hwiggen wrote:That's an excellent list and I agree with most of the #1s.
Just a couple things, though:
I'm shocked to see Mantle ahead of Mays-I don't think it's really even close, Mays was better.
And Barry Bonds doesn't belong at the top of any list. He probably would have been a HOFer without the roids and HGH but he certainly wouldn't have been in the same class as Musial, Williams, Aaron or Frank Robinson. I think he would have been lucky to be comparable to Clemente.
I think the Mays vs Mantle is much closer than you are making it out to be. Mays had an advantage in durability and base stealing, Mantle was either equal or better everywhere else. 1956-1957 Mantle is in the same discussion for most dominating stretch with 1920s Ruth, the 2000-2004 Bonds, 1924-1925 Hornsby, and 1910-1913 Cobb.
I definitely will pass on the Bonds/HGH debate, but he very easily could have won 5 MVP awards by the time he was 30. He was far and away the best player of the 1990s and had close statistical comparison to guys like Mays and Snider when he was 30. For a simulation league that doesn't take any of the "outside baseball" things into consideration, the level he elevated to his game to as he reached his late 30s and early 40s makes him a fairly easy pick as the greatest at the position.