a Scoop's notes: My take on the First Basemen. Yeah, like there was ever any doubt. Gehrig never missed a game in his entire career, he averaged .340 lifetime, he played on the best team of all time, and had his best year in their best year. Oh, and by the way that was pretty much the best year anybody ever had (except Ruth). In 1927, Gehrig had 117 extra base hits, knocked in 175 runs, and slugged .765. He hit .373 and also drew 109 walks. That wasn't his best RBI year. He knocked in 184 one year, and had two other years over 160. He once knocked in 358 runs in two consecutive seasons - averaging a mere 179 per year. He also was awesome in the post season, was a nice man, got an Ivy League education in an era when many ballplayers were illiterate, and died tragically young. Like you were gonna NOT vote for him?

Gehrig's RBI totals are, of course, inflated by two things

1. He played his entire career in the twenties and thirties when offensive production was high

2. He batted behind some fat guy with an OBP near .500

To understand the context, imagine if McGwire and Ted Williams played for today's Cleveland Indians, and McGwire batted behind The Splinter. The 1927 Yankees and the 1999 Indians produced a comparable mumber of runs, and Williams (lifetime OBP of .483) is the only guy comparable to Ruth (.474).

Interestingly, McGwire is not such a bad comparison to Saint Lou. He already has more lifetime homers, despite having 2300 fewer at-bats, but he's still far behind in the big picture.

Lifetime per 600 AB
         HR  RBI   OBP  Slug 
McGwire  55  136  .394  .587
Gehrig   37  150  .447  .632 

Bagwell and The Big Hurt and McGwire and Foxx have been about as good as Gehrig in their peaks, but Gehrig never had a valley. The seasons below are almost identical per at-bat, but even the slight difference favors Gehrig. In addition, Gehrig played every game, thus extended the same quality over more at-bats.

Best single year:
           OBP  Slug 
McGwire   .470  .752
Gehrig    .474  .765 
Foxx      .469  .749  
Bagwell   .461  .750 
Thomas    .494  .729

One more baseball thought:

My editorial: I'm tired of all the arguments about Pete Rose that hinge around double top secret probation. I say if Pete wants his ass back in baseball, he agrees to let MLB release all the evidence to the public and to an impartial arbritrator for a public hearing, where his lawyers can cross-examine the witnesses. If not, he shuts up. If MLB wants to ban him against our wishes, they owe us compliance with the request, if he has the balls to make it. (My bet is that he would not.)

It's our game, not theirs. We pay the bills, we sustain it, we're not stupid. Thousands of smart people will dissect the evidence in minute detail, and expose all the crap. We'll decide who can and can't play for our dollars, or be honored by them. If Pete is guilty, and has refused to admit it or apologize for it all these years, maintain the ban, but we'd all like to know what he really did or didn't to. Pete says there's no evidence he bet on baseball, he maintains he never bet on the Reds, and nobody contends he ever bet against the Reds. I'd like to know once and for all.

Here is CNN's take on the issue. This is the best job of summarizing the case. Part two is especially good.

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