Originally Posted by zjcvols
Career slash line
Their ten years prime slash lines:
So basically the same player, although the Mick was better at getting on base (though .384 career is nothing to sneeze at). Mays was a better defender, while Mantle was a great switch hitter. I think you have to give it to Mays because Mantle might have been a tad better in his prime, Mays led the league in OBP at age 40, while Mickey was basically done at 34.
I side with Mays as well. If Mantle had some better luck with injuries early in his career and taken better care of himself later in his career, who knows. But it is what it is.
Also, I think it's worth mentioning that while Mantle was great he also played in a hitter's ballpark with a lot of protection in the line-up around him while Mays had neither luxury for most of his career.
Mays was hands down a better defender and base runner than Mantle considering that Mantle was crippled by leg injuries early in his career.