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BEST AND WORST NO. 1 PICKS IN MLB DRAFT HISTORY

June 16, 2014
June 16, 2014

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June 16, 2014

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STANLEY CUP
WORLD CUP 2014
DON MATTINGLY
  • As one of the game's best players, Donnie Baseball was more prepared than anyone else on the field. But getting the highest-priced team in the majors to care as much as he does has proved to be a challenge. In order to lead the Dodgers to the title that's eluded him, he'll have to find a way

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BEST AND WORST NO. 1 PICKS IN MLB DRAFT HISTORY

The Five Best

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1 / Chipper Jones

SS, Braves, 1990

Future Hall of Famer who spent his whole 19-year career in Atlanta

2 / Ken Griffey Jr.

CF, Mariners, 1987

Transformed franchise, won 10 Gold Gloves and an MVP award

3 / Alex Rodriguez

SS, Mariners, 1993

Best player ever drafted No. 1 but left Seattle after the 2000 season

4 / Joe Mauer

C, Twins, 2001

A local boy and the only catcher ever to win three batting titles

5 / Darryl Strawberry

OF, Mets, 1980

Averaged 31 HRs and 22 steals over his first nine seasons

The Five Worst

1 / Matt Bush

SS, Padres, 2004

Currently serving a prison sentence for a hit-and-run DUI

2 / Steve Chilcott

C, Mets, 1966

Drafted before Reggie Jackson but hurt his shoulder in A ball

3 / Danny Goodwin

C, White Sox, 1971

Only top pick who couldn't be signed by the team selecting him

4 / Brien Taylor

LHP, Yankees, 1991

Monstrously talented but hurt his pitching shoulder in a fight

5 / Al Chambers

OF, Mariners, 1979

Only Bush, Chilcott, Taylor and Rays' '08 pick Tim Beckham played in fewer MLB games

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