“If you pitch to him, he’ll ruin baseball. He’d hit 80 home runs. There’s no comparison between McCovey and anybody else in the league.” — Reds manager Sparky Anderson
From his rookie season through 1974, a span of 11 seasons, Allen ranked second in baseball in slugging to Henry Aaron. Only six players scored more runs or drove in more runs than Allen, and all of them are in the Hall of Fame. He out-slugged ten future Hall of Famers who were his contemporaries, including Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie McCovey, Harmon Killebrew, and Roberto Clemente. He’s probably the best hitter not in the Hall of Fame, who hasn’t bee banned or stained by steroids.
“I won’t say that women belong in the kitchen, but they don’t belong in the dugout.” — Keith Hernandez
“Well so what? I mean you played first base. I mean they always put the worst player on first base. That’s where they put me and I stunk.” — Elaine Benes to Keith Hernandez in an episode of “Seinfield”
Which is worse? Admitting that you used performance-enhancing drugs and acknowledging the mistake, or steadfastly refusing to admit that you cheated despite evidence to the contrary? The answer lies somewhere between Palmeiro and a man lower on this list: Jason Giambi.
Ortiz hit eleven percent of his home runs before the age of 27, the lowest total among the members of the 500-home run club.
Cepeda is the only member of the Hall of Fame whose father was a better player than he was. Pedro Cepeda was the greatest baseball player to ever swing a bat on the island of Puerto Rico, and he starred in professional leagues there for nearly a quarter of a century.
“Chance is of prepossessing appearance and decidedly of athletic build, of more than medium height with square shoulders, and weighs 188 pounds. In manner he is unassuming but speaks with a quiet confidence of his own ability to keep up with the fast company in the National league. There is not braggadocio.” — Harvey T. Woodruff