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Can you name the MLB Players Most Similar to Babe Ruth?
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The 10 players who have had careers most similar to Babe Ruth's according to www.baseball-reference.com.
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Oct 19th, 2010 at 04:12 GMT
When you asked for players most similar to the Babe, I wasn't sure if you were referring to playing career or body type. When you didn't accept John Kruk, I knew it was playing career.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 04:22 GMT
excellent point! you could add david wells to the mix too.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 05:00 GMT
"Jimmie" Foxx. small correction.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 12:18 GMT
I am not convinced that all these guys can pitch like Babe.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 13:12 GMT
You ever see a picture of Nick Johnson versus one of Babe Ruth? The only difference is that most Babe pictures are in black and white. Seriously, check it out: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_rjNunPXcpAU/S8Ij73fj7NI/AAAAAAAAA6g/Ey8XylbmWLs/s1600/njohnson.jpg
Oct 19th, 2010 at 13:56 GMT
@jtm891: You beat me to it. I was going to say the correct answer, of course, is "no one". The Babe piled up almost 100 wins pitching, while sporting a 2.28 ERA. I doubt anyone will ever have the career Babe had again.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 15:20 GMT
BB-Ref lists the 10 most similar pitchers and the 10 most similar batters. The similarity scores for the pitchers are much higher than those for the batters, so the quiz title should say "MLB Hitters," not "MLB Players." No batter is really similar to Ruth as the highest batting score of 753 is absurdly low.
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Oct 19th, 2010 at 19:20 GMT
I couldn't think of any other overweight, drunk, cigar-smoking, wife-beating baseball players.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 20:24 GMT
Oct 19th, 2010 at 20:54 GMT
David Wells has only been retired a few years, is he forgotten already (not that I've heard he beats his wife, he meets the others pretty well though.)
Oct 19th, 2010 at 20:58 GMT
You can pretty much just go through the 500 home run list and skip the guys who didn't hit for a high batting averge, like Killebrew, Jackson, Schmidt, McGwire, McCovey, and Banks. I thought A-Rod might be on here, or maybe Frank Thomas because he drew a lot of walks like the Babe, although his batting average did drop way off in the second half of his career. I imagine Albert Pujols will be pretty high on this list in a few years.
Oct 19th, 2010 at 23:56 GMT
This is pretty dumb
Oct 20th, 2010 at 01:31 GMT
bscottini1, Brett Myers probably fits the mold too so it looks like: Babe Ruth, David Wells, Brett Myers. Pretty solid group there.
Nov 29th, 2010 at 06:17 GMT
Ha, I did the same thing -- I put in Prince Fielder first, and when he didn't come up, I realized it was hitting, not body type! Also, Stan Musial should have been there. He's very underrated.
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