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"We agreed to start saying that it's halfway between what we each used to say" doesn't strike me as a particularly good response to "If it's real, why aren't your answers nearly the same". It seems like a somewhat poor response, actually.
This is not to say that I think WAR is poor. But if I had the objection that they were purporting to address through this "let's meet halfway" agreement, I think it would seem farcical to me.
Until we have a time machine, or can clone Babe Ruth, I don't know why we'd care what the relative league strength between his era and today is?
You don't care, and I do. I am OK with that.
SP-4 Randy Johnson
Who said we are judging talent, rather than results ? That does not make "perfect sense". You have to use convoluted, subjective logic to get around the results. "Mantle thought he would die young, and he got hurt, ergo he is excused for being mentally weak and turning himself into an addict and womanizer that suppressed his natural talent as he stayed out at all hours of the night and hurt his team in the process by often showing up unfit for play"
Clearly you've never been a serious drinker.
Well, since we have such absolute certainty about white players born decades apart with differing league strengths, let's plow ahead with that. But hey, the Negro Leaguers are used to getting screwed over, so why not stay consistent?
Geesh, and I'm not even a bleeding heart...
No, I'm not judging by WAR. When you get to all-time greats, I think peak matters a lot.
Mantle was a better hitter than non-roided Bonds or Aaron, and if he could play CF in old Yankee Stadium, he would be a fine RF or LF.
If I was picking an "all-time" team, I'd take 3 CFs for the OF (Mays, Cobb and Mantle).
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