posted on Apr, 16 2006 @ 05:48 PM
I have said for a lot longer than you guys have known me that, pending the end of Pedro's career, Roger Clemens is the greatest right-handed pitcher
in MLB history. (Sorry, Rog, but Lefty Grove you ain't.) And then I've said, "That's assuming he's not found out to have cheated, which I would hate
to see happen." (Wouldn't we all?)
Same story here. It has been a LONG time since anyone has seriously challenged Gehrig's status as the greatest first baseman of all time. Probably
not since a guy who was only four years younger than Gehrig--i.e., Jimmie Foxx--and Foxx lost that battle when he lost his battle with the bottle.
Well, I haven't seen their new park yet, but old Busch Stadium was surely less favorable than old Yankee Stadium was to a lefty like Gehrig, and
Pujols is: (1) less than 30 points from Gehrig in on-base; (2) 8 points from Gehrig in batting average; (3) 11 points from Gehrig in slugging; (4) a
better defensive 1B than Gehrig; and (5) if he's an honest player, and if he stays healthy, likely to obliterate a whole boatload of records.
Project his current stats through his first 5 years for another 15 and do you know what records he breaks that I can recognize immediately?
1. Home runs, by a mile;
2. RBI's, by 5 miles;
3. Runs scored;
4. Doubles (yes, Tris Speaker, it's true);
5. Total bases.
IF he does this, or slightly less than this, for another 15 years, we'll not only be comparing him to Ruth, we'll be labeling him--and not Ruth--the
#1 player of all time. I mean, LOOK at those stats which he would own. But it's all dependent on whether he's legit, isn't it? Certainly to me it
But forget all about Willie McCovey or Fred Lynn or Griffey or A-Rod or anybody else who exploded onto the scene. Pujols is, for sure, the best MLB
beginner I've ever seen.