Dodgers of the Decade: Center Field

It’s our first surprise of the balloting, at least in my opinion - Gary Sheffield beats out Manny Ramirez in left field, and while him winning isn’t the surprise, I am intrigued that Sheffield won by nearly 30%. Let’s put him up on the board…

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%)

…and move on to center. Hey, there’s a chance that Juan Pierre beats Matt Kemp, right? Personally, I’m voting for Marquis Grissom.

Center Field

Matt Kemp (464 games, 2006-09)
Dodger stats: .299/.346/.480 .826 61 hr 242 rbi
WAR: 9.5

Juan Pierre (426 games, 2007-09)
Dodger stats: .294/.339/.357 .696 1 hr 100 rbi
WAR: 1.4

Dave Roberts (302 games, 2002-04)
Dodger stats: .262/.342/.341 .683 7 hr 71 rbi
WAR: 4.8

Marquis Grissom (246 games, 2001-02)
Dodger stats: .245/.281/.450 .731 38 hr 130 rbi
WAR: 0.9

Jason Repko (230 games, 2005-09)
Dodger stats: .226/.297/.371 .668 11 hr 47 rbi
WAR: -0.1

Milton Bradley (216 games, 2004-05)
Dodger stats: .275/.358/.446 .804 32 hr 105 rbi
WAR: 4.8

Tom Goodwin (161 games, 2000-01)
Dodger stats: .239/.296/.316 .612 5 hr 33 rbi
WAR: -0.2

Kenny Lofton (129 games, 2006)
Dodger stats: .301/.360/.403 .763 3 hr 41 rbi
WAR: 0.9

Top three seasons
5.8 WAR Kemp, 2009
3.6 WAR Bradley, 2004
3.0 WAR Kemp, 2008

Man, I forgot how good Kenny Lofton was for the Dodgers in 2006. Imagine if they’d just signed him to a cheap one-year deal to keep the seat warm for Matt Kemp in 2007 rather than giving $44m to Pierre? I can only imagine where this franchise could be right now.

Best center fielder? Have at it.

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