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I think that there are a TON of players you've apparently not heard of.
He might be the 3rd best Oriole ever - Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Jim Palmer were also quite good. I'd put him at #2 behind Brooks Robinson, but I could see placing Frank or Jim Palmer ahead of him as well.
But then when you bring players from other teams into it, there's not a chance in hell that he even makes the top 10
My top 10 hitters all time would be:
There's no question at all that all 10 of those guys are better than Ripken. I could easily name another dozen hitters who I think are better than Ripken. And thats not even including pitchers or players from the negro leagues (like Josh Gibson). And I grew up in Maryland, and I like Cal Ripken. But he's nowhere near being one of the best ever.