I find it odd that a team like the Dodgers with such a long and rich history doesn't really have a "face of the franchise" type of player like a Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, or even a Mike Schmidt. They've had great players of course but none quite at the level of "all-time" great. I suppose Mike Piazza could have been that player if he didn't leave the Dodgers half way through his career.
Last edited by Honus Wagner Rules; 05-02-2012 at 03:11 PM.
Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis
However, even when considering only those who played for Los Angeles, I'd have to count guys like Koufax, Garvey, and Piazza before even considering Kemp just yet. Perhaps in a few more years.
"And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."
Put it in the books.
Kemp has a few more years to establish himself. If he can keep his nose, and body clean, he could.
I guess the Dodgers will have to be content with having had the most important player to ever play the game and every April 15 every player in the game honors him and the team by wearing his number 42.
After 1957, it seemed like we would never laugh again. Of course, we did. Its just that we were never young again.
The LA NL Franchise seems to love trading on the Brooklyn history while the Orioles went out of their way to distance themselves from all things St Louis Browns. As far as successor franchises go the Phillies apparently give a nod to the A's since they have a statue of Connie Mack and some A's stuff at their stadium. Not sure how KC handles it though