MLB Batter vs. Batter: Which Superstar Would You Choose?

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MLB Batter vs. Batter: Which Superstar Would You Choose?
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Pretend it is the middle of MLB’s offseason, and you are hard at work as most General Managers are at this time of year.

Significant decisions are looming and need to be made sooner than later, as your team’s forthcoming success depends on it.

Now, below are the stats of two currently active MLB hitting superstars, but the hitch is you can only sign one. The players and stats are real, but the each player’s name, respective team and year are all crossed out in order for you to make an unbiased decision.

You won’t be discouraged, that much I can promise you.

Once you are finished, please leave your decision, via a comment and hopefully an explanation at the end of this post. Presumably, each pick will be your opinion of who is the better player as you are trying to put the best team together possible to win.

PLAYER 1 - STATS:

Year Age G AB H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP
19XX 20 146 601 215 36 123 15 4 59 104 0.358 0.414
19XX 21 141 587 176 23 84 29 6 41 99 0.300 0.350
19XX 22 161 686 213 42 124 46 13 45 121 0.310 0.360
19XX 23 129 502 143 42 111 21 7 56 109 0.285 0.357
20XX 24 148 554 175 41 132 15 4 100 121 0.316 0.420
20XX 25 162 632 201 52 135 18 3 75 131 0.318 0.399
20XX 26 162 624 187 57 142 9 4 87 122 0.300 0.392
20XX 27 161 607 181 47 118 17 3 87 126 0.298 0.396
20XX 28 155 601 172 36 106 28 4 80 131 0.286 0.375
20XX 29 162 605 194 48 130 21 6 91 139 0.321 0.421
20XX 30 154 572 166 35 121 15 4 90 139 0.290 0.392
20XX 31 158 583 183 54 156 24 4 95 120 0.314 0.422
AVG     596 184 43 124 22 5 76 122 0.308 0.392

 

 

PLAYER 2 - STATS:

Year Age G AB H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
20XX 21 161 590 194 37 130 1 69 93 0.329 0.403
20XX 22 157 590 185 34 127 2 72 69 0.314 0.394
20XX 23 157 591 212 43 124 5 79 65 0.359 0.439
20XX 24 154 592 196 46 123 5 84 52 0.331 0.415
20XX 25 161 591 195 41 117 16 97 65 0.33 0.43
20XX 26 143 535 177 49 137 7 92 50 0.331 0.431
20XX 27 158 565 185 32 103 2 99 58 0.327 0.429
20XX 28 148 524 187 37 116 7 104 54 0.357 0.462
20XX 29 160 568 186 47 135 16 115 64 0.327 0.443
20XX 30 159 587 183 42 118 14 103 76 0.312 0.414
20XX 31 147 579 173 37 99 9 61 58 0.299 0.366
AVG:     600 197 42 126 8 93 67 0.328 0.420

Which superstar MLB batter would you sign as a GM?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Before disclosing any true identities, let me give you the three reasons why I would sign PLAYER 1 over PLAYER 2.

  1. PLAYER 1 is just as lethal once on base as clear from his stolen base numbers. PLAYER 1 also has 57 more RBIs.
  2. PLAYER 2 doesn’t strikeout much, but my guess is that he gets intentionally walked a bit when looking at his base-on-balls numbers.
  3. PLAYER 1's most recent numbers season shows improvement, while almost all PLAYER 2’s stats declined in his last season. This does not mean that PLAYER 2 can’t be productive again, as he could have had an off-year but PLAYER 1 hasn’t shown that kind of drop off. This leads me to believe that PLAYER 1  is the safer bet.

Now, it is your turn BUT it is recommended that you make your choice prior to knowing each player’s true identity. As a team’s GM, intentionally hindering any decision, instead of doing what is best for the team is selfish, so try to decide before you peak. You have been warned. 

PLEASE STOP!!! BELOW ARE THE REAL PLAYERS' NAMES!!!

For non-stat geeks, figuring out ‘who’ might be tough, so here are some real hints to see if you can guess:

  • PLAYER 1 and PLAYER 2 have each won the MVP Award three times.
  • They both won the MVP in their respective league in 2005.
  • PLAYER 1 has played for three different AL teams.
  • PLAYER 2 has only played for one NL team, where he won the 2001 NL ROY (rookie-of-the-year) Award.
  • PLAYER 1 was a star shortstop before becoming a star third baseman.
  • PLAYER 2 has only played first-base.

OK, have you guessed yet???

Alright, one last BIG hint:

PLAYER 1 currently plays for the New York Yankees, and PLAYER 2 currently plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, but is about to his the free agent market five days after he finished playing in the World Series.

PLAYER 1 is New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez; and PLAYER 2 is St. Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols.

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