Posnanski: Would Babe Ruth be a star in today’s game?

From SABR member Joe Posnanski at The Athletic on February 6, 2019:

A week ago, I put up a poll on Twitter asking: “What do you think is Babe Ruth’s likely level if you plucked him out of 1927 and put him in today’s big leagues?”

The results were, as they say, mixed:

— 21 percent said he’d be a superstar

— 25 percent said he’d be a star (after adjusting to new conditions)

— 24 percent said he’d be average to below average

— 30 percent said a 1927 version of Ruth couldn’t make it in the game today

There are a couple of things to take from the poll (assuming you can take ANYTHING from a Twitter poll). One is: Babe Ruth still matters. He is one of those rare people in sports or entertainment or politics who never seems to age, who inspires strong feelings a century after he thrived. Babe Ruth has countless fans even now.

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Originally published: February 7, 2019. Last Updated: February 7, 2019.