The best baseball players born on Sept. 28

September 28th, 2023

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Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Sept. 28.

1) Ryan Zimmerman (1984)
Zimmerman was the franchise's first Draft pick after relocating to Washington D.C. and becoming the Nationals, chosen fourth overall in 2005. After 16 seasons in the capital, he leads the franchise all time in games played (1,799), at-bats (6,654), runs (963), hits (1,846), total bases (3,159), doubles (417), home runs (284) and RBIs (1,061).

He was the runner-up for 2006 Rookie of the Year, coming short by just four points to Hanley Ramirez. A two-time All-Star, Gold Glove Award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Zimmerman also received MVP votes in four seasons.

2) Eddie Rosario (1991)
With offensive output that included 13 homers, 18 doubles and a Major League-leading 15 triples, Rosario was sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015. He received MVP votes in 2019 and 2020 while still with the Twins, and in 2021 won a World Series with the Braves after a Trade Deadline deal. He took home NLCS MVP honors during that championship run.

In his first game in the Majors, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw. In 2021, he hit for his first career cycle, becoming the first Puerto Rican player to do so. He accomplished the four hits on just five total pitches.

3) Jack Fournier (1889)
A prominent hitter who knocked 136 home runs in his 15-season career (1912-18, 1920-27), Fournier led the AL in slugging percentage with a .491 mark in 1915 while with the White Sox, and then led the NL in home runs in 1924 with 27 while playing for the Brooklyn Robins. He had a .483 career slugging mark as well as a .313 batting average to go along with his homers.

However, on the other side of the field he had a more ignominious reputation. Defensively, he committed 208 errors -- leading NL first basemen in errors in two seasons -- and had a .984 fielding percentage. The historical record is littered with comments about his shortfalls with the glove, which proves what his offensive skills brought to the table considering how long he remained a regular in the league.

4) Grant Jackson (1942)
A journeyman left-hander and switch-hitter, Jackson spent time with six teams over an 18-year career. After spending a decade with the Phillies and Orioles, he was traded to the Yankees in 1976 and then almost immediately left exposed for that year's expansion draft in the offseason. Selected by the Mariners, he never appeared in a game for Seattle and was traded to the Pirates, where he spent much of the remainder of his career and with whom he won a World Series in 1979.

5) (1994)
Eight seasons into his career, he has played for the Padres and Rays after coming up through the Red Sox system. Margot hit his first two Major League homers in the same game, in 2017 against the Giants.

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