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I'd maybe pick Cobb. Big guy, fanatical about conditioning, utterly 100% obsessed with being the very best, played with the hottest of spotlights on him almost his whole career, lived in controversy so the modern press ain't gonna bother him.
Yes, I think that's right, but it only works for the best players. Take the average player of 1900 and give him today's nutrition et al. and he doesn't become an average player of today. Take the average player of today and give him 1900's nutrition et al. and he doesn't fall to average. The overall talent level, controlling for nutrition et al., is higher today.
I'd pick Gehrig. I can't see any variables that would get in his way. Put young Lou in the present and he'll play in the college world series, be picked in the top 10, tear up the minors for a year and a half, and then settle into the middle of somebody's lineup for 15 years.
Given all of the shifts that are being used defensively now to combat all the extreme pull hitters - maybe the occasional switch to a heavier bat might benefit some hitters. As referenced in our discussions of the 1957 MMP:
Excellent quote from Williams...wonder if that could be a way some players might decide to beat the shift...change bats from game to game to give the opposition more to worry about.
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