Some of the others were better hitters (although Ozzie had a pretty good OBP), but if we’re talking about actually playing the position of shortstop, no way on earth that Ozzie isn’t the GOAT!
Shortstop is a premium defensive position like catching or center field. Often in baseball if you play a premium position you can lag on the offensive side. There are
great defensive players who never make it big because they can’t hit. Really great players can play the premium positions and be good on offense and defense. Those are hall of famers. Ozzie is a hall of famer because he was great at defense and good at offense. So to answer your question, yes hitting does matter. Ozzie was a good but not great hitter, he had great defense at a premium position. That’s why he’s a hall of famer. If he was a shitty hitter with great defense you wouldn’t know his name.
Well it’s clear why the numbers came out the way they did
Thank you for explanation! Basketball is a bit like that too, although perhaps a bit more lenient.
Any time this question comes up and doesn’t include Omar Vizquel in the debate, the asker loses all credibility.
There are many great SS. But Omar needs to be included.