Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout are already in the conversation when Dodger and Angel fans talk about the best pitcher and postition player in the history of their respective teams. But if fans had to choose and All-Star team of the best L.A. Dodgers and Angels of all time, who would they pick? Over the last two weeks, we have asked readers on our website to vote the best two players at each position (five at starting and relief pitcher) for both local baseball teams. For the Dodgers, fans could consider only those who played in L.A., so, no Jackie Robinson or Pee Wee Reese. There were over 96,000 votes cast. The leading vote-getter at each position was named the starter, the second-place finisher is the backup. Both teams were then matched up in a best-of-seven series using the online simulation game, Dynasty League Baseball. Results of that series, which was to be played Sunday, will be announced online Monday, with game recaps and a link to box scores.
Now, here are the teams you chose.
Starter: Mike Scioscia (Named on 60.7% of the ballots).
Backup: John Roseboro (55.8%)
Mike Piazza finished third, less than 100 votes behind Roseboro. Steve Yeager was a strong fourth. No other catcher was named on more than 3% of the ballots.
Starter: Bob Boone (70.8%).
Backup: Bengie Molina (60.2%)
Boone and Molina ran away with it. Lance Parrish was the only other catcher to receive more than 20%. The Angels have been very weak at catcher over the years.
Starter: Steve Garvey (85.6%)
Backup: Gil Hodges (42.9%)
This was a case where a little Brooklyn bias slipped in. If you consider only his L.A. career, Hodges should not be second. It should be either Eric Karros (28%) or Wes Parker (19.2%).
Starter: Rod Carew (80.4%)
Backup: Wally Joyner (62.2%)
Another weak spot, depth-wise, for the Angels. Albert Pujols finished third with 25.6% of the vote.
Starter: Davey Lopes (90.5%)
Backup: Steve Sax (42.7%)
Jim Gilliam (34.2%), who finished third, should have beaten out Sax for second. Jeff Kent (13.1%) finished fourth.
Starter: Bobby Grich (85.4%)
Backup: Howie Kendrick (29.5%)
Howie Kendrick? Backup spot should have gone to Bobby Knoop (26.6%) or Adam Kennedy (20.9%).
Starter: Ron Cey (93.4%)
Backup: Adrian Beltre (63%)
A traditional weak spot for the Dodgers. Juan Uribe, Tim Wallach and Jeff Hamilton rounded out the top 5.
Starter: Troy Glaus (73.8%)
Backup: Doug DeCinces (70.8%)
Pretty easy choices here. Carney Lansford (25.2%) finished third.
Starter: Maury Wills (85.2%)
Backup: Bill Russell (63%)
Hanley Ramirez (8.1%) did the best of any current Dodger position player, finishing fourth.
Starter: Jim Fregosi (80%)
Backup: Erick Aybar (27.4%)
Angels fans remember their history, as Fregosi is the best shortstop they have had by far. But Erick Aybar? Backup should have been David Eckstein (25.6%) or Gary DiSarcina (26.1%).
Starter: Dusty Baker (62.2%)
Backup: Tommy Davis (61.4%)
Billy Ashley received 2.2%. Whoever voted for him should never be allowed to vote again.
Starter: Garret Anderson (66.5%)
Backup: Don Baylor (53.6%)
Brian Downing (38.6%) is in the top five for the Angels in almost every major offensive category and should have finished ahead of Baylor.
Starter: Duke Snider (70.7%)
Backup: Willie Davis (54.8%)
Snider had four good years in L.A. and probably should not be the starter. Matt Kemp (16.6%) finished fourth, behind Rick Monday (18.9%).
Starter: Mike Trout (75.3%)
Backup: Jim Edmonds (38.8%)
It took Trout only 31/2 seasons to become the best center fielder in Angels history. Torii Hunter finished less than 100 votes behind Edmonds for second place. Was expecting a higher finish by Darin Erstad, who finished fifth. Fred Lynn was fourth.
Starter: Pedro Guerrero (48.3%)
Backup: Reggie Smith (42.8%)
Yasiel Puig finished fifth with 14.1%, behind Raul Mondesi (29.2%) and Shawn Green (16%). Andre Ethier finished 12th, behind such Dodgers luminaries as Candy Maldonado and Darryl Strawberry.
Starter: Vladimir Guerrero (82.3%)
Backup: Tim Salmon (78.9%)
This was a tough choice. Guerrero was the better overall player, but Salmon was with the Angels a lot longer, and was a fine player himself. Reggie Jackson finished third with 20.5%. No other player received more than 10%.
Sandy Koufax (100%), Don Drysdale (86.8%), Clayton Kershaw (86%), Orel Hershiser (81.4%), Fernando Valenzuela (74.7%).
Yep, Koufax was named on every ballot, as he should be. There was a big gap separating the top five from the rest of the list. Don Sutton (38.3%) finished sixth. Round out the top 10: Tommy John (5.7%), Johnny Podres (4.3%), Hideo Nomo (3.8%) and Ramon Martinez (3.3%). Strangely enough, 13 people voted for Odalis Perez.
Nolan Ryan (100%), Chuck Finley (65.8%), Jered Weaver (56.6%), Frank Tanana (54.2%), Dean Chance (32.7%).
After Ryan, this appeared to be a much tougher choice for Angels fans than Dodgers fans. Rounding out the top 10: Mark Langston (29.7%), Bert Blyleven (25.9%), Mike Witt (24.1%), Jim Abbott (22%) and John Lackey (18.5%).
Eric Gagne (91.4%), Mike Marshall (73%), Steve Howe (53.3%), Ron Perranoski (52.2%), Kenley Jansen (25.9%). Jansen just beat out Charlie Hough (22.8%) for the final spot on the team, showing just how lacking in star power the Dodgers have been in relievers over the years. It appears steroids have not dampened the fond memories Dodgers fans have of Gagne.
Troy Percival (100%), Francisco Rodriguez (90.4%), Bryan Harvey (46.8%), Donnie Moore (46.5%), Scot Shields (44.8%). Lee Smith (43.7%) finished sixth and Dave LaRoche (13.4%) finished a surprising eighth.
Note: Number is percentage of ballots on which the player was named.