T.O.: I would probably put him in the top 10, if not the top 5. Just a really great contact hitter, rarely struck out, not much more you can ask from a guy. And if not for the strike in 94, he may have hit 400 for that season.
B: I agree with top 10 but top 5 is tough in my opinion...there have just been so many great hitters in baseball. That's no slight to Gwynn because your among the all time greats if you're up there. I guess he received 97% of the hall of fame vote for a reason ha.. That 3% shouldn't be allowed to vote anymore geesh.
M.M. An eight time NL batting champion, fifteen time NL All-Star and seven NL silver slugger there is no doubt Tony Gwynn was one of the all time great hitters in baseball. I hate avoiding a question but how are you suppose to rank a hitter in a sport that is over a 100 years old. Gwynn will be considered one of the best hitters of all time but I don't think ranking players is really possible.
T.O.: Hard to make a case for anybody but Miguel Cabrera. Over the past 3 season he has just dominated. He won a triple crown in that stretch and also hits for power. I think he is the best right now.
B: I agree with T.O. Cabrera is the best right now however other guys are catching up. I think Tulo (Troy Tulowitzki) and Nolan Arenado could be up there if it wasn't for the injuries #RockiesProblems. In all seriousness though Arenado can flat out play so keep an eye on him in the future. I have to tip my cap to Cutch (Andrew MCutchen) and Mike Trout as well.
M.M. It is hard to disagree that Miguel Cabrera is the best power hitter in baseball right now but I think Andrew McCutchen is the best pure contact hitters in baseball today. Derek Jeter needs more then a tip of the hat as the future hall of famer has a beyond impressive career hit total. After this year he should end up ranked seventh in the all time hit leaders. In my opinion, Derek Jeter is the best hitter in baseball today, speaking from a complete career standpoint.
T.O.: Ted Williams.
B: I second that...Ted Williams
M.M. Pete Rose had a 312 batting average, 3,372 hits, scored more than 1,700 runs, a Rookie of the Year award, an MVP, three batting titles, four times leading the league in runs scored, three times in doubles and six times in hits. Pete Rose, despite all of his issues, was the best pure contact hitter of all time.
T.O.: Cheating aside, Barry Bonds has to be up there, but it's gotta be Henry "Hank" Arron. The guy consistently put up those power numbers over a career and there's something to be said for that.
B. Hank Aaron hands down. He's still the HR leader in my book. *******
M.M. No doubt the Hank Aaron was one of the best and I could easily argue the best power hitter of all time but come on - the best power hitter of all time was Babe Ruth. 714 home runs, 11.8 at bats per home run and 1,356 extra base hits.
T.O.: Cabrera is that, right now in the MLB, but all time? I gotta go with Ted Williams.
B: This is a tough one. The game has changed over the years so I could easily argue Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig but Ted Williams who played later and then Tony Gwynn and Ken Griffey Jr. and even more recently Todd Helton, not to mention the many, many more great hitters I passed over. There isn't a shortage of great hitters in baseball history and I'm sure that list will continue to grow. It's a toss up for me, take your pick.
M.M. This is basically impossible to answer. I could argue about 20 players are the best pure contact hitters and 20 players were the best power hitters. I could argue about 50 players are the best overall hitters of all time. Ted Williams has to be among the best but so do all of the amazing hitters mentioned in this post.