jfg wrote:I didn't realize he was that close. I knew he was getting there but I didn't understand that it was inevitable that it would happen this year. How is that his career can be so underrated? Usually a personality like his along with being in a major market adds to the legend but in his case it's the other way around.
I think him being underrated has a lot to do with people outside and inside of Boston focusing on what a goof-ball he is. But he is a guy with crazy career numbers: 491 homers, .313 career batting average, .409 OBP, .592 Slg% (8th highest all-time), a 154 OPS+, 2 Hank Aaron Awards, and 9 silver sluggers (only Piazza and Bonds have more). He might be a crazy, but he can really hit the ball.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.