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02-19-2014, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
OPS+, wRC, etc, snip
If you just compare their peaks, sure. For a guylike Jeter, though, half of why he's so revered is that he's been so good for so long.

Ripken has about a handful more than a season's worth of PA's on Jeter right now, but has a 12 point less wRC+. If you cut out Ripken's abysmal last season you get a closer discrepancy, but Jeter still edges him out.

From 1992 to 2001, Rip only had 2 seasons of above league average hitting. From 2004 to 2012, Jeter only had one season of BELOW league average hitting. That's consistent greatness, and why Jeets manages to edge out Rip without much debate, IMO.

I agree with you on every other aspect of this discussion, but I think Jeter is clearly the superior offensive player.

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