There are many great players that have come in and out of the Dodgers organization since the beginning of the team in 1883. With Dodgers fans being all ages, it is interesting to find out who some believe are the greatest Dodgers ever.
In a Tweet conducted on the Dodgers Nations Twitter, fans answered who they believed to be the best five Dodgers they have seen in their lives. Fans had answers from Jackie Robinson to Mookie Betts and everyone in between.
Who are the 5 Best Dodgers of YOUR life time?— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 30, 2023
The Tweet generated has generated tons of replies and quote tweets, and is still going. Nearly every single reply mentioned current Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw seems like an obvious choice to most.
In 14 years with the Dodgers, Kershaw has created a Hall of Fame resume and is in the argument for one of the greatest pitchers ever. The left hander is an MVP, three time Cy Young winner, nine-time All-Star, NL Triple Crown Winner and has a Gold Glove. He’s well on his way to making his 10th All-Star team this year, and could even be in consideration for his fourth Cy Young.
Kershaw wasn’t the only pitcher getting tons of mentions, though. People who have been following the Dodgers since the 1950s and 60s included both Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale in their rankings of the greatest Dodgers.
Drysdale is a Hall of Famer that spent 14 seasons with the Dodgers. The team’s all-time leader in strikeouts also won a Cy Young and was elected to nine All-Star games. He was also a part of the Dodgers move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
Koufax, who is also a Hall of Famer, had a similar career to both Drysdale and Kershaw. In 10 seasons with the Dodgers, Koufax was one of the best pitchers at the time. He secured three Cy Youngs and an MVP in a four year stretch.
The left hander is also responsible for the only perfect game in Dodgers history. In 1965, he sat down 27 straight Chicago Cubs batters to record the the eighth perfect game in MLB history at the time.
The name that popped up the most, however, was Mike Piazza. The Hall of Fame catcher spent the first six seasons of his career in Los Angeles. Piazza was an All-Star in all six seasons and also won a Rookie of the Year in 1993.
In six years with the Dodgers, Piazza hit .331 with 177 home runs and an OPS of .966. Not only was he a great hitter, Piazza was a great catcher. In his time in LA, he threw out over 26% of all runners who tried to steal on him.
Many of the people replying to the tweet are guys who could join the list of greatest Dodgers of all time. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman both were mentioned as possible additions to the list. Fans are going to need to see how their time in LA ends first before they can rank them.
No matter who you ask, the answer will always be different of who the greatest Dodger was during a person’s lifetime. But it was definitely a fun exercise.
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