With the first pick in the draft, I select Babe Ruth.
Nicknames: The Sultan of Swat, The Bambino
714 HR (3rd all time)
2217 RBI (2nd all time)
2174 Runs (4th all time)
.342 BA (9th all time)
.474 OBP (2nd all time)
.690 SLG (1st all time)
1.164 OPS (1st all time)
207 OPS+ (1st all time)
2757 Runs Created (1st all time)
I was going to write some more (and I will tomorrow), but I'm not home, but my sidekick told me I got an email which told me I got a pm.
So, honus wagner, ss. If you look at how much better he is than all other ss, you could make a compelling (though I think losing) argument that he's better than ruth.
_________________ A few years ago, legend has it, San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers found the following message on his voice mail: "This is Rickey calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball."
With the third overall pick, a2d's Argonauts select OF Ted Williams.
*Two-time MVP (1946, 1949)
*Two-time Triple Crown winner (1942, 1947)
*Last player to hit .400 (.406 in 1941)
*Six-time Batting Champion (1941, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1957, 1958)
*Five-time Major League Player of the Year (1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1957)
*Seventeen time All-Star (1940-1942, 1946-1951, 1953-1960)
*Highest OBP in MLB history (.482)
*Second highest SLG in MLB history (.634)
*Second highest OPS in MLB history (1.116)
*Seventh highest BA in MLB history (.344)
*All this despite losing close to five seasons of his baseball career to the military (1943-1946, World War II/1952-1953, Korean War)
Just like people who don't understand why Blood on the Tracks is awesome or who don't like sam cooke's voice -- i'll never get people who don't love Pedro Martinez.
For 22 seasons in baseball Mays had a 162 game average of 36 HR, 103 RBI, and a .302 BA. Mays was a 12 time Gold Glove winner, 20 time All-Star, 1951 Rookie of the year, 1954 Player of the year (after returning from the Korean War), two time All-Star MVP, 1971 Roberto Clemete Award winner, and two time NL-MVP. While he only won one World Series he apeared in four. He led the Majors from 1956-1959 in stolen bases. He was also in the top five in all of baseball every season he played in extra base hits.
I'm going to go with probably the most underrated player of all-time. This man wasn't selected by the fans to MLB's all centruy team in 2000, and had to be put in by a special committe.
<pre>G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS OPS+
3026 10,972 3630 725 177 475 1949 1951 1599 696 .331 .417 .559 .976 159
Tied-First in career All Star Games (24)
Second in career MVPs (3)
Sixth in career Games (3026)
Ninth in career At-bat (10972)
Ninth in career Runs (1949)
Fourth in career Hits (3630)
Second in career Total bases (6134)
Third in career Doubles (725)
475 Career Home Runs (6th All-Time at the time he retired)
Fifth in career RBIs (1951)
Led National League in Batting average 7 times
Led National League in On Base Percentage 6 times
Led National League in slugging percentage 6 times
Led National League in runs scored 5 times
2nd on career HR's list (will probably be first by years end)
3rd in total runs scored (2,198)
5th in total RBI's (1,972)
2nd in total XBH (1,425)
4th in total bases (5,906)
1st in walks (2,505)
Bonds holds the single season major league records for home runs (73), on base percentage (.609), slugging percentage (.863), and walks (232).
Only member in 500/500 Club
Two-time N.L. Batting Champion (2002, 2004)
Bonds has also won a record 7 MVP's along with 8 Gold Gloves and 12 Silver Sluggers.
Holds Major League record for consecutive seasons with 30-or-more HR, accomplishing this 13 times
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