The best baseball players born on April 25

April 25th, 2024

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Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for April 25.

1) Tony Phillips (1959)

Phillips was never an All-Star, but he was one of the more versatile and valuable players of his era, having played every position but pitcher and catcher over an 18-year career that was highlighted by his nine seasons with Oakland. His 50.4 wins above replacement, per Baseball-Reference, are the highest value for anyone that he shares a birthday with, and they rank 23rd-most from his career span of 1982-99. A first-round Draft pick by the Expos in ’78, Phillips also helped the A’s win the ’89 World Series. Phillips played 10 times on his birthday, going a combined 11-for-33 with two homers, and his teams won eight of those contests.

2) John Henry Lloyd (1884)

Nicknamed “Pop” for his mild-mannered demeanor and lack of bad habits, Lloyd is widely regarded as arguably the best shortstop in the history of the Negro Leagues, earning comparisons to Honus Wagner for the way he scooped ground balls. A player-manager for six of his 25 career seasons, Lloyd was one of the better run producers of his era, one that was dominated by pitching. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, a little more than a decade after his passing.

3) Jacque Jones (1975)

“Double J” is best remembered for his seven seasons with the Twins over his 10-year career. He was never an All-Star, but he was consistently an above-replacement player, with his best season coming in 2002, when he was worth a team-best 5.5 WAR for the AL Central champs and hit .300/.341/.511 with a 123 OPS+ (league average is 100). For his career, Jones was worth 11.6 WAR and hit .277/.326/.448 (.775 OPS) with 165 homers, having also played for the Cubs, Marlins and Tigers.

4) Danny Espinosa (1987)

A third-round Draft pick by Washington in 2008, Espinosa wound up playing eight years in the big leagues, nearly all of them with the Nationals. His best year was arguably 2011, when he was worth 2.9 WAR and finished sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting. For his career, he hit .221/.297/.378 (.675 OPS) with 98 homers. After leaving the Nats, the California native spent his final season with the Angels, Mariners and Rays in 2017.

5) Darren Holmes (1966)

Holmes carved out a 13-year career with eight teams while pitching to a 4.25 ERA over 680 innings as a reliever. His best year came in 1995 with Colorado, when he racked up 2.9 WAR and a 3.24 ERA over 68 outings for the postseason club. He’s now a bullpen coach for the Cubs, after fulfilling that role for the Rockies and Orioles.

Others of note

Art Schallock (1924)
A left-hander with a good fastball and solid changeup, Schallock appeared in only 58 games over parts of five seasons with the Yankees (1951-55) and Orioles (1955). But in that time, he was part of three World Series championship teams and played with eight future Hall of Famers (Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Phil Rizzuto, Brooks Robinson and Enos Slaughter). In July 2022, he became MLB's oldest living former player.

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