Gwynn was great and a definite Hall of Famer, but I think we tend to overrate him a bit because of his batting averages and low strikeout totals.
if you look at the timeframe of 1982 (his first season) to now, he ranks 1st in BA, but:
26th in fWAR
30th in OBP
255th in Slugging
83rd in wOBA, and
59th in wRC+
He was a solid base runner and a great outfielder for a time, but his defense fell off pretty hard in the second half of his career.
So I’d say he got a pretty deserving card. That said, Vlad got an immortal, and I’d say Gwynn is just as deserving, so what do I know.
I was able to “purchase” the bundle on the psn web site, but they’re not appearing in my packs on TSN at all. Is there some middle step I’m missing?
It should be noted that Betts actually has more fWAR per game than Trout does right now. I think it is something like .077 to .071. Not sure about their bWAR though. Betts missed some time due to injury so it makes a direct comparison a little hard to make, but it’s safe to say they’d be pretty close if they had an equal amount of games. That being said, Trout’s WAR took a small hit when he had to DH for a week or so.
The upshot is that, for at least this season, they’ve been pretty close in overall player value when Mookie has been active.
Isn’t that pretty much how these card collecting modes are supposed to work?
Since Musial has been added, my list now looks like this: Clemente, Maddux, Mays, and early 90’s Bonds. I’d love to play with Bonds based on his ‘93 season, rather than his early 2000’s Hulk phase. But I’m sure we will never see him added either way.
I’d be surprised if they do that. This isn’t as simple of a change as moving someone from left field to center field. Ohtani is still a pitcher and people will want to pitch with him. I don’t even know if it’s been confirmed he won’t pitch again this year, although I suspect that may be the case. The real solution is to allow his one LS card to either be in the rotation or the lineup. The second solution would be to just add a second LS card for position player. But they’ve had plenty of time to do either, and have done neither. I don’t think the answer at this point is to take away his ability to be a starting pitcher in the game.
He came back three games ago.
They should update (or add) his LS card to allow him to start in the field, but I suspect they will just let his POTM card fill that function.
I think it’s nonsense if you’re talking about overall ability, but there’s at least a decent argument for Thomas if you’re only talking about hitting.
The longevity argument doesn’t really hold when you realize Thomas played less than half of the games in 4 of his last 8 seasons, played 60 games his rookie season and also had a strike shortened season, and benefited from the DH longer than Pujols. Had he actually pushed his body on the base paths and in the field like Pujols did, while playing full seasons year after year, his hitting may have suffered similarly.
Pujols’ first ten years are slightly better than Thomas’ best ten year stretch for hitting only (which I think is ‘91 to 2000). And if you included baserunning to get an overall offensive value, Pujols was better by a larger margin. Thomas will end up with better rate statistics for offense over their entire careers because Pujols has taken a hatchet to those the last few years. But he had a slightly better ten year peak for hitting, a better peak for overall offensive value, and a much better peak and career for overall value with defense included.
I think this is right, but Griffey deserves to be over Snider regardless.
Griffey, Ripken and I think Piazza have all been discovered too.
That’s correct. Some in here are obviously confused.
Multiple LS players have attributes at over 100 right now.
Why would the greatest 3B of all time be a career arc?
Maybe it’s not so much a penalty for swinging early, but rather a small boost for seeing more pitches and swinging later in the count.
Harper had a down 2016 though. Goldschmidt has been more consistent and they dropped him 2 points despite struggling for a shorter period of time.
Your roommate is being a homer to annoy you and almost certainly knows better. Best to just let him be.
It’s like you were created in a lab for the sole purpose of providing the worst take imaginable.
Part of it is lack of team success, but in a lot of ways Trout doesn’t get that kind of coverage in large part because baseball doesn’t get as much coverage nationally as the NBA and NFL do. Like it or not, the sport just isn’t creating transcendent superstars right now. Who was the last to really become a household name? Griffey? Bonds? Maybe Jeter, and for at least a season, McGwire and Sosa? Baseball just doesn’t dominate the headlines any more.
They’re going to have to find someone or some group of players that pretty much revolutionize the sport and make it appealing to younger demographics again. This isn’t a “baseball is dying” post, because I don’t believe that, but it is losing visibility in the mainstream. Not sure what all can be done, but the best player in baseball will almost always be “underrated” from a media coverage standpoint, until baseball can get back to the top of mind of young fans again.
Griffey was awesome, but he wasn’t even the best player of his day.
When it comes to online play, Diamond Dynasty and similar modes only truly work if you feel compelled to get the best players to be able to compete online at the highest levels. If you can compete with anyone by having Joey Gallo and Kyle Schwarber on your team, then the mode isn’t working. The fact that you are complaining about this proves the patch is creating that need to collect better players.
But at any rate, there are online modes, such as Events and BR, which put restrictions on the players you can use and help level the playing field. Maybe you should play those until your team gets better.
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