ESPN 500: Players No. 1-10

Updated: April 3, 2012, 12:37 AM ET
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Who are the top 10 players in Major League Baseball for 2012? The ESPN 500 is counting down from No. 10 to the No. 1 player from 12-2:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Chat with ESPN 500 voters as the players are unveiled. Here's who will be chatting: ESPN Insiders Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski and ESPN The Magazine writer Molly Knight from 12-1:15 p.m. ET followed by ESPN.com senior writers Jerry Crasnick and David Schoenfield and ESPN Insider Kevin Goldstein from 1:15-2:30 p.m. ET.

The results will be announced simultaneously on Twitter (@ESPN_MLB). Fans can use the hashtag #ESPN500 to join the discussion or follow along.

To compile a top-500 ranking, 34 ESPN experts, polled over the final two weeks of February, started with a list of the top 600 players projected to play in the majors in 2012. Using a 0-to-10 scale, they evaluated only the quality of each player for the 2012 season.

Players expected to miss the 2012 season with an injury, such as Victor Martinez, were not included, except for those who were injured after the voting took place. Dan Szymborski's ZiPS system, which projects 2012 performance, was used to break ties to the fourth decimal point. Ages are listed as of July 1, 2012.