"It's called talent. I just have it. I can't explain it. You either have it or you don't."
-Barry Lamar Bonds
September, 2001, ESPNMag
2001....as in.... in between 1998 and 2004.
"You either have it or you don't."
Wow. There is NOTHING on Williams that approaches this. What exactly do you call it when someone is using something secretly to make themselves look better than they are and pretends it's just natural talent? Hmmmmm......
Ted Williams did not come to my party and fibbed. I wish he could have been like Barry, who won't come either but will tell us how much "talent" he has.
Crediting Williams for 223 games in 1952-53. His hands are still tied from before. We aren't going to hog tie him as well, right? He was a fighter pilot in Korea. Or do we want to punish him for fighting for his country?
Williams played 1108 games from age 31-41. We'll add 223 for his time in Korea. That's now 1331 games. But he has a 154 game schedule, not 162, so we'll have to adjust the 1331 to 1400.
Williams 1400 games
Bonds 1435 games
Now what shall we give Ted Williams from age 31 to 41, assuming he was consuming HGH and steroids like Bonds from ages 34-39? Oh ok...ok. The horse has changed colors. Seems like, with no REAL help from syringes, Mr T ballgame was the horse who kept playing through aches and pains and injuries while the primadonna was the slacker.
Bonds H/A HR splits 1986-98 203-208
Williams H/A HR splits 1939-51 158-165