Clemens or Maddux? Mays or Mantle?

Rob Wood fills in for Rob Neyer and tells of the SABR debates over baseball's greatest position players and pitchers.

Originally Published: August 29, 2002
By Rob Wood | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Rob Wood is a guest columnist who is filling in for Rob Neyer, who is on vacation.

Debating who is the greatest probably goes back to the time of Cain and Abel. I don't know which of those two guys was the better player, but spirited debates along these lines date back to the dawn of professional baseball.

Ranking baseball's all-time greats has always been a favorite pastime. Rather than settling the issue, the rise of statistical analysis in the 1970s poured fuel on ...

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