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  • More impressive: Four home run game or Perfect Game

    Four homers: 16 times (once since 2003)

    Perfect game: 21 times (five times since 2003, including four since 2009)

    what is more impressive in your opinion, and why?

  • #2
    Perfect game. A pitcher completely shutting down the lineup for 27 outs in a row is a lot more impressive. You have to make your pitches perfectly, rely on your defense to get the outs, etc. A four HR game is impressive too, but it doesn't have the same variables as a perfect game has.

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    • #3
      For four homers, you need one incredibly locked-in hitter. For a perfect game, you not only have to pitch perfectly, but eight other guys have to play flawless defense behind you. I believe the perfect game is more difficult to accomplish, but both are equally amazing feats.
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      • #4
        Perfect game but 4 HR is still amazing. I remember Mike Cameron doing it and it was an amazing to have gotten to watch that. Maybe 5 HR would be more impressive than a perfect game because it was require bad management, bad pitchers and a hitter who is locked in for a long time.

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        • #5
          both needs a great performance but also a lot of luck. if you hit the ball a little lower you will pop it up. same is true for the perfect game.
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          • #6
            4 HRs, usually means about 7 rbis on average. This to me is more impressive. On the flip side, a team with a player hitting 4 HRs has gone 14-2 whereas a team that had a pitcher that tossed a perfect game has gone 21-0.
            In that sense, a perfect game is more valuable.

            I still stand with my vote: 4 HRs is more impressive than a perfect game.

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            • #7
              For me, it would depend on the perfect game (the number of Ks, the number of balls that were hit hard, etc). If a 8 line drives are hit and they are all caught, did the pitcher really pitch that great?

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              • #8
                If Len Barker can pitch a perfect game how impressive can it be?

                gal_perfect-len-barker.jpg
                Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                  If Len Barker can pitch a perfect game how impressive can it be?

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                  The same can be said for Mark Whiten.
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                    The same can be said for Mark Whiten.
                    Well Whiten retired with a 102 OPS+. Barker retired with a 93 ERA+. Plus Whiten had the cool nickname "Hard Hittin' ". Barker's middle name is "Harold".
                    Last edited by Honus Wagner Rules; 05-09-2012, 11:48 AM.
                    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                      Well Whiten retired with a 102 OPS+. Barker retired with a 93 ERA+. Plus Whiten had the cool nickname "Hard Hittin' ". Barker's middle name is "Harold".
                      Well, I reckon you've got me there :-)
                      My top 10 players:

                      1. Babe Ruth
                      2. Barry Bonds
                      3. Ty Cobb
                      4. Ted Williams
                      5. Willie Mays
                      6. Alex Rodriguez
                      7. Hank Aaron
                      8. Honus Wagner
                      9. Lou Gehrig
                      10. Mickey Mantle

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                      • #12
                        On another note, it appears that the 4 homer game is more difficult.

                        At the start of every game there are only two players with the potential to pitch a perfect game, both opposing pitchers.
                        At the start of every game there are in most cases 3 or maybe 4 hitters on both teams with the potential to hit 4 home runs.

                        Despite the better odds of a 4 homer game, there have been 5 more perfect games than there have been 4 homer games.
                        I did not use the number of 9 batters with the potential to have a 4 homer game because in most line ups there are usually 3 or 4 heavy hitters that could do it.
                        Of course the batter would have to step in to the box at least 4 timess.

                        Have not given it much thought and there may be something I've missed, but on the face of it, the odds seem to favor the 4 homer game but that has not been the case.
                        Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 05-09-2012, 12:45 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Honus Wagner Rules View Post
                          If Len Barker can pitch a perfect game how impressive can it be?

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                          We know the story in the game of baseball, on any day............................................... ...
                          No shock here, Len did do it.

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                          • #14
                            Armando Galarraga pitched one too (technically). He's not much of a pitcher otherwise. But his perfect game is still very impressive.

                            They are both amazing but a perfect game is so much more complicated.

                            But all this is really just opinion.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SHOELESSJOE3 View Post
                              We know the story in the game of baseball, on any day............................................... ...
                              No shock here, Len did do it.
                              I still remember watching the highlights. This was years before the Internet and we didn't have cable TV in our home. I was only 12 yead old. What I remember about the Barker highlights is how empty Cleveland Stadium was. The official attendance was just 7,290!

                              http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...98105150.shtml

                              By the way I was joking about Len Barker and the non-impressiveness of his perfect game.
                              Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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