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    GOAT?

    So I was having a conversation with one of my co-workers today about who the Greatest Baseball Player of All Time was. I threw out some names, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Mickey Mantel, George Brett, Barry Bonds and he mentioned Bo Jackson.

    It got me to thinking, who is really the greatest baseball player of all time?

    Hank Aaron
    Willie Mays
    Babe Ruth
    Mickey Mantel
    Bo Jackson
    Barry Bonds
    A-Rod
    George Brett
    Jose Canseco

    Who do you think the GOAT is?
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    For me it has been and will always be Willie Mays. The guy could absolutely do it all. Epitome of the 5-tool player.

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    The best I've ever witnessed were Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Rickey Henderson.

    To me it's a toss up between Mays and Bonds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Getslow View Post
    For me it has been and will always be Willie Mays. The guy could absolutely do it all. Epitome of the 5-tool player.
    Best all around talent for sure. Not sure if that makes him the GOAT...But he is definitely in the discussion.

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    How does Jose Canseco make your list?

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    Out of all the professional sports, I think baseball is the one where this question can be the most hotly contested. There are probably a good 15-20 guys that a legit case can be made for.

    Off the top of my head and I'm probably forgetting quite a few...

    Bonds
    Griffey Jr.
    Mantle
    Williams
    Mays
    Henderson
    Cobb
    Wagner
    Ruth
    Aaron

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    I don't even see this as much of a discussion. It is George Herman Ruth and it's not even close.

    Please feel free to continue the discussion to decide who is second.

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    Top 4 for WAR
    Ruth
    Mays
    Cobb
    Aaron

    I think it is a very short list for actual consideration for GOAT, those four are at the top of that list.

    Cy Young also as the only player in history with a higher career WAR than Ruth at the end of his career.

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    Ted Williams should be on the list. I'll take Willie Mays also as the GOAT.

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    I'll take Mickey and the Babe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    Top 4 for WAR
    Ruth
    Mays
    Cobb
    Aaron

    I think it is a very short list for actual consideration for GOAT, those four are at the top of that list.

    Cy Young also as the only player in history with a higher career WAR than Ruth at the end of his career.
    Where did you get your #s from?

    The top 4 I'm seeing are Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, and Barry Bonds.

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    Barry Bonds

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    Where did you get your #s from?

    The top 4 I'm seeing are Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, and Barry Bonds.
    First 4 were for HoF hitters only (forgot about Bonds not being HoF) then looked at pitchers and saw Cy Young was higher than Ruth.

    Top four HoFers in War
    Cy Young 170.50
    Babe Ruth 163.10
    Willie Mays 156.30
    Walter Johnson 153.21

    Bonds 162.40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    Barry Bonds
    Now you've done it. Great player but no way he should be discussed. We really have no clue how good he was. It is a true shame. (Cue UKMF)

    If we include Bonds in this discussion, please give Lance Armstrong all of his trophies back and hand those Olympic medals back to all of those athletes, including the East German women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    Now you've done it. Great player but no way he should be discussed. We really have no clue how good he was. It is a true shame. (Cue UKMF)

    If we include Bonds in this discussion, please give Lance Armstrong all of his trophies back and hand those Olympic medals back to all of those athletes, including the East German women.
    I'm all for giving Lance Armstrong his trophies. I know how great Bonds was because I watched his entire career.

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