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  • Your top 10 hitters ever

    Curious. Don't think I've seen this one before.

    Picture this. Everyone's a DH. They never touch a glove. If they hit one in the gap, they'll have to leg out the double or triple, but once they get on base, they'll be pulled for a pinch runner, so their base stealing acumen is not a factor.

    Who are your top 10 players of all time under these circumstances? Purely hitting, nothing else. Not their position. Not their intangibles. Just their hitting.

    As always, leaving Bonds out:

    1. Ruth
    2. Williams
    3. Gehrig
    4. Hornsby
    5. J. Jackson
    6. F. Thomas
    7. Mantle
    8. Cobb
    9. M. Ramirez
    10. Musial
    "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

    Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

  • #2
    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Ted Williams
    3. Barry Bonds
    4. Lou Gehrig
    5. Ty Cobb
    6. Jimmie Foxx
    7. Rogers Hornsby
    8. Mickey Mantle
    9. Stan Musial
    10. Honus Wagner
    Last edited by [email protected]; 09-27-2005, 09:02 PM.

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    • #3
      1. Babe Ruth
      2. Ty Cobb
      3. Rogers Hornsby
      4. Ted Williams
      5. Joe Jackson
      6. Lou Gehrig
      7. Stan Musial
      8. Joe DiMaggio
      9. Henry Aaron
      10. Rod Carew

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      • #4
        Can't believe I left Foxx off my list...
        "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

        Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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        • #5
          I substituted Foxx with Carew on my list because I needed at least another singles hitter (after Cobb)!!

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          • #6
            Couldn't Tony Gwyn or Honus Wagner serve as a better singles hitter than Carew?

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            • #7
              edit: wow my old list sucked

              based on hitting alone

              1-Babe Ruth
              2-Ted Williams
              3-Josh Gibson
              4-Ty Cobb
              5-Lou Gehrig
              6-Stan Musial
              7-Rogers Hornsby
              8-Hank Aaron
              9-Barry Bonds*
              10-Manny Ramirez (too bad he can't do anything else)
              Last edited by Blackout; 07-27-2006, 08:49 PM.

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              • #8
                1. Ruth
                2. Williams
                3. Gehrig
                4. Bonds
                5. Cobb
                6. Hornsby
                7. Mantle
                8. Musial
                9. Mays
                10. Aaron

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                • #9
                  1. Ruth
                  2. Williams
                  3. Gehrig
                  4. Lajoie
                  5. Mantle
                  6. Shoeless
                  7. Pujols
                  8. Cobb
                  9. A Rod
                  10. Hornsby

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                  • #10
                    Dang, Wagners getting a raw deal. Its tough to only pick 10

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [email protected]
                      Couldn't Tony Gwyn or Honus Wagner serve as a better singles hitter than Carew?
                      A very subjective choice, I agree. I grew up admiring Carew -- the guy seemed to effortlessly hit .350 every year and he had the coolest batting stance. Gwynn never looked like a ballplayer to me (too squat!).
                      No complaints with Honus Wagner, though.

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                      • #12
                        1 ) Ruth, 2) Williams, 3) Gehrig. After that the going gets tougher. The candidates in chornological order - Brouthers, Cobb, Hornsby, Foxx, Musial, Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Allen and Thomas. To trim it down to 10, the cuts are Brouthers, Foxx and Allen. Honorable mention to Mike Piazza for being by far the best hitter ever to play his position (although Josh Gibson could claim that honor and a top 10 spot).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by leecemark
                          1 ) Ruth, 2) Williams, 3) Gehrig. After that the going gets tougher. The candidates in chornological order - Brouthers, Cobb, Hornsby, Foxx, Musial, Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Allen and Thomas. To trim it down to 10, the cuts are Brouthers, Foxx and Allen. Honorable mention to Mike Piazza for being by far the best hitter ever to play his position (although Josh Gibson could claim that honor and a top 10 spot).
                          Do you mean RICHIE Allen??

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                          • #14
                            --I think he prefers to be called Dick, but yes. He isn't one of the top 10 players - or even 10 most accomplished hitters of all time - or even close to it. Based on the criteria of this thread I think he qualifies though. Several other players on my list here rank much further down when using my normal criteria (I am not a fan of Rogers Hornsby or Frank Thomas).

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                            • #15
                              I've seen Willie Mays mentioned once on a list at #9. I always see him in the top 3 in player lists but hes often non-existant on offensive lists. Does his defense and baserunning really make up THAT much?
                              Last edited by [email protected]; 09-27-2005, 09:57 PM.

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