All time Yankee team. Saturday, June 13, 2009
most over-rated ... under-rated
Mantle v. DiMaggio Monday, June 15, 2009
Mantle walked a lot, DiMaggio did not. Mantle struck out a lot, DiMaggio did not.
I don't think we can measure fear by walks, nor team play by strike outs or lack of them. They had very different attributes as batters.
If you just glance at their batting stats, the Mick has WAY more black ink. Mick lead AL in OPS+ in his first full season, 1952, NINE times total. Joe lead once. Career OPS+: Mantle 172 (6th best), DiMaggio 155 (22nd best)...
It wasn't until 10-15 years ago that I realized that Mantle was clearly better than Joe D. That's how much even a lifetime Mickey Mantle fan had been brain washed.
|1933 Goudey card via Wikimedia Commons|
2. Lou Gehrig 1B
3. Joe DiMaggio LF
4. Babe Ruth RF
5. Alex Rodriguez 3B
6. Yogi Berra C
7. Tony Lazzeri 2B
8. Derek Jeter SS