Go to end of page
Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.
Zoilo Versalles laughs at you.
Didn't some old-timers say Vince was actually the great fielder in the family?
In the NBJHBA, James quotes Vince as saying he could play rings around Joe in center and Bill Deane as saying "How can he be the greatest center fielder of all time if he's the third best center fielder in his family?"
In Dom's writer-up, Curt Gowdy claims Dom was as good a runner, thrower, and fielder as Joe, and Al Hirschberg wrote "He was, in the opinion of many observers, the best center fielder in baseball, even better than Joe."
Where does Urban Shocker rate?
I think there's a really good chance the best defensive CF or SS in history never made the majors. Hitting a baseball is wicked hard.
If you were an 18 year old shortstop and you were the best defender at that age that anyone on earth remembers seeing, but you were an absolutely average hitter (like, more than 20 million men on this planet are better than you at hitting - you hit .230 in high school) - would you get drafted? Would you ever get promoted if you were still hitting .080 in rookie ball?
Maybe the best fielding SS to play in the majors, Mark Belanger, was often this close to not being good enough to be a major league player because of his poor hitting. Certainly, he was often benched because he was hitting enough.
You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.
Login to Join (1 members)
Page rendered in 2.8724 seconds, 74 querie(s) executed