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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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  • Originally posted by pheasant View Post
    For all I know, Pujols took steroids too. He's bigger than 90% of the players that got caught. He's a monster in size. I sure hope he didn't. Of all of the players I really enjoyed watching during the past 20 years, most cheated. This era is a disgrace. At least I have my Twins.
    But he has only gained 25 pounds in 12 seasons. Not a big deal. Not that size can really tell you about PEDs anyway.
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    • Originally posted by pheasant View Post
      Pudge was one of my favorite players to watch. A guy on first better not sleep with Pudge behind the plate, mainly because I have never seen anybody catch like him before. I have watched Pudge pick a guy off of first more than once. And forget about stealing on this guy. I believe we watched the greatest defensive catcher ever. And the fact that his career CS%(50% better than the league avg for his career) is an unbreakable record. I hope the steroid rumors are false. If they are false, then Pudge is easily a first ballot HOFer. I believe he's the best all-around catcher since Bench.
      Almost certainly the best there ever was defensively:

      http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/catchers/8cfldcspct.htm

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      • http://members.tripod.com/bb_catcher...0BestCSCar.pdf

        First Campy was mired in the Negro Leauges- missed several years at the Big Time there....then the accident. What a rout.

        He's so far ahead of everyone else that ever played in arm it's ridiculous....

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        • Strictly speaking offense, I would put in Ted Simmons before IRod. The questions of him taking PED's locks it up for me.
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          • Despite being linked to Canseco, Pudge has generally faced very little steroid scrutiny, and by the time he's eligible, there will probably already be steroid users enshrined in the HOF (possibly Bonds and Clemens). Then again, maybe he'll have to wait a few years, but I'm pretty sure he will get in.

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            • Looking back at his stats, I don't know how the hell he won the MVP in 1999 over Manny, Jeter, or Pedro.
              Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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              • Originally posted by White Knight View Post
                Looking back at his stats, I don't know how the hell he won the MVP in 1999 over Manny, Jeter, or Pedro.
                ...or Nomar, or Alomar...
                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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                • Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                  ...or Nomar, or Alomar...
                  Yeah, any of those guys would have been better, no idea how he won.
                  Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                  • But it's not as if Pudge had a bad year.

                    35 HR, .330+ BA, 100 RBI, etc, along with gold-glove defense.

                    He made history by stealing 25 bases. No other catcher in MLB history has ever hit 25 HR and stole 25 bases in a single-season.

                    (For the record, if it was my call, I would have given the MVP to Jeter. I'm just saying that Pudge winning wasn't that bad.)

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                    • Originally posted by redban View Post
                      But it's not as if Pudge had a bad year.

                      35 HR, .330+ BA, 100 RBI, etc, along with gold-glove defense.

                      He made history by stealing 25 bases. No other catcher in MLB history has ever hit 25 HR and stole 25 bases in a single-season.

                      (For the record, if it was my call, I would have given the MVP to Jeter. I'm just saying that Pudge winning wasn't that bad.)
                      Oh, I never said he was bad. He had a great year. I just don't see how he could get it over those other guys. I'd have no problem giving it to Manny, Jeter, or Pedro.
                      Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                      • I-Rod's an automatic.

                        Those of you that follow my posts know that I could care less if he used PEDs or not.
                        "I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."

                        NL President Ford Frick, 1947

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                        • Even if Pudge used steroids and it inflated his batting numbers, I think he belongs in the HOF because of his defense. If Ozzie Smith can get in for his defense, why can't Pudge?

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                          • Originally posted by fenrir View Post
                            Even if Pudge used steroids and it inflated his batting numbers, I think he belongs in the HOF because of his defense. If Ozzie Smith can get in for his defense, why can't Pudge?
                            Why can't Keith?
                            Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!

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                            • Originally posted by White Knight View Post
                              Why can't Keith?
                              You won't get any argument from me about Keith Hernandez, though I don't think his defense was anywhere near as historic was Pudge's was. Being arguably the greatest defensive catcher ever is a major accomplishment
                              Last edited by fenrir; 06-13-2012, 02:51 PM.

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                              • Originally posted by fenrir View Post
                                You won't get any argument from me about Keith Hernandez, though I don't think his defense was anywhere near as historic was Pudge's was. Being arguably the greatest defensive catcher ever is a major accomplishment
                                Who would you rank in his league? Boone? Bench? Carter? Fisk? Berra? Molena Brothers? Honestly, I do not know many defensive masters pre-70's.
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