Every other team's Most Valuable Dodger

January, 20, 2012
1/20/12
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Reading Evan Bladh's recent post on Mike Piazza at Opinion of Kingman's Performance, I got to wondering about the Mike Piazzas of every team in baseball — which players were the most valuable to both the Dodgers and another team.

So I put together this chart of what I thought might be the best. Keep in mind that I tried as hard as possible to avoid technicalities — if the player wasn't significant to both teams, I wasn't interested. So no Duke Snider with the Giants, no Frank Robinson. And managing didn't count, so there's no place for Gil Hodges or Joe Torre.

Let me know what you think — some choices were tough, but with others I might simply have had a blind spot and forgotten about a better option. Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Arizona and Cincinnati were no picnic, to name a few. If you suggest someone in the comments below who is an improvement, I'll make the change.

Update: Changes made below thanks to some great reader suggestions. I took several of them and deliberated others before deciding to stick with what I had.

 
ArizonaSteve Finley
AtlantaDusty Baker Rafael Furcal
BaltimoreEddie Murray
BostonReggie Smith
Chicago CubsBill Buckner
Chicago White SoxTommy John
CincinnatiKal Daniels Jeff Shaw
ClevelandBrett Butler Orel Hershiser
ColoradoPedro Astacio
DetroitKirk Gibson
HoustonJimmy Wynn
Kansas CityTim Belcher
Los Angeles AngelsAndy Messersmith
MiamiGary Sheffield
MilwaukeeGreg Brock
MinnesotaRon Perranoski
New York MetsMike Piazza
New York YankeesAl Downing
OaklandBob Welch
PhiladelphiaJay Johnstone Dolph Camilli
PittsburghBurleigh Grimes
San DiegoSteve Garvey
San FranciscoJeff Kent
SeattleAdrian Beltre
St. LouisJoe Medwick
Tampa BayWilson Alvarez
TexasCharlie Hough Frank Howard
TorontoShawn Green
WashingtonPedro Martinez Mike Marshall


Here's how my initial selections shape up by position:

1B2BSS3BLFCFRFCSPRP
MurrayKentFurcalBeltreMedwickWynnSmithPiazzaHershiserMarshall
Garvey   GibsonFinleySheffield GrimesPerranoski
Buckner   Howard Green JohnShaw
Camilli       MessersmithWelch
Brock       DowningAlvarez
        Astacio
        Belcher

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.319 13 55 61
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 71
RY. Puig 61
OPSY. Puig .958
WC. Kershaw 13
ERAC. Kershaw 1.71
SOZ. Greinke 153