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This thread wasn't about the best player in any sport. Derek Jeter will go down as the greatest Yankee in the last 40 years. 4 World Championships and 3000 hits. He fits into the discussion as it was originally posed.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Read the article I posted, not even close.
Also, he isn't even arguably the best baseball player of all time, no place in this thread.
This post was edited by 34WEbuckeye 12 months ago
But is he the best Yankee of ALL TIME? No. Not even a Top 20 Baseball player as it stands today.
What some people don't realize is that Greztky was tabbed "the great one" when he was still a child. People would drive hundreds of miles to see the kid play when he was 10 years old. He has played with the expectations and hopes of a nation, and a league his entire career. Both are great, have set records, won championships and have had great influence. I give Wayne the edge though given the enourmous expectations that were placed on him throughout his entire career and the high risk of injury in his sport.
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I am sorry, I thought the ORIGINAL question was who had a more successful career in their respective sport. I guess it has morphed into the greatest player of all time. I will certainly never put Jeter up as the greatest player of all time but he has arguably had the most successful career in baseball in the last 40 years. I think I could easily argue that his success is unparalleled in baseball and puts him in the conversation for this topic.
But I guess I am behind on where this thread has now diverged.
Jeter will be considered one of the 4 greatest Yankees of all time. That is enough IMO
one of the four greatest yankees = best baseball player of all time? Jordan (for now) and Gretzky have had the best careers of anybody in their respective sports.
The Bulls never would have thought about trading MJ.
How many times was Gretzky traded?
No doubt.. Can't imagine Kobe, Magic, Tom Brady, etc getting traded without injury.. The fans wouldn't allowed for it.
Gretzky was a nice guy. Great player, but a nice guy.
MJ was a psychopath and that is why he was the best competitor of our lifetimes.
End of story.
This post was edited by rkang7 12 months ago
Here is another point - Gretzky was probably the most prolific scorer in any sport, all-time. That doesn't make him the best athlete of all time. He couldn't check to save his life, and he was soft.
Jordan was an all-world defender, and one of the best rebounding shooting guards of all time. On nights he couldn't find his shot, he resorted to other ways to find a way to win. He would drive relentlessly to the basket, and get his points from the foul line. He would focus on rebounding, steals, assists, taking charges, whatever it took.
In a vacuum, Gretzky's offensive prowess is statistically unmatched. I'll agree to that.
However, on the biggest of stages (playoffs), Jordan could not be denied. You guys can argue all you want about scoring records. What matters is how you do when the lights are brightest.
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