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May 29th, 2006

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10:18 am - Babe Ruth is still the better player
Barry Bonds got his 715th home run yesterday in San Francisco, passing Babe Ruth's record of 714. The press has been having a field day touting him as Ruth's superior because of that.

I still think the Babe is the better overall player, despite all the hoopla about Mr. Bonds, who may or may not have been using steroids to enhance his performance and beat that record. (Which is a rant for another time . . . )

Here are Bonds' stats:

Batting Average: .300
On-base percentage: .442
Slugging percentage: .611
Home runs: 715
RBI: 1,871

Now compare Babe Ruth's numbers:

Batting Average: .342
On-base percentage: .474
Slugging percentage: .690
Home runs: 714
RBI: 2,213

To my mind, Babe Ruth is the better player overall. And more importantly, he did it without any performance-enhancing drugs WHATSOEVER.

The Babe still rules, as far as I'm concerned.

(As a side note to all this fuss over Bonds' 715th home run, a fan on a beer run caught the ball -- how's that for luck? A nice fresh cold brewskie AND a bit of sports memorabilia easily worth hundreds of thousands of dollars -- talk about having a lucky day!!!!!)
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