Two stats that prove The Hammer is the greatest

  • Bad Henry would have passed 3,000 hits even if he had never hit a home run.
  • Give any of the all-time greats — Ruth, Mays, Ted Williams, Musial, Bonds — an extra 180 home runs and they still wouldn’t have more total bases than Aaron.

No one was more consistent. Hank batted .303 with a .936 OPS at home; on the road he hit .306 with a .921 OPS. He posted a .984 OPS in “late and close” situations; .967 with 2 outs and RISP. In 17 postseason games, he batted .362 with 6 HR and 16 RBI.

Aaron never struck out 100 times and was productive until the end. At age 39, he hit .301 with 40 homers for the second-best OPS of his career.

Debate all you want about the best living player, but there’s no arguing that The Hammer is the best living hitter.

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