What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Contra the Ruth-love, I would point out the lack of playing against Black players...
interesting point... and hispanics too.
Many of the better sportswriters of the day would tell you that Josh Gibson, the great Negro League Catcher and a Ruth contemporary, was the best slugger of the pre-War era.
Its a damn shame there's no way to really compare them.
Are the Negro Leagues now considered by most to have been on par with the big leagues back then?
I was hoping that the new Washington team might be named after one of the old Negro League teams. I think that would be the ultimate monument to them, to have a team named after one of the old ones like the Monarchs or Greys or something. Then they went and named it the Nationals, hate that damn name as it runs contrary to the heart of what baseball is about. A baseball team comes from a place small enough to call home, the home team isn't national and never will be. Hate that damn name.
Joe - I've read a lot about the Negro Leagues over the years and the general consensus is that the top of the line players there...Gibson, Paige, Bell, Irvin, Leonard...they were every bit the equal to the top of the line MLB players. However, there lacked a depth of talent in the rank and file players.
In essence, aces and cleanup hitters were comparable, but 3rd starters and 7 hole hitters were not.
Talent was also spread very unevenly...teams like the Crawford of the 30s, could top-to-bottom compete in the MLB those days, but there were many teams over the years who would have been totally shellacked against MLB foes.
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