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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter
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Famous As: Baseball Player
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

Mike Trout
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey

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 Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez
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Famous As: Baseball player
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. 

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 4 Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 5 Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki
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Famous As: Baseball player
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

 6 Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 7 Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

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 8 Ken Griffey Jr.

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

 9 Pete Rose

Pete Rose
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati

 10 Randy Johnson

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

 11 Willie Mays

Willie Mays
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 12 Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax
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Famous As: Baseball player
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

Miguel Cabrera
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Famous As: Baseball player
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 Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 15 Reggie Jackson

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

 16 Sammy Sosa

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

 17 Tony Gwynn

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

 18 Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza
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Famous As: Professional Baseball catcher
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.

 19 Roger Clemens

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

 20 Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

 21 Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Makati, Philippines
New York Mets baseball player Tim Tebow was previously a successful football player. The former Florida Gators quarterback later played for the Denver Broncos, helping them reach the 2011 playoffs and win their first AFC West title. He is known for “Tebowing,” his signature style of praying on the field. 

 22 Karl Malone

Karl Malone
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerfield

 23 Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
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Famous As: Baseball player
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 Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: DeLand, Florida, USA

 25 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson
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Famous As: American Football Player, Baseball Player
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.

 26 Pedro Martínez

Pedro Martínez
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic

 27 Cal Ripken Jr.

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

 28 Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
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Famous As: American football player
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.

 29 Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada

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.

 30 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: American Football player, Baseball Player
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.

 

 31 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago

 32 Rickey Henderson

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

 33 David Ortiz

David Ortiz
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 34 Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco

 35 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston

 36 Greg Maddux

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

 37 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle

Nate Robinson is a former professional basketball player who has played in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics,  Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls. He went professional in 2005 and became the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion in 2010. He retired in 2018. He now runs a restaurant in Rainier Beach.

 38 Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady
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Famous As: Basketball player, Baseball player
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auburndale

 39 Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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Famous As: Baseball Pitcher
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.

 40 José Fernández

José Fernández
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 41 Chris Webber

Chris Webber
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Famous As: Basketball player, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit

 42 Mookie Betts

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

 43 John Elway

John Elway
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States

 44 Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua, New Zealand

 45 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 46 Bob Gibson

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

 47 Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani
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Famous As: Baseball player
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.

 48 Markelle Fultz

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

 49 Kris Bryant

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

 50 Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manatí, Puerto Rico