Top 300 Moments That Shaped Major League Baseball Preview: AL East

by Rocco Constantino | Posted on Saturday, February 27th, 2016
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Babe Ruth

From left to right, Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins and Lou Gehrig.

Starting on March 1, Baseball Hot Corner will rank the Top 300 moments that shaped baseball history.  All moments from 1900 forward are eligible and the list includes moments from on and off the field.  There are regular season, post season and All-Star Game moments, triumphs and tragedies incredible accomplishments and unbreakable records.  In the week leading up to the start of the countdown, we’ll preview each division in the majors.  Today we move over to the American League and start with the AL East.

Babe Ruth.  Ted Williams.  Lou Gehrig. Joe DiMaggio.

There really doesn’t need to be much more said about the players on American League East teams who have influenced the game incredibly.  It even works for modern players as well.

Derek Jeter.  Pedro Martinez.  Cal Ripken.  Mariano Rivera.

That’s an impressive lineup of eight players who have had an immeasurable impact on the game and it doesn’t even include Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Frank Robinson or Cy Young.

Even when you look at specific moments instead of individual players, some of the game’s most iconic moments have taken place with teams in this division.

Some of the most amazing events that seem to have a place on the top 300 locked down are Joe Carter‘s walk-off home run to win the World Series, Babe Ruth‘s called shot, Carlton Fisk‘s home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series and the Red Sox finally breaking their World Series curse in 2004.

Any way you slice it, the AL East should have some of the highest ranking moments in baseball history.  Aside from the obvious heavy hitters in the division, there have been a number of incredible accomplishments from non-Hall of Famers.

Some great pitching performances by people like Jim Abbott, Dave Stieb, David Wells and Don Larsen should receive serious consideration and some historic home runs by players like Aaron Boone, George Bell, Evan Longoria and Bucky Dent figure to land somewhere on the list as well.

The influence doesn’t just end with players though as managers like Miller Huggins, Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Joe Maddon have all had significant impacts on the game.  Executives like Harry Frazee, George Steinbrenner and Jacob Ruppert all played significant roles in some of the most impactful moments the game has ever seen.

Needless to say, the American League East will be well represented up and down the countdown.  That’s evidenced by the fact that this entire article covers 115 years of professional baseball and didn’t even mention AL East Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Roberto Alomar, Yogi Berra, Eddie Murray or Roger Maris.

Maybe there should be a top 300 for the AL East alone.

National League East Top 300 Preview

National League Central Top 300 Preview

National League West Top 300 Preview
At Baseball Hot Corner, we’ll do our best to help keep you occupied as you wait for Opening Day with a countdown of the Top 300 Moments that Shaped Major League Baseball History.  The series will begin March 1 with an introduction, followed by a quick look at the top pre-1900 moments before getting into the countdown.  The countdown itself will be released in sets of 10 with the top 10 announced on April 2 — Opening Day Eve.

While fans are enjoying Opening Day, they’ll be able to participate in a fan poll ranking all of the events and of course, the comments section will be open on every article to haggle over the rankings.

Between now and March 1, you will also be able to nominate your favorite moments to be considered for the countdown.  You can tweet your ideas to the author @mlb100years.

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Rocco Constantino
About the Author

Rocco is the author of 50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball (Available on Amazon now!) and former Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He is also a die hard Mets fan going back to the awful early 80's and ready for the revival. D2 NCAA softball coach and athletics administrator. Follow Rocco on Twitter @mlb100years.

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