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Vin Scully ___1927-2022

I had to take a break from my blog break to post this. I grew up a Dodger fan and will always be one. This man was a big reason.  Scully wasn’t a homer…he called the game with class and style. It’s hard to listen to announcers who openly root for their team because of him. He announced games from the Jackie Robinson era to Clayton Kershaw for a total of 67 summers. Even most Giant fans I know admire the man.

I hated hearing that Vin passed away…some of my childhood went with him. For me, he was as good as it gets as a baseball announcer and from what I know…an even better person.

The Dodgers were playing the Giants when the news broke…The Giants played a tribute on their video board after the final out at Oracle Park

Vin Scully: “I just want to be remembered as a good man, an honest man, and one who lived up to his own beliefs”

Clayton Kershaw: “He was the best there ever was, just when you think about the Dodgers, there’s a lot of history here and a lot of people that have come through. It’s just a storied franchise all the way around. But it almost starts with Vin, honestly.

“Just such a special man. I’m grateful and thankful I got to know him as well as I did.”

Dave Roberts: “There’s not a better storyteller, and I think everyone considers him family, he was in our living rooms for many generations. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever.”

Steve Garvey: “Every great city has sounds to it. Los Angeles has had one clear sound and that’s been the voice of Vin Scully.”

Kirk Gibson: My 2nd favorited vin quote “in case you’re wondering….Will Clarke is due up……………………………….7th ……this inning” Rip Vin….the best

Ken Rosenthal: ‘Vin was the most beloved person in baseball’

Howie Rose: The greatest baseball broadcaster who ever lived, Vin Scully, has passed away. It was an honor just to know him. He demonstrated that language still matters and forged an intimate bond with his listeners that the rest of us can only strive to achieve. The Renoir of broadcasters.

Hunter Pence: Vin Scully was more than a broadcaster, he is a baseball legend. My heart goes out to the Scully family, the Dodgers organization, and all the fans who loved him.

Ozzie Smith: I grew up on the voice and the poetic sounds of Vin Scully. He made listening to Baseball fun and educational. Simply the best !!

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50 Year Dream Team

This is a response to Dave’s post. I’m going to copy the agenda he went by.

https://mlblogsoneflewoverthejaysnest.wordpress.com/2021/12/28/50-year-dream-team/

Many times I’ve started to think, “who are the greatest players that have been around since I became aware of baseball? Who are the best at each position?” So this week I decided to expand on the idea a little, compile an All All-star Team …and add a twist.

“I decided arbitrarily to pick the past 50 years (which isn’t far outside of the range of when I’ve been a fan, although the early years primarily just by having a few baseball cards and seeing an inning or two on TV as a small child.) So we’re looking at 1972 through the 2021 seasons. I decided to make a 26 player roster, using a player at their peak. But, to make it more interesting, the team has only one player per franchise. So, for instance, from my Blue Jays, if I wanted Carlos Delgado’s massive 2000 season, with his 57 doubles and .664 slugging percentage, out the window goes Jose Bautista’s 2010 with its 54 homers. Or Roy Halladay’s Cy Young season. And so on. Oh, and finally, a player can be there only once… we can’t say have Randy Johnson for Seattle and Randy Johnson with Arizona. With that in mind, here’s the mindboggling 50-year team I came up with, with a few season highlights and their Baseball Reference WAR listed.”

This was hard. I did replace some of Dave’s but I agree totally with his list also…who wouldn’t want either one of these teams? Joe Morgan was HARD to leave off but I had Johnny Bench from the Reds already. I wanted to include Robin Yount so I could not have Rollie Fingers 1981 season.

I will have to say…the pitching staff is almost unbeatable.

Catcher :

Johnny Bench, 1972, Cincinnati.. 147 games, 87 runs, 6 SB, .279 avg, MVP, Gold Glove (GG) 8.6 WAR

Ivan Rodriguez, 1999, Texas. 144 games, 116 runs, 25 SB, .332 avg, MVP, Gold Glove (GG) 6.4 WAR

First Base

Albert Pujols, 2009, St Louis. .327, 47HR, 135RBI,  1.101 OPS, MVP, 9.7 WAR

Miguel Cabrera, 2012, Detroit. .330,44HR, 139RBI, triple crown, .999OPS, MVP, 7.1 WAR

Second Base:

Rod Carew, 1977, Minnesota. .388, 128 runs, 239H, 16 triple,100RBI, MVP, 9.7 WAR

feff Kent, 2000, San Fran. .334, 114 runs, 196H, .424 OBP, 7 triple,125RBI, MVP, 7.2 WAR

Shortstop:

Robin Yount, 1982, Milwaukee .331, 29/102, 210H, .989 OPS 10.5 WAR GG MVP

Third Base:

George Brett, 1980, Kansas City. .390, 24/114, .664 Slg., MVP, 9.4 WAR MVP

Outfield:

Mike Trout, 2018, LA Angels. .312,.460OBP, 122BB, 39HR, 1.088OPS, 9.9 WAR

Ken Griffey Jr, 1997, Seattle. 125 runs, 56/147, .646 Slg., GG, MVP, 9.1 WAR

Tony Gwynn, 1994 short-season, San Diego. .394, 165H in 110games, 1.022OPS, 4.2 WAR

Manny Ramírez, 1999, Cleveland .333, 44/165, 96BB, 2 SB, 7.3WAR

Larry Walker, 1997, Colorado. .366, 49HR, 208H, 33SB, 1.172OPS, GG, MVP, 9.8 WAR

Des. Hitter:

Frank Thomas, 1994sh.sea., C White Sox. 106R in 113games, 38HR, .729slg, MVP, 6.4 WAR

Starting Pitcher:

Steve Carlton, 1972, Philadelphia. 27-10, 1.97, 30CG, 8 Shutouts, 310K, Cy, 12.1 WAR

Greg Maddux, 1995, Atlanta. 19-2, 1.63ERA, 10cg, 181K,23bb, GG, Cy Young 9.7 WAR

Pedro Martinez, 2000, Boston. 18-6, 1.74, 4shutouts, 284K, Cy, 11.7 WAR

Tom Seaver, 1973, NY Mets. 19-10, 2.08, 251K in 290IP 3 shutouts, Cy, 10.6 WAR

Clayton Kershaw 2014, Los Angeles. 21-6, 1.77 era, 6cg, 239K, Cy and MVP 7.7WAR

Roger Clemens, 1997, Toronto. 21-7, 2.05, 9cg, 292K, Cy 11.9WAR

Randy Johnson, 2002, Arizona. 24-5, 2.32, 4shutouts, 334K, Cy, 10.7 WAR

Max Scherzer, 2016, Washington. 20-7, 2.96, 284K, Cy, 6.2 WAR

Relief Pitcher:

Bruce Sutter, 1979, C Cubs. 37 saves, 6-6, 2.22, 110K in 62G, 4.9 WAR

Mariano Rivera, 2004, NY Yankees. 74G, 78.2IP, 4W, Cy, 4.2WAR

Dennis Eckersley, 1992, Oakland. 51Sv, 7-1, 1.91, 93K:11bb, 2.9 WAR

Kent Tekulve, 1978, Pittsburgh. 91G, 8W, 31Sv, 135IP, 2.33. 3.4WAR

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