USA vs. Korea Republic Women’s Soccer: Date, Time, Live Stream for 2017 Friendly

The United States women’s national team kick off a doubleheader of friendlies with Korea Republic on Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

They go into the clash on the back of four successive wins and will be aiming to maintain their form in a quartet of friendlies that will see them to the end of 2017—two fixtures against Canada follow the South Korea meetings.

South Korea have never beaten the U.S. in nine meetings but boast their own fine form heading into Thursday’s fixture having won three and drawn one of their last four. 

Read on for a preview of the match, along with full scheduling and viewing details. 

       

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. BST (Friday)

TV Info: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

              

Preview

While South Korea have never beaten their American counterparts, they have earned two draws against them, including their most recent meeting.

The two sides met in a warm-up match ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a game that resulted in a 0-0 draw at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. 

It is quite a feat to keep the USWNT from scoring a goal, but it must again be South Korea’s aim to not concede on Thursday and hope to net themselves on the break to earn a win.

Neither side has been short on goals of late. South Korea have netted 21 goals in their last four matches—including a 10-0 win over India—while the U.S. have netted 15 in four.

Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz have all been in the goals of late and will be aiming to add to their 2017 tallies for Jill Ellis’ side.

The hosts will be missing attacker Tobin Heath and defender Taylor Smith for Thursday’s clash after both were injured in the 2017 NWSL Championship match earlier this month, per U.S. Soccer WNT:

But given the incredible attacking quality in the U.S. side it seems hugely unlikely they will fail to score against South Korea.

Indeed, due to home advantage and the USWNT‘s recent fine form, it would be a surprise were they not to earn a convincing win.

South Korea are far from a poor team. They reached the first knockout round of the 2015 World Cup—which USA won—and are ranked 15th in the world by FIFA.  

The U.S., though, are the best side in the world and, barring an uncharacteristic poor performance on Thursday, a home win seems likely. 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2739173-usa-vs-korea-republic-womens-soccer-date-time-live-stream-for-2017-friendly

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Nike Reportedly Investigating Why LeBron James’ Jersey Tore vs. Celtics

LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a season-opening victory against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night but split the back of his jersey in the process.

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, Nike is investigating why it happened.

Rovell cited sources Wednesday and said Nike is “extensively reviewing why the back of LeBron James’ jersey split down the middle” even though it didn’t issue a public comment. It happened when Boston’s Jaylen Brown grabbed his jersey and forced a tear between the Nos. 2 and 3.

The incident was notable because it was a nationally broadcasted contest featuring this generation’s biggest star. It was the first regular-season game since Nike outbid Adidas to become the league’s uniform supplier, and Rovell noted sources said the eight-year deal is worth about $1 billion.

Rovell pointed out the jersey of Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis also ripped during the preseason.

As for James’ torn jersey, it will be auctioned by the league with the money going to hurricane-relief, per Rovell.

The tear didn’t stop James from putting up an impressive stat line in the 102-99 win. He scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out nine assists while playing 41 minutes in the Eastern Conference Finals rematch.

The contest itself featured plenty of storylines, considering Kyrie Irving is now on the Celtics and Boston figured to be Cleveland’s primary competitor in the East, but Gordon Hayward’s serious injury in the first quarter overshadowed the result.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed Hayward suffered a fractured and dislocated left tibia.

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USA vs. Korea Republic Women’s Soccer: Date, Time, Live Stream for 2017 Friendly

The United States women’s national team kick off a doubleheader of friendlies with Korea Republic on Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

They go into the clash on the back of four successive wins and will be aiming to maintain their form in a quartet of friendlies that will see them to the end of 2017—two fixtures against Canada follow the South Korea meetings.

South Korea have never beaten the U.S. in nine meetings but boast their own fine form heading into Thursday’s fixture having won three and drawn one of their last four. 

Read on for a preview of the match, along with full scheduling and viewing details. 

       

Date: Thursday, Oct. 19

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. BST (Friday)

TV Info: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

              

Preview

While South Korea have never beaten their American counterparts, they have earned two draws against them, including their most recent meeting.

The two sides met in a warm-up match ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a game that resulted in a 0-0 draw at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. 

It is quite a feat to keep the USWNT from scoring a goal, but it must again be South Korea’s aim to not concede on Thursday and hope to net themselves on the break to earn a win.

Neither side has been short on goals of late. South Korea have netted 21 goals in their last four matches—including a 10-0 win over India—while the U.S. have netted 15 in four.

Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe and Julie Ertz have all been in the goals of late and will be aiming to add to their 2017 tallies for Jill Ellis’ side.

The hosts will be missing attacker Tobin Heath and defender Taylor Smith for Thursday’s clash after both were injured in the 2017 NWSL Championship match earlier this month, per U.S. Soccer WNT:

But given the incredible attacking quality in the U.S. side it seems hugely unlikely they will fail to score against South Korea.

Indeed, due to home advantage and the USWNT‘s recent fine form, it would be a surprise were they not to earn a convincing win.

South Korea are far from a poor team. They reached the first knockout round of the 2015 World Cup—which USA won—and are ranked 15th in the world by FIFA.  

The U.S., though, are the best side in the world and, barring an uncharacteristic poor performance on Thursday, a home win seems likely. 

Read more Soccer news on BleacherReport.com

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2739173-usa-vs-korea-republic-womens-soccer-date-time-live-stream-for-2017-friendly

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A-League Round 3 Betting Preview: Odds, Trends and Analysis for Week’s Matches

All eyes are on Sydney in Week 3 for the marquee fixture of the A-League season: the Sydney derby.

With both Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers sitting inside the top four, those inside the Allianz Arena on Saturday are sure to be treated to a brilliant display.

The sky-blue half of Sydney has owned this fixture recently, losing just one of the past 10 crosstown clashes. And considering the champions have opened this season with two wins from two, it’s no surprise to see them go in as favourites.

So $1.85 AUD is the quote they have been given to win their third game from as many outings, according to AustralianGambling, while the Wanderers, who are coming off a 2-2 draw with the Central Coast Mariners, are out at $3.80.

The Mariners face one of the longest trips in the league this gameweek, as they head west to take on Perth Glory on Sunday.

Perth are coming off a 2-2 draw of their own, against the Newcastle Jets. Glory snatched a point late in the game when former Jets striker Adam Taggart came back to haunt his old side with a 92-minute header.

The hosts are $1.67 to get their first win of the season, while the Mariners are the second-biggest underdog of the round at $4.20.

The biggest underdog of the round are the Wellington Phoenix ($5.50), who head to the Victorian capital to take on Melbourne City on Saturday afternoon. City have started the season in scintillating form, winning both of their games, including a 2-1 win in the derby against Melbourne Victory last time out.

One of the main reasons for City’s fast-start has been their ability to quickly turn defense into attack. This has been illustrated best by Bruce Kamau, who scored the winner in the derby.

Victory are aiming to get their first points of the season in Week 3 when they head to the City of Churches to take on Adelaide United.

Despite claiming four points from a possible six, the Reds are only marginal favourites, at $2.45, while Melbourne are behind them at $2.55.

Another tight game is expected in Brisbane on Sunday, when the Brisbane Roar ($2.25) host the vastly improved Newcastle Jets ($2.80), who find themselves in third place.

The Roar, who lost at the semi-final stage last season, find themselves dead last, with a minus-three goal difference.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2739390-a-league-round-3-betting-preview-odds-trends-and-analysis-for-weeks-matches

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Yankees Have Returned Yankee Stadium to an Impenetrable Big-Game Fortress

NEW YORK — There were nights in May when it wasn’t this loud, afternoons in August when the stands weren’t full. The New York Yankees won a whole lot of those games at Yankee Stadium, too.

It’s not just the noise. It’s not just the aura.

Then again, noise and aura don’t hurt. The beer and the insults cascading out of the bleachers don’t help if you’re a visiting team coming to Yankee Stadium hoping to win in October. Three of them have been there this month, from the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game through the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS to the Houston Astros this week in the ALCS.

Three teams, six games, zero wins for the visitors. And as Wednesday night ended with the Yankees one win away from the World Series, don’t let anyone tell you the ballpark and those who inhabit it aren’t part of this team’s story.


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Take it from Todd Frazier, the kid from New Jersey who grew up to be a Yankee. He’s the one who hit the three-run home run Monday, the one who was leaping over the dugout railing to wave baserunners home during Tuesday’s comeback, the one who was laughing and smiling again after Wednesday’s 5-0 Yankee win that put his team ahead three games to two in this best-of-seven series.

“This is New York, baby,” he said. “Only the strong survive. And that’s why I love playing here.”

Or take it from George Springer, the kid from Connecticut who grew up to be an Astro.

“This is wild,” he said, after three days as a target in center field. “This is a wild place to play, to say the least. It’s definitely tough. The fans are into the game. They act as if they’ve won 27 world championships. I understand.”

They have won 27 world championships, of course, and the Astros have won none. None of that should really matter in terms of what happens in 2017, and maybe it won’t. As the Astros were quick to point out on their way out of town, they get back to their fans and their atmosphere when the series resumes Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

“They had their three games here,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. “We have our four at home. It’s home-field advantage.”

And if it works out that way, with the Astros coming back to win Games 6 and 7 in Houston, perhaps the story of the 2017 Yankees will include a chapter or two on why they couldn’t win on the road. They were the lone team to make the postseason with a losing road record (40-41) during the regular season, and the trend has kept up in October.

The Yankees are 1-4 on the road this month, although that one win was in a pretty important Game 5 in Cleveland…after they’d saved themselves in that series with two straight wins at home.

There was plenty more to what happened this week, for sure, with the best-hitting team in the major leagues suddenly finding itself ice-cold at the plate and with one of the biggest Yankee-killing pitchers of all time failing to make it through the fifth inning in Wednesday’s Game 5.

It’s hard to say it was the ballpark or the fans that got Dallas Keuchel, who gave up the first four runs Wednesday. The last time he was at Yankee Stadium for a postseason game, he pitched six scoreless innings and the Astros won the 2015 Wild Card Game 3-0.

“If you don’t give the crowd anything to cheer for, they can’t cheer,” Keuchel said. “Two years ago, it seemed like they were searching for something to cheer for. It just wasn’t there. These last three games, there was plenty to cheer for.”

There was enough to make a ballpark come alive, enough for the Yankees and their fans to start up comparisons to the iconic place that once stood across the street from the current version of Yankee Stadium. In our memories, it was always louder there than anywhere else and the Yankees always won more there than anyone else won anywhere else.

Mystique and aura and all that, as Curt Schilling once said.

It was true, except when it wasn’t. The 1996 Yankees won the first World Series of their era because they were perfect on the road, allowing them to overcome two bad Yankee Stadium losses to the Atlanta Braves. The 2004 Yankees own the worst postseason collapse ever, completed at Yankee Stadium. In the final 23 postseason games the old place hosted, the Yankees were a mediocre 11-12.

In the first season at the new place, they went 7-1 at home to win the World Series for the first time in nine years. It was loud that October, too.

“I feel like it’s been a lot better this year,” said CC Sabathia, the ace of the 2009 staff. “It’s been nuts. And we feed off it.”

He’s not wrong, and neither are Frazier or Springer. Neither was Chase Headley, the Yankees designated hitter who compared it to a college football atmosphere after he had three hits Wednesday.

“They’re going crazy the whole game,” Headley said. “It’s a huge advantage for us.”

How do you argue with him, when the Yankees have been perfect at home this October? How do you argue, when even with regular-season noise and aura they went 51-30 at home from April through September?

They do seem to love this place. It’s not just the hitters, the guys who can take advantage of the right field porch. Masahiro Tanaka, the starting pitcher who dominated the Astros on Wednesday, has made eight Yankee Stadium starts since the final week of July. His ERA in those eight games: 0.96.

Tanaka went seven innings Wednesday, allowing just three hits. Springer had one of them, although you can be sure the fans in the bleachers were more interested in reminding him about the time he struck out. And about a few other things.

“Stuff I can’t repeat,” Springer said. “Stuff I probably won’t repeat in 20 years.”

He won’t forget playing here. The fans won’t forget being here.

And the Yankees? They hope to get one win this weekend in Houston, just so they can come back here.

 

Danny Knobler covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report.

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Jurgen Klopp Happy to Write a Piece of History at Liverpool After 7-0 UCL Win

Jurgen Klopp has said he is happy to enter the history books at Liverpool following their 7-0 win over Maribor in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. 

The win marked another impressive milestone for the Reds on the European stage:

Per BBC Sport’s Michael Emons, Liverpool manager Klopp said: 

“I was told about the record after the game and I didn’t know.

“The wonderful history of this club can feel like a backpack at times so it is nice to write our own good piece of the history.

“It will be difficult to beat that record. It is quite rare to win 7-0, but it showed we did unbelievably well.”

The Reds put the Slovenian team to the sword to become the first English side to win there in UEFA‘s premier competition.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring after just three minutes, and Philippe Coutinho soon doubled the lead with a fine first-time finish.

Mohamed Salah then bagged a brace before Firmino scored his second, with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold completing the rout.

Liverpool writers Jack Lusby and Joel Rabinowitz were pleased with the performance and are looking for the Reds to build on it:

Klopp is hoping for the same, given it was just the Reds’ second win in all competitions since August.

Per Sky Sports, he said: “The boys deserved that. The only problem recently was how to explain why we didn’t win. That has been the most difficult thing about our recent games. When you don’t score it is a challenge to stay confident, but we will try to use this result now.”

Bleacher Report’s Karl Matchett wants a repeat performance at the weekend:

However, as Klopp noted, that’s not likely to happen: “The next game is Tottenham [Hotspur], so it’s pretty likely it will not be a similar result. We have five days to recover and prepare, and we are looking forward to it.”

Spurs will prove a much stiffer challenge, and penetrating a defence that has shipped just five Premier League goals this season will be difficult.

Nevertheless, it can only stand Liverpool in good stead to have rediscovered their scoring touch in such spectacular fashion after weeks of struggling to finish their chances.

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Chris Paul Suffers Knee Injury vs. Warriors

Houston Rockets star point guard Chris Paul suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s season-opening win against the Golden State Warriors.

According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said Paul didn’t play in crunch time “because knee injury had him playing ‘on one leg’ and ‘dragging.’”

Paul doesn’t get the type of attention he deserves as one of the league’s most valuable contributors at both ends of the floor. That’s likely because he’s been consistently good for so long. He ranked third among point guards in player efficiency rating with the Los Angeles Clippers last season before his offseason trade to the Rockets.

The 32-year-old Wake Forest product missed a stretch of games last year because of a hamstring injury and also dealt with a few thumb issues during his final season with the Clips. Although that amounted to 21 games on the sidelines, he has only missed eight contests combined over the prior two years.

If Paul is forced out of the lineup with the latest ailment, James Harden will once again serve as Houston’s primary ball-handler like he did last season. It would also open up additional playing time for Eric Gordon and Bobby Brown.

Ultimately, even though that’s a solid group of reserve options, the Rockets likely won’t be able to replicate what Paul brings to the game when he’s at full strength. The team will hope he’s healthy and clicking on all cylinders when the playoffs eventually roll around.

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Barcelona Transfer News: Matthijs de Ligt Linked in Latest Rumours

Barcelona are reportedly keen to improve their defensive options in the January transfer window and are eyeing Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt.

According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Calciomercato.com), the Blaugrana are keen to add more depth behind Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

It’s suggested confidence is dwindling in the likes of Javier Mascherano and Thomas Vermaelen’s ability to provide adequate competition at the Camp Nou, with both players past their respective peaks. De Ligt is said to be the most attainable target on a list of centre-backs the Blaugrana have assembled.

Athletic Bilbao duo Yeray Alvarez and Aymeric Laporte are said to also be in the frame. Davinson Sanchez, who left Ajax for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, and Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad were said to have been considered in the previous transfer window.

De Ligt may not be as established as the aforementioned names, though the potential the 18-year-old has showcased has been remarkable.

As Squawka Football noted, despite being in the infancy of his career, the defender has accomplished a lot:

The 2016-17 season is one the youngster will not forget in a hurry. Having been promoted from Ajax’s academy setup, De Ligt impressed in the first team and cemented his spot alongside Sanchez in Peter Bosz’s side.

While Ajax didn’t win the Eredivisie, they were exceptional in the UEFA Europa League. De Ligt was one of a number of young players who rose to the big occasion, as they progressed to the final of the competition before losing to Manchester United.

Such is his talent, De Ligt earned a call-up to the Netherlands national team when he was just 17, having made just two appearances for Ajax.

Despite his side’s 2-0 loss to United in the Europa League final, sportswriter David Cartlidge was impressed by the way in which the teenager acquitted himself:

As we can see, courtesy of BigSport, De Ligt assumed something of a talismanic role during Ajax’s run to the final:

With Sanchez now in north London, De Ligt has taken on more responsibility with Ajax, playing all eight matches for the team in the Dutch top flight this season. And after more measured displays, it’s not a shock to see a club like Barcelona interested in him.

After all, Barca and Ajax’s philosophies overlap in a lot of areas, especially in the way they develop young players. Like plenty of footballers to have emerged from Barca’s Masia, De Ligt has brilliant technical ability, is calm on the ball and is intelligent in where he positions himself.

Still, it feels as though it may be a little early for the Ajax man to be making such a move. He’s young and has a lot of developing to do. Staying with the Amsterdam giants and playing regular football is the best course of action to ensure that progress continues.

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Draymond Green Reportedly Will Undergo MRI on Knee Injury

After leaving Tuesday’s season opener against the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will undergo an MRI. 

Per ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes, Green will have an MRI on Wednesday to determine the severity of his knee injury. 

The Warriors announced Green’s injury as a strained left knee. He was injured late in the third quarter while driving to the basket when his leg appeared to buckle as he pulled up for a shot against Rockets forward Trevor Ariza. 

Green told TNT’s David Aldridge he will “be fine.” Anthony Slater of The Athletic noted the Warriors star did receive treatment on his leg after the game but was “not limping bad and doesn’t have any type of brace on it.”

After Green left Tuesday’s game, the Rockets outscored the Warriors 34-20 in the fourth quarter and erased a 12-point deficit to earn a 122-121 victory. 

Green nearly recorded a triple-double in the loss with nine points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. He led the Warriors with an average of 7.0 assists and finished second with 7.9 rebounds in 76 games last season. 


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Robert Pires Says Frugal Arsenal Have Let Down ‘Warrior’ Mesut Ozil

Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes the club have let Mesut Ozil down by failing to assemble a top-class team around him.

He told SportBild (h/t Sport Witness): ”Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something. To me, he seems so angry about the fact that Arsenal hasn’t put together the team with which he can make a difference. Arsenal has spent money only for Alexandre Lacazette, €53 million. That is not enough to be at the top.”  

Ozil has helped the Gunners win three FA Cups since he arrived at the club in 2013, and he has contributed much during that time, as he has with Germany and did with previous club Real Madrid, per Squawka Football:

However, the team’s struggles in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League have continued unabated, and they haven’t been unable to muster a serious challenge in either competition.

For all Ozil has done at Emirates Stadium, he has more to give and manager Arsene Wenger could have drawn that out of him with stronger team-mates aboard, as Real did.

According to Squawka, the German has created 17 chances in six Premier League matches this season, but not one has been converted. Last year, he did not reach double figures for assists in the English top flight despite creating a superlative 98 chances. That would be less of an issue with more potent attackers around him.

From a defensive standpoint, the playmaker’s lack of physicality is exposed much more than it would be if the Gunners had a more robust platform behind him.

The Mirror‘s John Cross believes Arsenal lack quality in their squad, though he would include Ozil in that:

Indeed, Ozil must also bear some responsibility for the fact he could have delivered more during his time in north London, and he has faced plenty of criticism as a result.

Bleacher Report’s James McNicholas believes he has more to offer in terms of goals:

The 29-year-old may be a top-class player, but he still has room to improve. If he can do that, the Gunners could benefit greatly.

Arsenal could also help in that regard with some quality additions alongside him, though they may have little time to do that given Ozil is in the final year of his contract.

As such, his time at Emirates may be characterised by the frustration that Arsenal did not make the most of him.

 

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Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey Jimmy Sheckard Mickey Cochrane Tommy Leach Sam Rice Ted Simmons Ichiro Suzuki Max Carey Fred McGriff George Sisler Tony Perez Gabby Hartnett Chet Lemon Luis Aparicio Kiki Cuyler Hugh Duffy Frank Chance Brian Downing John McGraw Vada Pinson Joe Tinker Gene Tenace King Kelly Johnny Evers Joe Sewell Tony Lazzeri Bobby Doerr Ellis Burks Hughie Jennings Tony Phillips Fielder Jones Larry Doby Larry Doyle Fred Lynn Bernie Williams Cupid Childs Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson Babe Ruth Barry Bonds Ty Cobb Willie Mays Hank Aaron Honus Wagner Tris Speaker Stan Musial Rogers Hornsby Eddie Collins Ted Williams Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Rickey Henderson Mel Ott Mike Schmidt Frank Robinson Nap Lajoie Joe Morgan Cap Anson Alex Rodriguez Eddie Mathews Jimmie Foxx Al Kaline George Davis Cal Ripken Wade Boggs Carl Yastrzemski Roger Connor George Brett Dan Brouthers Roberto Clemente Joe DiMaggio Charlie Gehringer Jeff Bagwell Rod Carew Ken Griffey Robin Yount Chipper Jones Albert Pujols Sam Crawford Bill Dahlen Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke Johnny Bench Johnny Mize Billy Hamilton Lou Whitaker Harry Heilmann Brooks Robinson Luke Appling Barry Larkin Derek Jeter Tony Gwynn Jesse Burkett Bobby Grich Carlton Fisk Duke Snider Edgar Martinez Larry Walker Jim Thome Alan Trammell Eddie Murray Jim Edmonds Ivan Rodriguez Pee Wee Reese Ron Santo Gary Carter Manny Ramirez Craig Biggio Rafael Palmeiro Willie McCovey Kenny Lofton Tim Raines Ozzie Smith Ernie Banks Frank Baker Roberto Alomar Al Simmons Gary Sheffield Mark McGwire Reggie Smith Jackie Robinson Goose Goslin Joe Jackson Joe Cronin Scott Rolen Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza Sherry Magee Jack Glasscock Andruw Jones Ken Boyer Richie Ashburn Bid McPhee Zack Wheat Willie Stargell Will Clark Todd Helton Billy Williams Willie Davis Vladimir Guerrero Bobby Abreu Darrell Evans Bobby Bonds Hank Greenberg Andre Dawson John Olerud Elmer Flick Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey Jimmy Sheckard Mickey Cochrane Tommy Leach Sam Rice Ted Simmons Ichiro Suzuki Max Carey Fred McGriff George Sisler Tony Perez Gabby Hartnett Chet Lemon Luis Aparicio Kiki Cuyler Hugh Duffy Frank Chance Brian Downing John McGraw Vada Pinson Joe Tinker Gene Tenace King Kelly Johnny Evers Joe Sewell Tony Lazzeri Bobby Doerr Ellis Burks Hughie Jennings Tony Phillips Fielder Jones Larry Doby Larry Doyle Fred Lynn Bernie Williams Cupid Childs Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson Babe Ruth Barry Bonds Ty Cobb Willie Mays Hank Aaron Honus Wagner Tris Speaker Stan Musial Rogers Hornsby Eddie Collins Ted Williams Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Rickey Henderson Mel Ott Mike Schmidt Frank Robinson Nap Lajoie Joe Morgan Cap Anson Alex Rodriguez Eddie Mathews Jimmie Foxx Al Kaline George Davis Cal Ripken Wade Boggs Carl Yastrzemski Roger Connor George Brett Dan Brouthers Roberto Clemente Joe DiMaggio Charlie Gehringer