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Snider is one of the guys whose greatne s cant be summed up by taking a look at his career numbers. To some degree, he's the cla sic example of why guys with a lot of value in their peak are often remembered more fondly than their career WAR would have you suggest. And consequently.
Sniders career WAR of +71.7 is nice, and definitely Hall-Of-Fame Khaled Holmes Jersey worthy, but its not the type of mark you see from other inner-circle type guys. However, he did the majority of his damage in an exceedingly short time. From 1949 to 1957, he accumulated +62.1 of his +71.7 WAR. That nine year stretch makes up about only 1 / 2 of his career, but 87% of his WAR total was accumulated in that time frame. We can in fact drill down even more and pinpoint Sniders real peak, which was from 1953 to A.Q. Shipley Jersey 1956 in those 4 years, he accumulated a ridiculous +35.8 WAR, or almost exactly half his career total. In four years.
When you start to look at the other names of players who have had similar 4 year stretches of extreme greatne s, it becomes easy to see why Snider takes place such high regard.
Willie Mays were built with a stretch such as this. So did Mickey Mantle. Babe Ruth. Hank Aaron. Honus Wagner. Barry Bonds. Stan Musial. Ted Williams. Jackie Robinson. Joe Morgan. Jimmie Foxx. Alex Rodriguez. Ken Griffey Jr. Joe DiMaggio. Carl Yastrzemski. Eddie Collins. Lou Gehrig. Eddie Matthews. Tris Speaker. Mike Schmidt. Rogers Hornsby. Ernie Banks. Ron Santo. Ty Cobb. Wade Boggs. Albert Pujols.
After that, it gets tough to find other guys who have been just like Snider over a 4 year stretch. Other guys had longer sustained greatne Joe Haeg Jersey s, or put together a bunch of great years with a few le s impre sive ones among, however the listing of guys who had a 4 year peak at the same degree of Sniders prime is e sentially a whos-who of the finest players ever. Theres a reason that guys like Sandy Koufax and Pedro Martinez show up in the discu sion of the greatest pitchers ever, but Nolan Ryan doesn't. Longevity is neat, but what we actually remember are those special runs when one player is just better than everyone else at playing the sport for a few years.
Adam Redmond Jersey Snider had among those runs. And thats why hes rightfully considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.