SI Players MLB Poll
[Based on a survey of 469 MLB players]
Who was your favorite ballplayer when you were a kid?
Nolan Ryan, P.....10%
Ken Griffey Jr., OF.....6%
Cal Ripken Jr., SS.....6%
Will Clark, 1B.....6%
Dale Murphy, OF.....4%
Don Mattingly, 1B.....4%
Roger Clemens, P.....3%
Greg Maddux, P.....3%
Pedro Martinez, P.....3%
Ozzie Smith, SS.....3%
FAST FACTS: Ryan, who retired in '93, is the alltime leader in strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven); he got 19.1% of the pitchers' vote.... Aside from Griffey Jr., pitchers Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez were active players in the top 15 vote-getters.... Nonpitchers chose Ripken Jr. (8.9%).... A career .303 batter, Clark hit .319 with 21 homers in 2000, his last season.

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