Nobody's taking "Mays' D over Cobb's O." Defense is never more valuable than elite offense, by itself. Many people would take Mays' combination of offense and defense (plus baserunning) over Cobb's combination of offense and defense and baserunning.
Originally Posted by ChrisLDuncan
It's not like Cobb has great offense and zero defense, while Mays has zero offense and great defense, so it's a defense versus offense comparison. This isn't Manny Ramirez versus Ozzie Smith.
Mays had exceptional offense himself. Just a bit below Cobb at most...they had similar peaks (Cobb slightly higher) and similar career EQA over similarly long careers.
So the question is not whether Mays' defense is more valuable than Cobb's offense. It's whether Mays' great defense is more valuable than a slight difference in offense.
"In the end it all comes down to talent. You can talk all you want about intangibles, I just don't know what that means. Talent makes winners, not intangibles. Can nice guys win? Sure, nice guys can win - if they're nice guys with a lot of talent. Nice guys with a little talent finish fourth and nice guys with no talent finish last." --Sandy Koufax