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Postby hookem2003 » Wed May 24, 2006 6:27 pm

Agree w/ the above list and add ted williams. In fact, I'll put jackson, griffey, gooden and williams at the top 4 in some order. Bo was the all around athlete of his generation. Gooden was pedro in the making. Williams is the easiest to figure out - take an avg. year in his prime, add 5 more of those and look at the numbers we're talking about 8-o . When it's all said and done, Griffey might of had a better career than bonds straight up, much less w/o the steriod cloud over his head.
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Postby Pablo975 » Wed May 24, 2006 11:46 pm

I agree with Nerfherders, Dale Murphy gets my vote.

The Atlanta Braves were HORRIBLE back then. If Murph had had just couple more years and played with some winning teams, he could have achieved a lot more and received more recognition as the BAMF he was. Heck, look at the stats he put up in the 1980's versus what his peers did.....and he's not in the Hall? Crazy.

I also agree the same could be said of Mattingly, but injuries played a big part for him.

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Postby firemanx » Thu May 25, 2006 2:29 am

#1 Griffey
#2 Bo Jackson
#3 Daryl Strawberry
#4 Doc Gooden
#5 Donnie Baseball

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Postby Havok1517 » Thu May 25, 2006 2:32 am

I'd list to add Eric Davis to that list.
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Postby hybrid » Thu May 25, 2006 3:11 am

Havok1517 wrote:I'd list to add Eric Davis to that list.

Great name to throw out there, that guy had such great tools and I hated to see him have injuries. That season when he was in his mid 20's and still missed 30 games (then again he seemed to always miss 30 games or more) was something to see. His stats w/ out looking were something like 115R - 35+HR - around 100RBI - and I think 50 or more SB to go w/ a .300 AVG.
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Postby PinotResa » Thu May 25, 2006 5:12 am

I think Ted Williams is the greatest example. Some of the other players have faults in the deliveries or have had drug problems, including PEDs.

Would Jeff Bagwell, Kevin Mitchell or Jesse Barfield have a place here?

What happened to "Cobra" Dave Parker? Does anyone know who Kent Tekulve is?

Warren Spahn fought in WWII.

Johnny Vander Meer

Satchel Paige, and others who weren't allowed a chance.
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Postby HOOTIE » Thu May 25, 2006 6:07 am

Art Vandelay wrote:Although I disagree, I can see choosing Barry, because one could reasonably argue that, had he remained a 40/40 threat instead of becoming a power hitter, he could have been better. But how could Sammy have been better than he was? Three straight 60 HR seasons, and you think he could have been better?

Bonds could have been better? A measly sb compared to a hr?
Sosa was horrible in the field, and never walked till later in his career. One of the most overrated players of the last 10 years.
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Postby Hotlanta » Thu May 25, 2006 6:56 am

How about Smoltzy? Take away the arm injuries and you're talking about one of the most consistent workhorses of the last 20 years. Don't get me wrong, he's had a great career as it is. I just can't stop thinking how much better it might of been had he had those lost starting years back.
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Postby damonhater » Thu May 25, 2006 8:42 am

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Postby bronxxbomber » Thu May 25, 2006 9:17 am

What about Orel Hershiser. I bet he could've ended up as one of the very best SP if he didn't get hurt.
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