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post #16 of 40
I dont know guys. I think it should be best hitter in each time period. The game is much different than it was 50 years ago, let alone 120.
post #17 of 40
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Originally Posted by nibiyabi View Post
I've never understood what "pure hitter" really means. If it means batting average, then Ty Cobb is undeniably the "purest hitter" of all time.
Combination of OBP, average, slugging (extra base hits), and lacking in strikeouts...

Ty Cobb had it all besides the slugging. He only struck out 357 times!
post #18 of 40
Translated SO Rates:

Ruth .2400
Williams .1131

Alright, so Williams struck out half as often while having an AVG 10 points higher, OBP 5 points higher, and SLG 61 points lower (all translated, of course). I think I'd rather have the Babe, but based on the above criteria I suppose Williams is the more "pure" hitter.
post #19 of 40
I went with Aaron.
post #20 of 40
Ted Williams my boyhood idol.
post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by nibiyabi View Post
Translated SO Rates:

Ruth .2400
Williams .1131

Alright, so Williams struck out half as often while having an AVG 10 points higher, OBP 5 points higher, and SLG 61 points lower (all translated, of course). I think I'd rather have the Babe, but based on the above criteria I suppose Williams is the more "pure" hitter.
It also has something to do with my bias towards Ted. My great-uncle went to a lot of Red Sox games and he used to tell me a ton of stories about Teddy as a 6 year old (I'm still very young, though... 14!).

Looking back on their stats, I'm starting to like Babe better. Teddy is moving back to #2 -- because Babe was a reasonably successful pitcher and the greatest batter who ever lived.
post #22 of 40
Thread Starter 

Apropos 'pure hitter'!

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Originally Posted by nibiyabi View Post
I've never understood what "pure hitter" really means. If it means batting average, then Ty Cobb is undeniably the "purest hitter" of all time.

Quote:
I wish Tony Gwynn could have taken a swing in the 2001 All-Star Game.
After all, I don’t know how many more pure hitters I will get the chance
to see in my lifetime.
When Bret Boone is batting cleanup to protect Manny Ramirez,
it is terribly evident that the finesse side of batting has been completely eliminated.
Taken from Gwynn the Last of a Dying Breed

See also Pure Hitter Pro and here



post #23 of 40
Thread Starter 

Yeah!

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Originally Posted by ken36 View Post
Ted Williams my boyhood idol.
Quote:
Ted Williams wanted to be known as the greatest hitter who ever lived.
When he failed to meet those expectations, pity anything that got in his way.
Taken from Pure hitter: Ted Williams

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Greg Luzinski?
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Dave Kingman?
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Boog Powell?
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Wally Joyner?
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Kevin Mitchell?
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Rob Wilfong?
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Mariano Duncan?
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