2004); Hank Aaron Award (2003); Gold Glove (2006); Silver Slugger (2001, 2004, 2008); Roberto Clemente Award (2008).

Team accomplishments: 6 playoffs, 2 pennants, 1 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: In top 10 of MVP voting in every single season of his career. More »

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Barry Bonds

Teams: San Francisco Giants (2000-07)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 7 seasons, .322, 317 HR, 697 RBI, 54 SB, .724 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004); Hank Aaron Award (2001, 2002, 2004); Silver Slugger (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Team accomplishments:3 playoffs, 1 pennant

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: The most dominant player of the first half of the decade, but stats have tainted feel.

Teams: Montreal Expos (2000-03), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats:.323, 315 HR, 1,037 RBI, 147 SB, .569 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2004), Silver Slugger (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Team accomplishments: 5 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Once a five-tool player, he slowed down late in the decade, but remains a feared hitter. More »

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Ichiro Suzuki

Teams: Seattle Mariners (2001-2009)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 9 seasons,333, 84 HR, 515 RBI, 341 SB

Major awards: MVP (2001); Rookie of the Year (2001); Gold Glove (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); All-Star Game MVP (2007); Silver Slugger (2001, 2007)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Lack of team success is the only hole in Hall of Fame resume.

Teams: Cleveland Indians (2000), Boston Red Sox (2001-2008); Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats:10 seasons, .317, 348 HR, 1,106 RBI, 10 SB, .599 slugging percentage

Major awards: Hank Aaron Award (2004); World Series MVP (2004); Silver Slugger (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)

Team accomplishments: 6 playoffs, 2 pennants, 2 championships

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: Maybe the greatest hitter to never win an MVP award. More »

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Teams: Colorado Rockies (2000-09)

Position: First base

2000s stats:10 seasons, .331, 260 HR, 981 RBI, 26 SB, .569 slugging percentage

Major awards:Hank Aaron Award (2000); Gold Glove (2001, 2002, 2004); Silver Slugger(2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)

Team accomplishments: 2 playoffs, 1 pennant

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: The Rockies' greatest player has made the most of playing at hitter-friendly Coors Field. More »

Teams: Atlanta Braves (2000-09)

Position: Third base

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .311, 273 HR, 921 RBI, 59 SB, .545 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2000)

Team accomplishments: 6 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Consistent force and solid all-around for a perennial winner. More »

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Teams: New York Yankees (2000-09)

Position: Shortstop

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .302, 161 HR, 727 RBI, 219 SB, .456 slugging percentage

Major Awards: Hank Aaron Award (2006) World Series MVP (2000); All-Star Game MVP (2000); Gold Glove (2004, 2005, 2009), Silver Slugger (2006, 2007, 2008)

Team accomplishments: 9 playoffs, 3 pennants, 2 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Better than the sum of his parts and his stats. More »

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Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (2004-09)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 6 seasons, .279, 222 HR, 640 RBI, 10 SB, .586 slugging percentage, .961 OPS

Major awards: MVP (2006); Rookie of the Year (2005); Hank Aaron Award (2006); Silver Slugger (2006)

Team accomplishments: 3 playoffs, 2 pennants, 1 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: On home run pace that rivals the game's all-time greats. More »

Teams: Florida Marlins (2003-07); Detroit Tigers (2008-09)

Positions: First base, third base, outfield

2000s stats: 7 seasons, .311, 209 HR, 753 RBI, 24 SB, .542 slugging percentage, .925 OPS

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2005, 2006)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs, 1 pennant, 1 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Hits for amazing power and average, but hasn't been back to playoffs since his first year. More »

Teams: Houston Astros (2000-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .300, 309 HR, 1,026 RBI, 74 SB, .559 slugging percentage

Major awards: None.

Team accomplishments: 3 playoffs, 1 pennant

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Only six players had more RBI in the 2000s. More »

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays (2000-04), Florida Marlins (2005); New York Mets (2006-09)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .286, 324 HR, 1,045 RBI, 9 SB, .553 slugging percentage

Major Awards: Hank Aaron Award (2000); Silver Slugger (2000, 2003); Roberto Clemente Award (2006)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Run-producer averaged more than 100 per season in the decade. More »

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Mark Teixeira

Teams: Texas Rangers (2003-07); Atlanta Braves (2007-08); Los Angeles Angels (2008); New York Yankees (2009)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 7 seasons, .290, 242 HR, 798 RBI, 15 SB, .545 slugging, .923 OPS

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2004, 2005); Gold Glove (2005, 2006, 2009)

Team accomplishments: 2 playoffs, 1 pennant, 1 championship

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Switch-hitter is one of the most complete hitters in the game.

Teams: Chicago White Sox (2000-04); Detroit Tigers (2005-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .316, 229 HR, 952 RBI, 68 SB, .523 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2000, 2002, 2007)

Team accomplishments: 2 playoffs, 1 pennant

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Won batting title in 2007 and averaged almost 40 doubles per season. More »

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers (2005-09)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 5 seasons, .284, 160 HR, 453 RBI, 14 SB, .550 slugging, .931 OPS

Major awards: Hank Aaron Award (2007); Silver Slugger (2007)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Called up halfway through 2005; averaged more than 110 RBI in last four seasons. More »

Teams: Kansas City Royals (2000-04), Houston Astros (2004), New York Mets (2005-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .282, 277 HR, 920 RBI, 256 SB, .502 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2006, 2008); Gold Glove (2006, 2007, 2008)

Team accomplishments: 2 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: 1999 AL Rookie of the Year is among one of the most complete players of the decade. More »

Teams: Oakland A's (2000-03), Baltimore Orioles (2004-07), Houston Astros (2008-09)

Position: Shortstop

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .297, 251 HR, 1,046 RBI, 63 SB, .482 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2002); All-Star MVP (2005); Silver Slugger (2004-05)

Team accomplishments: 4 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: Solid pro who has been somewhat overshadowed when compared to the other elite shortstops. More »

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Teams: Chicago Cubs (2000-04); Baltimore Orioles (2005); Texas Rangers (2007)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 7 seasons, .282, 273 HR, 726 RBI, 10 SB, .570 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2000, 2001, 2002)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: Was obviously better in the 1990s, but still averaged more than 100 RBIs in the decade. More »

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Teams: San Francisco Giants (2000-02), Houston Astros (2003-04), Los Angeles Dodgers (2005-08)

Position: Second base

2000s stats: 9 seasons, .300, 216 HR, 848 RBI, 45 SB, .518 slugging percentage

Major awards: MVP (2000), Silver Slugger (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005)

Team accomplishments: 5 playoffs, one pennant

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: /No

Notable: Best second-bagger of the decade might be Cooperstown-bound. More »

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David Ortiz

Teams: Minnesota Twins (2000-02), Boston Red Sox (2003-2009)

Position: Designated hitter

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .279, 307 HR, 1,016 RBI, 9 SB, ,547 slugging percentage

Major awards: Hank Aaron Award (2005), ALCS MVP (2004), Silver Slugger (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Team accomplishments: 7 playoffs, 2 pennants, 2 championships

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Yes

Notable: Big Papi blossomed after move to Boston.

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Teams: Cleveland Indians (2000-02), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-05), Chicago White Sox (2006-09), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009)

Position: First base

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .271, 368 HR, 986 RBI, 3 SB, .563 slugging percentage

Major Awards: Comeback Player of the Year (2006); Roberto Clemente Award (2002)

Team accomplishments: 3 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Might have been a little better in the 1990s, but still a solid run-producer throughout the decade. More »

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Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (2003-2009)

Position: Second base

2000s stats: 7 seasons, .295, 161 HR, 585 RBI, 83 SB, .523 slugging percentage, .902 OPS

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2006, 2007, 2008)

Team accomplishments: 3 playoffs, 2 pennants, 1 title

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Best second baseman in the game today, and a clutch bat. More »

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Teams: Chicago White Sox (2000-04), Milwaukee Brewers (2005-06), Texas Rangers (2006), Houston Astros (2007-09)

Position: Outfield

2000s stats: 10 seasons, .291, 291 HR, 1,019 RBI, 111 SB, .506 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2005, 2007)

Team accomplishments: 1 playoffs

Linked to performance-enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Sneaky-great stats, comparable to Ortiz; would have been a bigger star in a big market. More »

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Teams: Philadelphia Phillies (2000-06), New York Yankees (2006-08), Los Angeles Angels (2009)

2000s stats: .297, 216 HR, 993 RBI, 295 SB, .474 slugging percentage

Major awards: Silver Slugger (2004); Gold Glove (2005)

Team accomplishments: 3 playoffs

Linked to performance0enhancing drugs: No

Notable: Another five-tool steady pro.

 

Next five: Jason Giambi, Justin Morneau, Alfonso Soriano, Gary Sheffield, Jermaine Dye

Honorable mention: Mike Piazza, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Jimmy Rollins, Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter More »