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Based on WAR, can you name the all-time best MLB players born in Kentucky and Tennessee? (See How-to)

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Pos. (State)PlayerBrief-Bio
C (TN)(WAR 28.34) He was a 2x World Series champion with STL where he played from 12 seasons. He also played 9 seasons with the Phillies. He's probably better-known as being a color commentator starting in 1980.
1B (TN)(WAR 61.19) Played his entire career for COL (1997-2013). He was a lifetime .316, and won a batting title in 2000 when he hit .372. The 5x All Star has the most hits, HR's, RBI, and highest WAR in the COL franchise. One of few players who did well vs. BOS in the '07 World Series as he hit .333.
2B (TN)(WAR 40.68) The 1953 Rookie of the Year who spent his whole career with the Dodgers. He made 2 All Star games in 1956 and '59. He had more walks than strikeouts in every season of his career. He played 39 games for the postseason, helping the Dodgers win 4 World Series titles.
SS (KY)(WAR 66.27) Vin Scully called him the 'heart and soul of the 'Boys of Summer.' ' He missed 3 years due to WWII but still made 10 All Star games and was in 7 different World Series. May be best remembered for fully-embracing Jackie Robinson as a teammate.
3B (KY)(WAR 34.37) Played at the 'hot corner' in DET from 1990-'97 before signing with CLE from 1998-2002. He was a 5x All Star who won a Gold Glove with the 2000 Indians. Occasionally he'd play at SS and had over 1,000 RBI but also struggled with 1,300+ K's.
OF (TN)(WAR 54.26) Had an 11 year career with CIN from 1958-68. He would end his career with an impressive 2,757 hits (he had 4 seasons of 200+ hits). He also had over 1000 runs and RBI. He would play with STL, CLE, CAL, and KC after leaving CIN.
OF (KY)(WAR 47.72) Tigers outfielder from 1912-'23 who had over 2,000 career hits. He led the AL in RBI 3x, and had at least 10 triples every year from 1913-'22. His last name rhymes with the state nickname of Georgia.
OF (TN)(WAR 44.32) A 5x Gold Glove winner, he was the CF for the 2001 Arizona World Champions. He had 2,548 career hits, over 300 homers and steals, and had 10 total bases vs. NYY in the World Series.
DH (KY)(WAR 25.80) He was the runner-up to José Canseco's 1988 MVP. He later said he should be awarded the MVP after Canseco's admittance of steroids. He played his whole career with BOS (mostly in RF), and made two All Star teams.
SP (TN)(WAR 59.58) As a pitcher he won 40 games twice (1885, '89). When he wasn't pitching, he was in the outfield where he was a lifetime .282 hitter. He helped lead the 1886 St. Louis Browns to the World Championship. Same last name as a town name 15 miles south of Fresno, CA that's famous for hosting a state fair.
SP (KY)(WAR 59.36) Hall-of-Fame pitcher who would later serve Kentucky as a U.S. Representative and Senator. As a player he made 9 All Star games, and won 118 for DET and 89 for PHI. One of few to strikeout 1,000 in both leagues.
SP (KY)(WAR 51.10) A 2x World Series Winner (1916, 1918 for the Red Sox) had 5 seasons of 20+ wins. After leaving BOS, he won 80 games for NYY from 1919-23, then moved on to CIN. Has the same last name as the Giants OF who is 5th in all time home runs.
SP (TN)(WAS 50.10) Played his whole career for DET, missing 1944 due to WWII. He won 20 games every year from 1934-36, and made 6 All Star teams. Helped DET win the '35 and '45 World Championship. Same last name as the brothers who were in 'the Fabulous Baker Boys.'
SP (KY)(WAR 47.20) As a pitcher he won 107 games in the 5 years from 1898-1902 for PIT. He then moved to the AL, pitching for NY, BOS, and WAS. Ended his career with 197 wins. Same last name as the ex-Miami Dolphins QB who currently plays for the Tennessee Titans.
RP (TN)(WAR 21.27) He was a mediocre starter before Tony LaRussa made him Eck's set-up man. There he found his calling, where he had a 3.10 ERA and won 2 playoff games for the A's. He re-joined LaRussa in 1996 with STL for two seasons.
RP (KY)(WAR 18.14) He was a 2x All Star - once for the 1968 Phillies, once for the 1976 Expos. He pitched in 625 games for 6 different teams. He has the same last name as the starting third-baseman on this list.
RP (KY)(WAR 15.03) A 2x All Star for the Washington Nationals. He won 34 games, and saved 34 with a 2.68 mainly as a set-up man. He pitched in 8 games for the 2015 Mets during their World Series run, and is currently a member of the Indians.
RP (TN)(WAR 10.88) A solid bullpen arm in the 1990's and 2000's who pitched in 19 seasons for 9 different teams. He was on the 1996 NYY World Champions, and would save 61 games for CIN from 2005-'07. His last name rhymes with what pillows used to be stuffed with.
CP (TN)(WAR 12.23) He was a flame-throwing closer for the Angels from 1988-'92. He then got injured and had 51 saves for the Marlins from 1993-'95. He made an All Star appearance for both teams, and retired with 10.4 K's per 9.
CF (KY)(WAR 42.50) Hall-of-Fame leadoff hitter for 'Murderer's Row' in the late 1920's. He helped NYY win the 1927, '28, and '32 World Series. Not known for power, he was consistent, with over 190 5x for the Yankees.
RF (TN)(WAR 41.97) The 2018 AL MVP who led the Red Sox to the World Championship. He is a 4x All Star who won a batting title (2018) and 3 Gold Gloves. He led all of baseball in runs scored in 2018 and '19, and has 126 stolen bases in 6 seasons.
OF/3B (TN)(WAR 41.79) A 4x All Star with NYY from 1933-'36, he helped the Yankees to win the 1932 World Series. He led baseball in steals 4x, and had the same last name as the current closer for the Yankees.
OF/3B (KY)(WAR 40.42) 19th Century OF and 3B for the Louisville Colonels. He was a lifetime .341 hitter who had 3 batting titles. Had the same last name as the CIN pitcher who broke his arm pitching in 1994.
CF (TN)(WAR 40.01) Played his entire career for the Senators (1907-1922). He had 88 steals in 1912, and followed it up with 75 in 1913. His last name is the same as the Italian city most-known as a fashion capital.
3B (TN)(WAR 38.21) The 'Mad Dog' won 4 batting titles - two for CHC (1975-'76), and two for PIT (1981, '83). On the 'We Are Family' 1979 Pirates World Championship team. He had 2,008 career hits and made 3 All Star games.

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