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Excellent. His agent should print this out and present it to the Yankees during his next contract negotiation.

I'll definitely pass the word on to Melky's people. The best thing about Melky is that he's easier to control, just ask Sheffield.

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Prezs2ReprsntMe on Aug 8 at 22:56
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PREACH!!!!


I'm not sure Mo is the best 'baseball player' of your lifetime since he doesn't a) field (see: WS vs. Arizona) or b) hit. He's the best reliever, no doubt.

When you add all of these components up, what you're left with is the foundation of a team. He's probably never going to hit 30 home runs, he's probably never going to steal 40 bases. His offensive numbers will probably never warrant an MVP, or a Silver Slugger Award. Melky shares all of those "probably nots" with another Yankee we're all familiar with, Bernie Williams....

FIXED. The guy doesn't look like he should be in CF, doesn't look like he can steal bases or hit the ball, yet he does it day in and day out while providing a positive clubhouse presence. I thought that was exactly what Bernie was while he was with the Yanks..

I stand by my statement about Mo. He's dominated the league basically from the moment he stepped into the bullpen. He's performed in the highest-pressure situations more than anyone else, and done so with near perfection.

I don't think you can discount someone because he doesn't hit, if that's the case, then you can't call Bonds the best player because he doesn't pitch.

I don't think we'll ever see a player like Mo again, and I don't think we ever saw a player like Mo before him. He's dominated every step of the way basically with one pitch.

Oh, and I purposely didn't reference Bernie in comparison to Melky, because I think personality-wise they're complete opposites. Bernie always seemed aloof with teammates, and in fact, when he came up he was a complete outsider to the rest of the team, not a leader.

I'm not sure Bernie ever really stepped into the role of a leader. He was a great player in his prime, but you always got the feeling that he just wanted to play ball, and then be left alone to play his guitar.

Melky came up and immediately made him self the focal point of the team.

On the field, Bernie in his prime was probably a better hitter than Melky will ever be, but in the field, Melky is head and shoulders above even the best Bernie had to offer.

Interesting stuff about Melky and Bernie. That's stuff I don't realize since I live in the midwest and I'm not able to watch all the games and read all the papers. Pretty cool.

As for Mo....I'm still not sold on it. I think if I were starting a team, even when he was in his prime, I could think of 5-10 players I'd want ahead of him.

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Prezs2ReprsntMe on Aug 9 at 14:47
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u might want other players ahead of him to start a team, but if you are running a perennial contender, the closer is the strongest weapon you can have.

No batter causes intimidation as much as a closer like mariano because, frankly, the best hitters only hit the ball 35 percent of the time. Mariano has accomplished his job almost all the time. Even though that may be due to how baseball works, it can't be ignored. And in the playoffs it becomes even more important...

As for bernie/melky, lets hope melky can come close to copying bernie's playoff excellence! (which is unrivaled anywhere, i might add...mlb leader in homers and rbis in playoff history)

Prez,

The Yanks don't even get to at least one of those world series if bernie doesn't pick them up and carry them (remember the Texas ALDS series?).

You can't argue w/ what he did on the field. In the clubhouse, he was respected, I think, but he wasn't a leader. They didn't need him to be, they had O'Neill, Jeter, Tino and even Cone.

Jack,

This is actually a good topic of discussion. I'm going to write up my case for Mo as the best player of my lifetime, maybe you can take a shot at picking one too on your blog.

Mo relies on other players to get him the ball, without THEM he wouldn't be in the position he is put into.

I'm not sure a closer is the best weapon a perennial contender can have. The Braves never had a closer who ran with them year after year. They usually pieced something together for a season or two to work and they still won consistently, and contended.

You have to play 7+ innings of ball before you can get to the closer.

It has to be a position player. Whether it's A-Rod, Pujols (a little early for that one), or the guy in San Fran....

Every player relies on other players. And if the Braves had a closer like Mo, they might've won more than 1 ring in all of those years.

He's the difference maker. Has been since 1996.


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