8102 AB, 1677 R, 2415 H, 536 HR, 1509 RBI, 153 SB, 1710 SO, 4511 TB, .298 BA, .421 OBP, .557 SLG
9909 PA, 172 OPS+, 2038 RC, 9.3 RC/27, 5899 Outs
10881 AB, 2062 R, 3283 H, 660 HR, 1903 RBI, 338 SB, 1526 SO, 6066 TB, .302 BA, .384 OBP, .557 SLG
12493 PA, 156 OPS+, 2368 RC, 7.9 RC/27, 8056 Outs
Mays beats him out in all counting stats, as he played a lot more games than Mantle did. But looking at things like OPS, RC/27, etc. I think Mantle was better when he was on the field. From what I've read, Mantle was a better defender than Mays too, but I'm far from a defensive guru, so if anyone can bring some defensive metrics to the table, please do. Had Mantle not been hurt so frequently, I think he takes it hands down, but obviously there's a lot to be said for longevity as well. I think you guys had it right, it comes down to peak vs. career. It just depends on what you value more.