RIP Say Hey Kid

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RIP Mays. :sadnanner:

The Vast majority of people always insist that Mays was a bit better in his prime and that Hank just stayed fairly productive for a longer duration of time. The truth barely anyone understands is that Aaron was NOT just an all-star level player who managed to stay relative for an extraordinary amount of time! In Aaron you EASILY, have a Top 5 player who ever walked the earth, now I believe the same for Willie Mays I am certainly not trying to take anything away from him. Be that as it may, people do not realize just how mind blowing Aaron's stats truly are, people are usually only familiar with the one record most people know him for holding, (MLB's all time Home Run record, that he held until Bonds broke it in 2007.) He is Also First All Time In RBI's, First All Time In Total Bases. (And, he is not just first all time in total bases, he is first by a very wide amount, over 700 Total Bases over the great Stan Musial.) He also has the third Most Hits of all time at 3,771 hits. He also has the most hits Of All Time for any right handed hitter and the closest person is over 300 hits behind him. He is also fourth All Time In Runs Scored. He also has more All star Appearances than anyone ever at 25. He was clearly a better hitter than Mays, and yes Mays was a better fielder but was he so much better than Aaron that he's greater all time? Aaron also had many golden gloves too. Their Fielding percentage was .980 for Aaron and .981 for Mays. Mays had 1 more stolen bases but Aaron had a much higher successful steal percentage. I personally think there's a very legitimate argument to be made that Hank Aaron is the greatest baseball player ever.
 
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Milwaukee County Stadium = left field line 315 feet

Atlanta Fulton County stadium = left field 325, 330 feet

Polo Grounds = left field 279 feet, 450 to left center (only 98 of his HRs came there)

Candlestick Park = left field 330 feet

Aaron = three Gold Gloves
Mays = 12 Gold Gloves

The other batting stats are so close the two are almost indistinguishable from one another.

Mays > Aaron
 
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RIP Mays. :sadnanner:

The Vast majority of people always insist that Mays was a bit better in his prime and that Hank just stayed fairly productive for a longer duration of time. The truth barely anyone understands is that Aaron was NOT just an all-star level player who managed to stay relative for an extraordinary amount of time! In Aaron you EASILY, have a Top 5 player who ever walked the earth, now I believe the same for Willie Mays I am certainly not trying to take anything away him. Be that as it may, people do not realize just how mind blowing Aaron's stats truly are, people are usually only familiar with the one record most people know him for holding, (MLB's all time Home Run record, that he held until Bonds broke it in 2007.) He is Also First All Time In RBI's, First All Time In Total Bases. (And, he is not just first all time in total bases, he is first by a very wide amount, over 700 Total Bases over the great Stan Musial.) He also has the third Most Hits of all time at 3,771 hits. He also has the most hits Of All Time for any right handed hitter and the closest person is over 300 hits behind him. He is also forth All Time In Runs Scored. He also has more All star Appearances than anyone ever at 25. He was clearly a better hitter than Mays, and yes Mays was a better fielder but was he so much better than Aaron that he's greater all time? Aaron also had many golden gloves too. Their Fielding percentage was .980 for Aaron and .981 for Mays. Mays had 1 more stolen bases but Aaron had a much higher successful steal percentage. I personally think there's a very legitimate argument to be made that Hank Aaron is the greatest baseball player ever.
What hurts Aaron is his bad luck in spending his career in Milwaukee and Atlanta, for the most part on average at best teams outside of the very beginning of his career and a couple of seasons in the middle. Mays on the other hand played in NYC and San Fran, getting a lot more media attention and his teams were usually in the hunt most years.

Mays was also much more outgoing than the very humble Aaron.

Whoever was better is a legit debate, but there’s no debate they were both all-time greats. RIP Say Hey.
 

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What hurts Aaron is his bad luck in spending his career in Milwaukee and Atlanta, for the most part on average at best teams outside of the very beginning of his career and a couple of seasons in the middle. Mays on the other hand played in NYC and San Fran, getting a lot more media attention and his teams were usually in the hunt most years.

RIP Say Hey.
It's easier to be great with better supporting members around you, and harder to be better with lesser supporting members.
The main difference is their media exposure, and here, Mays had the advantage.

Much like the derth of Southern team Heisman winners early on.
Much like the lie, "it prevents you from getting, or spreading, COVID".

Media controls the narrative.
 

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RIP Mr Mays. I don’t think I ever saw him when he wasn’t smiling.
What a great era of baseball.
 

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RIP Mays. :sadnanner:

The Vast majority of people always insist that Mays was a bit better in his prime and that Hank just stayed fairly productive for a longer duration of time. The truth barely anyone understands is that Aaron was NOT just an all-star level player who managed to stay relative for an extraordinary amount of time! In Aaron you EASILY, have a Top 5 player who ever walked the earth, now I believe the same for Willie Mays I am certainly not trying to take anything away from him. Be that as it may, people do not realize just how mind blowing Aaron's stats truly are, people are usually only familiar with the one record most people know him for holding, (MLB's all time Home Run record, that he held until Bonds broke it in 2007.) He is Also First All Time In RBI's, First All Time In Total Bases. (And, he is not just first all time in total bases, he is first by a very wide amount, over 700 Total Bases over the great Stan Musial.) He also has the third Most Hits of all time at 3,771 hits. He also has the most hits Of All Time for any right handed hitter and the closest person is over 300 hits behind him. He is also fourth All Time In Runs Scored. He also has more All star Appearances than anyone ever at 25. He was clearly a better hitter than Mays, and yes Mays was a better fielder but was he so much better than Aaron that he's greater all time? Aaron also had many golden gloves too. Their Fielding percentage was .980 for Aaron and .981 for Mays. Mays had 1 more stolen bases but Aaron had a much higher successful steal percentage. I personally think there's a very legitimate argument to be made that Hank Aaron is the greatest baseball player ever.

Bonds did not break Aaron’s record. HGH broke Aaron’s record.
 

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The only player who ever even approached how good Mays was defensively in center field was Andruw Jones.
 

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I don't care who was the GOAT....... It was just great entertainment!

RIP Mr. Mays.
 

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The only player who ever even approached how good Mays was defensively in center field was Andruw Jones.

Go Away GIF
 

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Mays and Clemente were the two best fielding outfielders I've ever seen. Clemente had a rifle for an arm.
 

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