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  • Justin Morneau

    Done looks like he's finally back from the got dang concussions that pretty much ruined his past two seasons; it appears he's finally cured himself of the formulaic high-heat strikeouts that really angered me over the past couple years. My question is, what do y'all think of him as a ballplayer? I have him ranked as the #2 first baseman in the AL behind Pujols when healthy (#3 if you consider Miggy to actually be a 1B), though I can certainly see why someone would rank Fielder, Butler, Teixeira, Konerko, (Morales if you consider him a 1B as well) or Youkilis above the gentleman from New Westminster, BC. He's definitely one of the guys with the most pure strength a la Thome in the league. But yeah, I'd love to hear an outside perspective of him.

    I have no doubts that he would be a perennial 40 HR guy if he played in Boston or New York given the field dimensions.
    Last edited by wu-tang clan; 08-16-2012, 10:45 AM.
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  • #2
    As a Twins' fan, I will give Morneau his kudos. From 2006-2009, he averaged 30 HRs and 118 RBI per year while putting up .292/.364/.516. That's very impressive. Had he not gotten hurt, I think he'd have 2 MVPs under his belt and be on his way to 450-500 career HRs. The one thing the Twins' have lacked over the years is a consistent power hitter. Morneau was on his way until he had that last concussion. And in Twins' history(since 1961), I can't think of anybody other than Morneau or Killer that have posted at least 3 30 HR seasons. Killer is still the only 40 HR guy in Twins history.

    But I can't rank him in the top 3, despite how much a like the Twins. I think he's a top 5 guy though.


    • #3
      You didn't even mention this guy, but his poor first half in 2012 notwithstanding, I would rank Adrian Gonzalez ahead of Morneau. In addition to Pujols, Teixiera, and Fielder. I don't actually think Teixeira is a better hitter but he stays healthy and he is great defensively.
      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


      • #4
        I would say Paul Konerko is having a better year but I think Morneau is better to have because he's younger and it does seem he may be over the concussion. I guess we'll see how he does this last part of the year and next year.
        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)


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