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Old 11-22-2015, 10:19 PM
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Default Help! - Best players for 1958-1980 baseball card display

It will take me a very long time, but I've decided to turn my "Top 50" baseball card display into a "Top 100." The goal here is to represent the Top 100 players who had player cards issued between 1933 and 1980.

While the "First 50" (1933-1957) display is far from done, the player selections are at least final. However, I am a little stuck making up my mind on which players to represent on the 1958-1980 display.

Below are the 20 most marginal players under consideration, from which I need to dump 7. Please vote for anywhere from 1-7 guys you think belong in the bottom 7. Other than giving myself one save/veto in the case of sentimental value, I will tally your votes and use them to build my display.


INFIELDERS
Dick Allen
Steve Garvey
Ron Santo

CATCHERS
Thurman Munson
Gary Carter

PITCHERS
JR Richard
Don Sutton
Phil Niekro
Rich Gossage
Luis Tiant
Bruce Sutter

OUTFIELDERS
George Foster
Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Dave Parker
Dale Murphy
Fred Lynn
Richie Ashburn
Andre Dawson
Monte Irvin
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:41 PM
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You gotta drop Fred Lynn. A couple of nice years (including his rookie campaign) were the lonely candles atop his middling career cake.
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I remember how excited I was when Lynn came to the Angels, but he never did come close to matching his Boston years. So okay, that's a minus one on Lynn.
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These are the guys I drop:

Fred Lynn
JR Richard
Luis Tiant
George Foster
Dave Parker
Dale Murphy
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Drop

Lynn
Foster
Allen
Richard
Sutter

I strongly disagree with dropping murphy or Tiant.
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Drop

Lynn
Foster
Allen
Richard
Sutter

I strongly disagree with dropping murphy or Tiant.
I agree with your disagreement on those two!!

Playing wiffle ball back in the day, I developed a pitch called 'the Louie' after Tiant. Loved him when he came to the Yanks. I'd turn my back to the batter during the wind-up and completely change where I would let go of the pitch to mess up his timing. Good times!!
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Sutter is in the Hall. IMO, I don't understand the reason behind not having him represented. Murphy was very pedestrian except for 4 or 5 years ( of an 18 or 19 year career ), and Tiant was never thought of as one of the best in the game. Allen was one of the most feared sluggers back in the day and one of the top players in the game over a 10 year stretch. He's probably the most deserving for the Hall of players not in it. If you have to lose 7 players off the list, it's going to spur debate!
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Richard and Tiant, as they are the only pitchers not in the HOF or to win a Cy Young on the list.

The hitters are a little tougher.

I'd knock off Ashburn and Minoso. Neither was ever an MVP, and Ashburn was a debatable HOF pick.

Then Rice, Foster, and Parker, all MVP's at one time, but also with some years where they didn't do much.

so....
Richard
Tiant
Ashburn
Minoso
Rice
Foster
Parker
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That's good logic. I have always had a soft spot for JR Richard based on his career ending just as he was heading toward his best year(s?). I also tend to remember him as better than he was since he had a stretch where I believe he was 15-0 against my team with an ERA around 1.00 and about 12Ks per game.
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Old 11-23-2015, 01:28 PM
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So, who is your top 50 from 33-57?

And who is your 43 that are in from 58 to 80?
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