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Center fielder Willie Davis is also unanimous as the next ranking. Davis played 14 seasons in L.A., from 1960 to 1973, and totaled 50.9 bWAR and 57 fWAR in his time there. While he did wear a number, unlike Wheat, Davis stands no chance of making the Hall, and in general, probably isn’t well-remembered enough to gain an exception.
Garvey, Valenzuela and others have played more recently and done a better job of remaining in the public conscious. On top of this, it appears Davis wasn’t hugely popular in his own time, making just two All-Star Games in his career. Davis, overall, is very unlikely to be honored.
Continuing down the lists, the two sites agree further, as Ron Cey is ranked sixth immediately after Davis on both. The third baseman was much more regarded, playing as part of the vaunted Dodgers infield of the 1970s with Garvey, Davey Lopes and Bill Russell. In addition, he played in six All-Star Games, which shows that he was more popular than Davis. His 10 full seasons (1973-1982, plus 13 games between 1971 and 1972) saw him produce 46.2 bWAR and 53 fWAR. Cooperstown remains a nearly unreachable goal for Cey, but a Hall exemption is a possibility in his case.
The final unanimous top-10 player in Dodgers history is Gil Hodges, the famed first baseman for the Boys of Summer. While he has remained famous, he is still a ways off from the Hall of Fame; he recently received nine votes in the Veteran’s Committee process, falling three short of enshrinement. So, again, he’s going to have to hope for an exception.
His 16 years in Dodger Blue (1943, 1947-1961) saw him put up 44.1 bWAR and 50 fWAR. His numbers are fairly solid, and he’s better remembered than the other three in the top 10, so he may stand a chance. One negative in his case might be that most of his career took place in Brooklyn, meaning the team may feel less of a tie to him compared to players like Garvey, who spent their careers in Los Angeles. I’m not sure how much that hurts his case, though; I would still put him as a favorite, at least among the team’s unhonored top 10 batters.
What about their top 10 pitchers? Well, as stated, Valenzuela is seventh among Dodgers pitchers. Eighth through 10th consists of Bob Welch (32.8 bWAR), Claude Osteen (30.0) and Jeff Pfeffer (29.8). No offense to them and their careers, but I think it’s safe to draw the line for number retirement somewhere between Fernando and those three. I’ve already covered Valenzuela, so who are the other six pitchers that match this qualification?
Three of those six (Drysdale, Koufax and Sutton) are already honored. Dazzy Vance places second in bWAR with the franchise, between Drysdale and Koufax. Vance pitched from 1922 to 1932 and again in 1935 with the team, racking up 55.9 bWAR. Vance is also in the Hall of Fame, so that removes another complication.
However, uniform numbers weren’t introduced until late in his career; Vance only wore a number for the final four seasons of his 16-year career, only two of which were spent on the Dodgers (and he wore five different numbers in that time, to boot). To put this another way, he only played two of his 12 seasons for the “Dodgers." The other 10 seasons Vance was playing for the franchise, they were known as the Robins.
The relative obscurity he’s fallen into, lack of number association, length of time since his career ended and association with a different city than the one the team is currently in all severely hurt his chances of getting his number retired.