Reason #14235 why Joe Morgan sucks
ARGH! Another one!!!
Mitch Cumstein (Chicago, IL): Fred Mcgriffs career numbers destroy Tony Perez's numbers, yet Mcgriff is not considered to be a viable HOF candidate. Mcgriff played a majority of his career in a pitcher's era. Why is Tony Perez in the HOF and Mcgriff is not even considered?
Joe Morgan: Well, first of all I don't like to compare across eras. I'm trying to figure out where the pitchers era is for McGriff. Perez played in a pitchers ear. But it's not just about numbers, it's about consistency and championships. I'm a big McGriff fan and think he's a great player. But if I had to choose between the two, obviously for selfish reasons, I would pick Perez. It's a difficult question because it's just so hard to compare numbers across eras. A great example .. Mays is the best player I saw. I think his average was around 25-30 HRs and over 100 RBI .. a couple years ago there were 30 OFs with better numbers than Mays. None of them were a better player than Mays.
First of all, OF COURSE you're going to pick Perez, so saying that you're going to pick Perez doesn't mean anything. And SECOND of all, Mays averaged 25-30 HR??? Here's his list of HR from 1954 - 1966, the meat of Mays' career: 41, 51, 36, 35, 29, 34, 29, 40, 49, 38, 47, 52, 37. His LOWEST HR total was 29, while he topped 50 twice. Those numbers are fantastic even in this day and age. Willie Mays' average for his ENTIRE career INCLUDING 3 partial seasons is 30, and that includes his first couple seasons (he was 20 when he broke into the majors) where he his 20 and 4 HR, and his last couple seasons where he his 8 and 6 HR (he was 42 when he retired). So to say that he averaged 25-30 HR/season is EXTREMELY misleading. He averaged about 40 HR/season during the meat of his career.
Never let it be said that Joe Morgan allows facts to get in the way of his opinions.
- Addendum -
Don Fielder over at Slack LaLane
pointed out that the person who asked the above question is Mitch Cumstein. MITCH CUMSTEIN! Yes, the Mitch Cumstein from Caddyshack fame. Nice job Mr. Morgan.
posted by shawn
: 5/28/2004 11:49:00 AM -