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or over Eddie Murray for career,
Rose's career OPS+ is "only" 118; Murray's is 129, Chipper's 141, Berkman's 145 so far. Rose played longer than anybody else, so that's something to consider, but for much of his later career he wasn't really adding a lot to his resumeé except sheer longevity. (And by that, I don't mean to say what one sometimes hears, that Rose was "merely" an accumulator; he was a great player in his prime and a very good one for a long time, and kept showing up forever. There's no other career remotely like it, of course. And as Misirlou points out, Rose's ability to play different positions well puts him above the pure hitters. Initially I was solely thinking of these guys' hitting.)
There is a club near me called Camelot and last month I finally figured out that it has a double meaning.
Rose, of course, though Rose is an extremely peculiar case. I guess a lineup of peak Pete Roses (1968-69) would hold up OK against a team of peak Murrays or Berkmans, but Rose had only fair power at his very best, and Murray and Berkman (let alone Jones) could hit for average and get on base, too.
But yes Reggie's getting overlooked. Sure, he's behind Rose in career Rbat -- in barely half the PAs. So, for "prime" and using OPS+ to adjust more for era, from ages 24-33:
I picked 24-33 cuz I kinda usually do but that does kinda cherry-pick for Smith. Also Reggie does have the fewest PA of that group -- not the most durable guy -- but in terms of quality as a hitter, he was as good as anybody in the non-Mantle division.
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