I find the Ruth being a modern day Steve Balboni or some saying he might not even make the starting nine on some teams to be a joke. Even if one thinks it would be a different Ruth in todays game, how can anyone buy Balboni and even worst Ruth being a bench player. If Ruth could have a problem making a team today, what does that say for some other great and the very good ballplayers from the past, none from the past could play today, silly.
I still rank him at the top and have repeated he would not be as dominent today but to some, thats not enough, they want to make a legit heavyweight hitter form the past into a modern day lightweight.
Is it that difficult to believe that some players born around 1900 could be born with some of the qualities that make them very good and great at the game.
I also don't buy the nonsense about moving past greats in to todays game as is If they were playing today they would and should be judged as benefitting from all of todays advancements, same as todays's players.