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Do you agree!? Who would you have!?

Should be a fun topic! I know the late Mr. DiMaggio was very adamant to be known as and announced as The Greatest Living Ball Player for every show he did.

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Hard to argue against the four that were chosen:

Aaron, Bench, Koufax, & Mays

Those would be my choices also.
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I presume you do not intend to include active players.
So... Mays, Aaron, Frank Robinson, Schmidt off the top of my head.
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I presume you do not intend to include active players.

So... Mays, Aaron, Frank Robinson, Schmidt off the top of my head.

Correct, I think it should have been Living Legends or something to advertise it's the older gentlemen. Or, Bonds, A-Rod and Pedro and in for me lol.

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Aaron, Mays, Schmidt, Jeter. Insert Rose & Bonds in place of the last two if not for their "issues."
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Bonds, Pedro, Mays, Schmidt - but I can probably consider at least 10 others
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I agree on 3 of the 4- Aaron, Mays, Koufax- but think Jeter should be there instead of Bench. I wonder if being a Hall of Famer had something do do with the selections...
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How do you leave Seaver out of the mix? I know his career was substantially longer, but he had nearly 150 more wins , 1,200 more K's, and a career ERA that was basically the same.

Sandy had an amazing 4 year run, something that will probably never be seen again with the way pitchers are currently dealt with, but let's not negate "Tom Terrific"
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Aaron, Mays, Rose, Koufax (he looked good)..
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I would go Seaver over Koufax

What about Sadaharu Oh?

Assuming we aren't counting frozen Ted Williams on the list.
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I think they got it right....

Wouldn't have hurt my feelings to see them extend it to a few more players and add:

Nolan Ryan
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How do you leave Seaver out of the mix? I know his career was substantially longer, but he had nearly 150 more wins , 1,200 more K's, and a career ERA that was basically the same.

Sandy had an amazing 4 year run, something that will probably never be seen again with the way pitchers are currently dealt with, but let's not negate "Tom Terrific"
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Why do we stop at four? My list is 9.

Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Pete Rose
Nolan Ryan
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Why do we stop at four? My list is 9.

Hank Aaron
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Pete Rose
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Frank Robinson gets no love? Way under appreciated.
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You want to leave Sandy off? He tossed a strike without even looking tonight in throwing out first pitch. He could probably sign as situational lefty today and have 1.20 era...
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Koufax pitched the very first game I ever saw at Dodger Stadium. I was five and it was his last year. I have been a huge fan of his ever since.
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After Mays, lots of good answers for the other three.
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Mays
Griffey, Jr.
Rose

I'd pick a pitcher, but couldn't decide between Maddux, Clemens, Seaver, Ryan, Koufax, Carlton, Gibson, Martinez, etc. Bonds also is problematic. I like Frank Robinson, but he may be the overrated underrated guy.
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I am fine the selections. I could have seen Yogi over Bench...they are two of the all-time greats but were different sorts of players. Can't go wrong with either and it was great for Bench to go out there in front of the hometown crowd. Jeter wouldn't make my top 10, but that's why baseball is the best sport to argue. I concur Schmidt and Ryan are worthy of consideration and will one day be representing the greatest living players..and deservedly so.
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Seventh game of the World Series, who do you pitch - Seaver, Ryan, Koufax or Gibson? I have to go Gibson.
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Bench is not top 4 living, they had him there for the Reds fans, but I don't know why they didn't choose Frank Robinson.

Mays, Aaron, Koufax(I'm biased), Pedro
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Koufax had one of the best five year runs ever but if I was picking one pitcher I would definitely choose Randy Johnson, Maddux or Seaver as having greater careers.
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He was on my list. I saw much of him in Baltimore in my youth. Had he played for bigger market teams, his stock would be much higher, IMO.
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After Aaron, Koufax, and Mays, you could throw a dart at all the other players named in this thread and have the best living 4. Another possibility for the 4th player, whom I don't believe has yet been mentioned, is Mariano Rivera.
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There was nobody better for a 4 or maybe 5 year stretch, but Koufax's career doesn't touch Seaver, or Gibson, or Carlton, or Clemens, or Maddux.
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Can't believe all the Nolan Ryan picks. Way, way down the list. Look at the e.r.a., for one thing...
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I assume that they were looking for players from the 50's & 60's era, plus one Cincy player.

I would have went with Aaron, Mays, Koufax and Frank Robinson (Cincy player). I assume they went with Bench because they wanted a player who spent his whole career in Cincy.

Rose was left out because he is still not fully accepted back into baseball by MLB yet. The fact that they let him be part of pre-game was a major step forward.

If they were not insisting on a Reds player, Yogi Berra should have definitely been included. He could have even bumped Koufax, but I think they wanted a pitcher included.
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Bench is not top 4 living, they had him there for the Reds fans, but I don't know why they didn't choose Frank Robinson.

Mays, Aaron, Koufax(I'm biased), Pedro
Bench revolutionized the catcher's roll and made it an art form.

Aaron, Bench, Koufax, Mays - and Schmidt would have been my fifth.
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Bench revolutionized the catcher's roll and made it an art form.

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But that doesn't necessarily make him better. Without Richard Pryor there is no Eddie Murphy, but that doesn't make Pryor unimpeccably better. If this were a discussion of who contributed more to the game then this argument could be valid. With the word greatest we aren't left with subjective ambiguity like we are with the Hall of Fame or MVP Award.
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