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  • Past or present, who's the Steve Yzerman of baseball?

    The Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman is my favorite athlete of all-time for reasons listed below:

    1.)Loyal to one team his entire career
    2.)Humble leadership
    3.)Honed his skills to star staus on both offense and defense
    4.)Great with the media and fans
    5.)Physically and mentally tough

    ...is there a player in the history of baseball who has this entire package?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by MyDogSparty
    The Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman is my favorite athlete of all-time for reasons listed below:

    1.)Loyal to one team his entire career
    2.)Humble leadership
    3.)Honed his skills to star staus on both offense and defense
    4.)Great with the media and fans
    5.)Physically and mentally tough

    ...is there a player in the history of baseball who has this entire package?
    Well, he's not the "total" package, but Edgar Martinez fits part of the bill.

    He spent his entire career in the Mariner's organization, from the minors to his retirement. He was a quiet, humble leader on the team. He honed his offensive skills to the best they could be, which was pretty good, but falls short defensively. He was also great media wise, if not a little reserved. I just thought he deserved mentioning.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MyDogSparty
      The Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman is my favorite athlete of all-time for reasons listed below:

      1.)Loyal to one team his entire career
      2.)Humble leadership
      3.)Honed his skills to star staus on both offense and defense
      4.)Great with the media and fans
      5.)Physically and mentally tough

      ...is there a player in the history of baseball who has this entire package?
      Brooks Robinson, maybe. Carl Yastrzemski, perhaps, although he had his moments where he was less-than-endeared by the media, the fans, and his teammates.
      The one word that stands out on your list is humble. Robinson and Stan Musial would be the most comparitive including that. Musial, moreso, because he was a far better hitter. 60-goal seasons would be the equivalent of a great year at the plate.
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      • #4
        Craig Biggio?

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        • #5
          The player that easily fits the bill in recent years was Cal Ripken Jr.

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          • #6
            gary sheffield comes to mind

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            • #7
              I'll take Shanahan over Yzerman, cause Brendan can scrap if needed

              I like BoSox's pick of Biggio, except the winning part isn't quite there.

              How about Johnny Bench. Was he good with the media?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by blackout805
                gary sheffield comes to mind
                Sarcasm, right?

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=Sultan_1895-1948]
                  I like BoSox's pick of Biggio, except the winning part isn't quite there.
                  QUOTE]

                  The winning wasn't quite there, but it wasn't completely gone, as his team was in the top 2 in their division each of the past 12 years (except for 2000), and were first 4 times, have made it to the NLCS the last 2 consecutive years, and made it to the WS last year, and he could still have a couple years left.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by julusnc
                    The player that easily fits the bill in recent years was Cal Ripken Jr.
                    That is the first guy I thought of fromt he recent past.

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                    • #11
                      I am sure Derek Jeter fits the bill too.

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                      • #12
                        I can think of lots of guys unless you elect to be anal about your criteria. Tommy Henrich, Gil Hodges, Derke Jeter, Yogi Berra, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, etc. It is a very long list.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KCGHOST
                          I can think of lots of guys unless you elect to be anal about your criteria. Tommy Henrich, Gil Hodges, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, etc. It is a very long list.
                          yogi berra went to the Mets at the end of his career though

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DoubleX
                            Sarcasm, right?

                            somewhat

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by blackout805
                              yogi berra went to the Mets at the end of his career though
                              Eddie Mathews, also on KCGhosts's list, also does not qualify based on criteria No. 1. same with Hank Aaron.
                              MDS, you can look no further (referring to Detroit here) than Al Kaline. Like Stevie Y, Kaline waited a long time to win it all. He certainly fits your other ciriteria.
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