Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mays over Aaron.
OPS+ is On Base Plus Slugging adjusted for the batter's home park.
seasons OPS+ >= 140 and led league and high and career:
Aaron: 19 2 194 155
Mays: 16 6 185 156
Mantle: 16 8 221 172 (highs: 221, 210, 206, 195, 188)
A friend was challenging my contention that when they were playing Mays was universally considered better than Aaron. Now Aaron seems to be considered better. A bit like the current Cabrera v. Trout debate I decided to isolate on batting. I figured if Mays holds his own in the batters box, he beats Aaron because of his edge in fielding and base running. I threw in Mantle for additional perspective.
I'm sticking with Mays over Aaron.