5. ⚾️ Ranking MLB's all-time rosters (No. 8)
We're ranking the all-time rosters for all 30 MLB teams. Note: Rosters based only on time spent with this specific team. Thoughts? Email me at email@example.com.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers
They've got to have the best overall battery, right? Every starting pitcher's in the Hall (except Kershaw, who'll get there) and both catchers are, too. Mike Piazza may be wearing a Mets hat in Cooperstown, but he was never better than his seven years in L.A., with a 160 OPS+ and .331 average.
- Year established: 1884 (as Brooklyn Atlantics and later Dodgers)
- All-time record: 10,974-9,818 (.528)
- World Series Championships: 6
- Hall of Famers (indicated by *): 10
- 2B Jackie Robinson* (61.7 bWAR with team)
- OF Zack Wheat* (59.6)
- DH Mike Piazza* (31.9)
- OF Duke Snider* (65.4)
- C Roy Campanella* (35.6)
- 1B Gil Hodges (43.3)
- 3B Ron Cey (47.7)
- SS Pee Wee Reese* (68.2)
- OF Willie Davis (54.6)
On the mound: SP Sandy Koufax* (48.9)
- Infield: 1B Steve Garvey (36.7), 2B Davey Lopes (32.3), 3B Jim Gilliam (40.9), SS Maury Wills (31.9)
- Outfield: Pedro Guerrero (32.7), Dixie Walker (34.7), Carl Furillo (34.6)
- Utility: Orel Hershiser (44.5), Fernando Valenzuela (37)
- Rotation: Clayton Kershaw (67.9), Dazzy Vance* (59), Don Drysdale* (67.1), Don Sutton* (48.7)
- Bullpen: Kenley Jansen (16), Eric Gagne (11.1), Jim Brewer (15.7)
- Campanella and Robinson both played for just 10 years, as they didn't make their MLB debuts until their mid-to-late 20's due to the color of their skin. They still combined for four MVPs, a ROY, a batting title and an RBI crown.
- Koufax and Kershaw both have five ERA titles, three Cy Youngs and an MVP to their names. Koufax was forced to retire after 12 seasons due to chronic arthritis, while Kershaw — 12 seasons into his career — is finding ways to reinvent himself after years of back issues.
ICYMI ... 30. Rays, 29. Royals, 28. Diamondbacks, 27. Blue Jays, 26. Angels, 25. Padres, 24. Rockies, 23. Brewers; 22. Nationals, 21. Mets, 20. Orioles, 19. Twins, 18. Astros, 17. Marlins, 16. White Sox, 15. Athletics, 14. Phillies, 13. Braves, 12. Pirates, 11. Mariners, 10. Rangers, 9. Cardinals
Huge thanks to Tom Stone, whose book "Now Taking the Field: Baseball's All-Time Dream Teams for All 30 Franchises," provided the inspiration for these rosters.