With Rafael Furcal winning the shortstop competition handily, we now have a complete infield for our All-Decade team:
As you can see, there wasn’t a whole lot of competition for those spots, but here’s where the real fun begins. You could make a case for the 2009 outfield of Manny/Kemp/Ethier being the best in team history and voting for all three. Who knows, maybe that’s how it will turn out. But before you do that, just keep in mind how great Shawn Green was at the beginning of the decade, how feared Gary Sheffield was while he was a Dodger, and how many fans have an eternal love for Juan Pierre which I will never understand.
Since outfielders tend to play multiple spots, a few of these guys are eligible at more than one position. I thought about doing just three “outfield” spots, but that’s no fun. So what I’ve done is chosen the one position the player is most known for as a Dodger - which means that even though today is left field, you’ll only see Pierre in center and Ethier in right.
Gary Sheffield (284 games, 2000-01)
Dodger stats: .318/.428/.612 1.040 79 hr 209 rbi
Brian Jordan (194 games, 2002-03)
Dodger stats: .289/.349/.453 .802 24 hr 108 rbi
Jayson Werth (191 games, 2004-05)
Dodger stats: .247/.338/.426 .764 23 hr 90 rbi
Manny Ramirez (157 games, 2008-09)
Dodger stats: .327/.442/.605 1.047 36 hr 116 rbi
Luis Gonzalez (139 games, 2007)
Dodger stats: .278/.359/.433 .793 15 hr 68 rbi
Top three seasons
6.7 WAR Sheffield, 2000
4.9 WAR Sheffield, 2001
3.6 WAR Ramirez, 2008
This is going to be an interesting vote, I think. Manny is immensely popular and had a historic 2008 in Los Angeles, but he’s yet to play a full season with the Dodgers. Sheffield was reviled and since he played here so long ago casual and younger fans may forget him, but there’s no denying his production while he was a Dodger. Also, Luis Gonzalez!
Which enigmatic yet talented left fielder was the best the Dodgers saw this decade?