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05-19-2005, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by mcphee
I can't agree with the premise that longevity is irrelevant. A GM would more often than not choose a guy who'll give you 10 80 point seasons than 2 100 point ones.
I'm guessing you're not a Ripken fan then ?
A GM is putting together pieces to make a winning team. He is not trying to determine the greatest players of all time. I am interested in comparing the greatest players ever.

No, I don't consider Ripken's game streak nearly as impressive as most others do.

I go inside the stats and facts to determine what they really mean. For example: Is Mark Messier the second greatest scorer of all time? I am a HUGE Oilers fan but the truth is NO. Messier is in the top 60 he is definitely not #2. His longevity has allowed him to pile up a lot of "empty" points. Messier's last 10 seasons have done nothing to add to his greatness. He is one of the all time greats (Top 25 greatest of all time) but, he stopped adding to his ratings on my system in the mid 90s.

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