Famous 21st Century Baseball Players

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century Baseball Players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Harden, Flip Saunders, Seth Curry and Luke Walton.

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 1 
Derek Jeter
(Baseball Player)

Derek Jeter
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Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States

Derek Jeter is an American former baseball player whose popularity had made him one of the most marketed sportsmen of his generation during his playing career. Since 2017, he has been playing a key role as part owner and the chief executive officer of the Miami Marlins. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jeter created a charitable organization called Turn 2 Foundation.

 2 
Mike Trout
(Baseball Player)

Mike Trout
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Birthdate: August 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey, United States

Mike Trout is an American baseball player. An eight-time MLB All-Star, Mike Trout is widely regarded as one of the best Major League Baseball (MLB) players of the current generation and one of the best young players in baseball history. He is also one of the most popular American sportsmen, with endorsement deals worth $2.5 million in his kitty

 3 
Albert Pujols
(Baseball player)

Albert Pujols
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Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols was a three-time MVP during his 11-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. An only child he grew up with an alcoholic father. He has been in the news for his $240 million contract with the LA Angels and for allegedly lying about his age.
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 4 
Nolan Ryan
(Baseball player)

Nolan Ryan
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Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, United States

The celebrated former baseball player whose Major League career spanned 27 years, retired with record 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. Nicknamed Ryan Express, Nolan Ryan played as a pitcher and had long stints with Houston Astros and California Angels. A member of the American National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is the principal owner of Ryan Sanders Sports and Entertainment.

 5 
Ken Griffey Jr.
(Baseball Player)

Ken Griffey Jr.
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Birthdate: November 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States

 6 
Barry Bonds
(Baseball player)

Barry Bonds
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Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States
Former baseball player Barry Bonds is known for his stints with the MLB teams Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. The seven-time NL MVP-winning and eight-time Gold Glove-winning player once faced trial for use of anabolic steroids. He is a 14-time All Star, he is also a cycling lover.

 7 
Ichiro Suzuki
(Baseball player)

Ichiro Suzuki
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Birthdate: October 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aichi, Japan

Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese former baseball player who played as an outfielder in top-level professional leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB). Also a popular player at the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Suzuki became the first MLB player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

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 8 
Pete Rose
(Baseball Outfielder, Infielder, Manager)

Pete Rose
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Birthdate: April 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 9 
Willie Mays
(Baseball player)

Willie Mays
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Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States

Willie Mays is considered one of the all-time greats of baseball. His breathtaking catch of Vic Wertz’s fly ball is etched as a great movement in the history of the sport. Associated with New York / San Francisco Giants for about two decades, the former center fielder with record Major League Football putouts, features in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 10 
Alex Rodriguez
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time)

Alex Rodriguez
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Birthdate: July 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York, United States

Former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez is considered one of the best baseball players in American baseball history. In his 22 years career, he created numerous records and won both awards and appreciation; however he also attracted a lot of controversies. Primary amongst them were his use of performance enhancing drugs. 

 11 
Randy Johnson
(Baseball Player)

Randy Johnson
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Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States

 12 
Sandy Koufax
(Baseball player)

Sandy Koufax
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Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Baseball left-handed pitcher Sanford Koufax played for the MLB team Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 seasons. He was the youngest Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and the first three-time Cy Young Award winner. He skipped pitching for a 1965 World Series game because it fell on Jewish festival Yom Kippur.

 13 
Miguel Cabrera
(Baseball player)

Miguel Cabrera
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Birthdate: April 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Miguel Cabrera is a Venezuelan baseball player who currently plays for the Detroit Tigers of MLB. An 11-time MLB All-Star, Cabrera claimed the MLB Triple Crown in 2012, becoming the first player to achieve the feat in 45 seasons. He has also won two American League MVP awards among other honors since his debut in 2003.

 14 
Reggie Jackson
(Baseball player)

Reggie Jackson
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Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States

 15 
Tony Gwynn
(Baseball Player)

Tony Gwynn
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Birthdate: May 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 16, 2014

 16 
Mariano Rivera
(Baseball player)

Mariano Rivera
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Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian-American former baseball player who played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time World Series champion and thirteen-time All-Star, Rivera was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. He is also considered one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the major league.

 17 
Sammy Sosa
(Baseball player)

Sammy Sosa
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Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic

 18 
Chipper Jones
(Baseball player)

Chipper Jones
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Birthdate: April 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: DeLand, Florida, USA

 19 
Roger Clemens
(Baseball player)

Roger Clemens
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Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

 20 
Mike Piazza
(Professional Baseball catcher)

Mike Piazza
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Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Currently the manager of the Italian national baseball team, Mike Pizza played in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for sixteen seasons, winning a total of ten Silver Slugger Awards. Beginning his career with Los Angeles Dodgers, he exploded on the national season in the very next year, eventually joining New York Mets, recording 427 home runs during his spectacular MLB career.

 21 
Greg Maddux
(Baseball Player)

Greg Maddux
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Birthdate: April 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, USA

 22 
Cal Ripken Jr.
(Baseball Shortstop)

Cal Ripken Jr.
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Birthdate: August 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havre de Grace, Maryland

 23 
Aaron Judge
(Baseball player)

Aaron Judge
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Birthdate: April 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linden, California, United States
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge became the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year. In 2017, he made a single-season franchise home record with the Yankees. He became the first MLB rookie to win the Home Run Derby. His charity All Rise Foundation focuses on helping children become responsible citizens.

 24 
Bo Jackson
(Former Baseball & Football Player, the Only Professional Athlete in History to be Named an 'All-Star' in Both)

Bo Jackson
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Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

Former professional baseball and football player Bo Jackson has the distinction of being the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both the sports. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, he pursued his other interests following his retirement from sports in the 1990s. He has acted in a few TV shows, playing minor characters.

 25 
Wade Boggs
(Baseball Player)

Wade Boggs
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Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

 26 
Deion Sanders
(American Football player, Baseball Player)

Deion Sanders
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Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 27 
Pedro Martínez
(Baseball Player)

Pedro Martínez
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic

 28 
Bryce Harper
(Baseball player)

Bryce Harper
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Birthdate: October 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Bryce Harper is an American baseball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of MLB. Renowned for hitting home runs on Opening Day, Harper holds a unique record of being the first player in the history of MLB to hit five home runs on Opening Days before the age of 25.

 29 
David Ortiz
(Baseball player)

David Ortiz
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Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

David Ortiz is a Dominican-American former baseball player who played primarily for the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed Big Papi for his strength, Ortiz is considered one of the greatest clutch hitters ever. Also regarded as one of the greatest designated hitters for Boston Red Sox, Ortiz helped the team end its 86-year World Series championship drought.

 30 
Urban Meyer
(American football player)

Urban Meyer
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Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Urban Meyer is an American football coach who is currently serving as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars which competes in the NFL. He has also coached college football teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, helping the team win its maiden Big Ten Conference title. He has also worked as an analyst for popular TV networks like Fox Sports.

 31 
Mark McGwire
(Baseball player)

Mark McGwire
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Birthdate: October 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States

 32 
Rickey Henderson
(Baseball player)

Rickey Henderson
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Birthdate: December 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 33 
Justin Verlander
(Baseball player)

Justin Verlander
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Birthdate: February 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

Justin Verlander is an American baseball player who has played for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. An eight-time MLB All-Star, Verlander has won prestigious awards like the Babe Ruth Award. He has also been an important member of the US national team, helping his side win the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.

 34 
Jason Kidd
(Former Basketball player at point guard position)

Jason Kidd
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Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 35 
Clayton Kershaw
(Baseball player)

Clayton Kershaw
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Birthdate: March 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

An eight-time MLB All-Star, Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball player, often described as the best pitcher in the history of baseball. Also known for his humanitarian work, Clayton Kershaw has been honored with the Branch Rickey Award and Roberto Clemente Award. A prolific donator, Kershaw donated $260,000 to build an orphanage called Hope's Home.

 36 
Shohei Ohtani
(Baseball player)

Shohei Ohtani
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Birthdate: July 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oshu, Iwate, Japan

Affectionately called Sho Time and the Japanese Babe Ruth, Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani is known for his successful stint with the MLB team Los Angeles Angels. Earlier, while with the Hokkaido-Nippon Ham Fighters, he set the record for the fastest-ever pitch thrown by a Japanese player.

 37 
Bob Gibson
(Baseball Player)

Bob Gibson
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Birthdate: November 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

 38 
José Fernández
(Baseball player)

José Fernández
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Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016

José Fernández was a Cuban-American baseball player who played for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2013 to 2016. Renowned for his skills as a pitcher, José had four pitches in his armory: a four-seam fastball, a slurve, a changeup, and a sinker. He died at the age of 24 when a speedboat, which he was piloting, crashed.

 39 
Mookie Betts
(Baseball Player)

Mookie Betts
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Birthdate: October 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 40 
John Elway
(American football player)

John Elway
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Birthdate: June 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States

 41 
Steven Adams
(Basketball player)

Steven Adams
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Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

Steven Adams is a New Zealand basketball player who is currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Renowned for his humility and down to earth personality, Steven Adams is much loved and respected in the United States. 

 42 
Dikembe Mutombo
(Basketball player)

Dikembe Mutombo
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Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 43 
Iván Rodríguez
(Baseball player)

Iván Rodríguez
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Birthdate: November 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manatí, Puerto Rico

 44 
Kris Bryant
(Baseball Player)

Kris Bryant
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Birthdate: January 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, United States

 45 
Max Scherzer
(Baseball player)

Max Scherzer
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

 46 
Bartolo Colón
(Baseball player)

Bartolo Colón
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Birthdate: May 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Altamira, Dominican Republic

 47 
Frank Robinson
(Baseball Outfielder, Manager)

Frank Robinson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: February 7, 2019

 48 
Oscar Robertson
(Former Basketball player who played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star)

Oscar Robertson
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Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States

 49 
Markelle Fultz
(Basketball player)

Markelle Fultz
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Birthdate: May 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

 50 
Anthony Rizzo
(Baseball player)

Anthony Rizzo
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Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Parkland, Florida, United States