Normally, I would hate it when an old thread was bumped up but since it's the offseason, why not??
Here's my (more than) 2 cents based on what was said already:
jumpman8288 wrote:I really wish that somehow we could see how good Mickey Mantle would have been had his career not been so injury-ridden. I truly think he could have been the greatest player ever.
I agree. Injuries and partying curtailed what could have been the greatest career ever.
wrveres wrote:I think I'll take the guy who has 600 homers and 500 stolen bases..
And 0 wins. Honestly, in more games and AB, Bonds only leads in 2B, BB, and SB. Everything else is for Ruth. And I mean everything.
Thanks but I'll take the guy who outhomered entire teams. I'll also take the guy who lost a bunch of seasons early in his career to pitching. I can only imagine the numbers that Bonds would be chasing if not for that.
DK wrote:Babe Ruth, without a doubt. LBJ has made some excellent points, and wkelly as well.
Ruth. Bonds is 3 times better than anyone in the game today, Ruth is 10 times better than anyone who ever played.
While it is impossible to quantify it, I would agree with your analogy.
IMHO, you can't just compare numbers. You need to look at them relative to their competition at the time and Ruth towered over his competition more than Bonds. I will also add that Bonds best years have been as he approached 40. While amazing, just a few years ago, he wasn't even considered the best player in the game. That title went to Griffey and then A-Rod.