Originally Posted by membengal
Maybe this is a generational i thing. I grew up watching baseball in the 70s/80s.The guys with the crazy speed were terrifying. They could ruin games and get in pitchers's heads from the outset. Coleman/McGee in st. louis. Raines in Montreal. Henderson in Oakland. Wilson in KC. Etc. nobody in kc, for instance, ever.worried for a second about wilson getting thrown out ahead of george brett. They were too busy focusing on the help he gave brett by being such a terror on the basepaths.
IF hamilton could reach the wilson level, i would probably cry a little from joy. Rare stuff.
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I think it is. Today, we know that OBP is king. In the 70's and 80's we didn't. Outs weren't valued the same way then as they are now. Also, runs were actually more important then (lower run scoring environment, making each run more valuable) than they are now, so the risk was perhaps a little more worth it.