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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Dee Milliner knows what people are saying about him, and most of it is far from flattering.Expectations were high for the 2013 first-round draft pick, but injuries have hindered his career and led to some questioning his heart, his ability to stay healthy and garnered plenty of negative reactions from fans and media. The New York Jets cornerback couldnt disagree more with the doubters.No, I wont say a bust, Milliner said after a recent training camp practice. I aint been on the field. Injuries here and there. Ive just got to stay at it and when the opportunity comes, hopefully I make the best of it.This is likely a make-or-break year for Milliner, who could be a free agent after this season since the Jets did not pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.He has been healthy so far this summer and had a solid offseason, providing a glimmer of hope that perhaps he could make an impact on Todd Bowles defense this season.Its just a year that Ive just got to go out there and play, Milliner said. I cant be injured, cant be on the sideline. Ive got to go out there and try to compete for a job.Staying on the field has been no easy task for Milliner, who has played in just 21 out of 48 games over his first three NFL seasons.Im trying, Im trying to do my best, he said. Im praying, hoping that I can stay healthy.Milliner tries to laugh off the negative chatter about him and use it as motivation.I might be at home, doing something and my brothers might say, `Somebody called you a bust, he said. He knows that Im going to pop (off) the couch and probably go work or something. They take it as a joking matter, but at the same time I take it serious. I just want to be out there and be able to play.He came to the Jets as the No. 9 overall pick after a terrific college career at Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to two national championships. The laundry list of injuries has been lengthy, though, in a short amount of time.Milliner started his NFL career slowly during the offseason of his rookie year while recovering from shoulder surgery. In 2014, he suffered a high ankle sprain during training camp and played just three games after tearing the Achilles tendon in his right leg.He made it back for training camp last summer, but then injured a tendon in his right wrist and needed surgery that kept him out for half the season. When Milliner came back, he was used exclusively on special teams -- something that was frustrating at times for him.But guys on our team were playing great and making great plays, so you keep those guys out there because theyre doing great things, he said. And when I get an opportunity to get out there and do it, or if I can help on special teams, Ill help them.Milliner, whose three career interceptions came when he was a rookie, hasnt played on defense in a game since tearing his Achilles on October 12, 2014.I want to be back out there, he said, and get a chance to be on defense and play.With Darrelle Revis working his way back from offseason wrist surgery, Milliner has been getting lots of snaps on defense this summer, including with the starters. While Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams are expected to be in the rotation to start opposite Revis, a healthy Milliner could give Bowles something else to consider.Hes playing fast, hes healthy and hes running around out there, Bowles said. I just look forward to him improving.Milliner credits taking some yoga classes to improve his flexibility while focusing on getting into even better shape while sticking to a healthy diet.While watching mostly from the sideline during practices this offseason, Revis has liked what he has seen from Milliner.You can tell hes very motivated this year, and thats great, Revis said. Hes been set back by a lot of injuries throughout his career and now hes healthy, so its good. Hes making a lot of strides.Milliner insists he has no doubts about his abilities and believes he can still be a regular NFL starter. He also said he wasnt angry that the Jets didnt pick up his fifth-year option, knowing that he hasnt done much on the field -- yet -- to warrant faith from the team.They took a chance on me as a high pick, so Ive got to live up to it, he said. My expectations are much higher than some things that coaches or players expect of me. 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Welcome to All-Time #MLBRank, our ranking of the top 100 players in baseball history.To create our list, an ESPN expert panel voted on thousands of head-to-head matchups of 162 players, based on both peak performance and career value.The top 100 will roll out next week. This week, we bring you the top 10 at each position, starting in the outfield. Thursday brings the top 10 infielders by position of all time, followed by pitchers and catchers on Friday.Have fun!TOP 10 LEFT FIELDERSJoin the discussion by using the #MLBRank hashtag, and follow along?@BBTN?and on Facebook.10. Al SimmonsTeams Philadelphia As (1924-32, 40-41, 44), Chicago White Sox (33-35), Detroit Tigers (36), Washington Senators (37-38), Boston Bees (39), Cincinnati Reds (39), Boston Red Sox (43)Honors Three-time AL All-Star (1933-35), Hall of Fame (53)Championships 2 -- Philadelphia As (1929-30)Career stats .334/.380/.535, OPS -- .915, Hits -- 2,927, HRs -- 307, RBIs -- 1,828The playerSimply put, one of the greatest hitters of his generation. Hard to imagine he played for seven -- count em, seven -- teams.?-- Scott Lauber, ESPN.com Red Sox reporter A star on the World Series-winning 1929 and 30 Philadelphia As, they called him Bucketfoot Al because of his batting stance. Known for his intensity, he won two batting titles while hitting .334 in his career and drove in 100-plus runs his first 11 seasons.?-- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com senior writerSimmons hit .334 for his career and batted .390 one season. Too bad he wasnt able to play longer because he finished just 73 hits shy of 3,000.?-- Jim Caple, ESPN.com senior writerAnother whites-only era star, you can acknowledge that and then enjoy his being the Hall of Famer who never did stop putting his foot in the bucket at bat, as well as the key role he played as a guy with tremendous plate coverage starring for Connie Macks last As dynasty in 1929-31. -- Christina Kahrl, ESPN.com baseball writer9. Wille StargellTeams Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-82)Honors Seven-time All-Star (64-66, 71-73, 78),?World Series MVP (1979), MVP (79), Hall of Fame (88)Championships 2 -- Pittsburgh (1971, 79)Career stats .282/.360/.529, OPS -- .889, Hits -- 2,232, HRs -- 475, RBIs -- 1,540The playerThe most feared slugger on the We Are Family Pirates? Pops, of course.?-- LauberPops hit 475 home runs but as produtive as he was, Pops was known for his team leadership. Which helped him earn the 1979 MVP award at age 39.?-- CaplePops was a legend long before his last great season in 79, but the high-mound 60s muted his greatness: He slugged .491 in his 20s before they lowered the mound, then .555 afterward in 1969-1979. Without that, hed be far beyond 500 career home runs, and get far more credit on this list. -- Kahrl8. Tim RainesTeams Montreal Expos (1979-90, 2001), Chicago White Sox (91-95), New York Yankees (96-98), Oakland As (99), Baltimore Orioles (01), Florida Marlins (02)Honors Seven-time NL All-Star (1981-87),?NL Silver Slugger (86),?All-Star Game MVP (87)?Championships 1 -- New York (1996)Career stats .294/.385/.425, OPS -- .810, Hits -- 2,605, HRs -- 170, RBIs -- 980The playerThe fact that hes one of only four players with at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 runs and 800 stolen bases proves he was far more than merely Rickey Henderson Lite.?-- LauberA seven-time All-Star who stole 808 bases, Raines also played in the majors with his son, Tim Jr. He did not have the career of his father, but who did? Raines Sr. belongs in the Hall of Fame.?-- CapleIn the conversation because he was the NLs answer to Rickey Henderson and arguably the greatest player in Expos history, he was also one of the players robbed of his best opportunities to star in a bigger market by the owners collusion conspiracy of the 80s. Worthy of this list as well as the Hall of Fame. -- Kahrl7. Shoeless Joe JacksonTeams Philadelphia As (1908-09), Cleveland Naps (10-14), Cleveland Indians (15), Chicago White Sox (15-20)Honors NoneChampionships 1 -- Chicago (1917)Career stats .356/.423/.517, OPS -- .940, Hits -- 1,772, HRs -- 54, RBIs -- 785The playerNone other than Babe Ruth said Jackson was the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. If only the world had seen more of Jackson, whose association with the Black Sox scandal cut short his career at age 32.?-- Lauber?Was he one of the best pure hitters ever? Sure, he probably was. But I wouldnt put him in the top 100 players. His career, you may have heard, was cut a little short after all.?-- SchoenfieldHes known primarily for taking money to throw the 1919 World Series but Jackson hit an astounding .356 for his career and batted .382 with a dozen home runs his final season. Maybe other gamblers should have paid him to make sure the White Sox won that series.?-- CapleStill judged for his inclusion in the Black Sox scandal, and still condemned for it. Suspended forever after his age-32 season, since we dont have the back slope of his career to judge him fully, not someone Id rank among these others. -- Kahrl6. Manny RamirezTeams Cleveland Indians (1993-2000), Boston Red Sox (01-08), Los Angeles Dodgers (08-10), Chicago White Sox (10), Tampa Bay Rays (11)Honors Nine AL Silver Sluggers (1995, 99-06), 12-time AL All-Star (95, 98-08), World Series MVP (2004)Championships 2 -- Boston (2004, 07)Career stats .312/.411/.585, OPS -- .996, Hits -- 2,574, HRs -- 555, RBIs -- 1,831The playerCharlie Manuel often says that to know Manny is to understand him. Many who have known Manny would disagree. Regardless, he makes everybodys short list of the greatest right-handed hitters of all-time.?-- LauberAnother left fielder with PED issues, Manny hit .312 with 555 home runs. He also helped the Red Sox to their first world series title in 86 years.?-- CapleManny being Manny wasnt merely the clownish contemporary riff on a Ruthian theme, his raw stats also wouldnt look out of place among the greats in whites-only era between the wars, even acknowledging his late-career suspensions for PEDs. -- Kahrl5. Carl YastrzemskiTeams Boston Red Sox (1961-83)Honors 18-time All-Star (63, 65-79, 82-83), All-Star Game MVP (70), MVP (1967),?Triple Crown (67), seven Gold Gloves (63, 65, 67-69, 71, 77), Hall of Fame (89)Championships NoneCareer stats .285/.379/.462, OPS -- .841, Hits -- 3,419, HRs -- 452, RBIs -- 1,844The playerSay what you want about his 3,419 hits or his 452 home runs. Yazs greatest achievement might have been succeeding Ted Williams in left field at Fenway Park in 1961 and playing at a Hall-of-Fame level for the next 23 years.?-- Lauber?His 1967 season goes down as one of the best ever: He won the Triple Crown, hittting .dddddddddddd326/.418/.622 with 44 home runs in a pitchers era, but most famously carried the Impossible Dream Red Sox to the pennant, hitting .417 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in September.?-- SchoenfieldIt isnt easy taking the place of Ted Williams, but Yaz did a pretty good job, winning three batting titles and making 18 All-Star teams. He also knew how to play the Green Monster pretty well.?-- CapleWhen you look at combined value metrics like WAR or Jay Jaffes JAWS, it might surprise you to find that after LFs all-time trinity of Williams, Bonds and Henderson, Yaz is the guy who doesnt quite rise to their level, but is far better than everyone else on this list. In itself, thats a testament to his greatness. A premium defender in front of the Green Monster and another star who saw the low-scoring 60s cut into his prime seasons. -- Kahrl4. Pete RoseTeams Cincinnati Reds (1963-78, 84-86), Philadelphia Phillies (79-83), Montreal Expos (84)Honors Rookie of the Year (1963), 17-time All-Star (65, 67-71, 73-82, 85), MVP (73), World Series MVP (75), two Gold Gloves (69, 70), Silver Slugger (81),?Championships 3 -- Cincinnati (1975, 76) Philadelphia (80)Career stats .303/.375/.409, OPS -- .784, Hits -- 4,256 (all-time leader), HRs - 160, RBIs -- 1,314, Games -- 3,562 (all-time leader), At-bats -- 14,053 (all-time leader)The playerThe epitome of a hustler, on the field and off. Records are made to be broken, but MLBs all-time hit king might never lose his crown.?-- LauberIn one sense, the hits record made him overrated -- his career OPS+ is the same as Justin Upton or Ken Griffey SENIOR -- and he hung on way too long when he was no longer productive. But at his peak, he was excellent, a guy who could get on base, would play wherever his team needed him (he was a regular second base, left field, right field, third base and first base) and rarely missed a game.?-- SchoenfieldCharlie Hustle played at least 500 games games in five positions, but he was always best at the plate. Rose finished with 4,256 hits and he also touched home plate with a run 2,165 times. Who would have bet he could do all that??-- Caple3. Rickey HendersonTeams Oakland As (1979-84, 89-93, 94-95, 98), New York Yankees (85-89), Toronto Blue Jays (93), San Diego Padres (96-97, 01), Anaheim Angels (97), New York Mets (99-2000), Seattle Mariners (00), Boston Red Sox (02), Los Angeles Dodgers (03)Honors 10-time AL All-Star (1980, 82-88, 90-91), AL Gold Glove (81), three AL Silver Sluggers (81, 85, 90), AL MVP (90), Hall of Fame (2009)Championships 2 -- Oakland (1989), Toronto (93)Career stats .279/.401/.419, OPS -- .820, Hits -- 3,055, HRs -- 297, RBIs -- 1,115, Runs -- 2,295 (all-time leader), SB -- 1,406 (all-time leader)The playerRickey being Rickey was a sight to behold. He could beat you with a walk, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly or with a towering home run. As fast as he was, somehow those stirrup socks made him look even faster.?-- Lauber?Heres how good Rickey was: Even if he never stole a base hed be a Hall of Famer. But he stole 1,406 of them, the most ever, and scored the most runs in MLB history. He won one MVP award and probably should have won three. The unquestioned best leadoff hitter of all time.?-- SchoenfieldNot only the all-time leader in stolen bases (and the single season record holder as well), Rickey also holds the record for most career runs (2,295). And runs, are the most important stat in baseball.?-- CapleThe best leadoff man in the history of the game, Rickey was a joy to watch: the deep crouch at the plate, the coiled spring taking his lead at first base, the swagger. Add to that his limitless joy in playing anywhere that would play him at the end. -- Kahrl2. Barry BondsTeams Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-92), San Francisco Giants (93-2007)Honors Seven-time MVP (1990, 92-93, 2001-04), 14-time All-Star (90, 92-98, 00-04, 07), eight Gold Gloves (90-94, 96-98), 12 Silver Sluggers (90-94, 96-97, 00-04)Championships NoneCareer stats .298/.444/.607, OPS -- 1.051, Hits -- 2,935; HRs -- 762 (all-time leader), RBIs -- 1,996; BBs -- 2,558 (all-time leader); IBBs -- 688 (all-time leader)The playerHe is, after Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, the greatest hitter ever. In 2002, Bonds was walked intentionally with no one on base eight times.?-- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN.com senior writerFor as much as we dwell on the video-arcade numbers from his final 10 seasons, sometimes we dont make enough of what he did in his first 12: .288/.408/.551, 374 HR, 417 SB, three NL MVP awards.?-- LauberThe numbers defy sense. He posted a .609 OBP one year. That gets you all-county in high school; you dont do that in the major leagues. Yes, his legacy is deservedly controversial, but Ted Williams wasnt close to the all-around player that Bonds was. And Williams never posted a .609 OBP.?-- SchoenfieldSure, there is the PED issue. But Bonds is among the greatest players of all time, with 762 home runs, a career OPS of 1.051. He was so feared a hitter that he once was walked intentionally -- with the bases loaded.?-- CapleBarry Bonds the young player was the games greatest in his day; Barry Bonds the older man was the most feared slugger ever. Some might put an asterisk next to his name, but the performance was the best ever at left field or power production. -- Kahrl1. Ted WilliamsTeams Boston Red Sox (1939-42, 46-60)Honors Two-time MVP (1946, 49), two Triple Crowns (42, 47), 19-time All-Star (40-42, 46-51, 53-60*), Hall of Fame (66)*played in two All-Star Games in 59 and 60.Championships NoneCareer stats .344/.482 (all-time leader)/.634, OPS -- 1.116, Hits -- 2,654; HRs -- 521, RBIs -- 1,839The player David Ortiz insists on calling him Mr. Williams, Big Papis nod to the greatest hitter who ever lived. Just imagine if he hadnt lost three prime years to serve in World War II.?-- Lauber?You know the quote: Williams once supposedly said, All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street folks will say, There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived. It has been 56 since he last played; nobody has passed him yet (although Barry Bonds came close).?-- SchoenfieldThe last player to hit .400, Teddy Ballgame batted .334 with 521 home runs despite missing five seasons while serving in two wars And when he homered in his last at-bat, there went the greatest hitter who ever lived.?-- CapleThe last .400 hitter, decorated veteran, the pull hitter so great the shift couldnt stop him, Williams legend as the patron saint of the art of hitting is unchallengeable. -- Kahrl <a href="http://www.cheapjerseysfans.co/">Wholesale Jerseys</a>  <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys.ca/">Cheap NFL Jerseys</a> <a href="http://www.wholesalejerseysauthenticnfl.com/">Wholesale Jerseys</a> <a href="http://www.wholesalejerseys.ca/">Authentic Jerseys From China</a> <a href="http://www.wholesalejerseys.tv/">Wholesale Jerseys</a> <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseys.tv/">Wholesale NFL Jerseys</a> ' ' '

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