Not even close. Clemente has as many WAA, a much higher standards, than allegedly ageless Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has WAR.
As I told that person, in an exchange of comments, would you compare Andre Dawson to Mickey Mantle, or Dwight Evans to Hank Aaron?
Yes, there's a bit of exaggeration on my part, but not THAT much.
Let's go by WAR only.
The Hammer has 142.6 WAR to 66.1 for Evans.
The Mick has 109.4 WAR and Dawson has 64.6.
Ichiro has 59 WAR; Clemete has 94.4.
So, the Aaron-Evans comparison is somewhat exaggerated, as I knew it would be.
But the Mantle-Dawson one is almost spot on.
Now, I know diehard Ichiro fans will say, "But, if he'd played here a couple more years earlier in his career, he might have 70 WAR."
To which I respond, "If Clemente hadn't died in a tragic plane crash while still an active player, he might have caught Mantle."
Meanwhile, another commenter there gets both this and other things wrong.
First, he calls me wrong in saying WAA is a more difficult stat than WAR, when that is rather perfectly true in the sense of WAA being more difficult to achieve points because it's comparison to a league-average "real" player, not a AAAA-level hypothetical replacement.
At age 41 Clemente had already been out of the game for four years while Ichiro is still going.
I've blogged about Ichiro and reality vs. hype on him before, including being skeptical about his shot at 3K hits and saying he should have retired a year ago.
As for this season? The only reason he's already passing 30 hits, and passing Babe Ruth on the career hits total is because Christian Yelich sucks enough, as well as being hurt, to be below the Pete Kozma Line of my creation and thus to be a fair part of why Mike Redmond was fired. The Fish's plan this offseason was for Ichiro to be strictly a fourth outfielder, pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. They had zero plans for him to have 100-plus at bats just over one-quarter of the way through the season.
Ichiro hasn't had a 5-WAR season since age 34 and hasn't had a 7-WAR season since age 30. He's not an ageless wonder. He's showing a normal aging curve.
He's overall been a defensive negative for 5-6 years now, and left is the only OF position he can play without too much damage.
And, should Yelich figure things out, or Ichiro start showing more of his 41 years, Ichiro will be back to being the No. 4 outfielder.
In the meantime, your short-term success aside?
Ichiro, you're no Clemente.