The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the most storied franchises in baseball and are one of the more intriguing teams on the list. They have a rich history in their leadoff hitter and are led by one of the best managers ever. Working from the bottom up, their top two pitchers are perhaps the best duo of lefties to ever pitch in the big leagues and equally dominant in their respective eras. The rest of the lineup features some great power bats in the middle surrounded by other high contact profile batters and solid defenders.
1. Jackie Robinson, 2B (R)
2. Pee Wee Reese, SS (R)
3. Duke Snider, CF (L)
4. Gil Hodges, RF (R)
5. Roy Campanella, C (R)
6. Steve Garvey, 1B (R)
7. Zack Wheat, LF (L)
8. Ron Cey, 3B (R)
9. Clayton Kershaw, P (L)
Manager: Walter Alston
1948-57: 627 Runs, 242 HR, 586 RBI, 25 SB, .276 BA/.360 OBP/.500 SLG
First up in the Dodgers lineup is catcher Roy Campanella. The Hall of Famer played back in the Brooklyn days and was an excellent player throughout his career. He won 3 MVP awards at the catcher spot and was selected to 8 straight All Star Games. While he wasn’t very consistent with the bat at times, he made up for that with his raw power and ability to knock in his teammates. Campanella will slot nicely into the middle of the lineup as he continues to help the Dodgers score runs during his career.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Piazza, Mike Scioscia
1969-82: 852 Runs, 211 HR, 992 RBI, 77 SB, .301 BA/.337 OBP/.459 SLG
Starting at first for LA will be Steve Garvey who was notorious for getting on base. The 10 time All Star was sensational with the bat and consistently hit around the .300 mark for his career. In his prime years, he began developing more power to his swing and became one of the best hitters in the league. During the late 1970s, he never missed a beat and was on the field every day. On the defensive side, Garvey was excellent at fielding first. He won 4 straight Gold Gloves from 1974 to 1977 and also have 10 All Star appearances and an MVP trophy to his name.
Honorable Mentions: Pedro Guerrero, Dolph Camilli, Jake Daubert
1947-56: 947 Runs, 137 HR, 734 RBI, 197 SB, .311 BA/.409 OBP/.474 SLG
Whether you follow baseball or not, the name Jackie Robinson must be a familiar one. He’s the only played to have his number retired by the entire league and was a great symbol off the field for the sport. On the field, Robinson was one of the best five tool players of his time. He consistently hit the ball hard and was well rewarded for his efforts. The steals threat and run scorer was a great player during his days and it’s a shame he wasn’t able to start playing ball earlier.
Honorable Mentions: Jim Gilliam, Davey Lopes, Tom Daly
Pee Wee Reese
1961-71: 1,338 Runs, 126 HR, 885 RBI, 232 SB, .269 BA/.366 OBP/.377 SLG
Pee Wee Reese has perhaps the funniest name of anyone on this list though he was one of the best players to ever wear blue. He was a great bat in the LA lineup in multiple facets. He developed some power in his prime and was decent in the RBI category. However, his calling card was his scoring ability and speed. On the defensive side, Reese rated decently as a defender and would be invited to 10 All Star Games over his career. The Hall of Famer will be a great asset to this Dodgers team wherever he hits in the lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Maury Wills, Bill Russell
1971-82: 715 Runs, 228 HR, 842 RBI, 20 SB, .264 BA/.359 OBP/.445 SLG
While never the best hitter by any means, Ron Cey was most memorable for his role in the 1981 World Series when he won MVP honors. For 12 years wearing the LA uniform, Cey was a power threat in the middle of the lineup and consistently hit 20+ homers per season in his prime. He remains a threat in our All Time lineup but likely won’t hit as high up as he did during his actual career. Nevertheless, Cey was a very consistent bat who’ll we will depend upon in this lineup.
Honorable Mentions: Justin Turner
1994-08: 1,255 Runs, 131 HR, 1,210 RBI, 203 SB, .317 BA/.367 OBP/.452 SLG
You’ve probably never heard of Zack Wheat but back in the day, he had one of the best batting profiles in the league. The lefty hit for average during his entire career and could be seen doing it all on the field. He was a decent fielder in left and had a great eye at the plate. While he doesn’t look like he’ll be helping much in the home run category, you can count on Wheat getting on base for the rest of the team.
Honorable Mentions: Jimmy Sheckard
1947-62: 1,199 Runs, 389 HR, 1,271 RBI, 99 SB, .300 BA/.384 OBP/.553 SLG
The most prestigious Dodger hitter in this lineup, Duke Snider patrolled center field for 16 years before finishing his career with the Mets and rival Giants. He’s easily one of the best Dodgers hitters there ever was and could do everything offensively. The hitting profile was off the charts and the fact that he could play a good center field was even more impressive. There’s no question Snider will be the heartbeat of the lineup and they’ll surely look towards him to help the team in all aspects.
Honorable Mentions: Willie Davis, Mike Griffin, Matt Kemp
1992-06: 986 Runs, 299 HR, 1,016 RBI, 48 SB, .282 BA/.2385 OBP/.498 SLG
Rounding out the outfield is Gil Hodges who was another power threat. Similarly to Snider, his skill set consisted of average, power, and scoring runs. Expect Hodges to hit right behind the center fielder as the pair spearhead the power of the lineup. The 8 time All Star and 3 time Gold Glove winner was surprising not named to the Hall of Fame even though his pedigree says otherwise. One of the best players to play in the 1950s, Hodges was an integral part of those Brooklyn lineups and will look to serve a big role in the cleanup spot.
Honorable Mentions: Carl Furillo, Dixie Walker, Wes Parker
2008-19: 166-71 Record, 2.41 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 2.3 BB/9
You really can’t go wrong with either Dodger lefty with this spot. Sandy Koufax has 3 Cy Youngs and an MVP under his belt while Clayton Kershaw can say exactly the same thing. Koufax was the youngest Hall of Fame member voted in though that’s largely due to his decision to retire at the age of 30. There was fear that he might injure his pitching arm if he continued to pitch and decided to call it quits. On the flip side, Kershaw remains a dominant pitcher to this day and is probably the best pitcher over the past decade. It’s a tough call either way but we’ll go with Kershaw as he can still add to the legacy.
Honorable Mentions: Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Dazzy Vance
Walter Alston managed the Dodgers from 1954 to 1976 and helped them win 4 World Series during his time. His managerial career started very quickly as he won his first ring in just his second year at the helm. The next decade would also prove to be very fruitful for Alson as he would go on to win another trio of titles. His time in LA would make him one of the best managers in the game and garner him entrance to the Hall of Fame. He finished his career with 2,040 managerial wins, good for 9th all time.
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