Baseball Reflections

TED WILLIAMS’ LIST OF GREATEST HITTERS -THREE STRIKES!

In a list which was put together by Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, published by Triple Play Baseball, he’d made a list of the of the top 20 Hitters of All Time. Here they are: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Roger Hornsby, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Joe Jackson, Henry Aaron, Willie Mays , Hank Greenberg, Mickey Mantle, Tris Speaker, Al Simmons, Johnny Mize, Mel Ott, Harry Heilmann, Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt and Ralph Kiner. 

William is most likely the most consistent hitter of the 500 Home Run Hitters Club as his career batting average of .344, to add 2× Triple Crown (1942, 1947)

  • AL batting champion (1941, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1957, 1958), and two Most Valuable Player Awards 1946, 1949. 

Yet if one sees this list, three strikes! Strike one-Just like the All Century Team. No Latinos! Roberto Clemente who won 4 batting titles, and has 3,000 hits, to add Rod Carew who has 3,053 career hits, to add 7 batting titles why weren’t they added to this list. To add Tony Oliva won 3 batting titles and if not for injuries most likely would’ve gotten over 3,000 hits. If Ralph Kiner and Joe Jackson are added why not Oliva. To add two of the most consistent hitters in the game Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez have more career Home Runs than Ralph Kiner.

Strike Two-Negro League Ballplayers not included. No Josh Gibson, No Buck Leonard, No Martin Dihigo, No Tetelo Vargas, No Cool Papa Bell, No Oscar Charleston. 

Strike Three-No catchers. 

NO JOHNNY BENCH, YOGI BERRA, IVAN RODRIGUEZ, JOSH GIBSON, MIKE PIAZZA, CARLTON FISK, ROY CAMPANELLA. 

To add, why wasn’t TONY GWYNN, WADE BOGGS, GEORGE BRETT,  AL KALINE, why weren’t they added to this list when all Four have over 3,000 hits! KEN GRIFFEY JR AND another Center Fielder DUKE SNIDER should’ve been on this list. Here’s another, no shortstops!  HONUS WAGNER! Where is he! Wagner won eight National League batting titles, what TY COBB was in the American League in the dead ball era, WAGNER was to the National League. 

ERNIE BANKS who won back to back MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS 1958, 59  should’ve been added as well! So was this based on Personal opinion, or expert opinion?

   

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