The passing of Tony Gwynn this week made me think of who were the best pure hitters of my lifetime. I was born in 1971 and my first memories of watching baseball date back to, I'd say, 1978. Yup, Bucky Dent. It was probably the first time I swore.
With that in mind, I came up with a list of the best hitters of the last 35 years. There were three players who I had a tough time leaving off the list-- Miguel Cabrera, Barry Bonds, and Ichiro Suzuki. Miggy strikes out a little too much for me to put on this list. Ichiro was a great slap hitter, but who would you take off my list to put him on?
Bonds? Well, you know why I left him off my list. Same reason he is not in the Hall of Fame today. I must admit to staring at his stats in awe for a good twenty minutes.