Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for March 1:
1) Paul Hines (1855)
Hines is the lone player born on March 1 with a WAR of more than 25, nearly lapping the rest of the field with a career 44.9 mark. He broke in with the National Association’s Washington Nationals as a 17-year-old way back in 1872 and went on to play 20 seasons with 10 teams. He was the National League batting champ in 1878 and ’79, and took home the NL Triple Crown in ’78 with a .358 average and a whopping four homers and 50 RBIs in 85 games.
2) Johnny Ray (1957)
One of only five players born on March 1 to be named to an All-Star team, Ray finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting as a second baseman with the Pirates in 1982. Ray led the NL in doubles in back-to-back seasons in ’83-84, notching a Silver Slugger Award in ’83. After being dealt to the Angels from Pittsburgh in ’87, Ray made his lone All-Star team with the American League a year later.
3) Michael Conforto (1993)
The highest-ranking current player on our list, the former first-round pick of the Mets in 2014 could move to the top of the WAR leaders for March 1 by the time he hangs up his spikes if he can remain healthy. A National League All-Star with New York in ’17, the outfielder was named to the All-MLB second team in 2020 after posting a .927 OPS.
4) Trevor Cahill (1988)
The top-ranked pitcher on our list, Cahill posted double-digit wins in each of his first four big league seasons from 2009-12, and he was named to the American League All-Star Team in 2010 and finished ninth in the Cy Young Award voting after going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts.
5) Wander Franco (2001)
Despite having just 70 career big league games under his belt at the time of this writing, the former uber prospect still somehow seems like a safe bet to finish his career atop this list if he can stay healthy. The dynamic shortstop finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2021 after batting .288/.347/.463 with seven home runs among his 30 extra-base hits over 308 plate appearances as a 20-year-old.
Hank Wyse (1918)
Wyse won 79 games in an eight-year career that ended in 1951, with his best season coming in ’45, when he went 22-10 with a 2.68 ERA with the Cubs and finished seventh in the National League MVP Award voting.
Omar Daal (1972)
The southpaw pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues with six teams. His career year came in 1999, when he went 16-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 32 starts with the D-backs.
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