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  • #16
    Have seen it, liked same. I remember Bill James slagging his GM career w Cle later, but that's not what we remember him for.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Sultan_1895-1948 View Post
      in no picnic of a park; Briggs Stadium,
      Actually, Briggs tended to favor hitters. This was for a couple reasons.

      When they enclosed the OF in 1936 it not only cut down the wind, it also provided a good hitting background. The bigger factor is that Detroit was the last park in the AL to install lights, in 1948 IIRC. By that time the technology and know-how had improved, so the Tigers had the best lighting in the league for 20 years. Obviously, it favors hitters when they can see the ball. The quality of lighting in MLB parks can be seen in the day-night splits, which were greater in the 1940's to 1970's than they are now.
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      • #18
        Comiskey Park made some changes for Al Simmons. Al came from the Athletics in 1933 and supposedly complained about the long distances at Comiskey, which he later said was not true.

        In 1934 at Comiskey Al's second season there, home plate moved out 14 feet.
        1933, 14 home runs, 1934, 18 home runs and 1935, 16 home runs, he averaged 25 a season in Philly if we start wih his first "full" season there in 1925. A year or two after Al left, distances made longer.
        Some of the other Chisox hitters complained when the distance were made shorter, in particular not the heavy hitters.
        Their complaint, with home plate moved out to shorten the distance to the bleachers.............now the distance from home to backstop went from 71 to 85 feet, more room to catch foul pops behind home plate.

        Which still makes me wonder. What were the Yanks thinking with Joe Dimaggio. It was evident after a few seasons, he was their guy.
        Yet they left the left side and centerfield a mile away. They did shorten the distances a bit in 1937 but still, the left side deep LCF and CF was hugh to put it mildly.

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        • #19
          So who was the greatest Jewish ballplayer - Hank Greenberg or Sandy Koufax?
          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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          • #20
            Originally posted by Freakshow View Post
            Actually, Briggs tended to favor hitters. This was for a couple reasons.

            When they enclosed the OF in 1936 it not only cut down the wind, it also provided a good hitting background. The bigger factor is that Detroit was the last park in the AL to install lights, in 1948 IIRC. By that time the technology and know-how had improved, so the Tigers had the best lighting in the league for 20 years. Obviously, it favors hitters when they can see the ball. The quality of lighting in MLB parks can be seen in the day-night splits, which were greater in the 1940's to 1970's than they are now.
            Good info Freak. Guess Hank's 1946 splits aren't that shocking then.

            Check out another outfielder from that team.

            Roy Cullenbine's home/road splits - 12/3 HR - 229/150 OPS+ - .378/.284 BA

            Aside from fence distances and wall height, I think one of the least talked about factors of ballparks, is the hitters backdrop and the difference it makes. Would have been cool, if someone back then had the foresight to snap a picture from the batters box.

            I don't think parks are taken much into account at all when ranking players. I've even seen Ott's ridiculous HR splits be excused by "Well, he took advantage of the short porch." Ummm yeah, that's the point. We give war credit and consider missed time when ranking players, but does anyone give DiMaggio, for instance, as boost because he hit in a home park, that had unreachable HR distances from left-center to right-center? Or Ruth, who according to Jenkinson, hit 57 HR to left-center and center from 1923-1934....and only ONE of those was hit in Yankee Stadium. Bonds has never hit a HR that would have cleared left-center or center in the original Yankee Stadium.

            One of my favorite passages from Jenkinson:

            --The home run boundaries of Major League ballparks keep getting smaller and smaller, which makes it much easier for modern sluggers to hit home runs. The average distance from home plate to the outfield fences in American League stadiums has decreased by about 28-feet from Ruth's era to today. That incorporates the five measurements from left, left-center, center, right-center, and right fields.

            --These dwindling distances should cause a scandal in the athletic world. There are no other modern sports where the dimensions of the playing area have been deliberately been changed to make it easier to perform. Consider how NBA scoring would skyrocket if the height of the basket was lowered. Or what if the field was shortened in the NFL? In fairness, there has never been a uniform code for the distances to the outfield fences. That is odd in itself. It almost certainly reflects back to the origins of baseball, when home runs were not foreseen as an important part of the game. But somewhere along the way, a comprehensive effort should have been made to achieve competitive continuity.

            --I'm not talking about adhering to the so-called cookie cutter mentality of building every ballpark the same way. Designing those delightful idiosyncratic nooks and crannies into each individual stadium is good for baseball. But doing so does not exclude the capability to make them competitively consistent with their ballparks. Major League Baseball has demanded some accountability from it's teams for a long time now. They have the power to over-rule any franchise that plans to install fences that they deem to be either too far away or too close. But they have never tried to maintain the same degree of difficulty from one era to the next. As a result, it has become progressively easier to hit home runs.
            "By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)

            ROY / ERA+ Title / Cy Young / WS MVP / HR Title / Gold Glove / Comeback POY / BA Title / MVP / All Star / HOF

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Freakshow View Post
              Actually, Briggs tended to favor hitters. This was for a couple reasons.

              When they enclosed the OF in 1936 it not only cut down the wind, it also provided a good hitting background. The bigger factor is that Detroit was the last park in the AL to install lights, in 1948 IIRC. By that time the technology and know-how had improved, so the Tigers had the best lighting in the league for 20 years. Obviously, it favors hitters when they can see the ball. The quality of lighting in MLB parks can be seen in the day-night splits, which were greater in the 1940's to 1970's than they are now.
              Went to a good number of games in Detroit years ago and one thing I did notice, very seldom windy, in any direction.
              True some homers can be wind blown and some drives can be held down but I think overall, no wind a positive for the hitter,
              Also that one that is so overlooked when park positives are discussed, great hitter's background, another park with that Fenway.
              Means a lot to the hitter, being able to pick up the ball as it leaves the pitchers hand.
              Last edited by SHOELESSJOE3; 02-14-2013, 01:37 PM.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                So who was the greatest Jewish ballplayer - Hank Greenberg or Sandy Koufax?
                One batter, one pitcher. It's left at that.

                As great as Greenberg was, he's probably best known for things off the field. Sitting out on Yom Kippur in the heat of the pennant race. Reenlisting days after Pearl Harbor. Openly embracing Jackie Robinson. Those, along with two legendary first base contemporaries and the short career, combine to keep him out of the discussion too much. The man is still revered. Maybe I am biased being from Detroit, where the Jewish community still talks about Greenberg. With Koufax, you have Larry King making up stories about growing up with him in Brooklyn.
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                  So who was the greatest Jewish ballplayer - Hank Greenberg or Sandy Koufax?
                  Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
                  One batter, one pitcher. It's left at that.
                  Exactly, it's apples & oranges, but the two of them together is a pretty impressive representation.

                  And I have Al Rosen just a notch behind.
                  Shalom, y'all!
                  What's the rumpus?

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by willshad View Post
                    Maybe I should make that into a poll question: What season was Hank Greenberg's best season?
                    Whichever season he posted the highest WAR, of course.
                    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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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                      Whichever season he posted the highest WAR, of course.
                      Please, please tell me this is sarcasm.
                      Shalom, y'all!
                      What's the rumpus?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                        Please, please tell me this is sarcasm.
                        Duh.

                        .....
                        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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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                          Duh.

                          .....
                          Are you being sarcastic?

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
                            Are you being sarcastic?
                            No, I'm not being sarcastic about being sarcastic.
                            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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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                              Duh.

                              .....
                              On this site, it's not as much a "duh" as you might think.
                              Shalom, y'all!
                              What's the rumpus?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                                On this site, it's not as much a "duh" as you might think.
                                On this site, WAR isn't held as end-all, be-all as some might think some think.
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                                Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
                                Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
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