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What Is Your All Time Favorite LA Dodger Lineup?

First of all I want to wish everyone a very happy and gracious Thanksgiving holiday.  For our family, this is the perfect holiday in an imperfect world.  Our family has so much to be thankful for.  On behalf of my wife, Karole, and the rest of our family, we wish each and every one of the LA Dodger Chronicles Family a blessed Thanksgiving.

While we are waiting for some LAD news, I ran across a fun little poll.  We do not have enough followers to put together a poll, and I do not have the tools to do so, but I thought I would pose the question and see what responses we do get.

The source was MetsRewind, and the question was who were the all time starting lineup for the NY Mets.

C – Mike Piazza

1B – Keith Hernandez

2B – Edgardo Alfonzo

SS – José Reyes

3B – David Wright

LF – Cleon Jones

CF – Carlos Beltrán

RF – Darryl Strawberry

SP – Tom Seaver

RP – Tug McGraw

 

Two of the above players (McGraw and Hernandez) played for another team longer than they played with the Mets.  Only David Wright played his entire career with NYM.  Each of the players played at least 7 years with the Mets.

Some of my parameters:

  1. Only players who are retired are eligible.

 

  1. Only players who have played 7 years with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Jim Gilliam, Johnny Podres, John Roseboro, Mike Piazza, and Adrián Beltré qualify, while Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Don Demeter, and Clem Labine do not.

 

  1. This is your favorite player by position, not necessarily who the best player at the position was.

 

My picks:

C – Steve Yeager

1B – Wes Parker

2B – Junior Gilliam

SS – Maury Wills

3B – Ron Cey

LF – Tommy Davis

CF – Willie Davis

RF – Andre Ethier

SP – Sandy Koufax

RP – Ron Perranoski

 

Reggie Smith is my favorite RF, but he only played 6 years with the Dodgers.  Justin Turner would have been my favorite 3B, but he is still playing.

Relief pitching has been huge favorite for me since 1959 and Larry Sherry.  Ron Perranoski is a favorite of mine since he took over the closer role from Larry Sherry in 1962.  Kenley Jansen has been the best LAD best reliever.  But he is still pitching, and he would not beat out Perranoski as my favorite.

Eric Gagné was with LAD for 7 years (and 2 games), but only 4 (and 2 games) as a reliever.  Although it is hard to find a better reliever than Gagné was from 2002-2004.  152 saves in 158 save opportunities, 1.79 ERA, 0.822 WHIP for the combined 3 years.

If I had included a utility role, Junior Gilliam would have been my favorite there as well.  Gilliam is one of my top 5 favorite Dodgers.

My major deviation from best, is my favorite 1B.  Steve Garvey and Eric Karros are arguably the best of the 1B for the LAD.  But I grew up a Wes Parker fan, and neither of Garvey nor Karros ever became a favorite for me.  Adrián González would have been close, but he was a Dodger for only 6 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oldbear48

Ahh Jefe, good choices. Manager, Lasorda by a landslide. I totally hated Alston. 1B Parker. I knew Wes, so that makes him my favorite. 2B. Lopes, SS Wills, 3B, Gilliam, LF Tommy Davis, CF Matt Kemp, RF Ethier, C Roseboro, SP Sandy, RP Jim Brewer, I saw Gilliam play third more than second because when they first came here, Charlie Neal was the everyday second baseman. I liked Jr. a lot more than I liked the Penguin.

Oldbear48

I remember Jr. coming out of the coaching ranks in 66 to play 3rd. They had Kennedy playing there, but he couldn’t hit a lick. Jr. broke in as a second baseman and moved Jackie to third. Billy Cox had been traded. There have been quite a few guys play that position. Lefebvre was one of my favorite players while he was with the team, but his career went downhill so fast.

Oldbear48

Yusniel Diaz signed to a minor league deal by the Giants.

Farhan Friedman

No Billy Grabarkewitz?

Oldbear48

Grabby did not play for LA for the required amount of time, and Grabby over Wills? Not likely.

Singing the Blue

Thank you for remembering, FF.  🤗 

Dave

Jackie Robinson, Steve Garvey?

Oldbear48

LA Dodgers only. He said FAVORITE. I liked Parker more than Garvey. Not saying he was the best, but he was my favorite.

Farhan Friedman

Roseboro
Garvey/Parker
Lefebvre
Russell
Cey
Baker
W. Davis
Fairly
Koufax
Perranoski

Bumsrap

and I thought I would be the only one with Fairly and Lefebvre selected.

Badger

Eliminating the great Los Angeles Dodgers I saw play in the early years in LA eliminates several players I’d put on the list.

It’s estimated 46 million turkeys are killed every year for Thanksgiving. Interesting facts about wild turkeys: they can fly up to 55 mph and they sleep in trees. If you’ve never seen wild turkeys fly you’re missing quite a show. We had several in the woods outside our property in Wisconsin. They knew they were safe around us.

Bumsrap

Also known as cannon balls when flying low across a road in front of cars.

Badger

Never heard that term.

Bumsrap

“As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

tedraymond

Happy Thanksgiving to Jeff D and to all the LAD fans who take the time to read and contribute to this site.
Carry on!

My choices:
SP – Sandy Koufax
RP – Eric Gagne
C – Mike Scioscia
1B – Steve Garvey
2B – Davey Lopes
SS – Maury Wills
3B – Ron Cey
LF – Bill Buckner
CF – Willie Davis
RF – Raul Mondesi
Utility – Pedro Guerrero
Manager – Tommy

Best Anthem Singer – Michael Norris

Oldbear48

Aww shucks Ted, thanks.

Bluto

There’s an interesting report that the Cubs explored trading for Bo Bichette.

Would take a big haul, but seems to confirm he’s somewhat available.

Probably doesn’t make the most sense for the Dodgers 

Badger

The Dodgers have short and second covered. Third base, probably Muncy again, left field, right field and starting pitching looks to be what is needed. I’m assuming Busch will be traded but he could probably play left. If Muncy is at third then Vargas could play left or maybe second again and Betts goes back to right. Deluca and the 25 year old pitchers we have hanging around could play somewhere in the league. Heyward is available and seems like a good fit with this organization. So many possibilities out there.

And we wait.

Singing the Blue

Probably doesn’t make the most sense, but still………………..Bichette in our lineup? I could think of worse scenarios. Cost would be prohibitive and that’s why it doesn’t make the most sense since we have other holes to fill.

Trade Simulator says:
Busch
Stone
Cartaya

or (slight overpay)
Vargas
Sheehan
Lux

Cubs were thinking of Bichette for third because they have Swanson at short.
If we don’t get Ohtani and Max goes to DH and we don’t include Lux, Bichette could play third. If we do include Lux, Bichette plays short. Or Mookie could stay in right and Lux to second with Bichette at short.

Let’s be crazy and say we also get Ohtani and do trade #1:

Mookie – RF
Freddie – 1B
Bichette – SS
Ohtani – DH
Smith – C
Max – 3B
Taylor/Heyward – LF
Outman – CF
Lux – 2B

Now that I’ve had my Thanksgiving dream, I don’t think there is any way the Jays do that trade.

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Badger

They won’t.

But what’s not to like about that lineup.

Singing the Blue

And Happy Birthday to Justin Turner and Ross Stripling who also share Gavin’s birthday.

As do I.

Bobby

Happy bday to all of you!

Singing the Blue

Thanks Bobby, on behalf of all of us.  😂 

Jeff Dominique

My mother in law as well, who is not with us anymore. She saw Andy play a MLB game in Anaheim and passed very soon after. She was content.

A very Happy Birthday to you as well. .

Singing the Blue

Thanks, Jeff.

That must have meant the world to her.

I’m hoping to be around long enough to see my grandson play in his first MLB or NFL game. He’s only 10 and hasn’t decided if he’s going to be a pitcher or qback, but he can throw a ball through a brick wall.

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Badger

I’m curious – why do you thinkToronto would trade Bichette? He’s a 5 WAR player that is plenty affordable and not a free agent til ‘26. Trading him now seems kinda dumb.

Jeff Dominique

I do not truly think they will. But there is an awful lot of chatter out there about him being possibly traded. He has 2 years on an extremely favorable contract, and perhaps he has told Toronto he is not interested in extending. Maybe he asked to be traded. I do not know why the chatter. There just is. But it will cost, and IMO more than STB’s scenarios above.

If he is being discussed, IMO, AF needs to look into it.

Badger

It would cost way too much and the Dodgers don’t need him. Sure it would be great to see him in the lineup but I’d rather use the assets used for pitching. (Burnes)

I don’t see Toronto making that move at this time.

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Bumsrap

Did I hear someone say Muncy?

Bumsrap

C – Mike Piazza
1B – James Loney
2B – Jim Lefebvre
SS – Bill Russell
3B – Ron Cey
LF – Tommy Davis
CF – Willie Davis
RF – Ron Fairly
SP – Sandy Koufax
RP – Eric Gagné

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OhioDodger

Happy Thanksgiving.

C Mike Sciosia
1B Steve Garvey
2B Davey Lopes
SS Bill Russell
3B Ron Cey
LF Dusty Baker
CF Brett Butler
RF Andre Ethier
SP Orel Hershiser
RP Eric Gagné

Singing the Blue

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I’m sure we realize how incredibly lucky we are to be thinking about turkey (or in Badger’s case a vegan substitute) and talking Dodger baseball while so many others are hurting today.

LA Dodger Chronicles, an oasis in the midst of a falling apart world. Thanks for all your work, Jeff (and you too Bear). You help me keep my sanity (what little there is left of it).

Piazza – C
Parker – 1B
Lopes – 2B
Wills – SS
Beltre – 3B
Tommy D – LF
Kemp – CF
Ethier – RF
Sandy K – SP
Gagne (or if he doesn’t qualify, Perranoski) – RP

If years served were not considered, I would certainly have included Al (The Bull) Ferrara.

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Bumsrap

My Thanksgiving Day prediction: Jonny DeLuca will be the 2024 breakout player of the year for the Dodgers and be a regular in a corner outfield spot.

Singing the Blue

I thought you were making Jonny D our new third baseman.

Badger

We could start by letting him hit LH pitching this year.

Bumsrap

I wish.

Bobby

Reports that Shota Imanaga will be posted by this coming Monday as well

Singing the Blue

Let’s corner the Asian ballplayer market.
Sign Ohtani, Yamamoto, Imanaga and Lee.
Then bring back Maeda and Ryu.
We could do a lot worse than to have those 6 guys on the roster.

Oldbear48

Maeda and Ryu both well past their primes. Ryu has barely pitched the last two years way too injury prone. Maeda is hittable and getting a little long in the tooth.

Oldbear48

I sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I realized today why I quit drinking. Butch, our resident drummer and former Navy machinist mate, and I have had a tradition of having a shot of Wild Turkey before the Thanksgiving meal. I have never had a shot of booze burn so much on the way to the stomach. Wow. Stuff is more powerful than I remembered.

Badger

Now you have to quit all over again.

Oldbear48

How about a list of totally forgotten Dodgers? Darrell Thomas, Mike Sharperson, Gary Thomasson, Doug Mientkiewicz who had one of the best ever nicknames…..Eye Chart. He also hit .333 his only season in blue. 6-18. Len Matuszek, Enos Cabell, R.J. Reynolds. Stu Pederson, Ralph Bryant, Mike Ramsey. The list is endless.

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