[eDebate] A Seasonal Debate
Wed Jul 30 18:24:47 CDT 2003
De-cloaking again, briefly...
At 04:01 PM 7/30/2003 -0700, Duane Hyland wrote:
>The real question is, what would Babe Ruth do against a Randy Johnson
With all due respect, that's just nonsense. In his entire career to date,
Barry Bonds has faced Randy Johnson only 78 times in more than 8600
at-bats. Surely you aren't suggesting that a typical major league pitcher
nowadays throws like Randy Johnson. As for Babe's era, they had a pretty
good pitcher named Johnson, too (he joined Ruth in the first-ever
Hall-of-Fame class). You'll have a hard time proving that Randy throws
harder than Walter did...
And what about that Barry/Randy matchup? In his 78 at-bats against Randy,
Bonds has only two homers, but his other hitting numbers are consistent
with his career stats: .278 BA, .409 OBP, .528 SLP. Bill James puts it
this way: In any offensive event, the hitter is the dominant element, the
pitcher the recessive element. No pitcher, for instance, gives up home
runs as often as Barry Bonds hits home runs...
>the speed and variety of pitches is a lot faster than back then
That just isn't so. There were plenty of hard-throwers back in Ruth's era,
and doctoring the baseball was a MUCH bigger part of the game back then as
well. Heck, for most of the Babe's career *spitballs* were legal. Plus,
you ignore the fact that the leagues are MUCH bigger now, meaning that more
mediocre pitchers have relatively lengthy major league careers (can you say
Jeff Suppan?). Those same experts you cite will be the first to tell you
that the talent pool is more diluted at the major league level now than it
was in Ruth's era.
>The game is a lot faster than the game Ruth played.
Faster HOW? We've already dealt with the hard-throwers issue. Unless you
mean something else, this "faster game" stuff is nonsense.
>Besides, I favor Roberto Clemente for all time great...but that's me.
I understand. I'm sentimental too (Al Kaline is my favorite right-fielder
of all time, and I've never lived anywhere near Detroit). That's part of
the joy of the game, eh?
Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and...well, not so tall as I used to be,
Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School
St. Joseph, Missouri
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