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Why Mickey Mantle Gets Better with Each Passing Year

most his career, Mickey Mantle was ranked among the top two or three players in the game, right up there with Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.

Over the last few decades, evaluating players statistically has resulted in Mickey Mantle becoming better in 2011 than he was when he was an active player.

This is not an attempt to claim that Mays, Aaron or Mantle was the greatest.

During the 1950s, the most important statistic was batting average. The best hitters were considered those who batted at least .300.  Anything less than an artificial cutoff mark of about .270 was bad.

Sluggers such as Gus Zernial, Roy Sievers, Hank Sauer and Wally Post were underrated because of their low batting averages.

The number of walks ...

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