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Thread: What player do you wish....

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    2009: Fail Ltlabner's Avatar
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    What player do you wish....

    ...you could go back in time to see play live? Why?

    I'd have to say Sandy Koufax. I'm not really sure why I'm so enamoured with him, but I am.

    If not him, I'd say Christy Mathewson or Satchel Paige.
    a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.

    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Every Hall of Famer.

    That's cheating, I know, but it's true.

    If you want to pin me down on somebody, it'd be a coin flip between Ty Cobb and Ted Williams.
    Kevin Gregg and Jason Marquis brought back vivid memories of the Lost Decade.

    Kevin Gregg: DFA'd May 11, 2015
    Jason Marquis: DFA'd June 5, 2015

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    I'm gonna cheat and give you a few:

    * Babe Ruth
    * Ty Cobb
    * Satchel Paige
    * Josh Gibson
    * Bob Gibson

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    this is a no brainer for me. Ty Cobb. There has never been another player like him. We all have our arguments for who the best player of all time is and mine is Ty Cobb. No other player wanted to win like he did.

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Jose Rijo
    Danny Jackson
    Tom Browning
    Rob Dibble
    Randy Myers
    Eric Davis
    Paul O'Neill
    Billy Hatcher
    Chris Sabo
    Barry Larkin
    Hal Morris

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    I can do the Hully Gully IowaRed's Avatar
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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Ty Cobb
    Walter Johnson
    Josh Gibson
    Roberto Clemente
    Willie Mays
    Sandy Koufax
    Babe Ruth
    Joe D.
    More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

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    Member kheidg-'s Avatar
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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Ty Cobb

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Babe Ruth. As an added bonus you'd get to see Gehrig too.

    A lot of other greats are modern era players or at least modern enough that I've see tape of them or know other who saw them. (I did run into a guy at a gas station years ago who had seen Ruth play in Yankee Stadium.) I doubt watching the old film does the Babe justice.

    Also, then you would be an informed observer when proclaiming the 76 Reds as the greatest team of all time . . .

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    johnny vander meer if i could see his back-to-back no hitters.

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Babe Ruth. No one has absolutely dominated their sport by that much like he did. I picked a random year, 1923 to compare some stats:

    1. 41 - Ruth
    2. 29 - Ken Williams (-12)

    1. 170 - Ruth
    2. 98 - Joe Sewell (-72)

    1. .403 - Harry Heilmann (+.010)
    2. .393 - Ruth
    3. .380 - Tris Speaker
    4. .360 - Eddie Collins

    1. .545 - Ruth
    2. .481 - Heilmann (-.064)

    1. 131 - Ruth
    2. 130 - Speaker (-1)

    1. 151 - Ruth
    2. 133 - Speaker (-18)

    1. .764 - Ruth
    2. .632 - Heilmann (-.132)

    1. 1.309 - Ruth
    2. 1.113 - Heilmann (-.196)

    He led 8 of 16 major categories, and as you can see, by a wide margin. This guy was UNREAL for his time.

    EDIT: I should have picked 1921, because he was even more dominant. Just one stat for you from that year, he led the league in HR's with 59, 2nd place had 24!!!
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    Mordecai " Three Finger " Brown

    "You haven't space enough to tell of all the grand deeds of Brownie on and off the field. Plenty of nerve, ability and willingness to work at all times under any conditions. The crowds never bothered him. There was never a finer character -- charitable and friendly to his foes and ever willing to help a youngster breaking in."
    Johnny Evers

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    I'm gonna have to jump on the Ty Cobb bandwagon myself.

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Ty Cobb
    Ted K.
    1927 Yankees
    Maris and Mantle
    Bob Gibson
    Johnny Bench
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    Re: What player do you wish....

    How great would have it been to see the original 1869 Redlegs take the field, folks?
    It would have been a ball to see the likes of Paige, Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell take the field.
    Seeing Ruth would have been great. Watching the Big Train would have bee great, as well.
    I really wish I had been old enough to enjoy the likes of Aaron, Gibson and Mays, instead of being a wide-eyed tot.

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    Re: What player do you wish....

    Babe Ruth and Ted Williams
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