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    Question: if you had to pick one player as the "face" of each franchise, who would it be?

    For instance, while Babe Ruth is certainly the best player the Yankees ever had, I'm not sure he's the first guy most people think of when you think of the New York Yankees. DiMaggio, Gehrig or Mantle would get equal consideration, I think.

    Ripkin or Brooks? That's probably tougher than even the Yankees. Who represents the Baltimore Orioles more: Cal Ripkin or Brooks Robinson? Remember, you can only pick one.

    Detroit: Cobb or Kaline?

    Braves: Aaron? Spahn? Smoltz?

    They're not all so tough:

    Cubs: Ernie Banks.

    Red Sox: Ted Williams

    Who are your nominations for the "face of the franchise"?


    p.s. I'm sorry if this is a repeat post...I thought I posted this the other day, but I can't find it. Maybe I didn't hit the "send" button.
    "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

  • #2
    Here in KC, it's an easy choice: George Brett.
    Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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    • #3
      Cincinnati - Bench?
      Houston - Bagwell?
      Dodgers - Lasorda?
      Philly - Schmidt
      St. Louis - Musial
      San Diego - Gwynn
      White Sox - Thomas?
      KC - Brett
      Minnesota - no longer Puckett?
      Seattle - Griffey Jr?
      Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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      • #4
        in baltimore i think it's brooks - better to look at times the club actually won

        i don't think anyone eclipses ruth

        schmidt is the easy choice in philly but i tend to think of pete alexander

        houston - i think of bob watson

        mets - tom seaver
        Last edited by Brian McKenna; 01-23-2006, 06:38 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RuthMayBond
          Cincinnati - Bench?
          Rose for sure

          Dodgers - Lasorda?
          Nice call

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bkmckenna
            houston - i think of bob watson
            for some reason, this is true for the Astros. Watson or someone of his ilk, someone not too famous or HOF worthy, just another face in the crowd. Maybe Kevin Bass also.

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            • #7
              Cleveland is Bob Feller.
              Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
              Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
              Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
              Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
              Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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              • #8
                Originally posted by dgarza
                for some reason, this is true for the Astros. Watson or someone of his ilk, someone not too famous or HOF worthy, just another face in the crowd. Maybe Kevin Bass also.
                Maybe Jose Cruz?
                Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                • #9
                  Wow can I see a bunch of arguments over this thread

                  I'd have to agree with Rose for my Reds......

                  I'd say if this was in another area the answers would be totally different when confronted by a bunch of youngish fans.

                  A few.....
                  Astros-Biggio or Bagwell
                  BoSox-Yaz
                  Indians-Feller is good
                  A's-I still think McGwire...maybe Billy Beane at this point?
                  Cardinal-Musial
                  Giants-Mays
                  Dodgers-LaSorda is good...very good
                  Pirates-Clemente or Stargell
                  White Sox-Nellie Fox or the Big Hurt
                  Yanks-no baseball face more famous that Ruth
                  Tigers-Cobb probably, Trammell gets some suport
                  Cubs-still Ernie Banks

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                  • #10
                    Angels- i would guess Nolan Ryan..Rangers- a very tough one as nobody's had a really long career there. Pudge Rodriguez by default? Mets- Seaver would be my choice. Brewers- it's kinda hard to choose between Yount and Molitor, I'd go with Yount though, since all of his career was spent there. Blue Jays is another tough one,no idea... Expos not including the recent move to the capital- probably Carter, though possibly Raines, and then Dawson.

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                    • #11
                      Astros - Bagwell
                      Mets - Piazza
                      Orioles - Ripken jr

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by oscargamblesfro
                        Angels- i would guess Nolan Ryan..Rangers- a very tough one as nobody's had a really long career there. Pudge Rodriguez by default? Mets- Seaver would be my choice. Brewers- it's kinda hard to choose between Yount and Molitor, I'd go with Yount though, since all of his career was spent there. Blue Jays is another tough one,no idea... Expos not including the recent move to the capital- probably Carter, though possibly Raines, and then Dawson.
                        Angels-I see Brian Downing...maybe Erstad?
                        Rangers-Toby Harrah?
                        Mets-Seaver over Piazza
                        Expos-"uncle" Gary Carter or the Rock

                        Um does Elroy get special mention for the Pirates?

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                        • #13
                          when i think astros i think j.r. richard and jimmy wynn.
                          "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bkmckenna
                            i don't think anyone eclipses ruth

                            I agree -- but I still think of either DiMaggio or Mantle when I think "Yankees." I'm not a big DiMaggio fan personally, but I think he exemplifies the spirit of the Yankees more than the Babe.

                            As far as the Giants are concerned...the first guy I think of is John McGraw.
                            "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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                            • #15
                              i gotta go for a ride on rmb's coattails on these... minus the question marks.

                              cincinnati - bench
                              los angeles - lasorda
                              philadelphia - schmidt
                              st. louis - musial
                              san diego - gwynn
                              chicago white sox - thomas
                              kansas city - brett
                              minnesota - puckett
                              seattle - griffey jr

                              no doubt that he will pick mays for san francisco and ride mine.
                              "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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