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Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

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Who was the best?

Joe Di Maggio
4
13%
Ted Williams
21
68%
Micky Mantle
6
19%
 
Total votes : 31

Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby thedude » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:58 pm

It is easily Ted Williams. By second greatest hitter behind Ruth. Not a great left fielder, but his bat more than made up for that.
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Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby Carnac » Mon May 18, 2009 1:15 pm

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Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby AquaMan2342 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:08 am

Surprised anybody said anything besides Williams. Granted a lot of Yankee homers here, but it's not really too close IMO.
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Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby Tavish » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:24 pm

AquaMan2342 wrote:Surprised anybody said anything besides Williams. Granted a lot of Yankee homers here, but it's not really too close IMO.

At their best, Mantle was just about as good at the plate as Williams. And he could steal you 20 bases at a 80%+ clip and was a good defensive center fielder. Not very hard for me at all to put Mantle way ahead of Williams.
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Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby Underwood7476 » Sat Nov 20, 2010 6:11 pm

I think Mantle had by far the most potential of all three, due to injury obviously we will never know and just a "what if", however I think that Williams is the best of all three stats wise, then again he doesn't have any rings
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Re: Mantle,Williams or Di Maggio?

Postby thedude » Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:47 pm

{quote="Tavish"}
AquaMan2342 wrote:Surprised anybody said anything besides Williams. Granted a lot of Yankee homers here, but it's not really too close IMO.

At their best, Mantle was just about as good at the plate as Williams. And he could steal you 20 bases at a 80%+ clip and was a good defensive center fielder. Not very hard for me at all to put Mantle way ahead of Williams.[/quote]

But Mantle wasn't as good as Williams with the bat.

Williams's ability to get on base far exceeded Mantle's ability (compare the number of times Williams won the OBP title to the number of times Mantle won that title).

Also compare their ability to hit for average. Williams was a better hitter for average than Mantle. I don't think this can really be argued, so I will not place the numbers in this post.

Williams had at least as much power at Mantle.

I also disagree that the other aspects of their respective games place the Mick ahead of Teddy Ballgame.

The advanced defensive metrics say that Mantle was a good defensive center fielder on a couple of occasions, but for his career he was actually a bad defensive player. While these metrics are not 100% reliable, especially for older players, they should be considered more reliable than the biased reports by New York Yankee beat writers. These same metrics show that while Teddy was a terrible LFer his last few years, he was an above average LFer for most of his career.

Mantle should get credit for playing in a tougher defensive position.

Mickey was a better base runner, no doubt about that.

In summary Williams was better than Mantle.
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