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Who's the NL LF of the 1980's?

Dusty Baker
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Gary Matthews
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George Foster
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Jose Cruz
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Tim Raines
Vince Coleman
Total votes : 21

The All-80's Team - NL LF

Postby ironman » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:55 pm

To make it easier to pick the outfield I've broken it out into a poll for each corner. The players I list at each OF position played the bulk of their time there during the 1980's. This was incredibly difficult to pick players for this, especially for LF. Amazingly there isn't a single NL OF in these polls that is in the HOF (At least not yet). Kind of sad really.

Dusty Baker - The current Cubs manager finished out his career in the 80's playing from 80-83 with the Dodgers and one final year in 84 with the Giants. During this time he picked up 1 Gold Glove, 2 Silver Sluggers and made 2 All-Star teams.

Gary Matthews Sr. - Sarge had some great years for the Phillies and Cubs, making the postseason back-to-back years (83,84) for both teams. He was the 83 NLCS MVP and in his career year in 84, led the league in OBP.

George Foster - Like Baker, Foster was on the tail-end of his career once the 80's rolled around. He still managed to put together some decent seasons with the Reds and Mets. He was an All-Star in 81 and in 82 picked up a Silver Slugger.

Jose Cruz Sr. - Not much is said about Cruz these days, but he played an integral part of the Houston Astros from 1980-87, helping them reach the postseason 3 times. Cruz led the league in hits in 83 and was a two-time All-Star as well as Silver Slugger recipient.

Tim Raines - Rock Raines played the entire decade in Montreal. And during that time he posted some impressive stats. League leader in SB from 81-84, Runs in 83 & 87, and AVG in 86. He also was named to 7 consecutive All-Star teams (81-87).

Vince Coleman - In 1985, Coleman bursted onto the scene and no base was safe. Vince posted back-to-back-to-back 100+ SB seasons from 85-87, which is even hard to imagine at this point since no player has even broke 80 steals since 1988.
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:10 pm

Definitly Tim Raines!!
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Postby logan » Fri Jan 27, 2006 4:12 pm

acsguitar wrote:Definitly Tim Raines!!

my vote as well.
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Postby Tavish » Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:38 pm

Here's to hoping the Hall doesn't screw up and miss out on Raines. ;-D

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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:16 pm

I loved Vince Coleman, but Rock Raines easily gets my vote. I always liked him because of his speed and athleticism, but playing most of his career in Montreal always kept his talent in the dark. Man was a base stealing machine, and one of my favorite players growing up. Nice to see so many of you agree by placing your vote with him.
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Postby bronxxbomber » Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:46 am

This could be a sweep. I go with Raines.
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