Fans To Decide The Best Dodger Outfielders
First base, second base, shortstop, third base, catcher, andoutfield polls now open for fan voting.
Voting to find the Los Angeles Dodgers’ all-timeoutfield has begun as the Dodgers continue to seek the fans’choices for the “All-Time L.A. Team” on dodgers.com.Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their three favoriteDodger outfielders in the poll. The list of outfielders on theballot includes two Rookie of the Year winners, a World Seriesicon, a two-time batting champion, three Gold Glove winners and theall-time Dodger single-season home run king.
The outfielder candidates feature the following:
Dusty Baker, who won the NL Gold Glove Award in1981, played eight seasons for the Dodgers from 1976-83. He earnedMVP honors in the 1977 National League Championship Series againstthe Phillies and hit a career-high 30 home runs that year, joiningteammates Reggie Smith, Ron Cey and Steve Garvey asbaseball’s first 30-home run quartet. Baker hit his 30th homerun at Dodger Stadium in the Dodgers’ final home game offHouston ’s J.R. Richard.
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Bill Buckner,who batted .314 forthe 1974 pennant-winning Dodgers, batted .289 in his first eightseasons with Los Angeles . He reached the Major Leagues as a firstbaseman, but switched to the outfield to make room for Steve Garveyon the Dodger infield in June 1973. He led the 1976 Dodgers infielding percentage (.985), outfield assists (7), and putouts(315).
Brett Butler, a hard-nosed center fielder andleadoff hitter, spent two stints with the Dodgers (1991-94,1995-97). He led the National League in runs (112) and walks (108)in 1991, while compiling a .296 batting average with 38 stolenbases. Butler did not commit an error in the field during the 1991(160 starts) and ’93 (154 starts) campaigns and had thesecond-best fielding percentage (.997) of any NL outfielder from1991-94.
Willie Crawford, a Los Angeles native whosigned with the Dodgers in 1964, played 832 games in the outfieldover 11 seasons for Los Angeles . At age 19, he recorded apinch-hit single against the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of the 1965World Series. He enjoyed career highs in home runs (14) and RBI(66) in 1973 and also played in 1974 in the World Series againstOakland .
Tommy Davis, who is the only Dodger to ever winback-to-back National League batting titles (.353 in 1962, .326 in1963), still holds the single-season Los Angeles records for mosthits (230) and RBI (153), both during the 1962 campaign. Daviscompiled a lifetime .294 batting average in 1,999 games from1959-76.
Willie Davis, who holds multiple Los AngelesDodger all-time records, played in 1,906 games over 14 years forthe Dodgers. Among the Los Angeles records he holds are mostat-bats (7,495), runs (1,004), hits (2,091), triples (110),extra-base hits (585), and total bases (3,094). He also still holdsthe franchise’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, set in1969.
Kirk Gibson, who gave the Dodgers a victory inGame 1 of the 1988 World Series with a pinch-hit walk-off two-runhomer, spent three seasons in Los Angeles. He won the 1988 NationalLeague MVP Award after helping the Dodgers secure their sixth WorldSeries championship. He compiled a lifetime .268 batting average in1,635 career games with the Tigers, Dodgers, Royals andPirates.
Shawn Green, who holds the Dodger all-timesingle-season home run mark (49), hit 164 home runs for the Dodgersfrom 2000-2004. He enjoyed a record-setting performance on May 23,2002 at Milwaukee , going 6-for-6 with four home runs, seven RBI,six runs scored, one double, and 19 total bases.
Frank Howard, the 1960 NL Rookie of the Year,spent seven seasons with Los Angeles . He enjoyed his mostproductive season with the Dodgers in 1962 when he hit 31 home runsand 119 RBI. Howard became the first player to hit a home run onthe Loge Level at Dodger Stadium with a blast off theYankees’ Whitey Ford in Game 4 of the 1963 World Series.
“Sweet” Lou Johnson became acatalyst to the 1965 championship season when he slugged 12 homersand 58 RBI during the regular season and blasted the game-winninghome run off Minnesota ’s Jim Kaat in Game 7 of the 1965World Series. He was called up to the big leagues in May 1965 afterTommy Davis fractured his ankle.
Ken Landreaux, who was acquired from the Twinson the eve of the 1981 season opener, caught the final out of theWorld Series against the New York Yankees, which sealed theDodgers’ fifth World Series title. Landreaux hit acareer-high 17 home runs with Los Angeles in 1983 and compiled alifetime .268 batting average with the Angels, Twins, andDodgers.
Mike Marshall, who made his Major League debutduring the 1981 championship season, posted career highs with 28home runs and 95 RBI in 1985. He contributed 20 home runs and 82RBI in 1988 to help the Dodgers win their sixth World Series title.Marshall compiled a lifetime .270 batting average in 1,035 gameswith the Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, and Angels.
Rick Monday, a former Arizona State Universitystar, played for the Dodgers from 1977-84. His most memorable hitwas the ninth-inning home run in Game 5 of the 1981 National LeagueChampionship Series at Montreal , which propelled the Dodgers intothe World Series. His most memorable moment might have been savingthe American flag from being burned by two fans on the field atDodger Stadium in 1976 when he was an outfielder for the ChicagoCubs.
Raul Mondesi was a strong-armed outfielder forthe Dodgers and claimed the National League Rookie of the Yearaward in 1994. He joined teammates Eric Karros, Mike Piazza andTodd Zeile as the second quartet in team history to slug 30 homeruns in a season in 1997. He stole 30 bases that same year to puthim in the exclusive 30-30 club. He was also a two-time Gold Glovewinner while with the Dodgers (1995 and ’97).
Wally Moon, acquired from the St. LouisCardinals prior to the 1959 season, became popular at games playedat the Los Angeles Coliseum with his “Moon Shots,” oropposite-field home runs over the 42-foot high left-field screen.He helped the Dodgers win the 1959 championship with 19 home runsand 74 RBI in 145 games, along with Gold Glove defense in leftfield.
Gary Sheffield hit at least 30 home runs with100 RBI in his first three full seasons with the Dodgers. He hit 43home runs and 109 RBI in 2000 and set the single-season franchiserecords in at-bats per home run (11.7) and slugging percentage(.643).
Reggie Smith, who was acquired from the St.Louis Cardinals in June 1976, joined teammates Ron Cey, SteveGarvey, and Dusty Baker in 1977 as baseball’s first 30-homerun quartet. The switch-hitter finished with 314 career home runs,spanning from 1966-82. He was a key member of the 1977 and’78 pennant-winning Dodger teams and the 1981 World Serieschampionship team.
Duke Snider, inducted into Baseball’sHall of Fame in 1980, hit 389 home runs with Brooklyn and LosAngeles between 1947 and ‘62. He compiled a .300 battingaverage in 1,923 lifetime games with the Dodgers. Snider alsocollected the first Dodger hits in the L.A> Memorial Coliseumand Dodger Stadium. His uniform No. 4 was retired by Los Angeles onJuly 6, 1980.
Jimmy Wynn, who was acquired from the HoustonAstros prior to the 1974 season, was nicknamed the “ToyCannon” and helped spark the Dodgers to their first NationalLeague pennant in nine years. He hit 32 home runs and notched108 RBI for the Dodgers that year and blasted a clutch grand slamduring the September 15 game at Dodger Stadium against theCincinnati Reds to extend the team’s division lead to two anda half games. He compiled 291 home runs and 225 stolen basesoverall during his 15-year career (1963-77).
Dodger fans have the opportunity to vote for the “All-TimeL.A. Team” at dodgers.com/anniversary,with the results being unveiled later this year. The 2008 seasonmarks the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to LosAngeles.
The club will celebrate this golden anniversary with fans aroundthe world through a series of historical, cultural and promotionalevents that are unique to Los Angeles and honor the legacy of thefranchise and its players and the loyalty of Dodger fans.