posted on Mar, 31 2006 @ 06:45 PM
For the record, I don't buy Brett as the greatest 3B ever, nor do I think it's a close call. I think this is a position where one man--Mike
Schmidt--stands clearly above all others. It's also by no means clear to me that Brett should go ahead of Eddie Mathews, though I probably would put
Brett at #2 by a few whiskers over Mathews.
As for Mays, picking someone as the greatest CF in major league history is such an enormous compliment... no matter whom you pick. If you pick Mays,
for instance, you are "only" saying that he was better than Ty Cobb, better than Joe DiMaggio, better than Tris Speaker and, oh, yes, better than
Mickey Mantle. In my opinion, all five of those players are among the 10 greatest non-steroid-using players of all time, so it's kind of tough to
pick a #1 out of the five. Whomever you choose, let's just say that the greatest CF of all time was one holy hell of a ballplayer, huh?
[Edited on 4/1/06 by BaseballHistoryNut]