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|2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who was your favorite player when playing ball?|
(Lee from Grand Rapids)
|I grew up a Phillies fan and caught the tail end of Mike Schmidt's career. I was 10 for the '93 Phillies and loved Lenny Dykstra because I batted left handed, led off, played center field, and was too young to understand about things like PED's tobacco and being crazy. (Jeff Moore)|
|2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Chrystal ball dynasty question: On the thermometer scale, if Mark Reynolds were 32 degrees and Mike Schmidt were 212 degrees, what temperature will Xander Bogaerts and Kris Bryant be?
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
|Bryant I'm less clear on. He hit really well in a very small sample size in Low and High-A, but we need to see more to know what he is. Or at least I do. He's a pretty promising player though. Bogaerts is the real deal. He'll start at short for Boston next season.
That said, comparing either to Schmidt, maybe the greatest ever at his position, is a tough thing to do. I'm very confident Bogaerts will be better than Mark Reynolds. So I'll say Xander is 100 degrees and Bryant is 35, but with a warm front on the way. (Matthew Kory)
|2012-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||If you had a chance to get in a time machine, who would be the player you would like to watch in person?|
(blazeswim from Chicago)
|I've always said that I was disappointed to be just old enough to know about Mike Schmidt as an active player, but not old enough to have ever seen him play (let alone seen him when he was at his best). I'd be pretty happy to get that chance.
Looking farther back, I'd probably want to see someone like Sandy Koufax or Walter Johnson in their prime. I really want to know exactly how great those guys were, seeing as how much better they were than their competition. (Larry Granillo)
|2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Royals brought up a ton of guys this year but only Hosmer looks like the real deal. Any hope that Moustakis blossoms to the power levels predicted for him??
And is Giavotella really going to hit in the bigs??|
(kcboomer from KC)
|Based upon the scouting reports and minor league stats, it is ridiculously early to start giving up hope on Moustakas; he's 22 with 333 major league PA, for crying out loud! Go back and look at the careers of Mike Schmidt or George Brett and tell me if you think their teams should have given up hope after their first prolonged exposure to big league pitching. Hell, look at Alex Gordon, who has blossomed into a very good hitter.
I know Royals fans are impatient, but it ain't all gonna happen overnight. You've waited this long, you can wait at least a full season before panicking that some of these guys might not grow up to be the next Brett or whatever. (Jay Jaffe)
|2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Anticipating that this is (probably) his final year, are we somewhat laconic about Chipper Jones's place in history? A very strong argument can be made that he is the most well-rounded third baseman in the history of the game (and possibly the most productive); upon induction, he will have the highest OPS of any 3B in the HOF and is around 45 runs above average defensively. |
(Silvpak from NY, NY)
|Chipper wasn't the most productive 3B of all time, not when you think about Mike Schmidt, but he's certainly up there. There is no argument for keeping him out of the Hall of Fame other than perversely protective feelings for Hooters waitresses. I'm less confident in his defense than you are, and the Braves wouldn't have hustled him off to left field a couple of times if they weren't similarly ambivalent. There were several years, in fact, where the Braves might have been better off moving Jones to 1B, often an empty position for them, and letting a more agile player man the hot corner. Might have been better for Chipper's health, too. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Has anyone's HOF case ever been hurt more by the era they played in than Santo? His numbers translated to a normal era have to be pretty awesome.|
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
|Jay Jaffe probably has ten answers for this question, but Santo has to be up there. Clay Davenport puts Santo at .275/.370/.505 in a standard offensive environment. Another guy who comes to mind, though I'm not saying he's a HOFer, is Graig Nettles. Nettles played in the 1970s, which hurt his numbers, though not as badly as Santo's were hurt, and although he was one of the best gloves ever at his position, played at the same time as Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt so that was less impressive than it could have been. There were more good 3B playing when Nettles did (the aforementioned, plus guys who could hit like Buddy Bell, Bill Madlock, George Brett) than there were at any time before in history. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Joe Posnanski made a good case for Stan Musial as one of the best living ballplayers the other day... where is he on your list?|
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
|Where's Jay Jaffe when I need him? I don't keep lists like this, but it would definitely be behind Willie Mays. It isn't like it's ever going to be an Olympic event, where Musial's got to stand around on a podium and subsequently explain his disappointment for getting the bronze behind Mike Schmidt or Frank Robinson or something. Maybe I'm being lazy, but Mays seems like a solid enough selection for an off-the-cuff answer. ;) (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-10-21 17:00:00||NLCS Game 5||In the "It helps to have your star player perform well in a post-season series" category, Mike Schmidt went a combined 4 for 31, with no home runs, against the Dodgers in 1977-1978. In 1983, he went 7 for 15 with one long ball. (David Laurila)|