OtherGround Forums best contact hitters in baseball ? last 40 years

9/24/17 10:26 PM
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few names (but id guess it has to be gwynn)

tony gwynn
wade boggs
rod carew
ichiro suzuki

albert pujols, dont really think of him as a "contact" hitter, but he did hit almost .340 his 1st 10 years
9/24/17 10:28 PM
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Tony gwynn and its not close

9/24/17 10:29 PM
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Tony Gwynn or Ichiro.

9/24/17 10:29 PM
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Carew was the first one I thought of. 

9/24/17 10:32 PM
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jay buhner
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Vlad Guerrero

9/24/17 10:35 PM
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Boggs

gwynn

ichiro

 

First three in my head in that order. George Brett did hit .390 in 1980 and hit .305 over 21 years, so maybe he belongs also. 

9/24/17 10:39 PM
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Rod Carew was a master of contact hitting. I remember a story of him getting bullied in contract nogoatings where the GM said he was just a singles hitter and he led the league in doubles the next year.

9/24/17 10:40 PM
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How could Dave Kingman not be on that list?

9/24/17 10:44 PM
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Felix Milan played for the Mets and Braves . I think Gwynn and bill Buckner are right behind him
9/24/17 10:46 PM
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gotta be ichiro, no?

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jpm995 -

How could Dave Kingman not be on that list?

Simplest answer:

 

Who?

 

Edit-

Just looked him up. Stats don't lie. Put him on the list. 

9/24/17 10:49 PM
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how much better would boggs have been if he wasnt drunk all the time
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ThroatedConorsWeighInBoner -

Tony Gwynn or Ichiro.

Came here to say this. 

I'd throw Joe Mauer into the conversation. 

9/24/17 10:50 PM
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PoiuPoiu - how much better would boggs have been if he wasnt drunk all the time

I honestly wonder if it didn't help him. I had a buddy who'd hit doubles all day when he was hungover or buzzed. 

9/24/17 10:51 PM
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Barry bonds hit everything
9/24/17 10:51 PM
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Bad Monkey -
jpm995 -

How could Dave Kingman not be on that list?

Simplest answer:

 

Who?

 

Edit-

Just looked him up. Stats don't lie. Put him on the list. 

I was kidding. He was a big home run hitter who struck out when he wasn't hitting LONG home runs. Was a bad guy by most accounts, sent a reporter flowers on her birthday when she opened the box a dead rat was in it. Played for the Mets for a while.

9/24/17 10:57 PM
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I want to bring up a lesser known player, but the answer is Gwynn. Dude rarely struck out. I think it was less than 5%. If I'm not missing something, he either walked or put the ball in play 95% of the time.
9/24/17 11:03 PM
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First post and op's first choice nailed it. My favorite player of all time.
9/24/17 11:03 PM
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Negan 

9/24/17 11:18 PM
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Tony Gwynn averaged 21 strike outs a year

 

thas fucking insane 

9/24/17 11:20 PM
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And had one 3 strike out game in his whole career 

9/24/17 11:25 PM
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Ichiro 

9/25/17 12:10 AM
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Carney lansford

9/25/17 12:26 AM
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I'd go with Gwynn like the majority here.
Lifetime average: .338 
Lifetime OBP: .388 
Lifetime slugging: .459 
Limetime OPS: .847


Now, the OP specifies the past 40 years. But out of curiosity...

Ted Williams
Lifetime average: .344
Lifetime OBP: .482
Lifetime slugging: .634 (insane!!!)
Lifetime OPS: 1.116 (again, insane!!!)

The Splendid Splinter was so FUCKING GREAT!