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#1 Spencer

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 11:37 PM

In case you were unaware, Ichiro tallied his 4,000th professional hit yesterday.  An impressive feat, to be sure.  So, I put the question to you, Bleacher Nation Message Board, who is the best hitter of the past 25 years?



#2 Timothy Scarbrough

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:06 AM

It has to Barry Bonds in 2004. His OPS was 1.422. That is unfathomably high. Even if he was juicing he was still 163% better then a league that was juicing just as much.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:51 AM

Best hitter that I've ever seen is Tony Gwynn.  I only got to see him when he was really good a few times, but I've never seen a player who could not only put the bat to ball, but make it go where he wanted to anywhere close to what Gwynn could do. 



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:51 AM

Bonds in 2002 with a 244 wRC+.

 

If we are talking about players that we think are clean, Cabrera 2013 with a 205 wRC+.

 

If we take power out of the equation I would go with Wade Boggs 1988 .476 OBP.

 

Good topic Spencer.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:52 AM

Is this for a single season performance, or career?



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:53 AM

Ya, say what you will about roofs, Bonds was, without a doubt the best hitter. Griffey gets a lot of love.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:16 AM

In the last 25yrs I would have to say Ichiro and Gwynn. Best hitter I ever saw would be Kirby Puckett. 


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:41 AM

Is this for a single season performance, or career?

We could talk about both, but I meant it to be career.



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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:50 AM

I found this (it was 2010 so a few things have changed) but if looked at career wOBA we see Ruth as the hands down favorite and only Barry Bonds and Poohole (man how fast his value has dropped since 2010) as players of the current era.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

Career:

If we are taking Bonds out of it (I don't think there can be an argument made against him besides PEDs (178 wRC+ .455 OBP 155.5 WAR)) I would say Gwynn with Cabrera starting to make a loud argument for his case.

 

(repost single season)

Bonds in 2002 with a 244 wRC+.

 

If we are talking about players that we think are clean, Cabrera 2013 with a 205 wRC+.

 

If we take power out of the equation I would go with Wade Boggs 1988 .476 OBP.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:12 AM

That .510 career wOBA is unbelievable

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:15 AM

That .510 career wOBA is unbelievable

Ruth didn't play in the last 25 years though.


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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

Oh I missed the past 25 year thing but I'd have to think Miggy is really trending toward being the best hitter of the past 25 years. If we discount Bonds because of PEDs he really is the only one left.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:19 AM

That .510 career wOBA is unbelievable

Ruth didn't play in the last 25 years though.
Yeah yeah yeah but still .510 is flat out disgusting

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 10:06 AM

Oh I missed the past 25 year thing but I'd have to think Miggy is really trending toward being the best hitter of the past 25 years. If we discount Bonds because of PEDs he really is the only one left.

 

And my K% to Walk ratio is sick!


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