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Your Franchise Player(s)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by KevinmH9, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    So ESPN's Baseball Tonight is developing another program to find the "best player in history" of every major league baseball team.

    I don't remember when the whole voting starts or how it'll work, but I thought it'd be a nice discussion/debate to see what everyone thought was the best player in history of every baseball team.

    EDIT: I apologize if this is on the wrong thread. I wasn't sure if this would be more appropriate in this thread of the "Anything Goes" thread.
  2. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

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  3. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Make sure Perenially Overrated hasn't started this thread before.

    Close to home, it's Frank Thomas for the White Sox, although a certain baseball afficianado may get on here and scold me for not picking someone else.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I thought this was best in each team's history, not ESPN's history.

    I'll leave the rest up to Buckdub.
  5. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I'll have to pick the home team first and say that it's a tie for me between Ted Williams and Yastrzemski.
  6. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Are you saying Thomas is not the best player in White Sox history, spnited? If so, who's your pick? No hiding behind Buck.
  7. Guy_Incognito

    Guy_Incognito Well-Known Member

    No it's not. The only one who can have an argument against Williams is Clemens, if you don't count the steroids.

    In NY, Ruth over many others who would win in other cities, & Seaver over Piazza.
  8. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Yaz was great, but not in Williams' league.
  9. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    One man's list; I tried to go with great players who are synonomous with that particular franchise, not just guys who passed through (like Sheffield or Josh Beckett with the Marlins, or most of the great players who made up the Blue Jays' World Series winners in the early 90s):
    Yanks -- Babe Ruth
    Red Sox -- Ted Williams
    Orioles -- Brooks Robinson? Maybe Jim Palmer?
    Blue Jays -- Egads. Most of the great players from their World Series teams, like Molitor, Henderson and Winfield, were transients. Dave Stieb?
    Rays -- None.

    Twins -- Harmon Killebrew or Kirby Puckett.
    Tigers -- Ty Cobb
    Royals -- George Brett
    White Sox -- Joe Jackson
    Indians -- Bob Feller

    Rangers -- Nolan Ryan
    Mariners -- Ken Griffey Jr.
    Angels -- Tough one. Rod Carew, I suppose. Maybe Nolan Ryan again.
    A's (Oakland era only) -- Reggie Jackson

    Phillies -- Mike Schmidt/Steve Carlton (tie)
    Mets -- Tom Seaver
    Nats/Expos -- Gary Carter? Andre Dawson?
    Marlins -- Haven't kept anyone great around long enough for consideration in this discussion.
    Braves -- Hank Aaron

    Brewers -- Robin Yount. Molitor was too much of a transient later in his career.
    Cubs -- Gotta be Ernie Banks.
    Astros -- Nolan Ryan, or Craig Biggio if you want a guy who played his whole career there.
    Cardinals -- Stan Musial
    Pirates -- Roberto Clemente
    Reds -- Frank Robinson or Pete Rose

    Rockies -- Todd Helton? Haven't had much else in 15 years, in terms of long-lived standouts.
    Dodgers -- Jackie Robinson
    Giants -- Willie Mays
    Padres -- Tony Gwynn
    Diamondbacks -- Randy Johnson
  10. times38

    times38 Member

    As a Braves fan you'd have to say Hank Aaron, but the Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine troika deserves some love too. As does Dale Murphy.
  11. Or there's always that Cal Ripken Jr. guy.
  12. dargan

    dargan Active Member

    Henry Aaron
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