Giants dominate all-time NL roster
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By Dave Williams  July 11, 2014 12:00 am

The results for The Community Voice’s all-time National League and American League baseball teams poll are in, and they reveal sharp contrasts in the psyche of each league’s voting.

The National League voting tended to show more a preference to the local team, the Giants, while the American League voting trended toward the more historical figures of the game, as the team was dominated by New York Yankees. 

I got the sense, when tallying up the National League, the bulk of the voters were younger and went with their favorite players rather than combing through the Baseball Encyclopedia to check statistics of players from years past. Some of the selections left me shaking my head in utter disagreement. But hey, it’s their choice, so I just tallied up the votes.

It’s amazing there was no room on the voters’ teams for the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Reggie Jackson, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie McCovey, Bob Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Al Kaline, Lou Brock, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Kirby Puckett, Henry Aaron or Roberto Clemente.

Some of the players on these lists played for multiple teams, but in the interest of saving space, we’ll list the teams on which they truly made their mark.

Here’s who The Community Voice readers chose:

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

First base – Will Clark, San Francisco Giants

Second base – Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs

Third base – Matt Williams, San Francisco Giants

Shortstop – Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals

Left field – Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

Center field – Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants

Right field – Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres

Catcher – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Left-hand pitcher – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

Right-hand pitcher – Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

Relief pitcher – Rod Beck, San Francisco Giants.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

First base – Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees

Second base – Roberto Alomar, Toronto Blue Jays

Third base – George Brett, Kansas City Royals

Shortstop – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Left field – Rickey Henderson, Oakland A’s

Center field – Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners

Right field – George Herman “Babe” Ruth

Catcher – Yogi Berra, New York Yankees

Left-hand pitcher – Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners

Right-hand pitcher – Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox

Relief pitcher – Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees.

 

So there you have it. That’s who voters selected for their all-time NL and AL teams. Obviously, I have some disagreements with both teams, so here are my teams, starting with the NL first.

The voters got it right in picking the NL outfield. The only debate I could make would be whether or not I’d place Henry Aaron or Roberto Clemente above Gwynn. But I went with Gwynn because I had the chance to see him on an every day basis, and he’s the best right fielder I’ve had the chance to see day in and day out.

I’d put Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds at second base over Sandberg, Willie McCovey at first base over Will Clark and Mike Schmidt at third base over Matt Williams. Oh yeah, see ya Buster Posey, that catcher spot belongs to the one and only Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds.

It’s hard to argue against Sandy Koufax as the left-handed starter, but I have to go with Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies only for the fact that I actually got to see him pitch, and he had 27 wins for the 1972 Phillies, who only won 59 games that year. As for Lincecum, and Rod Beck, well, they’d be replaced by Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves and Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.

On the American League side, Brooks Robinson of the Orioles is my third baseman over George Brett by a slim margin, and Ivan Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers over the Yankees’ Yogi Berra.

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