06-16-2014, 07:28 PM #21
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And yeah, the Kirby factor. Mirror image, and separated at birth. Body type a spot-on match. Easy .300+ hitters. Puckett was the force of nature. Gwynn was the technician. Klammer vs. Russi, 1976.
Godspeed, Tony G. The game is better from your contributions.
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As much as it pained me to say it as a kid, Gwynn was quite a bit better than Puckett. The guy was just a phenomenal hitter, unrivaled by anyone else during that time. His ridiculous swing and miss stats show just how amazing he was during his career.
06-17-2014, 03:07 PM #27
Puck hit for more power, but I think a person would be hard pressed to find a better hitter than Tony Gwynn in the expansion era.
I think Puck also had a slight edge defensively, though Gwynn was no slouch in RF (he played a respectable CF in 1989 as well)
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06-17-2014, 03:20 PM #29
What I liked about Gwynn is that he was one of those super stars that played for one team. Puckett and Ripken also did and they are a dying breed. I realize guys like Hrbek did this too but I don't put him in the same category as Puckett, Ripken, Gwynn.
With Jeter retiring, who will be the next super star to say they have played for only one organization? Mauer? Pedoria? Longoria?
06-17-2014, 03:29 PM #30
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oh, and milb should outlaw it. and the Twins should tell their minor leaguers it is a banned substance for them.Lighten up Francis....
06-17-2014, 05:17 PM #31
I did find it interesting that Byrnes said they had a lot of education in milb about chew but that, at least for him, the education really didn't impact.
Perhaps treating it like marijuana etc. (warnings, suspensions, etc.) might have some effect.
06-18-2014, 01:44 AM #32
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Do yourself a favor and read this.
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What a terrific human being.BYTO R.I.P.