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    All Decade Teams (1990's) (Post 53 with official team)

    This will be a large series where each decade I and others will create a roster of the best players of that decade

    This is a discussion thread for each decade. I will create a roster and I invite everyone else to do the same. We can discuss and come down with a final team. Then we will have a tournament series of these best decade teams against each other and vote.


    Here are the rules:

    8 position players (no DH's since teams prior to the 70's didn't have them)
    1 bench player can play any position
    5 starters
    1 reliever/closer

    For a player to be selected to a position, he must have spent the majority of his games at that position over the decade (i.e. Robin Yount is a shortstop for the 80's, 5650 innings at shortstop, 5395 CF). The years will go from 2000-2009 for example, 1990-1999, 1980-1989. So make sure if you are looking up numbers that you look at the right series of years.

    So without further explanation. I'll make my roster, I invite everyone to do the same. Depending on the discussion, we'll decide what the final roster for each decade needs to be, and then we will move the thread into the MLB Comps section.

    In order to cast your vote, please lay out a lineup or list.



    My team

    C - Mike Piazza
    He edges out Pudge, but Pudge is much closer than people might realize.

    1B - Jeff Bagwell
    You can go either way for Thomas and Bagwell. Bagwell is a better all around first basemen, so Thomas will take my bench spot

    2B - Craig Biggio
    Roberto Alomar and Chuck Knoblauch aren't far off, but Biggio takes this, and played 10,000 innings at second.

    3B - Robin Ventura
    Note - Edgar Martinez does not qualify as a third basemen. He would have to get the Bench spot in order to make the roster. He DH'd more than he played third by a good amount. Otherwise he would qualify here.

    SS - Barry Larkin
    Cal Ripken isn't far off here, and he played more than Larkin and was better defensively, but Larkin was just too much offensively.

    LF - Barry Bonds
    Two decades, same player, same position.
    Easy choice

    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    Pretty easy choice. Kenny Lofton is pretty far behind and in second.

    RF - Larry Walker
    Sosa is second, but a good measure behind Walker

    Bench - Frank Thomas
    I gave Thomas the edge here over Edgar, but it's difficult. Both belong on this roster.


    Rotation
    1. Roger Clemens
    2. Greg Maddux
    3. R. Johnson
    4. D. Cone
    5. J. Smoltz

    Honorable Mentions:
    Pedro Martinez, K. Appier, K. Brown, M. Mussina, T. Glavine

    Closer/Reliever
    Dennis Eckersley
    Trevor Hoffman is a close second.

    Official team posted below

    The Official 90's team is:

    C - Piazza
    1B - Bagwell
    2B - Alomar
    3B - Ventura
    SS - Larkin
    LF - Bonds
    CF - Griffey
    RF - Walker
    Bench - Thomas

    Rotation
    1. Clemens
    2. Maddux
    3. Johnson
    4. Glavine
    5. Cone

    Closer - Hoffman
    Last edited by Jeffy25; 02-02-2013 at 03:18 PM.

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    C - Mike Piazza
    1B - Jeff Bagwell
    2B - Roberto Alomar
    3B - Robin Ventura
    SS - Barry Larkin
    LF - Barry Bonds
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    RF - Larry Walker

    UTIL - Frank Thomas

    SP - Greg Maddux
    SP - Roger Clemens
    SP - Randy Johnson
    SP - Tom Glavine
    SP - David Cone

    RP - Trevor Hoffman
    CL - John Wetteland

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    2B Craig Biggio
    CF Ken Griffey Jr
    1B Frank Thomas
    LF Barry Bonds
    C Mike Piazza
    RF Larry Walker
    SS Barry Larkin
    3B Robin Ventura

    Greg Maddux
    Roger Clemens
    Randy Johnson
    Pedro Martinez <-- I know he has a low innings total but he was so dominant I think he should be here.
    John Smoltz

    Trevor Hoffman

    And for the bench I'll say Bagwell.


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    This sums up every sports interview, ever.

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    C - Pat Borders
    1B - John Olerud
    2B - Robbie Alomar
    SS - Tony Fernandez
    3B - Kelly Gruber
    LF - Dave Winfield
    CF - Devon White
    RF - Joe Carter
    UTIL - Paul Molitor

    Bench -Ed Sprague, Candy Maldanado, Ricky Henderson

    SP - Jack Morris
    SP - Jimmy Key
    SP - Dave Stewart
    SP - David Cone
    SP - Juan Guzman

    RP - Duane Ward
    CP - Tom Henke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miltstar View Post
    C - Pat Borders
    1B - John Olerud
    2B - Robbie Alomar
    SS - Tony Fernandez
    3B - Kelly Gruber
    LF - Dave Winfield
    CF - Devon White
    RF - Joe Carter
    UTIL - Paul Molitor

    Bench -Ed Sprague, Candy Maldanado, Ricky Henderson

    SP - Jack Morris
    SP - Jimmy Key
    SP - Dave Stewart
    SP - David Cone
    SP - Juan Guzman

    RP - Duane Ward
    CP - Tom Henke
    +1

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    C - Mike Piazza
    1B - Jeff Bagwell
    2B - Roberto Alomar
    3B - Robin Ventura
    SS - Barry Larkin
    LF - Barry Bonds
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    RF - Larry Walker

    UTIL - Frank Thomas

    SP - Greg Maddux
    SP - Roger Clemens
    SP - Randy Johnson
    SP - Tom Glavine
    SP - David Cone

    RP - Trevor Hoffman
    CL - John Franco (Admitted Homer pick but he was still a great closer in the 90s)

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    c-piazza
    1st-thomas(why he over jeff? because 'f defense...and its close enough for me to pull the homer card)
    2nd-biggio
    ss-larkin
    3rd-ventura
    rf-walker(underrated)
    cf-jr
    lf-bonds

    1-clemens
    2-maddux
    3-johnson
    4-pedro
    5-glavine

    c-hoffman
    Last edited by abe_froman; 01-20-2013 at 08:23 PM.

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    C - Mike Piazza
    1B - Mark McGwire
    2B - Roberto Alomar
    3B - Wade Boggs
    SS - Barry Larkin
    LF - Barry Bonds
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    RF - Tony Gwynn

    UTIL - Frank Thomas

    SP - Greg Maddux
    SP - Roger Clemens
    SP - Randy Johnson
    SP - Tom Glavine
    SP - Mike Mussina

    RP - Dennis Eckersley
    CL - Mariano Rivera



    Playoff Bochy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by abe_froman View Post
    c-piazza
    1st-thomas(why he over jeff? because 'f defense...and its close enough for me to pull the homer card)
    2nd-biggio
    ss-larkin
    3rd-ventura
    rf-walker(underrated)
    cf-jr
    lf-bonds

    1-clemens
    2-maddux
    3-johnson
    4-pedro
    5-glavine

    c-hoffman
    and bench player?

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    C - Mike Piazza
    1B - Jeff Bagwell
    2B - Roberto Alomar
    3B - Robin Ventura
    SS - Barry Larkin
    LF - Barry Bonds
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    RF - Larry Walker

    Bench - Frank Thomas

    SP - Greg Maddux
    SP - Roger Clemens
    SP - Randy Johnson
    SP - Tom Glavine
    SP - David Cone

    RP - Trevor Hoffman
    CL - John Wetteland

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    C: Piazza
    1B: Bagewell
    2B: Biggio
    SS: Larkin
    3B: Ventura

    Bench: Thomas

    OF: Bonds
    OF: Griffey Jr.
    OF: Walker

    Clemens
    Maddux
    Brown
    Johnson
    Martinez

    Hoffman
    Wetteland
    Last edited by SenorGato; 01-21-2013 at 03:03 AM.

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    C - Mike Piazza
    1B - Mark McGuire
    2B - Roberto Alomar
    3B - Matt Williams
    SS - Omar Vizquel
    LF - Barry Bonds
    CF - Ken Griffey Jr
    RF - Larry Walker

    Bench - Paul Molitor

    SP - Randy Johnson
    SP - Greg Maddux
    SP - Roger Clemens
    SP - Tom Glavine
    SP - David Cone

    RP - Paul Quantrill
    CL - John Wetteland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    8 position players (no DH's since teams prior to the 70's didn't have them)
    I smell an NL fan...

    1B - Jeff Bagwell
    You can go either way for Thomas and Bagwell. Bagwell is a better all around first basemen, so Thomas will take my bench spot
    Booo.


    3B - Robin Ventura
    Note - Edgar Martinez does not qualify as a third basemen. He would have to get the Bench spot in order to make the roster. He DH'd more than he played third by a good amount. Otherwise he would qualify here.
    I never realized just how awesome he was until recently. Definitely second favorite player growing up.
    Bench - Frank Thomas
    I gave Thomas the edge here over Edgar, but it's difficult. Both belong on this roster.
    For shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abe_froman View Post
    1st-thomas(why he over jeff? because 'f defense...and its close enough for me to pull the homer card)
    Did you just say Thomas over Bagwell because of defense? As this site's #1 Frank Thomas homer... no. Just.... no.

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    Yeah Frank Thomas was the best offensive right handed hitter in the 90's. You can't say you wouldn't put a .320/.440/.573 with an OPS of 1.013. I know I am a White Sox fan and sound like a homer, but Thomas is the better player.

    I do understand that Bagwell was a great first baseman as well.

    Thomas only struck out more than he walked in a season once in the 90's (his first year). Walked over 300 more times than he struck out. That is amazing for a power hitter.

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