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Written by Adam Adkins (Contact & Archive) on June 12, 2008
But still, with 600 homers and a ticket punched with First-Ballot Hall of Fame, how good was Griffey?Â And not just, well, he had a pretty swing and made great catches in center, I mean real analysis.Â Compare him to his contemporaries.
You know what youâ€™ll find, and trust me, Iâ€™m not trying to bash the guy, but itâ€™s insanity to say heâ€™s the best player to play Professional Baseball in the last decade, or since 1990, or from 90-95, or from 95-2000, or whenever.Â The answer to all of those questions is a definite, no buts about it, Barry Bonds.
Want proof?Â Griffeyâ€™s career OPS+ is a very good, no question Hall of Fame-worthy 139.Â Thatâ€™s wonderful.Â Bondsâ€™?Â 182.
Thatâ€™s no comparison, and donâ€™t give me the argument that Griffeyâ€™s D was so good (it wasnâ€™t, he was very good, never other-worldly and never â€˜greatest of all timeâ€™) that it makes up for the difference.Â Bonds was a wonderful left fielder, and heâ€™d have been a centerfielder in Pittsburgh if not for Andy Van Slyke, who was a truly awesome glove in center (better than Junior).
Griffeyâ€™s best tool was his bat, and thatâ€™s certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The dude hit 600 home runs.Â But heâ€™s not, in any way, shape, or form as good as Barry Bonds.Â
I love Tim Lincecum.Â I mean, come on, heâ€™s 24, and heâ€™s so good he makes professional baseball players look foolish.Â Thereâ€™s just something about that... I canâ€™t describe it.Â Itâ€™s hilarity in a moment.
This is a sort of non-baseball related topic, but I think we all lost a really awesome sports guy this week with the death of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay.Â I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the little bits of work I saw of him, and I think we all miss him dearly.
His handling of the 1972 Olympics was breakthrough and extremely professional.Â He handled like a true pro, which he always was.
Rest in peace, Jim.