Sports Medley: Best
Dodgers Team Ever? 14 Aug 17
by Tony Medley
There has been talk
about this being the best Dodgers team of all time. While it’s premature
to speak of such things before they have won anything, let’s compare the
other two teams competing for that prize, the 1953 Dodgers (who lost the
World Series in six games to the New York Yankees) and the 1963 Dodgers,
who swept the Yankees in four games.
C. Roy Campanella
John Roseboro Yasmani Grandal
Hodges Ron Fairly Cody Bellinger
Gilliam Jim Gilliam Logan Forsythe
Cox Ken McMullen Justin
Reese Maury Wills Corey Seager
Robinson Tommy Davis Chris Taylor
Snider Willie Davis Joc Pederson
Rf Carl Furillo
Frank Howard Yasiel Puig
Erskine Sandy Koufax Clayton Kershaw
Don Drysdale Rich Hill
Meyer Bob Miller Alex Wood
Johnny Podres Kenta Maeda
M Charlie Dressen
Walter Alston Dave Roberts
complete games in ’53 and ’63, so there wasn’t much in the way of
“relief” pitchers. Looking at the lineups, if they were all competing
for the same positions, here’s how I’d line them up:
c. Roy Campanella, 53
1b Gil Hodges, 53
2b Gilliam. 63
3b Justin Turner, 17
ss Maury Wills, 63
lf Jackie Robinson,
cf Duke Snider, 53
rf Carl Furillo. 53
P Sandy Koufax. 63
Don Drysdale, 63
Carl Erskine, 53
Clayton Kershaw, 17
(although his inability to finish would make him barely qualify as #4).
M Walter Alston, 63
So 5 of the 8
starters would be from ’53, 2 from ’63, and only Turner from ’17. Two
pitchers from ’63 would make my team and one each from ’53 and ’17. It’s
hard to say that this 2017 team is the Dodgers all time “best” when so
few of its players could compete successfully for starting jobs with the
other two teams.
baseball rule that needs changing:
Baseball has yet another rule that needs changing. When a player catches
a fly ball and falls into the stands, it should not be an out. It should
be a home run. The player should be required to stay on the field after
catching to ball for it to be an out. If he falls into the stands on a
fair ball, it should be a home run, regardless of whether or not he
catches it. The rule should be that if a batter hits a ball out of the
park, it’s a home run because even if a player catches it and falls into
the stands, the batter has still hit the ball out of the park.
Where’s baseball for the youth?
A brand new sports Park opened in Irvine. It contains six soccer fields
and 25 tennis courts, but not one baseball field.
anybody play this game?
Although when I played baseball in high school I was a pitcher –
outfielder, when I played softball later I was a third baseman. I never
had any training on how to play third base, but it was clear from
watching and playing the game all my life that when a third baseman is
expecting a throw from an outfielder on a runner coming in from second
he straddles the bag parallel to the foul line with one foot on
either side of the bag. In Wednesday's Atlanta-Dodgers game, Corey
Seager was trying to advance from 2nd to 3rd on a Cody Bellinger fly
ball to right field. So the ball was coming from the right fielder.
However, Atlanta third baseman Brandon Phillips straddled the bag, all
right. But he straddled it perpendicular to the foul line instead
of parallel to the foul line. So one foot was in front of, but short of,
the bag and the other foot was in foul territory. As a result Seager had
a direct path to slide right into third base. Even though the throw beat
him. Phillips missed the tag because he was improperly positioned.
Phillips is paid $14 million, even though he obviously doesn’t have a
clue as to how to properly play his position. But this doesn’t set him
apart from his fellow major leaguers, most of whom know little or
nothing of the fundamentals of the game.