Tale Of The Tape: Ripken Vs. Jeter

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  • Batting Average
    .276
    .309
  • On-base percentage
    .340
    .377
  • Hits
    3,184
    3,316
  • Runs Batted In
    1,695
    1,307
  • Doubles
    603
    543
  • Home Runs
    431
    260
  • Walks
    1,129
    1,082
  • Wins Above Replacement (baseballreference.com version)
    95.6
    71.6
  • All-Star, Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers and MVPs
    19-time All-Star (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) 2 AL Gold Gloves 1991, 1992 8-time Silver Slugger (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994) 2x AL MVP (1983, 1991)
    14-time All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014) 5-time Gold Glover (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) 5 Silver Sluggers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012) World Series MVP (2000)
  • Games / Years Played
    21 years with 3001 games played. 1995: Broke Lou Gehrig's Consecutive Games Streak (2130) and continued the streak to 2,632 consecutive games.
    20 years with 2744 games played.
RESULTS
Cal Ripken may not have the Gold Gloves (which is very surprising) but the Iron Man showed he had the reliability in the field and the power hitting to be the better shortstop. The All-time leader in MLB All-Star fan balloting (36,123,483) is clearly a favorite among baseball fans. The records he holds for the Baltimore Orioles puts him near the top of the greatest of all time. The numbers don't lie. Ripken is the better shortstop.