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Is Babe Ruth the greatest baseball player of all time?

  • Babe Ruth was the best baseball player of all time

    In terms of pure, God-given talent, Babe was the very best. He was a first rate pitcher when allowed to pitch in his early days (his 29 scoreless innings in the World Series is only an indication of his feisty talent on the mound) and his home runs during the deadball era is an indication of his power. Though Josh Gibson could have been considered a similar great (he played in the far less "statistics" driven league and against far less top notch players), that the Babe also was such a good pitcher puts him in a class by himself.

    His first dozen years in the big leagues is unequaled. To be so far above the very best in his day after he was allowed to play every day, many of his competitors who are still revered in baseball annals of today, shows just what kind of a talent and character he had: perfect for the game. That the game has become more scientific, that training and consciously learned hitting technique has become such an important part of the game makes for more statistical arguments against his label as being the very best to have played the game.

    But in my view, and the view of many who played and followed the game in the Roaring 20's, there will never be another like him. Just as there never will be another era with it's Horatio Alger ethos like it.

  • Best of All-Time

    The Stats- .342 lifetime batting average. 9th All-Time! So take away ALL the Homeruns and he's still in contention. 3rd All-Time in Homeruns. I'll count the steroid era in all the stats. 714 Homeruns stood for 40 years! Here's a huge one. He was 2nd All-Time in On Base Percentage. .473 1st All-Time in Slugging percentage. Second All-Time in RBI. 4th All-Time in Extra Base Hits. Now there's the Pitching. 12th All-time in Win/Loss % 17th all-time in ERA! Ok, lets address the segregation argument and the old- era argument, because there the same. "the competition" If the general level of competition supposedly increases with the end of segregation as well as with the passing of time, then it increases for all involved. Babe Ruth played 22 years and was in the top of the stats through his 20th. That's being on top through twenty years of improving competition. So as time went on all the players get bigger, faster stronger, throughout the years, and the league became de-segregated. But it's all relative. Bigger, faster, Black, White, Latino hitters, faced bigger, faster, Black, White, Latino Pitchers and so on. I'm assuming that some of the era/segregation arguments are that Ruth's era was smaller, slower, weaker. Which is ridiculous. 100 mph fastball is 100 mph in 1920 just as it is in 2016. A wood bat is still a wood bat. In 1961Mickey Mantle was clocked at 4.1 Down to first. 55 years later, Still one of the fastest. By the segregation/competition logic, the best player today would be the best of All-Time because competition is at its highest. Now what sense does that make. In the era which Ruth played, he absolutely dominated, show me another player who absolutely dominated his era for roughly 20 years the way Ruth dominated his and then an argument can be had.

  • Best of All-Time

    The Stats- .342 lifetime batting average. 9th All-Time! So take away ALL the Homeruns and he's still in contention. 3rd All-Time in Homeruns. I'll count the steroid era in all the stats. 714 Homeruns stood for 40 years! Here's a huge one. He was 2nd All-Time in On Base Percentage. .473 1st All-Time in Slugging percentage. Second All-Time in RBI. 4th All-Time in Extra Base Hits. Now there's the Pitching. 12th All-time in Win/Loss % 17th all-time in ERA! Ok, lets address the segregation argument and the old- era argument, because there the same. "the competition" If the general level of competition supposedly increases with the end of segregation as well as with the passing of time, then it increases for all involved. Babe Ruth played 22 years and was in the top of the stats through his 20th. That's being on top through twenty years of improving competition. So as time went on all the players get bigger, faster stronger, throughout the years, and the league became de-segregated. But it's all relative. Bigger, faster, Black, White, Latino hitters, faced bigger, faster, Black, White, Latino Pitchers and so on. I'm assuming that some of the era/segregation arguments are that Ruth's era was smaller, slower, weaker. Which is ridiculous. 100 mph fastball is 100 mph in 1920 just as it is in 2016. A wood bat is still a wood bat. In 1961Mickey Mantle was clocked at 4.1 Down to first. 55 years later, Still one of the fastest. By the segregation/competition logic, the best player today would be the best of All-Time because competition is at its highest. Now what sense does that make. In the era which Ruth played, he absolutely dominated, show me another player who absolutely dominated his era for roughly 20 years the way Ruth dominated his and then an argument can be had.

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  • Easily the best ever

    Highest Slug, OPS & OPS+. Had 2000 less plate appearances, because he pitched. Otherwise, would have over 800 homers, and the most RBI's. If you try and calculate his hits, he would have 700-800 more hits. 3500 hits, at least. 400 more runs, at least. In any case, he was a good pitcher and is still the best hitter anyway. He also threw out a ton of runners too. I think he is 4th or 5th.

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  • No, Babe Ruth Was Not the Greatest Baseball Player of All Time.

    Without argument, Babe Ruth was an excellent baseball player. He was without doubt the best baseball player of his era! You only have to look at Ruth's success as a pitcher, this was prior to his slugging success, which puts him above all other contenders of that era.

    But for "the greatest of all time" title, there are numerous other current and past baseball players that have stats and accomplishments that would support their consideration as being "the greatest player" as well.

  • No, he is not

    No, I would say Jackie Robinson is the greatest baseball player of all time. Jackie Robinson faced great adversity while he was playing baseball and has been an unwavering source of constant inspiration. He went out and played despite the hatred and discrimination that he constantly had to face as a baseball player.

  • Babe Ruth is the greatest player of his time, but not of all time.

    If Babe Ruth was playing the game today he might not be able to have the stats he enjoyed in his day. While he will always be one of the most notable players of all time, he can not be the greatest player of all time unless it can be proven that he could perform as well today as he did back in his day.

  • Different time period..PERIOD!!!!

    It was a completely different sports world at that time. Ruth played in a segregated league with no diversity. He would have been at best at top 100 player in today's game. Sports science today alone creates better, stronger, faster athletes. Ruth had no physical discipline, nothing close to dedication but falling on pure talent, which he no doubt had. But the game had a history of being fixed in that era as well. How many pitchers or batters of that era where shook down in order to keep bookies on better end of things. Yes, his number are impressive but he would not have those numbers facing batter like Bonds, Ichiro, Cabrerra or Kris Bryant . He would not have the home run total facing pitchers like Koufax, Ryan, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson or Kershaw. Bottom line is that he played in era that quite frankly is disgusting in equality. He played against individuals that probably never would even make it out of the minor leagues today. Can you Imagine what Michael Jordan would have done to the NBA had he played in its infancy? He would have averages 80 points a season, have 15 straight titles along with 15 MVPS and so on. It is just an unreal and unfair comparison to call Ruth the greatest of all time.

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  • The League was segregated. Therefor, he had less competition.

    He was a great player, no doubt. An important player in baseball history, but the only thing people who claim he's the greatest have to go on are his stats. Since he didn't compete with all professional players, his stats must be taken with a grain of salt.

    The league was still segregated when Babe Ruth played, therefor he never played against the Pedro Martinez', Mariano Riveras, the Reggie Jacksons of his age.

    He was playing in a softball league. The man drank like a fish and smoked cigars. He'd play games hungover. Only the top 1/3 of the players in the league at that time would make it into baseball today.

  • Babe Ruth is not the greatest ever.

    Babe Ruth played in a area where the league was segregated. Babe Ruth was a great player, but more for the era in which he played. I don't think he would have the success in the era of the likes of Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron. He'd probably just be above average. Also he didn't face the level of competition that the league has had for the past 60years!

  • Not the best.

    Though Ruth's stats were undoubtedly extraordinary, if he were alive today he may not have even made the major leagues. To be the best of all time you have to be, head-to-head, more talented than anyone else who ever played, and I find it extremely hard to believe that Ruth would fit that bill. The fact that he was a great pitcher doesn't add to his legacy, it only proves how blatantly weak the league of his time was. As time went on the league has become far too competitive for a great pitcher to be a great hitter as well, a league Ruth would not be prominent in. The fact that he was a great pitcher disproves any theory that he was the best ever.

  • Babe Ruth was not the greatest of all time. Just the best of what was available.

    Babe Ruth was simply an above average player in a depleted league. Babe Ruth was a pitcher who received the opportunity to play slugger after WWI depleted the men available to play. Many talented players served their country. Also many African American baseball players were stuck in the Negro Leagues due to racism. Look up Josh Gibson, also known as the "black Babe Ruth." Greatest of all time? More like the best that was left over.


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