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Godspeed, Duke

A tip of the Cheap Seats cap to Duke Snider who passed away Sunday at 84 years old.

Snider, a Hall of Famer, was a key cog in the Dodgers starting eight from the late 1940s when the Bums called Brooklyn home until the early 1960s when they established new roots in Los Angeles.

Snider hit .295 over the course of his career with 407 homers but was largely overshadowed by playing the same position in the same town as Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. He had to get the help of the veterans committee to get in largely because of the flashy numbers Mays and Mantle, two of the best hitting centerfielders in history, put up.

I've thought for the last several years that Snider was the best comparable for Jim Edmonds' Hall of Fame case because of their similar numbers and their skilled gloves.

Snider ended up hitting about 10 points higher than Edmonds and tallied 14 more homers. But Edmonds was by far the superior glove man.

And while Snider was the third-best centerfielder in New York in the 1950s, the only centerfielder comparable to Edmonds in the 1990s and 2000s is Key Griffey Jr. And, while Griffey has the better offensive numbers, Edmonds was a better defender.