Bringing this post up for reviewIt's very obvious that Bill James dislikes Hornsby and thats putting it mildly so why should we believe his ranking of Hornsby is free of any bias.
He can call his a horses ass, talk about any flaws in his fielding and anything else he thinks negative about Hornsby. He can factor all that goes into ranking Hornsby when ranking him with other second basemen, hitting, base running, fielding and that club house cancer that is impossible to put a negative value on, tell all the horror stories any poster likes.
But when Bill James talks from the wrong end says that he doesn't think Hornsby was the best offensive second basemen................ well, what can be said.
He talks about Hornsby playing most of his career in the best two hitters parks in the NL. That may be true but look at how he did away from home.
Batted .358 on the road.
He holds the NL road average for one season, 419 in 1921 also .405 in 1920, .400 in 1922 and .401 in 1928. I believe only Ty Cobb had more .400 seasons on the road but we're dealing with Hornsby here and James comments.
He had the highest NL road OBA for one season with .505 in 1928 , since broken by Barry Bonds.
He had the highest career NL road OBA with .430, possible Barry may have topped this, probably not by much.
He held the highest career NL road slugging average with .565. Bonds probably topped this one, did not check but look who were putting next to Hornsby the middle infielder, Barry Bonds.
Where does James get the notion that Hornsby was not the best offensive second baseman and than base it on his home parks, looks great on the road.
Face the fact that James will never give Hornsby his due. He should play the part of a real baseball man, historian and leave personal feelings outside when ranking ball players.