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  • 9RoyHobbsRF
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    Last edited by 9RoyHobbsRF; 04-10-2015, 04:40 PM.

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  • Bucketfoot
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    I liked Mike Cameron

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  • Herr28
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    Nice. I think I bumped this once a while back, but never had my say about the 1980s guys. I should check first. . . Nope. OK, I'll rattle off some names of players from the 1980s that held down CF for a few years at least:

    Garry Pettis
    Willie McGee
    Andy van Slyke
    Garry Maddox
    Lloyd Moseby
    Devon White
    Kirby Puckett
    Dale Murphy
    Chet Lemon
    Fred Lynn
    Eric Davis
    Brett Butler
    Dwayne Murphy
    Gorman Thomas
    Robin Yount
    Andre Dawson
    Dave Henderson
    Tony Armas
    Ellis Burks

    Not sure if Lenny Dykstra played a lot CF in the 1980s or not. Also, I don't know about some guys like Kevin McReynolds, Mookie Wilson, Bob Dernier, or Oddibe McDowell. I think they were all center fielders, but I don't remember if they were any good in the field or not. Rickey Henderson played CF too, but again, I can't recall if he was any good there. I always thought Tony Armas belonged in a corner spot, but there was a guy here a year or so ago that challenged my assumption so maybe I should add his name. There, now the Nation can be happy. Oops, forgot his replacement. There. This is just off the top of the head, so please help me flesh out the glorious 1980s.

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  • Bucketfoot
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    Will go with the fifties.

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  • Yankillaz
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    Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
    Devo was an outstanding center fielder. When he came up with the Angels in the late 1980s, they still had another incredible defensive wizard in center: Gary Pettis. Devo would come in as a defensive replacement late in games for either Brian Downing in LF or the George Hendrick/Ruppert Jones tandem in RF. Pettis and White in the same outfield, wow. That would be something to watch!
    Word. That's what's so fascinating of the Royals outfield in the postseason. They had three GG caliber outfielders, two CFers to boot at once.

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  • Herr28
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    Devo was an outstanding center fielder. When he came up with the Angels in the late 1980s, they still had another incredible defensive wizard in center: Gary Pettis. Devo would come in as a defensive replacement late in games for either Brian Downing in LF or the George Hendrick/Ruppert Jones tandem in RF. Pettis and White in the same outfield, wow. That would be something to watch!

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  • Yankillaz
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    Quick tangent. How many HOF Cfers do we have per decade. Or caliber of HOFers.

    The duo of Trout-McCutchen talent wise, and if we take career projections at this very early stage is only overshadowed by those duos 1910s and 1950s. And we haven't dug deeper just yet.

    Of course that's peak value. I do conced that the 90s was the deepest of all the decades. Just in 1993 there were 28 teams, with CFers:

    Toronto - Devon White
    New York - Bernie Williams
    Baltimore - Brady Anderson
    Cleveland - Kenny Lofton
    Boston - Ellis Burks
    Milwaukee - Darryl Hamilton
    Detroit - Milt Cuyler
    Chicago - Lance Johnson
    Texas - ???
    Seattle - Ken Griffey Jr.
    California - Chad Curtis
    Kansas City - Brian Mcrae
    Minnesotta - Kirby Puckett
    Oakland - ???

    Philadelphia - Lenny Dykstra
    Montreal - Marquis Grissom
    St. Louis - Ray Lankford
    Chicago - ???
    Pittsburgh - Andy Van Slyke
    Florida - Chuck Carr
    New York - Vince Coleman

    Atlanta - Otis Nixon
    San Francisco - Darren Lewis
    Los Angeles - Brett Butler
    Houston - Steve Finley
    San Diego - ???
    Colorado - ???

    Many of them All Stars at one point of their careers.

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  • Herr28
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    Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post
    Five out of 30 is no big deal.
    He forgot the immortal Jon Jay.

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  • SavoyBG
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    Originally posted by Yankillaz View Post
    I like the 2010s. Just consider the following:

    Mike Trout
    Andrew McCutchen
    Adam Jones
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Carlos Gomez

    Plus some wildcards...

    Five out of 30 is no big deal.

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  • Yankillaz
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    I like the 2010s. Just consider the following:

    Mike Trout
    Andrew McCutchen
    Adam Jones
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Carlos Gomez

    Plus some wildcards...


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  • SavoyBG
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    Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post
    AMERICAN LEAGUE 2000 - 2009
    CF - Johnny Damon
    Speaking of Damon, the new season of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE debuts tonight and is also on tomorrow, and Johnny Damon is one of the players this year.

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  • SavoyBG
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    Going by win shares in the decade, Here's the first second and third team CFers for each league in each decade.

    1876 - 1879
    First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team
    CF - Paul Hines - Lip Pike - Jack Remsen

    1880 - 1889
    CF - George Gore - Paul Hines - Pete Browning

    1890 - 1899
    CF - Billy Hamilton - George Van Haltren - Mike Griffin

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1900 - 1909
    CF - Roy Thomas - Ginger Beaumont - Cy Seymour

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1901 - 1909
    CF - Sam Crawford - Fielder Jones - Chick Stahl

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1910 - 1919
    CF - Dode Paskert - Max Carey - Benny Kauff

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1910 - 1919
    CF - Ty Cobb - Tris Speaker - Burt Shotton

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1920 - 1929
    CF - Ed Roush - Max Carey - Hack Wilson

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1920 - 1929
    CF - Tris Speaker - Ty Cobb - Al Simmons

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1930 - 1939
    CF - Wally Berger - Lloyd Waner - Kiki Cuyler

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1930 - 1939
    CF - Earl Averill - Sammy West - Joe DiMaggio

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1940 - 1949
    CF - Tommy Holmes - Johnny Hopp - Pete Reiser

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1940 - 1949
    CF - Joe DiMaggio - Stan Spence - Dom DiMaggio

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1950 - 1959
    CF - Duke Snider - Richie Ashburn - Willie Mays

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1950 - 1959
    CF - Mickey Mantle - Larry Doby - Irv Noren

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1960 - 1969
    CF - Willie Mays - Vada Pinson - Curt Flood

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1960 - 1969
    CF - Mickey Mantle - Tom Tresh - Jimmie Hall

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1970 - 1979
    CF - Cesar Cedeno - Al Oliver - Rick Monday

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1970 - 1979
    CF - Amos Otis - Bobby Murcer - Mickey Rivers

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1980 - 1989
    CF - Dale Murphy - Andre Dawson - Brett Butler

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1980 - 1989
    CF - Willie Wilson - Chet Lemon - Lloyd Moseby

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1990 - 1999
    CF - Ray Lankford - Steve Finley - Marquis Grissom

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1990 - 1999
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr. - Bernie Williams - Brady Anderson

    NATIONAL LEAGUE 2000 - 2009
    CF - Carlos Beltran - Jim Edmonds - Andruw Jones

    AMERICAN LEAGUE 2000 - 2009
    CF - Johnny Damon - Mike Cameron - Randy Winn

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  • Herr28
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    Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post
    Sam Rice was a RFer.
    I am pretty sure many major league caliber corner outfielders can do just fine if they move over to the other side, especially a right fielder going to left.

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  • SavoyBG
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    Originally posted by Gee Walker View Post
    The 1910's saw peak production from Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, plus the beginning of Oscar Charleston's career. That's three of the top ten of all time. Throw in a second string of Sam Rice, Edd Roush, and Max Carey, and that's an awfully good bunch.
    Sam Rice was a RFer.

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  • Second Base Coach
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    Oh 1950s of course... here is a song for you. And with a nice Garvey/Cooperstown reference too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWKA9Zi5-_Y

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