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    What's your all time Oakland Athletics team? This excludes Philladelphia and Kansas City, so you can choose from the time of 1968-present for who you think were the best players to wear an Oakland uni for the majority of their careers.

    Feel free to comment on my team below:

    1B:-None at the moment (Mark McGwire is DQ'd in my mind)
    2B: Gene Tenace
    3B: Sal Bando
    SS: Bert Campaneris
    C: Terry Steinbach
    LF: Rickey Henderson (excellent base stealer)
    CF: Joe Rudi
    RF: Reggie Jackson
    Util: Matt Stairs (OF)
    Carney Lansford (3B)
    Miguel Tejada (SS)
    Geronimo Berroa (OF)
    Dwayne Murphy (OF)
    Billy North (OF)


    SP: Chuck Dobson
    Dave Stewart
    Vida Blue
    James "Catfish" Hunter
    Johnny Odom

    RP/CP: Dennis Eckersley
    Paul Lindbland
    Mark Mulder
    Rollie Fingers
    Tim Hudson

    (Gee wiz Butterbean, that's some solid pitching! )

    Manager:Tony LaRussa
    Last edited by Knick9; 09-26-2006, 04:35 PM.
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  • #2
    You have a few surprising picks there, Knick9.

    There seems to be some confusion as to who played what position. Joe Rudi was a 3-time Gold Glove winner in LEFT field. In nearly 1200 games played in the outfield he only played in center field twice. If you want to try to have both Rickey Henderson and Joe Rudi in your outfield, I'd put Rickey in center. In 2041 games played in the outfield he played 57 times in center field. Reggie played more games in center than either one of them, but both Henderson and Rudi had weak throwing arms so you wouldn't want them in right...or center, either, for that matter.

    Gene Tenace split his time between catcher (892 games) and first base (625 games). The only reason he has appearances at second base (6 games) is because of Charlie Finley's crazy rotating second baseman scheme.

    Chuck Dobson and John "Blue Moon" Odom both had a few good seasons but Dobson's career ended prematurely due to injuries, and I believe Odom had both arm problems and drug problems. In any case there are several better pitchers to select over those two.

    My picks are as follows:

    C Terry Steinbach
    1B Mark McGwire
    2B Dick Green
    3B Eric Chavez
    SS Miguel Tejada
    LF Rickey Henderson
    CF Dave Henderson
    RF Reggie Jackson

    SP Catfish Hunter
    SP Dave Stewart
    SP Vida Blue
    SP Tim Hudson

    RP Rollie Fingers
    RP Dennis Eckersley

    Honorable Mention:
    C/1B Gene Tenance
    2B Mike Gallego
    3B Sal Bando
    3B Carney Lansford
    SS Campy Campaneris
    LF Joe Rudi
    CF Dwayne Murphy
    LF/RF Jose Canseco
    SP Ken Holtzman
    SP Bob Welch

    Comments:

    In some cases it's a bit difficult to decide, particularly if you factor in the number of seasons the players actually performed in Oakland; I tried to balance the two. For example, Holtzman performed superbly for the A's, but his stay in Oakland was a bit short for me to select him in the first four starters.

    If I were to add a left-handed reliever, it would be between Paul Lindblad, Darold Knowles, Bob Lacey, and Rick Honeycutt.

    I didn't pick a DH, but you can put one of the players from the honorable mention in that slot.

    I picked the team based on performance, therefore Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco both made the list. I do not endorse the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

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    • #3
      A's Best

      I am in almost complete agreement with you Catfish. Great calls!! I would probably put Dwayne Murphy in there instead of Dave Henderson, just because I liked the way he played CF. Maybe Campy over Tejada because of all the stolen bases and he has the majority of A's records.

      In addition:

      Best Attitude: Dave Henderson

      Best Batboy: MC Hammer

      Best Coach: Irv Noren

      Best Manager: Dick Williams

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      • #4
        C: Steiny
        1B: Big Mac (sentimental reasons only, major disappoinment)
        2B: Tenace
        SS: Tejada
        3B: Chavez
        LF: Rickey Henderson
        CF: Dave Henderson
        RF: Reggie Jackson
        DH: Canseco (I know, I know, but it's the Bash Brothers)
        P: Stewart
        P: Blue
        P: Welch
        P: Hunter
        P: Hudson
        RP: Eck
        RP: Fingers
        Bench: Lansford
        Bench: Berroa
        Bench: Polonia
        Bench: Giambi (I doubt he did 'roids the whole time)
        Bench: Hatteberg (clutch in the playoffs)
        Bench: Murphy
        Bench: Bando
        Bench: Campy
        Bench: Jaha
        Bench: Zito
        Bench: Mike Moore
        WAR? Prove it!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bucketfoot Al
          I am in almost complete agreement with you Catfish. Great calls!! I would probably put Dwayne Murphy in there instead of Dave Henderson, just because I liked the way he played CF. Maybe Campy over Tejada because of all the stolen bases and he has the majority of A's records.
          You and I are of similar mind. It was a tough pick between Hendu and Murph, but went with Hendu because he was a better overall player and such a delightful guy. Hard to argue with Murph's 6 Gold Gloves, leadership (he was team captain), and his longer tenure with the A's.

          Campy and Tejada was another tough choice. Tejada was definitely the more talented of the two, but his tenure was shorter. If the years spent with the KC A's were included I probably would have gone with Campy.

          Green and Gallego was the other tough choice. Both were superb fielders but light hitters.


          Originally posted by Zito75
          Bench: Mike Moore
          Mike Moore! *CRINGE* My wife still talks about how slowly he worked and how long the games were when he pitched. He had some good seasons with the A's but his games sure were hard to sit through.


          Another guy I thought of was Mike Bordick. He'd be a pretty good utility infielder for our All-time Oakland A's team.

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          • #6
            Dick Green

            I would pick Dick Green at 2B based on the 1974 World Series against the Dodgers alone. Although he was often injured during his Oakland years, he was always Dick Williams go to guy at 2B and played his entire career with the Athletics.

            He was voted the Babe Ruth Award for MVP in the '74 Series even though he didn't get one base hit (0-13). His glove is in the Hall of Fame. Whenever I see that painful replay of Kirk Gibson's 1988 WS home run, I think of Greenie throwing out the Dodger runner at 3rd in Game 5 and smile!! What a way to end a career.

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            • #7
              Yeah, Mike Moore. I HATED him when I was a little kid (M's fan) since he was just rotten. But he did have some good years with us- 1989. There are a few other guys I liked, such as Joe Morgan, Dave Parker and Don Baylor but they weren't really with us long.
              WAR? Prove it!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bucketfoot Al
                His glove is in the Hall of Fame.
                I've seen it!

                My wife took a two-week trip to New York in August of 1995, and visited Cooperstown while we were there. I expected the museum to be great, and it was even better than I expected. What an amazing place!

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                • #9
                  Here is my All-time Oakland team;

                  C- Terry Steinbach
                  1B- Mark McGwire
                  2B- Dick Green
                  SS- Miguel Tejada
                  3B- Eric Chavez
                  LF- Rickey Henderson
                  CF- Dave Henderson
                  RF- Reggie Jackson
                  DH- Carney Lansford
                  SP- Jim "Catfish" Hunter
                  SP- Dave Stewart
                  SP- Barry Zito
                  SP- Vida Blue
                  SP- Tim Hudson
                  RP- Rick Honeycutt
                  RP- Paul Lindblad
                  CL- Rollie Fingers
                  CL- Dennis Eckersley

                  Honoralbe mention;
                  C- Gene Tenace
                  1B- Jason Giambi
                  2B- Mike Gallego
                  SS- Bert Campaneris
                  3B- Sal Bando
                  LF- Joe Rudi
                  CF- Dwayne Murphy
                  RF- Jose Canseco
                  SP- Bob Welch
                  SP- Mark Mulder
                  SP- Blue Moon Odom
                  SP- Mike Norris
                  SP- Ken Holtzman

                  Mgr;Tony LaRussa

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                  • #10
                    Nice banner, ChiSox73. Kudos!
                    WAR? Prove it!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Zito. :gt Had to put it here.

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                      • #12
                        Can a mod who is knowledgabke about Athletics history add a poll to this thread? If somebody does please include the A's entire history.

                        I want the results for the All-Time position by position battle. I have a thread about it in the history forum if you're interested.
                        2009 World Series Champions, The New York Yankees

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