In the Eye On Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s always will be informed by some angle or another, painfully contrived or otherwise.
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who have been the best players of the 2014 season?
As the question strongly implies, this is all about the position players and pitchers who have provided the most value in this, the 2014 season. I'm not interested in team-dependent definitions of the word "best" or "value." This is because team-dependent definitions of the word "best" or "value" are patently silly. So a team's place in the standings will have no bearing on these rankings. As always, defense and base-running matter for position players. It's not about the bat only.
Omissions? Derek Jeter will not be among those honored, in large part because he hasn't been very good. But there his name is -- Derek Jeter -- just the same. Derek Jeter. Did you hear that he's retiring? Derek Jeter.
And now let us recite baseball names for the dual purposes of SEO and making you angry. Feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.
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