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  • Pete Rose

    9 7.03%
  • Hank Aaron

    18 14.06%
  • Sandy Koufax

    3 2.34%
  • Tony Gwynn

    0 0%
  • Barry Bonds

    10 7.81%
  • Stan Musial

    4 3.13%
  • Bob Gibson

    3 2.34%
  • Roger Clemens

    3 2.34%
  • Manny Ramirez

    0 0%
  • A-Rod

    4 3.13%
  • Tom Seaver

    0 0%
  • Yogi Berra

    0 0%
  • Ernie Banks

    0 0%
  • Willie Mays

    60 46.88%
  • Frank Robinson

    3 2.34%
  • Juan Marichal

    0 0%
  • Al Kaline

    0 0%
  • Billy Williams

    0 0%
  • Johnny Bench

    4 3.13%
  • Ivan Rodriguez

    1 0.78%
  • Steve Carlton

    0 0%
  • Reggie Jackson

    0 0%
  • Mike Schmidt

    0 0%
  • George Brett

    0 0%
  • Dave Winfield

    0 0%
  • Eddie Murray

    0 0%
  • Wade Boggs

    0 0%
  • Rod Carew

    0 0%
  • Joe Morgan

    2 1.56%
  • Jim Palmer

    1 0.78%
  • Other

    3 2.34%
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Thread: Greatest Living Ballplayer

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    Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I have not seen this posted before so I thought I would take a Poll on the Greatest Living Ballplayer. The current Pete Rose thread really got me thinking about who many would consider as the Greatest Living Ballplayer.

    I would have to go with Aaron.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Quote Originally Posted by Team Clark View Post
    I have not seen this posted before so I thought I would take a Poll on the Greatest Living Ballplayer. The current Pete Rose thread really got me thinking about who many would consider as the Greatest Living Ballplayer.

    I would have to go with Aaron.
    Mays - Musial - Aaron - Koufax

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Mays - Musial - Aaron - Koufax
    I was really torn between Mays and Aaron. Tomorrow I could pick Mays.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I should have listed Junior. He was an All Century player after all. I'm not sure if you can edit a poll though...
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I went with Mays. Could hit and play an outstanding CF.

    It's a tougher question for those of us who are a bit younger, as I've never seen him play live. Just going off of film and what I have heard.

    Best of my day would be ARod for a position player and Maddux (longevity) or Pedro for a pitcher.

    I don't want any steroid clouds around my players.

    I'm shocked that you included Clemens and not Maddux. Maddux has been more consistent than Roger.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Where's Tracy Jones?

    I voted Mays.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I was torn, but picked Stan Musial based only on seniority. Very close finish with Mays. Perhaps Stan because he knew when to go out, but again a very close finish. Hank Aaron belongs there too and Frankie Robinson gets an honorable mention nod.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I picked Bonds. I think he's a jerk and has been bad for the game, but steroids or no, he is the greatest living player, and the most feared hitter to boot.
    Thank goodness for baseball.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    I went with Mays. Could hit and play an outstanding CF.

    It's a tougher question for those of us who are a bit younger, as I've never seen him play live. Just going off of film and what I have heard.

    Best of my day would be ARod for a position player and Maddux (longevity) or Pedro for a pitcher.

    I don't want any steroid clouds around my players.

    I'm shocked that you included Clemens and not Maddux. Maddux has been more consistent than Roger.

    I struggled with that. That's why I left "other" as an option. For example, I only put I-Rod on because I had Bench on. There are easily 5 more names I could have added to the list. 30 was a good sampling.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    I was torn, but picked Stan Musial based only on seniority. Very close finish with Mays. Perhaps Stan because he knew when to go out, but again a very close finish. Hank Aaron belongs there too and Frankie Robinson gets an honorable mention nod.
    Frank usually gets the shaft when it comes to these types of Polls and questions. He's the Greatest Living Underappreciated Ballplayer without question.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
    Cedric 3/24/08

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    I voted Willy Mays but would have an inner circle including Aaron, Bench, ARod, Clemens, Morgan, Bonds (uggh), and Schmidt. It's hard to decide between the offensive players, so I tended towards those that were not just stellar offensively, but amongst the best defensively as well. I consider peak and career value very different things, and the best players had both. It's why I can't put Koufax in that inner circle. For pitchers, outside of ERA+, it's hard to be objective.
    Last edited by RedsManRick; 01-09-2007 at 10:37 AM.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    When I saw the title of the thread, my instinct said Aaron, so I went with him, though why I didn't think of Mays or Robbie, I dont' know.

    I didn't see any of them play, but Aaron seems to me to have been a complete player, for a long time. I don't know if any one of those 3 is really wrong.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Quote Originally Posted by Team Clark View Post
    Frank usually gets the shaft when it comes to these types of Polls and questions. He's the Greatest Living Underappreciated Ballplayer without question.
    I was thinking this morning about a list of underrated athletes. Bart Starr was the first football player I thought of, while Frank Robinson headed my list of baseball players.
    As for the greatest living baseball player, I have to go with Willie Mays narrowly over Hank Aaron. I take Willie over Hank because when I compare them for hitting for average, hitting for power, getting on base, really everything involved in swinging the bat, I find it to be virtually a dead heat; Willie then gets the nod because I believe he outranks Hank as a baserunner and as a fielder.
    "Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    Very tough choice. I chose other, going with a Red (of course) in Junior. Yeah, his Reds years have sucked, but during his prime, there was none better.
    Mays and Aaron were close behind. A-Rod could move onto that list in a few years.
    Pitching wise, Koufax, Clemmens, Gibby and Steve Carlton.

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    Re: Greatest Living Ballplayer

    If Willie Mays was playing in todays craker jack parks with the diluted pitching, he would have in excess of 800 home runs.Factor in his amazing defense and stolen base excellence and I dont see how it could be anyone but him. He was about as perfect a ballplayer as there ever was.
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