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Comparing eras not suggested

While it's fun to compare players from different eras, it's really not the best way to evaluate their careers.

Originally Published: February 20, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

In response to my article ranking the greatest players in baseball history, the most common e-mail were those inquiring about specific players; namely, what happened to Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, and Joe DiMaggio.

Well, all I can tell you is that they just missed, and all of them for essentially the same reason: their careers weren't quite long enough. This is rarefied air, and just one small negative is enough to get you booted off the island. Hornsby's last big season came when he was ...

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