oneday":1ohtjyxa said:Can't make an honest comparision to MLB players from the 1960s and those currently playing...the 1960s was a pitcher dominant era with big strike zones and taller pitching mounds. In 1966 the AL had only 2 batters with batting averages over .288 Frank Robinson .317 and Tony Oliva .307. In 1968 only 1 AL batter had a batting average over .300 and that was Yaz who batted .301! It was so one sided that MLB started changing the rules to favor the hitter again in 1969. Today we are in a hitter heavy MLB...but it seems that now thanks to drug testing we are starting to see a swing back to more dominant pitching...but still far from the levels of the 1960s.
Yaz is a Hall of Famer and a no brainer one at that...Josh Hamilton has had one very good season before this one...Yaz was a better "hitter" Hamilton I would say is the better "slugger"...with that said Hamilton is killing the ball this year!
Yaz's 1967 stats: .326 BA, 44 HR (tied for 1st), 121 RBI; 2nd place stats .311 BA, 36 HR, 113 RBI
Hamilton's current stats and ranks after 94 games (68 left to play): 1st BA - .357 (12 points in front of 2nd place), 3rd HR - 23 (3 behind 1st place), 4th RBI - 69 (13 behind 1st place).
Hamilton is on pace for about the same numbers as Yaz had in 1967 in HRs and RBIs and will likely have a better average...again more than likely due to pitching not being as good now as it was in 1967.
If he can pull it off and Hamilton can get the triple crown it would be a lot more impressive than Yaz's triple crown...my opinion is we will never see another triple crown winner in batting...or a .400 hitter for that matter
Final answer: Can't compare the two seasons (1967 and 2010), but Hamilton's triple crown would be more impressive, but Yaz was a better player than Hamilton is.
Thats my 2 cents worth!
before you crown hamilton the triple crown already, check out a guy named miguel cabrera for detroit, with more hrs and rbi's, the avg with creep up as hamilton will cool off.
Blue Bird":10rwq4n7 said:Markf, Are you in line to get your playoff tickets? I know it is early days yet for the playoffs, but the Rangers are looking more and more like they can hold to the course to make the playoffs.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------Old Bearkat":raeskhcq said:oneday":raeskhcq said:Pitching is the one bottleneck in MLB right now. With expansion and competition from football and basketball, there just are not as many really good pitchers as compared to good hitters as there was in the 1960's either. Many guys pitching in the majors now would have never risen above AAA or even AA back in the 60's. IMHO, MLB ought to get rid of at least 4 teams in each league.