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Greatest Baseball player Round 1

Posted on: September 7, 2008 8:06 pm
 
Well all of the votes from the qualifying round are in and counted for...Heres the rules for the next round...Only vote once...and vote for once player in each match up.
Here are the match-ups
1. Babe Ruth
30. Ozzie Smith

2. Willie Mays
29. Ernie Banks

3. Ty Cobb
28. Pete Rose

4. Ted Williams
27.Rickey Henderson

5. Hank Aaron
26. Bob Gibson

6. Nolan Ryan
25. Josh Gibson

7.Mickey Mantle
24. Tom Seaver

8. Honus Wagner
23. Jackie Robinson

9. Lou Gehrig
22. Mike Schmidt

10. Joe DiMaggio
21. Greg Maddux

11. Walter Johnson
20. Satchel Paige

12. Cy Young
19. Cal Ripken Jr.

13. Stan Musail
18. Sandy Kaufax

14. Barry Bonds
17. Roger Hornsby

15. Roberto Clemente
16. Alex Rodriguez

The last time to vote for this round is next Sunday at 7 PM central time.

Let the voting Begin!
Comments

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2008 11:15 am
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

1. Babe Ruth

2. Willie Mays

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3. Ty Cobb

4. Ted Williams

5.  Hank Aaron

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6.  Nolan Ryan

7. Mickey Mantle

23. Jackie Robinson

9. Lou Gehrig

10. Joe DiMaggio

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12. Cy Young

13. Stan Musail

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15. Roberto Clemente




Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 5:26 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

I haven't voted yet, but I plan to, I just wanted to point out a problem with the # of match ups.  You only have 30 guys that would leave an odd man out in the next round (there will be 15 winners, I guess you could give Ruth a bye and move him automatically into round 3).



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2008 8:02 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

The polls are officially closed...Next round should be out soon.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2008 7:23 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

Thanks for the votes...About 40 more minutes to vote..



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2008 1:44 am
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

1. Babe Ruth
2. Willie Mays
3. Ty Cobb
4. Ted Williams
5. Hank Aaron
6. Nolan Ryan
7.Mickey Mantle
8. Honus Wagner
9. Lou Gehrig
10. Joe DiMaggio
20. Satchel Paige
19. Cal Ripken Jr.
13. Stan Musail
14.
16.

I almost went all chalk - great job on the rankings (at least in my opinion).

 




Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2008 1:16 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

Babe Ruth
Willie Mays
Ty Cobb
Ted Williams
Hank Aaron
Josh Gibson
Mickey Mantle
Honus Wagner
Mike Schmidt
Joe DiMaggio
Walter Johnson
Cal Ripken Jr.
Stan Musial
Rogers Hornsby
Roberto Clemente



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2008 2:04 am
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

Forgot one - and this may have been subliminal that I did this.

Cobb vs. Rose... aren't they the same self centered jerk, only from different eras?

Ok, if I have to go for Cobb, based on his .366 lifetime batting average.



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2008 1:59 am
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

OK - My picks with commentary

1.  Babe Ruth - this one is very reluctant simply due to my unabashed worship of the Wizard.  I am just mad Ozzie had to face Ruth so early.  I would put him up against Maddux, Ripken and A-Rod.  There was no equal to him on the defensive side of the game while he played, and those who watched him, know that he always came through when it mattered the most ('85 NLCS comes to mind!).   Ruth is going to go far here, but  in my opinion, playing during an era before the game was integrated will hurt when it comes to measuring the greatest of all time.

2.  Willie Mays - I think a solid argument could be made that Mays is by far the best five tool player that ever existed.  His final years are not going to help,  but that could be said about anyone, with the exception of one (hint - his initials are RC).

4. Ted Williams - While I abhor giving any Red Sox cred, the splendid splinter is the last man to hit .400, in 1941.  He also ended a long, consistent career with a home run in his final at bat.

5.   Hank Aaron - While known as an offensive force, he could contend with Mays in every facet of the game, including base running.   He not only was able to beat Ruth's career home run record unaided, he did it with class, grace and ridiculous and unfair pressure.

6.  Nolan Ryan - Unfortunately, this is not a fair comparison, again mainly due to the segregation that Gibson had to endure for the majority of his career.    You have to wonder if he had been given a fair chance, whether he truly could have been #1 on the list.    With that stated, no one has put more fear in the hearts of opposing major league batters (and thrown more no hitters) than Mr. Ryan.  I have to move him forward.

7.  Mickey Mantle - Again, no upsets here.  Seaver was a great pitcher for both the Mets and Reds,  but Mantle beats him simply on statistics.  I think Mantle is going to run into trouble later on due to the struggles he faced post 1961, but for now, he moves on.

For the next one, I'll leave it up to the stats (Courtesy of the baseball-reference.com)...

Wagner - 21 Seasons, 10430 at bats. 3415 Hits, .327 BA. .466 Slg %
Robinson - 10 Seasons, 4877 at bats, 1518 hits, .311 BA, .474 Slg%

Ok, stats don't help much on this one.  I will go with my gut and say...

23.  Jackie Robinson - In my first upset of the day, I think that I have to go with #42.  While Wagner is no slouch and well deserved to be one of the first inductees into the BBHOF,  for Robinson to put up the numbers and success in the environment he faced, I have to go there.

9.  Lou Gehrig - Sorry to say it but, I don't think Mike Schmidt has a movie made yet about him called 'Pride of the Phillies'.  Even outside the consecutive games played streak that Gehrig owned for multiple decades, the stats, while close, lean in Lou's direction.

Gehrig - 17 seasons, 2721 hits, 534 2Bs, 163 3Bs, 493 HRs, .340 BA, .632 Slg%
Schmidt - 18 seasons, 2234 hits, 408 2Bs, 59 3Bs, 548 HRs, .267 BA, .527 Slg %

10 . Joe DiMaggio - I feel like I am getting too Yankee centric here, which is definitely not my style!  However, DiMaggio clearly had a far more dynamic career from top to bottom.  I think Maddux, while impressive statistically,  had captured a few more titles, this may have been an argument.   I would rather have compared Maddux to Gaylord Perry or Warren Spahn, two pitchers who are more similar in character.

11.  Walter Johnson - This is another one of those unfair comparisons.  It is just a shame that I can't compare the full careers of Paige and Big Train.  However, Johnson's 417 wins is unequaled by anyone but...

12.  Cy Young - You can't dismiss the guy that won 511 games and they named the pitching award after, can you?

13. Stan Musial - In the misspelling category (Sandy Koufax), I have to move Musial on by a thin margin.  Both players were exceptional and keys to championship teams, but Koufax's injury shortened career is the difference.

14.  Barry Bonds- I know.  I know.  This one could take some heat.   But the reality is that had the man not sold out to the wonders of BALCO,  he would've been in this conversation anyway.  Take away the 'roids and you are still are talking about a guy (while admittedly a jerk of a guy) with 500+ HRs and 500+ stolen bases.  While defense and lack of championships will eventually be his downfall, he still deserves to move on.

15.  Roberto Clemente - Clemente is Mays' rival in all facets of the game, Clemente hit .317 for his 18 year career, won 11 Gold Gloves and a critical component to the Pirates two World Series titles in 1960 and 1971.   Amazingly, Clemente was playing as good as ever at 38, hitting .312 in his final season in 1972, prior to his tragic death.  And I don't think any one can dispute his influence on today's game, especially when you look at the number of players from Latin America and Caribbean that were directly or indirectly influenced by his achievements.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2008 5:40 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

Thanks for the votes golf.



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2008 5:29 pm
 

Greatest Baseball player Round 1

1. Babe Ruth

2. Willie Mays

3. Ty Cobb

4. Ted Williams

26. Bob Gibson

6. Nolan Ryan

24. Tom Seaver

8. Honus Wagner

9. Lou Gehrig

10. Joe DiMaggio

11. Walter Johnson

19. Cal Ripken Jr.

13. Stan Musail

17. Roger Hornsby

15. Roberto Clemente



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