Franchise Positions: Taking the Challenge Further
Wednesday, June 04 2008 @ 12:45 PM EDT
Contributed by: Mick Doherty
Earlier this week, we took up a Reader Challenge to find "the greatese single Franchise Position in baseball history" ... after a variety of responses, including a Magpie Chart (always a sign of worthiness!) we have found candidates for every position on the diamond (including DH!) except second base.
Let's review and answer the following questions ...
That said, here are the current teams filling each position ...
- Do the Tigers (Gehringer, McAuliffe, Whitaker) deserve the 2B (or not 2B, that is the question) nod?
- What, if any, other historical team positions should bump one of those listed above?
- We need some pitching. Anyone want to take a stab at Rotation, Bullpen and Closer? (Off the top of my head, my nominees there would be Dodgers, Reds and Athletics, but that's just a wild guess ...)
Other historical team positions that drew mention and consideration in preparing the "lineup" above included:
- C: NYY (Dickey, Berra, Howard, Munson, Posada)
- 1B: STL (Pujols, McGwire, Guerrero, Clark, Hernandez, Torre, Cepeda, B. White, Musial, Mize, Bottomley)
- 2B: TBD!
- SS: SLB/BAL (Wallace, Wallace, Stephens, Aparicio, Belanger, Ripken, Bordick, Tejada)
- 3B: CHC (Anson, Williamson, T. Burns, Steinfeldt, Zimmerman, Hack, R. Jackson, Santo, Madlock, Cey, A. Ramirez)
- LF: BOS (D. Lewis, T. Williams, Yastrzemski, Rice, Greenwell, Ramirez)
- CF: NYY (Combs, DiMaggio, Mantle, Murcer, Henderson, B. Williams)
- RF: DET (Crawford, Cobb, Heilmann, Wertz, Kaline, Gibson, Ordonez)
- DH: OAK (F. Thomas, Durazo, Jaha, Stairs, Berroa, Neel, Baines, Kingman, Burroughs)
- SP: TBD!
- CL: TBD!
- RP: TBD!
Bauxites ... over to you!
- 1B NYY (Gehrig, Skowron, Chambliss, Mattingly, T. Martinez, Giambi)
- 1B NYG/SFG (Connor, Merkle, G. Kelly, Terry, Mize, Cepeda, McCovey, W. Clark)
- SS PIT (Wagner, Vaughan, Groat ... then nothin'!)
- 3B PHA/KCA/OAK (L. Cross, J. Collins, F. Baker, Higgins, E. Charles, Bando, Lansford, Chavez)
- LF PIT (Clarke, Carey, Kiner, Skinner, Stargell, Bonds, A. Martin, B. Giles, Bay)
- RF MON (Dawson, Guerrero, Staub, Valentine, Walker)