‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Rod Carew VS Tony Gwynn
I have a few more Head-To-Head ‘HOF Debates’ up my sleeve before we start other HOF-themed debates during our weekly Thursday night series.
Each week as I build one of these new ‘Head-to-Head’ match-ups, I try to predict what the outcome may be. Some times I predict accurately, and some times I am horribly wrong.
So, I will be frank about this week’s debate – I HAVE NO CLUE HOW THIS ONE IS GOING TO DO!!!
Tonight, we debate Rod Carew VS Tony Gwynn.
Let’s look at their resumes:
|Rod Carew||Tony Gwynn|
|200 Hit Seasons||4||5|
|150-199 Hit Seasons||9||9|
|.400 On-Base Seasons||8||6|
*Both players display some of most impressive offensive stats for a ‘non-power’ hitter that you will find. Each guy dominated the league while in their primes, and their prime years lasted quite a bit longer than the average major leaguer.
Here are some of the standout stats for me:
- 19 of Gwynn’s 20 seasons were spent hitting over .300. 15 for Carew
- On-base percentage is unbelievably close
- Carew drew 300+ more walks than Gwynn in just 29 more career games
- Carew struck out 3 times as much as Gwynn and still just struck out every 2.5 games
- Gwynn has 100 more doubles
- Gwynn has 43 more home runs
- Impressive to see both players with more than 300 steals
- Carew was chosen as an All-Star in 18 of 19 seasons, Gwynn in 15 of 20
- Gwynn captured 4 Gold Gloves to Carew’s 0
- Tony Gwynn never won a ROY or MVP award for individual performance
Wow – What a battle! I can honestly say that this one is extremely puzzling to me.
Ultimately, when making my choice, I am going with the player that I feel was most feared by the opposition. And for me, that player is Tony Gwynn. There is nothing wrong with choosing Rod Carew in this battle, and to be honest had I seen more of him in action like I did Gwynn, I may have given him my vote. But for me, when watching games in which Gwynn played in, I recall how the opposition changed when he was there. Entire game plans were established to keep him away from the plate. I also recall quite a bit of commentary from the visiting team pour praise over Gwynn throughout the telecasts – something that is not common.
So, while I vote for Tony Gwynn in this ‘HOF Debate’, I would have to admit that had I been alive and watching major league action during Rod Carew’s career, I think that my vote could be swayed in his direction rather easily.
How about you? Who gets your pick in this official ‘Battle For The Ages’???
I cannot wait to read your answers!!!