1%! Paul Quantrill edges out Guillermo Mota by 1%! That’s just three votes.
Dodgers of the Decade team:
C: Russell Martin (68%)
1B: James Loney (62%)
2B: Jeff Kent (88%)
3B: Adrian Beltre (80%)
SS: Rafael Furcal (87%)
LF: Gary Sheffield (62%)
CF: Matt Kemp (94%)
RF: Shawn Green (79%)
LH starter: Clayton Kershaw (56%)
RH starter: Kevin Brown (42%)
LH reliever: Hong-Chih Kuo (57%)
RH reliever: Paul Quantrill (33%)
Well, here’s where the real fun begins, as we choose the last player for our All-Decade team. The Dodgers have had four outstanding closers in the 2000s, and the latter three are in some ways historically good. How can you even choose? Also, Yhency Brazoban!
Did you know that 28 different pitchers recorded a save for the Dodgers in the last ten years? With apologies to Alan Mills, Jesse Orosco, and Steve Schmoll, here’s the five guys who managed at least 20 total saves.
Eric Gagne (293 games, 2000-06)
Dodger stats: 24-20, 161 saves, 3.34 ERA, 121 ERA+, .650 OPS against
Takashi Saito (180 games, 2006-08)
Dodger stats: 12-7, 81 saves, 1.95 ERA, 226 ERA+, .511 OPS against
Jonathan Broxton (133 games, 2005-09)
Dodger stats: 19-12, 55 saves, 2.92 ERA, 146 ERA+, .591 OPS against
Jeff Shaw (117 games, 2000-01)
Dodger stats: 6-9, 70 saves, 3.89 ERA, 106 ERA+, .710 OPS against
Yhency Brazoban (116 games, 2004-08)
Dodger stats: 10-12, 21 saves, 4.70 ERA, 88 ERA+, .778 OPS against
Top three seasons
4.3 WAR Gagne, 2003
3.7 WAR Saito, 2007
3.2 WAR Gagne, 2002
Now that’s a tough choice. Gagne obviously had what may have been the most dominating stretch by a closer in history, but we also are pretty sure how exactly he was able to pull that off. Saito came out of nowhere and only lasted just more than two years as the closer, but it’s hard to ignore how dominating he was. And Broxton currently holds the Dodger record in K/9. Imagine if Gagne had been healthy in 2006? You could have had all three of them in the same bullpen.
Chew on this one through the weekend, friends, as MSTI is out of town.
With the game on the line, who’s your man of the decade?