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Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Sun Aug 2, 2009 12:54 am
by Cloud102
A certain era with the best teams, players, and intensity?

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Aug 4, 2009 7:31 am
by Rupert Murdoch
I always contend that National League baseball in the 1950s was the strongest era in baseball history. It came after integration was firmly put in place so every ball player that played was the best of the best, truly the cream of the crop and before the expansion of 1962 which naturally watered down the level of play. Also, from 1956-1959, every team in the National League had at least one future Hall of Famer on their roster. The owners had complete autonomy over the players so even the bottom dwelling teams had great players. It was a much more even playing field then today. So, I would go with the 1950s as the strongest. This current era is actually a close second even with the steroid cloud and the enormous salary gap between the small and large market teams. There's been more foreign players coming over from East Asia, Latin America, Canada, Australia and other countries which has raised the level of talent in the game. Coaching and knowledge about the game have also grown by leaps and bounds. Those two eras stand a cut above the rest if you're just judging on the quality of play in the field alone.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:47 pm
by Bleeding Green
I don't see how it can be anything but the current era. And the next era should be better. Larger talent pool = better overall talent and I think it's that simple.

Imagine if a country like China starts producing baseball players.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Thu Sep 3, 2009 9:54 pm
by craig01
I don't think there is.

Each era has it's own unique stories.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:49 pm
by Dirty Water
craig01 wrote:I don't think there is.

Each era has it's own unique stories.

This.

I would kill to see baseball played in the earliest eras as well as the deadball era.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:02 pm
by craig01
I agree^^^^^^^

But I would have especially wanted to see the decades of the 30's and 50's.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:55 am
by Gamer_4_life
No comments.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2011 11:30 am
by Huuminh
I don't think Era is the greatest in baseball...

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 6:10 am
by SneadFrank
Baseball fans have always been infatuated with a good power pitcher. There is nothing like the sound of a 98 mph fastball crashing into the catcher's mitt for a third strike. When most players careers lose steam at the end he had his best years.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:36 am
by UN-Owen
Bleeding Green wrote:I don't see how it can be anything but the current era. And the next era should be better. Larger talent pool = better overall talent and I think it's that simple.

Imagine if a country like China starts producing baseball players.


But now baseball is competing with football and basketball

Back in the day just about all the athletes went into baseball by default

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 12:36 am
by lobosloboslobos
wow. this conversation is 6 years long. cool. appropriate for the topic.

so basically if you had to pick one decade that would win in a round robin against every other decade, who would it be? i would not be picking today's players that's for sure. i don't think they are nearly as mentally tough as players from the past, who weren't millionaires treated like royalty but faced much tougher circumstances day in and day out. and of all the major sports baseball is the one where the playing field is most level across the ages (apart from steroids and integration of course). I'd take the 50s. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Dimaggio, Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Hodges, etc. I don't see anybody beating that team, although admittedly the pitching would be weaker than some other eras, notably the 60s (Koufax, Gibson, Marichal).

i'll come back in a few years and see if anyone else has added a comment to this thread... ;)

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:37 am
by RSCD3_
88-92

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:52 pm
by FullForceMDs
I would say the 1980's, with the combined great pitching & great athletes in the game, in that era.

Re: Is there a such thing as the greatest era in baseball?

Posted: Tue Jun 5, 2018 4:27 am
by oaktownwarriors87
Bleeding Green wrote:I don't see how it can be anything but the current era. And the next era should be better. Larger talent pool = better overall talent and I think it's that simple.

Imagine if a country like China starts producing baseball players.


Agreed.

The talent pool has multiplied. Most old school players would struggle to survive in China and Europe, if they'd even get that far.