Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oakland/KC/Philadelphia Athletics

1B  Jimmie Foxx – The Beast; seven seasons with 115+ RBI for Philadelphia; hit 58 HRs in ’32; won AL Triple Crown a year later.
2B  Eddie Collins – Batted .344 or better five times for the As; stole 55+ bases five times; led AL in runs scored three straight years.
SS  Miguel Tejada – Four consecutive years with 27+ HRs and 100+ RBI for Oakland; AL MVP in 2002.
3B  Frank Baker – World Series hero in 1911; led AL in HRs 3 times; stole 20+ bases five times.
OF  Reggie Jackson – Provided the power for Oakland’s championship teams of ’70s; AL MVP in ’73.
OF  Rickey Henderson – High walk totals frequently pushed his OBP above .400; led AL in steals eight times for Oakland; AL MVP in 1990.
OF  Al Simmons – Power hitter with nine straight 100+ RBI seasons for Philadelphia; batted .380 or better four times.
C  Mickey Cochrane – Helped Athletics win 3 straight pennants (1929-31); batted .330 or better five times.
DH  Jose Canseco – Put up juicy numbers; baseball’s first 40-40 man; six 100+ RBI seasons in Oakland
Bench  Mark McGwire – A great power hitter even before the steroids; slammed 30+ HRs for Oakland eight times.
Pitcher  Lefty Grove – Maybe the best southpaw of all time; while in Philly he led the AL in wins four times, ERA 5 times, and Ks 7 times.
Pitcher  Catfish Hunter – Workhorse ace of the great ’70s teams in Oakland; won 21+ games four straight years.
Pitcher  Eddie Plank – Seven-time 20-game winner with 59 shutouts for Athletics; Chief Bender and Rube Waddell are also strong choices.
Closer  Dennis Eckersley – Baseball’s top closer from 1988-92; posted a 0.61 ERA in ’90; won Cy Young and AL MVP in ’92 after saving 51 games.

Outstanding all-around. Connie Mack could win a few games with this team.

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