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Postby Sid Bream's Slide » Sat May 05, 2007 11:24 pm

This thread makes me sad. :,-(
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Postby Ender » Sat May 05, 2007 11:36 pm

Maddux from 92' to 98' was better than most top threes since then by himself, Smoltz and Glavine were just icing on the cake.
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Postby janssenlbd » Sat May 05, 2007 11:46 pm

you can make an argument that this was the most dominant top 3 of all time.

growing up, it was awesome to be able to watch 3 first ballot hall of famers on the the same staff for so long. i have spent my whole life in los angeles too. thank god for tnt/tbs
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Postby Tavish » Sun May 06, 2007 12:20 am

janssenlbd wrote:you can make an argument that this was the most dominant top 3 of all time.

growing up, it was awesome to be able to watch 3 first ballot hall of famers on the the same staff for so long. i have spent my whole life in los angeles too. thank god for tnt/tbs


There is definitely a case for them being the best of All-Time. You would have to look for other teams that had 3 HoFers during the prime of their careers.

The closest threesome would probably be the early 1950s Indians with Feller, Lemon, and Wynn.

Mid 1910s Philly staff with Bender, Pennock, and Plank.

Can't really count the early 70s A's since Fingers wasa RP but they had Blue and Hunter as well.
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Postby janssenlbd » Sun May 06, 2007 12:50 am

Tavish wrote:
janssenlbd wrote:you can make an argument that this was the most dominant top 3 of all time.

growing up, it was awesome to be able to watch 3 first ballot hall of famers on the the same staff for so long. i have spent my whole life in los angeles too. thank god for tnt/tbs


There is definitely a case for them being the best of All-Time. You would have to look for other teams that had 3 HoFers during the prime of their careers.

The closest threesome would probably be the early 1950s Indians with Feller, Lemon, and Wynn.

Mid 1910s Philly staff with Bender, Pennock, and Plank.

Can't really count the early 70s A's since Fingers wasa RP but they had Blue and Hunter as well.


good stuff. i think the koufax/drysdale/podres trio obviously deserves mention too.

podres isnt a hall of famer, but did make a couple all-star teams and was money in the postseason.
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Postby wrveres » Sun May 06, 2007 2:22 am

To this day, I still love watching all three of these guys pitch anytime I get a chance, even though they are on different teams.
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Postby wake » Sun May 06, 2007 10:46 am

Especially considering that they also had some good #4 starters during that time that had better seasons than most other teams' ace.

'93 Steve Avery- 2.94 ERA 1.16 WHIP
'97 Denny Neagle- 2.97 ERA 1.08 WHIP
'99 Kevin Millwood- 2.68 ERA 1.00 WHIP
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Postby Yoda » Sun May 06, 2007 10:51 am

I think ATL definitely had the best rotation that I can remember. Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz are three shoe-in HOFers. Hudson/Mulder/Zito were good also but nowhere near as good as those in ATL.
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Postby prose749 » Sun May 06, 2007 11:59 am

They had Steve Avery in there for quite a few years also. Its amazing that they couldn't win more world series rings in the 90's.
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Postby Cooner » Sun May 06, 2007 1:02 pm

prose749 wrote:They had Steve Avery in there for quite a few years also. Its amazing that they couldn't win more world series rings in the 90's.


exactly what I was thinking... he was an All-Star at least a year or two, and I think MVP of one of the NLCS against the Pirates one of those years. Shut them out two games that series.
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