Better Hitter: Mickey Mantle Or Willie Mays

Posted: 26th February 2010 by Perry Arnold in MLB
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On Wednesday, Mike Francesa, on YES had an interesting discussion on who was the better hitter, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays. Francesa said without any question Mays was the better all round player. This writer, might even take some issue with that. But this article is going to deal with what the numbers say about which was the better hitter in their best years. Mantle was a three time MVP and also was very close in the voting for MVP in other years. Mays was an MVP twice, finished second in the voting once and third once. Both of them were born in 1931, with Mays being about five months older than Mickey. Mays missed two years in the early fifties in the military. Mantle was injured for almost his entire career and never played healthy after his rookie season. Mickey finished his 16 year ...

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