Perhaps we can settle this by january 1, 2020.
Plenty of GOAT threads each year. They are all over the place and generally fun to participate in, but one issue keeps coming up makes any real debate evasive. Perhaps we can come to an agreement by year end.
Does the GOAT in a given sport or position have to be the best if time machined to 2019, or the best in the era in which they played?
Swimmer Mark Spitz has GOAT potential if his times were limited to the 1970's, but in his forties, he beat those record times but was not the best as the younger competitors, eclipsed his improved times.
I vote for best in their era, of course there is still enough controversy regarding training, PEDS and segregated leagues, to name a few.