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theRealAmerica
bruised,battered and scarred...but hard
03:35 PM on 07/16/2013
If Seattle's fields hadn't torn up Griffey's knees/ankles...this conversation wouldn't be possible...it would be universal that he would be the GOAT.
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07:24 PM on 07/16/2013
I agree. Griffey Jr. is the Mario Lemieux of MLB.
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VTL
03:07 PM on 07/16/2013
Sorry...correction: babe ruth onlywon 194 games as a pitcher before he became an outfielder.
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somepeoplecallmethestig
Coffee is for closers.
04:31 PM on 07/16/2013
94 he won 94 games.
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VTL
03:05 PM on 07/16/2013
Babe Ruth won 100 games as a picture before becoming an outfielder.
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02:29 PM on 07/16/2013
I was a Mickey Mantle fan. But I think Hank Aaron was underrated for many years. I also liked Killebrew, Mays and Reggie Jackson.
03:05 PM on 07/16/2013
Aaron was never underated
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03:10 PM on 07/16/2013
I guess it's where I grew up, reger. We were always talking about the Mantle and Mays home run race and never heard about Aaron. And he was always right there.
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trollsbwild
The beatings will continue until morale improves!
04:51 PM on 07/16/2013
I had the privilege of watching Reggie play at Cheltenham High School. So, my bias toward giving him high marks. Mr. October.
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04:56 PM on 07/16/2013
You're a very lucky person, trolls. He's a real Yankee Legend. And , Mr. October, he was !!
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pepper1311
02:18 PM on 07/16/2013
Ruth, and he won 200 games pitching.
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somepeoplecallmethestig
Coffee is for closers.
02:29 PM on 07/16/2013
94
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02:30 PM on 07/16/2013
I just got done reading the 99 things about Babe Ruth. It's really interesting.
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DJ Sapien
DJ/Beatmaker/Producer/Entrepreneur/Renaissance Man
01:50 PM on 07/16/2013
Junior's swing was just built for a home run derby. It was so easy and natural. He wouldn't get tired so I think he'd win the whole thing.
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EisenBolan
Believer in social justice
01:47 PM on 07/16/2013
Why is Bonds and Maris at 50/50? Seriously? Is it because folks do not know who Maris is or do folks don't think steroid use is a big deal. This should have been lopsided in Maris favor.
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hans sulu
NSA - only part of Government that listens to you
01:46 PM on 07/16/2013
I could never consider Barry Bonds the greatest home run hitter. After all he was so juiced up
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theRealAmerica
bruised,battered and scarred...but hard
03:32 PM on 07/16/2013
But juice couldn't put the bat on the ball. It still takes an eye and awful lot of timing...and steroids can't effect that.
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hans sulu
NSA - only part of Government that listens to you
05:05 PM on 07/16/2013
True, but it can effect distance and power
IndependentAndProud
Stop trying to change the subject!
01:44 PM on 07/16/2013
You put Chris Davis in the mix with those legends and you've turned your whole little competition into a joke.
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O K Ali
Wash your hands, seriously.
01:39 PM on 07/16/2013
Where's Josh Gibson?
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DJ Sapien
DJ/Beatmaker/Producer/Entrepreneur/Renaissance Man
01:52 PM on 07/16/2013
Sadly, overlooked like most Negro League stars.
01:30 PM on 07/16/2013
Willie Mays is the greatest player of all time in my book. He had 660 HRs even though he played the bulk of his career in Candlestick Park with the in-blowing wind knocking down many shots that would have been dingers in other parks.

Of course I'm partial to Ruth, Aaron and Griffey too.
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02:33 PM on 07/16/2013
I always liked Willie too,havbrush. But Mickey Mantle was my favorite. Same thing with Mickey. So many 430 ft. fly balls he hit were just big outs because the center field fence in Yankee Stadium was 462 ft. I guess any Yankee home run hitter did that, too.
03:50 PM on 07/16/2013
Yeah, the old stadium's centerfield fence was a monster and Mick should've had more. And then there were his injuries that took away so many games. Someone else pointed something out also. Ted Williams served almost 6 years in WWII and Korea and still had 521 HRs. Makes you wonder how many he would've had in those years.
01:18 PM on 07/16/2013
Would've liked to have seen Ralph Kiner at least in the running. His career was cut short by injury, but for 10 years he was the NL's primo home-run hitter. A one-dimensional player, sure, but what a dimension! He led the league in HRs seven consecutive seasons ('46 through '52). And he did it for awful teams with very little protection behind him in the batting order.

Also worth a mention is Ralph's fellow Hall of Famer, Harmon Killebrew. Killer was the greatest HR hitter during an era when pitching completely dominated baseball. In my mind, homers in Killebrew's time were worth more than they were in the Bonds/Sosa/McGuire era because they were so relatively hard to come by.
01:03 PM on 07/16/2013
what's interesting is that 15 years ago, Maris would not have made this list due to his asterisk. now with the steroids scandal, maris is vindicated from having to play a longer schedule than ruth did. My bigger disappointment with this bracket is the inclusion of Chris Davis. If we need an active player, he's not it - Giancarlo Stanton or Albert Pujols or Jose Bautista or ... should be included prior to Davis' flash in the pan.
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phal4875
The world is run by cats; we just feed them.
01:22 PM on 07/16/2013
There is no asterisk next to Maris' name.
01:40 PM on 07/16/2013
fine, let's get technical the *proverbial* asterisk that was associated with Roger Maris' name for the better part of 40 years when discussing the home run record
01:01 PM on 07/16/2013
Maris and Davis in but not Reggie Jackson or Ted Williams. This "contest" is laughable
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Latikia
Wear the mask long enough and it becomes the face.
12:54 PM on 07/16/2013
eliminate the steroid users, add in Josh Gibson and Sadaharu Oh and then there's something to discuss.
01:31 PM on 07/16/2013
I like.
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VTL
03:08 PM on 07/16/2013
how do you know they did not use enhancement drugs?

There was no testing whatsoever
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Latikia
Wear the mask long enough and it becomes the face.
03:17 PM on 07/16/2013
"The first 'effective' performance enhancing drugs, the amphetamines,
which were used widely by soldiers in the Second World War, crossed over
into sports in the early 1950s. These drugs -- nicknamed la bomba by Italian cyclists and atoom by Dutch cyclists -- minimize the uncomfortable sensations of fatigue during exercise."

The "Godfather of Steroids," Dr. John Bosley Zieglar, creates an
anabolic steroid called Dianabol that is released by Ciba
Pharmaceuticals with FDA approval. Dr. Zieglar noted the success of the
Russian weightlifting team due to the use of testosterone in 1954 and
began experimenting on US weightlifters. His creation synthesizes the
strength-building properties of testosterone while minimizing the
negative health effects.

Close to his death in 1983, Dr. Zieglar speaks out against his
invention and says he wishes he had never created the anabolic steroid
after seeing athletes abuse the drug.
you are correct...we don't KNOW FOR SURE...but take a look at pictures of these men when they were in their playing primes and then compare them with Bonds and Sousa (when they were chasing the title).  there are some rather obvious differences.