grover999 wrote:I'm not a baseball guy: What does GTWMA mean? Though I have limited baseball knowledge, Ripken was not a better player than Kirby.
GTWMA = GoToWarMissAgnes (the guy you quoted in your post)
If you cut the end of Ripken's career off to the point he played roughly the same number of games as Puckett (1981-1992 and 1800 games for Ripken vs 1984 - 1995 and 1783 games for Puckett) here is the comparison:
Ripken has more HRs, more BB, less K's
Pucket has a better BA, more SB
The two are roughly equal in RBI, R, OPS+
Puckett was the better hitter of the two by a small margin. Then defensively Ripken (who was an outstanding SS) absolutely destroyed Puckett (who was a decent CF).
Ripken 143 Fielding Runs Above Average
Puckett 13 FRAA
And then Ripken went on to play 1200 more games.