April 8, 2014

40 Years Later

40 years ago today Henry Aaron passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with this bomb against the Los Angeles Dodgers.



What I find amazing about Aaron is that he was never the greatest OBP player (his best season he was 37 years old amazingly) never had the greatest OPS numbers, never had the greatest slugging % numbers, but is third most in grounded into double plays (Cal Ripken Jr is first).

What I'm trying to say is, what do we make of Hank Aaron's career? He was consistently consistent at hitting home runs (a bunch of seasons with 40 or 30 home runs) and he's still the all-time leader in RBI's. Was he dominate player or someone who stayed healthy and cracked out home runs year after year? That's for someone else to decide but on the day he passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list I'll celebrate that accomplishment.

2 comments:

  1. He was consistently consistent and that was it. I believe this is also why Aaron is never described as one of the greatest players ever.

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  2. Speaking of Aaron, this particular alternate history I was reading goes off into a scenario where it's Mantle who breaks Ruth's record first followed by Aaron. I'm a sucker for this kind of literature, and in particular after I read Harry Turtledove's series on an alternate history of the Civil War.

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/alternate-baseball-chapter-five/

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