Top 3 Living Baseball Players

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  1. Wingback

    Wingback Active Member

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    This morning, when Miller and Deace went to their "Beat It" segment (sorry guys, I love music, but not a fan of "Beat It"), I dialed over to Mike and Mike on 1700 The Champ. Apparently today is Willie Mays' birthday, which promted a discussion on whether or not he is the best living baseball player. They had a guy on as a guest who certainly appeared to be very knowledgeable and the discussion among the three was incredibly interesting and insightful.

    When all was said and done, I certainly couldn't disagree with their conclusion. Their top three living baseball players, in order, were:

    1. Willie Mays
    2. Hank Aaron
    3. Stan Musial

    Personally, I think Mays was the best player to ever put on cleats, but that is simply my opinion. I am not sure I can name another player who could hit .320 for you, hit 40-45 home runs, knock in 125 runs, steal 40 bases, and win a Gold Glove. I can remember when Mays signed his first $100,000 per year contract and I thought, 'how can you pay a guy that much money.' Heck, by today's standards, you would have to pay a guy with his all-around ability $25 million a year.

    They also talked about the next generation of best living base ball players which was also interesting, and they also mentioned who the best living pitcher might be. A very, very interesting discussion.
     
  2. Dryburn

    Dryburn Well-Known Member

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    I can't really disagree with those 3, but in spite of the gambling thing, I think Pete Rose belongs in the conversation.
     
  3. Cardinal&Gold11

    Cardinal&Gold11 Well-Known Member

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    Pete Rose definitely deserves to be on that list. It's about time that he makes it into the hall of fame. If he is someone that I will be telling my kids about (I'm only 19 by the way) then he must have been pretty damn good in his day
     
  4. Knownothing

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    I think during my lifetime would be a little easier. Since I never truly seen them play.

    1. George Brett (even though I am a Red Sox fan this guy was great).
    2. Pete Rose
    3. Nolan Ryan.

    This was quick so I know I am missing a ton of other guys.
     
  5. Wingback

    Wingback Active Member

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    Rose was in their discussion, as was fellow Big Red Machine member Johnny Bench. They also mentioned guys like Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt and a few others.

    For what it's worth, the three of them refused to even consider Barry Bonds. Their contention, and I agree, was that it is impossible to know how much of the statistics he accumulated were legitimate and how much of them weren't.
     
  6. ISUboi12

    ISUboi12 Well-Known Member

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    Willie Mays
    Roger Clemens
    Pete Rose
    Joe Dimaggio
     
  7. mj4cy

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    Bonds, Clemons, A-Rod :jimlad:



    oops thought it was the All-steroid team.
     
  8. Clonegrad07

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    Still living? I'd go:

    1. Willie Mays
    2. Hank Aaron
    3. Ernie Banks

    Top 3 ever?

    1. Ted Williams
    2. Babe Ruth
    3. Willie Mays

    Top 3 in my lifetime?

    1. Ken Griffey Jr.
    2. Nolan Ryan
    3. Cal Ripkin Jr. & Albert Pujols (tied)

    Top 3 still active?

    1. Albert Pujols
    2. Ken Griffey Jr.
    3. Alex Rodriquez
     
  9. RayShimley

    RayShimley Well-Known Member

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    8-time MLB All Star, 324 career wins, 5714 K (First all-time), 7 No hitters and 12 one-hitters (First all-time in both categories). I definitely would put a vote in for Nolan Ryan.
     
  10. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member

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    Ricky Henderson has to be in the list. I think he overall might be one of the greatest of all time, the guy could do everything.
     
  11. Knownothing

    Knownothing Well-Known Member

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    I refuse to put Arod in the top 3. He is a cheater and he also is horrible when the game is on the line. He is one the worst clutch hitters in baseball.
     
  12. JRE1975

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    Is Ted Williams technically dead if he is only frozen with the chance to come back? :jimlad:
     
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  13. Clonefan94

    Clonefan94 Well-Known Member

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    Well, he certainly wasn't shy about telling everyone exactly that.
     
  14. CRcyclone6

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    did they mention Bob Feller at all? 266 wins and over 2500 k's. missed 4 yrs because of military service. would have easily made 300 wins and over 3k strikeouts.
     
  15. Wingback

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    Yes, CRCyclone, Feller was mentioned in the discussion of the top living pitchers.
     
  16. CylentButDeadly

    CylentButDeadly Well-Known Member

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    It seems like most baseball historians will tend to say that Willie Mays is the greatest all-around player ever.

    As far as pitchers go, when I was younger, I went to the Bob Feller museum with my little league team so we could get autographs (looking back, I think our dads wanted the autographs more than we did) and I remember Feller having a conversation, in which he said that he thought himself, Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson were the greatest pitchers of all time.
     
  17. CRcyclone6

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    i wouldn't want to bat vs those guys
     
  18. Wingback

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    Those three seemed to get a lot of the mention when it came to pitchers. The only reservatin they had about Koufax was his relatively short career.
     
  19. Gordyo5

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    I think Bonds has to be on the list or at least in the discussion. Regardless of if he did or did not take steroids, what he did before anyone even suspected he had already won 3 or 4 MVP awards and 8 gold gloves. If people do not want to put him on the list because of possible cheating that is fine, but anyone that has A-Rod on the list would have to have Bonds above him on the list. I personally put Bonds in my top 3 living regardless of any of the allegations.
     
  20. cyismydog

    cyismydog Well-Known Member

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    Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr.
     

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