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Eddie Mathews vs. Mike Schmidt

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  • Eddie Mathews vs. Mike Schmidt

    These are two all-time great third basemen. Mathews hit .271 with 512 home runs and 1,453 RBI in his 17-year career. The 12-time All-Star teamed up with Hank Aaron to produce one of the best power duos in the history of the game.

    Mike Schmidt hit .267 with 548 home runs and 1,595 RBI in his 18-year career. He was an All-Star 12 times as well. He led the league in home runs eight times.

    Two great ballplayers...but which one was better?
    Eddie Mathews
    Mike Schmidt

  • #2
    Offensively, it's virtually a wash. Schmidt's superior defense gives him the slight advantage, no matter how you look at it.


    • #3
      Yeah Schmidt wins easily for me.
      "(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)


      • #4
        Originally posted by willshad View Post
        Offensively, it's virtually a wash. Schmidt's superior defense gives him the slight advantage, no matter how you look at it.
        There's no bigger Eddie Mathews fan than yours truly, but I have to agree with this. They're almost dead even offensively, but Schmidt was better on defense, although Mathews was pretty good with the glove himself.
        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.


        • #5
          Either Matthews is "Mike Schmidt, Sr.", or Schmidt is "Eddie Matthews, Jr."
          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis


          • #6
            Schmidt, because he was a better defender. Mathews was a decent one, from what I read, and since they're similar sluggers, Schmidt gets the nod.
            46 wins to match last year's total


            • #7
              Most have already said it. Offensively, there's not much to choose from, though Schmidt grew as a hitter during his career and Mathews did not. Mathews, though, remained a feared hitter for more than 10 years. Both were good baserunners, with perhaps a small edge to Schmidt. Schmidt was an outstanding defender, an A guy in my book. Mathews improved after being not very good early in his career- overall, I see him as a C+. So, Schmidt's great defense seals the deal.

              I see Schmidt at around number 14 alltime among position players, Mathews at about 21 or 22. Two alltime greats, but Schmidt's a bit ahead due to his outstanding defense.


              • #8
                Agree pretty much with the rest here, MS by a bit, but Eddie was awfully good too.


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