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To be completely honest, Collins beats Sandberg in a number of categories, including OPS, batting average and OBP. But Sandberg is second all-time among second basemen for home runs, and while Collins was known for his speed, his 368 stolen bases as a White Sox doesn’t put him too far ahead of Sandberg’s 344 as a Cub.
This was a pretty lame set of choices, even for Chicagoland homerism click-bait. Ernie Banks at 1B (12.9 rWAR in 9 years as a 1B) and Ryne Sandburg at 2B stand out, but you could probably quibble over nearly every position.
i have great respect for the careers of the players from the earliest part of the 20th century but i am inclined to give the more modern player the nod given the differences in the games played. namely the lively ball and segregation. those are two very powerful items not easily explained away.
c'mon, they had a slew of guys either have a last gasp of playing well or guys out of nowhere. you know that full well
if you have to use the miracle dodgers of 1988 to tell me I am wrong you just showed I am right
I don't know that Hartnett is over Fisk unless "Chicago time" is most important. In which case what on earth is Shoeless Joe doing on the list?
If you want to eliminate players from the early 20th century that's fine, but then what on earth is Big Ed Walsh doing over, say, Billy Pierce, Hoyt Wilhelm, Early Wynn, Fergie Jenkins, Mark Buehrle, etc.
Anyway, how is Pete Alexander or TFB not the SP?
(btw your handle rules)
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