Players on the Mount Rushmore of Every MLB Team
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In Major League Baseball, teams are often identified by the players who have shined on the diamond for them, leaving fans with lasting memories.
Ask any passionate about their team, and they will instantly recall an event about their team that involved one of its players. While baseball is certainly a team sport, its players grab the spotlight in the minds of fans.
Mount Rushmore, sculpted over a period of 15 years between 1927 and 1941, features the likenesses of four prominent politicians who helped shape the course of American history—Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Each team in Major League Baseball has had their histories shaped by prominent players as well. Much like Mount Rushmore, the images of these players are "sculpted" in the minds of fans.
We at Bleacher Report have decided to put together our own Mount Rushmore of sorts—featuring four players from every MLB team who helped create their team’s history.
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Luis Gonzalez (1999-2006): .298 BA, 224 HR, 775 RBI
Randy Johnson (1999-2004, 2007-2008): 118-62, 2.83 ERA, four Cy Young awards
Curt Schilling (2000-2003): 58-28, 3.14 ERA, 2001 World Series co-MVP
Matt Williams (1998-2003): .278 BA, 99 HR, 381 RBI
The Arizona Diamondbacks have only been in existence since 1998, but while the history is short, there is no shortage of players who have already etched themselves into the minds of D-Backs fans.
Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling combined to help deliver the Diamondbacks their only World Series in 2001, with Johnson providing multiple thrills with his four consecutive Cy Young awards.
Gonzo is arguably the most popular Diamondback player ever, also helping greatly to the cause in the 2001 championship season.
Williams was one of the original Diamondbacks and finished his stellar career in a D-Backs uniform in 2003.
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Hank Aaron (1954-1974): .310 BA, 733 HR, 2,202 RBI, 1957 MVP,
Eddie Mathews (1952-1966): .273 BA, 493 HR, 1,388 RBI, nine-time All-Star
Chipper Jones (1993-Pres.): .304 BA, 459 HR, 1,585 RBI, 1999 MVP, seven-time All-Star
Warren Spahn (1942, 1946-1964): 356-229, 3.05 ERA, 1957 Cy Young Award, 14-time All-Star
Aaron and Mathews need no explanation—the powerful middle-of-the-order tandem produced mightily for the Braves for 13 seasons together.
Spahn is considered the finest left-handed pitcher in the history of baseball. His 363 career victories rank first among all southpaws.
Jones represents the current generation, and his 19 years of service for the Braves will likely land him in the Hall of Fame.
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Brooks Robinson (1955-1977): .267 BA, 268 HR, 1,357 RBI, 1964 MVP, 16-time Gold Glove Award winner
Cal Ripken Jr. (1981-2001): .276, 431 HR, 1,695 RBI, two-time AL MVP, 19-time All-Star
Jim Palmer (1965-1984): 268-152, 2.86 ERA, three-time Cy Young Award winner
Eddie Murray (1977-1988, 1996): .294 BA, 343 HR, 1,224 RBI, 1977 Rookie of the Year Award winner, seven-time All-Star
If Robinson and Ripken Jr. need any further explanation as to their inclusion on this list, I’ll assume you don’t know diddly about baseball.
Palmer was the greatest pitcher in the history of the franchise, bar none.
Murray was the driving offensive force behind the O’s during their pennant-winning seasons in 1979 and 1983.
Boston Red Sox
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Ted Williams (1939-1960): .344 BA, 521 HR, 1,839 RBI, two-time AL MVP, 19-time All-Star
Carl Yastrzemski (1961-1983): .285 BA, 452 HR, 1,844 RBI, 1967 MVP, 18-time All-Star
Jim Rice (1974-1989): .298 BA, 382 HR, 1,451 RBI, 1978 MVP, eight-time All-Star
Carlton Fisk (1969, 1971-1980): .284 BA, 162 HR, 568 RBI, 1972 Rookie of the Year Award, seven-time All-Star
Williams and Yastrzemski were the easiest to add to this list—Rice and Fisk, not so much.
All four players are enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame, and Williams, Yaz and Rice provided continuous coverage in left field for close to 50 years between them.
Pedro Martinez and Cy Young are both worthy of consideration on the Red Sox version of Mount Rushmore as well.
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Ernie Banks (1953-1971): .274 BA, 512 HR, 1,636 RBI, two-time NL MVP, 14-time All-Star
Ron Santo (1960-1973): .279 BA, 337 HR, 1,290 RBI, nine-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner
Gabby Hartnett (1922-1940): .297 BA, 231 HR, 1,153 RBI, 1935 NL MVP
Ferguson Jenkins (1966-1973, 1982-1983): 167-132, 3.34 ERA, 1971 Cy Young Award winner
No two players represented the Chicago Cubs better than Banks and Santo, each of them playing for the sheer love of the game in a city that adored them both.
Hartnett was the heart and soul of the Cubs for many years and was a part of four NL pennant-winning teams, the last as a player/manager in 1938.
Jenkins won 20 or more games six consecutive times from 1967 to 1972, winning the National League Cy Young Award in 1971.
Chicago White Sox
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Nellie Fox (1950-1963): .291 BA, 35 HR, 740 RBI, 1959 AL MVP, 12-time All-Star
Luis Aparicio (1956-1962, 1968-1970): .269 BA, 464 RBI, 318 SB, 1956 Rookie of the Year Award, seven-time Gold Glove Award Winner
Paul Konerko (1999-Pres.): .286 BA, 401 HR, 1,268 RBI, five-time All-Star
Frank Thomas (1990-2005): .307 BA, 448 HR, 1,465 RBI, two-time MVP, five-time All-Star
Through the formative years of his career, second baseman Nellie Fox was a steady force for the Chicago White Sox and won Most Valuable Player Award honors for his role in leading the White Sox to the American League pennant in 1959.
Shortstop Aparicio was slick with the glove as well as fast on the basepaths, leading the American League in all of first seven seasons with the White Sox. Together with Fox, the two were a ferocious double-play combination throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s.
For his entire career with the White Sox, Konerko has comported himself with class and dignity, as well as adding a huge bat to the lineup. Konerko was a key factor in the Sox’ World Series championship season in 2005.
Thomas became the most feared slugger in White Sox history during his time in Chicago, winning back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994.
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Johnny Bench (1967-1983): .267 BA, 389 HR, 1,376 RBI, two-time NL MVP, 14-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner
Pete Rose (1963-1978, 1984-1986): .307 BA, 1,036 RBI, 3,358 hits, 1973 NL MVP, 13-time All-Star
Bucky Walters (1938-1948): 160-107, 2.93 ERA, 1939 NL MVP, five-time All-Star
Barry Larkin (1986-2004): .295 BA, 198 HR, 960 RBI, 1995 NL MVP, 12-time All-Star
Bench and Rose were two of the linchpins of the Big Red Machine during the 1970s, helping the Reds to capture four pennants and two World Series championships.
Walters was the anchor of the pitching staff that helped the Reds win two consecutive NL pennants in 1939 and 1940, including winning two games in the 1940 World Series in the Reds’ victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Larkin’s stellar defense, smart baserunning and overall leadership by example were keys to the Reds throughout his time in Cincinnati, earning induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame in January 2012.
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Jim Thome (1991-2002, 2011): .287 BA, 337 HR, 937 RBI, three-time All-Star
Bob Feller (1936-1956): 266-162, 3.25 ERA, eight-time All-Star
Bob Lemon (1946-1958): 207-128, 3.23 ERA, seven-time All-Star
Lou Boudreau (1938-1950): .296 BA, 63 HR, 740 RBI, 1948 AL MVP, seven-time All-Star
Feller and Lemon combined at the top of the Indians’ starting rotation to form one of the most formidable pitching tandems in American League history.
Thome was easily one of the most popular Indians of all time, and his bat helped propel the Indians to two American League pennants.
Boudreau was the driving force behind the Indians’ team that captured the World Series title in 1948, the last one seen in Cleveland.
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Troy Tulowitzki (2006-Pres.): .292 BA, 130 HR, 470 RBI, two-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner
Todd Helton (1997-Pres.): .321 BA, 354 HR, 1,340 RB, five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner
Vinny Castilla (1993-1999, 2004, 2006): .294 BA, 239 HR, 745 RBI, two-time All-Star
Dante Bichette (1993-1999): .316 BA, 201 HR, 826 RBI, four-time All-Star
In the early years of the Colorado Rockies, two of the team’s original stars, Bichette and Castilla, were arguably the most popular players, with both accumulating their best statistical seasons with Colorado, helping lead the team to the playoffs in just their third season in existence.
When all is said and done, Helton could become the first Rockies player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Tulowitzki has fast become one of the elite players in the National League.
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Al Kaline (1953-1974): .297 BA, 399 HR, 1,583 RBI, 18-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner
Hank Greenberg (1930, 1933-1946): .319 BA, 331 HR, 1,276 RBI, two-time AL MVP
Alan Trammell (1977-1996): .285 BA, 185 HR, 1,003 RBI, six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner
Lou Whitaker (1977-1995): .276 BA, 244 HR, 1,084 RBI, five-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner
Kaline is simply known as Mr. Tiger; his inclusion on this list is a definite.
Greenberg was one of the premier sluggers in the American League throughout his career, helping the Tigers win four pennants and two World Series championships.
Trammell and Whitaker together formed the longest-running double play combination in Major League Baseball history.
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Jimmy Wynn (1963-1973): .255 BA, 223 HR, 719 RBI,
Nolan Ryan (1980-1988): 106-94, 3.13 ERA, two-time All-Star, one no-hitter
Jeff Bagwell (1991-2005): .297 BA, 449 HR, 1,529 RBI, 1991 Rookie of the Year Award, 1994 NL MVP
Craig Biggio (1988-2007): .281 BA, 291 HR, 1,175 RBI, 3,060 hits, seven-time All-Star
Wynn was one of the early stars for the Astros, putting up huge numbers for teams that generally floundered offensively despite his production.
Ryan was like a prodigal son returning home when he signed with the Astros in 1980, born just 160 miles away in tiny Refugio, Texas. Ryan’s nine years in Houston were indeed memorable.
Bagwell and Biggio formed part of the Killer Bees along with Lance Berkman, helping the Astros to six postseason appearances during their time together, including the first-ever pennant for the Astros in 2005.
Kansas City Royals
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George Brett (1973-1993): .305 BA, 317 HR, 1,596 RBI, 1980 MVP, 13-time All-Star
Frank White (1973-1990): .255 BA, 160 HR, 886 RBI, five-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove Award winner
Bret Saberhagen (1984-1991): 110-78, 3.21 ERA, two-time Cy Young Award winner
Dan Quisenberry (1979-1988): 2.55 ERA, 238 saves, three-time All-Star
The Kansas City Royals were defined in their early years by two stars who become the most popular players in franchise history—George Brett and Frank White.
In fact, all four on this list were instrumental in delivering the first and only World Series championship for the Royals, but Brett and White had been with the team for 13 seasons before finally realizing their dream.
Los Angeles Angels
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Nolan Ryan (1972-1979): 138-121, 3.07 ERA, four no-hitters
Garret Anderson (1994-2008): .296 BA, 272 HR, 1,292 RBI, three-time All-Star
Tim Salmon (1992-2006): .282 BA, 299 HR, 1,016 RBI, 1993 Rookie of the Year Award
Jim Fregosi (1961-1971): .268 BA, 115 HR, 546 RBI, six-time All-Star
The Ryan Express came rolling into Anaheim in 1972, and by the team he was finished, Ryan had already established no-hitter records and single-season strikeout records during his time with the Angels.
Anderson and Salmon together formed two-thirds of the outfield for 12 years together with the Angels, both of them being key contributors to the Angels’ team that won the franchise’s first-ever World Series title in 2002.
Fregosi was called up to the Angels in their first year of existence and became a rock at the shortstop position, earning six All-Star selections before he left in 1971.
Los Angeles Dodgers
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Sandy Koufax (1955-1966): 165-87, 2.76 ERA, three-time Cy Young Award winner, four no-hitters
Duke Snider (1947-1962): .300 BA, 389 HR, 1,271 RBI, seven-time All-Star
Roy Campanella (1948-1957): .276 BA, 242 HR, 856 RBI, three-time MVP, eight-time All-Star
Jackie Robinson (1947-1956): .311 BA, 137 HR, 734 RBI, 1947 Rookie of the Year Award winner, 1949 NL MVP
Much like a few other teams on this list, you could argue inclusion of several names on the Mount Rushmore of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, the four men included completely embodied the tradition of Dodgers baseball.
Koufax put together one of the most dominating five-year run of any pitcher in MLB history; Snider was a stand-out slugger for the Dodgers throughout the late 1940s and 1950s; and Campanella was the premier catcher in all of baseball until his tragic car accident in 1958 ended his career.
Robinson comported himself with class and dignity throughout his 10 seasons with the Dodgers despite constant threats and racial epithets thrown his way.
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Jeff Conine (1993-1997, 2003-2005): .290 BA, 120 HR, 553 RBI, two-time All-Star
Josh Beckett (2001-2005): 41-34, 3.46 ERA, 2003 World Series MVP
Livan Hernandez (1996-1999): 24-24, 4.39 ERA, 1997 NLCS MVP, 1997 World Series MVP
Hanley Ramirez (2006-Pres.): .303 BA, 145 HR, 471 RBI, 2006 Rookie of the Year Award, three-time All-Star
Outfielder/first baseman Jeff Conine easily heads this list, earning the name “Mr. Marlin.” Conine was one of the original players on the expansion team in 1993 and played a key role in both of the Marlins’ World Series championships in 1997 and 2003.
Beckett was only with the Marlins for five seasons, but his performance in the 2003 World Series etched his name in Marlins’ lore for eternity.
Ditto for Hernandez, who came on after being a midseason call-up in 1997 to help deliver the Marlins their first World Series title.
Ramirez came over from the Boston Red Sox in a trade for Beckett and Mike Lowell and immediately paid dividends, winning the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year Award. Since that time, Ramirez has established himself as an impact bat in the Marlins’ lineup.
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Robin Yount (1974-1993): .285 BA, 251 HR, 1,406 RBI, 3,142 hits, two-time AL MVP,
Paul Molitor (1978-1992): .303 BA, 160 HR, 790 RBI, five-time All-Star
Jim Gantner (1976-1992): .274 BA, 47, HR, 568 RBI
Don Money (1973-1983): .270 BA, 134 HR, 529 RBI, four-time All-Star
Yount was the easy choice at the top of this list, playing his entire 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers, earning MVP honors as both a shortstop and center fielder.
Molitor’s most formative years were with the Brewers, helping them win the franchise’s first-ever AL pennant in 1982.
Gantner may not have won any awards or achieved high accolades, but he was as steady a second baseman as there was, representing the Brewers for his entire 17-year career.
Money was exactly what his name describes at third base for the Brewers—money. For 11 seasons, Money was a key contributor throughout the infield, playing all four positions during his Brewers’ career.
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Harmon Killebrew (1954-1974): .258 BA, 559 HR, 1,540 RBI, 1969 AL MVP, 11-time All-Star
Tony Oliva (1962-1976): .304 BA, 220 HR, 947 RBI, 1964 Rookie of the Year Award winner, eight-time All-Star
Kirby Puckett (1984-1995): .318 BA, 207 HR, 1,085 RBI, 10-time All-Star
Rod Carew (1967-1978): .334 BA, 733 RBI, 2,085 hits, 271 SB, 1967 Rookie of the Year Award winner, 1977 AL MVP, 12-time All-Star
No question Killebrew is at the top of this list. While his nickname was “Killer,” Killebrew was one of the nicest men ever to wear a uniform, representing the Twins with class and distinction for 21 seasons.
Oliva quickly established himself as a star, winning the 1964 Rookie of the Year Award and earning selection to the All-Star team for eight consecutive seasons.
Puckett was a hit in Minneapolis right from the start, earning 10 straight All-Star selections from 1986 until his retirement and helping the Twins win both of the World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
Carew was one of the most natural hitters in AL history, winning seven AL batting titles, including hitting .388 during his MVP season of 1977.
New York Mets
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Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983): 198-124, 2.57 ERA, 1967 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner, three-time Cy Young Award winner
Jerry Koosman (1967-1978): 140-137, 3.09 ERA, two-time All-Star
David Wright (2004-Pres.): .303 BA, 191 HR, 762 RBI, five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner
Dwight Gooden (1984-1994): 157-85, 3.10 ERA, 1984 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner, 1985 Cy Young Award winner
Seaver tops this list for obvious reasons—three-time Cy Young Award winner, four-time 20-game winner and five-time NL strikeout leader during his time in New York.
Koosman was Seaver’s partner at the top of the rotation for the Mets in the late 1960s/early 1970s, contributing two key wins in the Mets’ upset of the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series.
Many fans are hoping that the Mets will be able to sign third baseman David Wright when his contract expires at the end of the season—he has become the face of the franchise and is once again enjoying a spectacular season with a .357 average.
Gooden wowed everyone right from the start, winning the 1984 Rookie of the Year Award and putting together one of the most dominant single-season pitching performances ever in 1985, capturing the Triple Crown of pitching categories and easily winning the NL Cy Young Award.
New York Yankees
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Babe Ruth (1920-1934): .349 BA, 659 HR, 1,971 RBI, 1923 AL MVP, 10-time home run champion
Joe DiMaggio (1936-1951): .325 BA, 361 HR, 1.537 RBI, three-time AL MVP, 13-time All-Star
Mickey Mantle (1951-1968): .298 BA, 536 HR, 1,509 RBI, three-time AL MVP, 20-time All-Star
Lou Gehrig (1923-1939): .340 BA, 493 HR, 1,995 RBI, two-time AL MVP, seven-time All-Star
There is no other team who has a “Mount Rushmore” of players that are more clearly defined than that of the New York Yankees.
While current fans might argue that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera would warrant consideration, the above four players are the ones most thought about when considering the history of the Yankees and how their destiny was shaped.
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Reggie Jackson (1967-1975, 1987): .262, 269 HR, 776 RBI, 1973 AL MVP, six-time All-Star
Rollie Fingers (1968-1976): 2.91 ERA, 136 saves, four-time All-Star
Rickey Henderson (1979-1984, 1989-1993, 1994-1995, 1998): .288 BA, 167 HR, 648 RBI, 867 SB, 1990 AL MVP, six-time All-Star
Jimmie Foxx (1925-1935): .339 BA, 302 HR, 1,075 RBI, two-time AL MVP
Jackson was bold and brash, but he backed it up, leading the Athletics to three straight AL pennants and World Series titles from 1972-1974.
Fingers was the glue in the bullpen during those formative A’s years, doing whatever was asked of him. Need a three-inning save? Got it. Finish off games in style? Got that too.
Henderson was with the A’s on four separate occasions, setting the standard for leadoff batters with a combination of blazing speed and power, winning the AL MVP award in 1990 and setting the all-time stolen bases record as a member of the A’s in 1991.
Foxx, simply known as “Double X,” supplied the power for the great A’s teams that won three consecutive AL pennants and two World Series titles from 1929-1931.
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Michael Schmidt (1972-1989): .267 BA, 548 HR, 1,595 RBI, three-time NL MVP, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, 12-time All-Star
Robin Roberts (1948-1961): 234-199, 3.46 ERA, seven-time All-Star, six-time 20-game winner
Richie Ashburn (1948-1959): .311 BA, 499 RBI, 2,217 hits, four-time All-Star
Steve Carlton (1972-1986): 241-161, 3.09 ERA, four-time Cy Young Award winner, seven-time All-Star
No question that Schmidt tops this list. Schmidt was the finest all-around third baseman who ever played, doing it all on offense and defense.
Roberts was at his best with the Phillies, winning at least 20 games six times and helping lead the young “Whiz Kids” to the NL pennant in 1950.
Along with Roberts, Ashburn was a fixture on Phillies teams in the 1950s, leading the National League three times in hits during the decade.
Carlton was far and away the best pitcher ever to wear a Phillies uniform, winning the Cy Young Award four times and helping the Phillies win their first-ever World Series title in 1980.
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Roberto Clemente (1955-1972): .317 BA, 240 HR, 1,305 RBI, 3000 hits, 1966 NL MVP, 15-time All-Star
Willie Stargell (1962-1982): .282 BA, 475 HR, 1,540 RBI, 1979 NL MVP, seven-time All-Star
Honus Wagner (1900-1917): .328 BA, 1,475 RBI, 639 SB
Paul Waner (1926-1940): .340 BA, 1,177 RBI, 1927 NL MVP, four-time All-Star
Another team whose four players listed above are essentially no-brainers.
Clemente was without a doubt one of the most well-round right fielders ever to play the game, collecting his 3,000th and final hit on the last day of the 1972 regular season, four months before his tragic death in a plane accident off the coast of Puerto Rico while delivering much-need supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua.
Stargell helped the Pirates win two World Series, the latter one in his advanced years in 1979, winning the NL MVP Award at the ripe old age of 39.
Wagner came over to the Pirates from the Louisville Colonels when the National League contracted from 12 to eight teams in 1900, and by the time his career was over was regarded by many as one of the finest shortstops ever to play the game.
Waner shined for the Pirates for 15 seasons, winning the NL MVP Award in 1927.
San Diego Padres
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Tony Gwynn (1982-2001): .338 BA, 1,138 RBI, 3,141 hits, eight-time NL batting champion, 15-time All-Star
Trevor Hoffman (1993-2008): 2.76 ERA, 552 saves, seven-time All-Star
Dave Winfield (1973-1980): .284 BA, 154 HR, 626 RBI, four-time All-Star
Jake Peavy (2002-2009): 92-68, 3.29 ERA, 2007 Cy Young Award winner, two-time All-Star
Gwynn easily topped this list, starring for the Padres for 20 seasons and becoming one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball.
Hoffman set the standard for closers, becoming the first in history to reach 600 saves, 552 of those while with the Padres.
Winfield shined for the Padres for eight seasons, earning an All-Star selection in his final four seasons in San Diego.
Peavy was arguably the greatest right-handed starter in Padres history, earning a Cy Young Award in 2007 while capturing the Triple Crown of pitching categories.
San Francisco Giants
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Christy Mathewson (1900-1916): 372-188, 2.13 ERA
Mel Ott (1926-1947): .304 BA, 511 HR, 1,860 RBI, six-time NL home run champion, 11-time All-Star
Willie Mays (1951-1972): .304 BA, 646 HR, 1,849 RBI, two-time NL MVP, 24-time All-Star
Willie McCovey (1959-1973, 1977-1980): .274 BA, 469 HR, 1,388 RBI, 1959 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner, 1969 NL MVP, six-time All-Star
Mathewson is one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history, posting 13 seasons of at least 20 wins and four seasons of at least 30 wins.
Ott was a stalwart for the Giants for 22 seasons, hitting 511 home runs despite his somewhat diminutive stature (5’9”, 170 pounds).
Mays is simply one of the best all-around players ever, and McCovey became a giant among Giants with a stellar 19 seasons.
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Edgar Martinez (1987-2004): .312 BA, 309 HR, 1,261 RBI, two-time AL batting champions, seven-time All-Star
Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-1999, 2009-2010): .292 BA, 417 HR, 1,216 RBI, 1997 AL MVP, 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner
Alex Rodriguez (1994-2000): .309 BA, 189 HR, 595 RBI, four-time All-Star
Randy Johnson (1989-1998): 130-74, 3.42 ERA, 1995 AL Cy Young Award winner, five-time All-Star
While the Seattle Mariners have yet to win an American League pennant or make an appearance in the World Series, stars have shined brightly in the Northwest during their history.
Martinez became one of the most dominant designated hitters in American League history, winning the AL batting crown twice during his brilliant 18-year career.
Griffey was a star from the moment he was first seen at the Kingdome, quickly amassing a highlight reel of incredible plays in center field and playing each game with a constant smile on his face.
Rodriguez quickly became a star after debuting at the age of 19, establishing himself as one of the premier shortstops in the majors before moving on to the Texas Rangers.
Johnson also shined as a Mariner after coming over in a trade from the Montreal Expos, winning the AL Cy Young award in 1995.
St. Louis Cardinals
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Stan Musial (1941-1963): .331 BA, 475 HR, 1,951 RBI, three-time NL MVP, 24-time All-Star
Bob Gibson (1959-1975): 251-174, 2.91 ERA, two-time Cy Young Award winner, eight-time All-Star
Lou Brock (1964-1979): .297 BA, 814 RBI, 888 SB, eight-time NL stolen base leader, six-time All-Star
Albert Pujols (2001-2011): .328 BA, 445 HR, 1,329 RBI, 2001 NL Rookie of the Year Award, three-time NL MVP, nine-time All-Star
The Cardinals’ version of “Mount Rushmore” may have been the toughest selection in terms of the last two names.
Musial was a no-brainer, easily the greatest Cardinal of all time. Gibson was the most feared right-hander in Cardinals’ history and one of the most dominant pitchers ever.
When the Cardinals obtained Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs in 1964, it quickly became known as one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history. Brock would break the all-time single-season and all-time stolen base record, since surpassed by Rickey Henderson.
Pujols set a standard in his first ten seasons in St. Louis that is unmatched in baseball history, becoming the first player ever to record at least a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBI in their first ten seasons.
Ozzie Smith, Dizzy Dean and Rogers Hornsby easily could have made the Cardinals’ version of Mount Rushmore as well.
Tampa Bay Rays
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Evan Longoria (2008-Pres.): .276 BA, 117 HR, 420 RBI, 2008 AL Rookie of the Year Award, three-time All-Star
James Shields (2006-Pres.): 79-67, 3.94 ERA
Carl Crawford: (2002-2010): .296, 104 HR, 592 RBI, 409 SB, four-time All-Star
David Price (2008-Pres.): 49-30, 3.33 ERA, two-time All-Star
With the very brief history for the Tampa Bay Rays, selecting four players to serve as the team’s Mount Rushmore was not the easiest task.
Longoria showed why he was such a highly-touted prospect right out of the gate, winning the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year Award. His home run in the bottom of the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 162 last season catapulted the Rays over the Boston Red Sox and into the postseason.
Shields has been one of the most consistent pitchers for the Rays in their brief history, putting together his finest season last year with a league-leading 11 complete games and four shutouts.
Crawford starred for the Rays for nine seasons before moving on the Boston Red Sox, and Price has become of the elite left-handed pitchers in the American League.
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Josh Hamilton (2008-Pres.): .313 BA, 121 HR, 440 RBI, 2010 AL MVP, four-time All-Star
Nolan Ryan (1989-1993): 51-39, 3.43 ERA, two no-hitters
Michael Young (2000-Pres.): .302, 172 HR, 943 RBI, seven-time All-Star
Ivan Rodriguez (1991-2002, 2009): .304, 217 HR, 842 RBI, 1999 AL MVP, 10-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner
The Texas Rangers have enjoyed a great recent history after years of failure. Hamilton and Young have both in at the forefront of the team’s success during that time.
Rodriguez will likely be remembered as one of the best all-around catchers in MLB history, and Ryan capped off his amazing 26-year career with two more no-hitters while a member of the Rangers.
Toronto Blue Jays
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Joe Carter (1991-1997): .257 BA, 203 HR, 736 RBI, five-time All-Star
Roberto Alomar (1991-1995): .307, 55 HR, 342 RBI, five-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove Award winner
George Bell (1981-1990): .286, 202 HR, 750 RBI, 1987 AL MVP, two-time All-Star
Roy Halladay (1998-2009): 148-76, 3.43 ERA, 2003 Cy Young Award winner, six-time All-Star
Carter and Alomar were key pieces to the offense for the Toronto Blue Jays during their back-to-back World Series championship seasons.
Bell was a dominant force during the 1980s, winning the AL MVP award in 1987. Bell teamed with Jess Barfield to form a powerful hitting tandem.
Halladay is the most dominant right-handed pitcher in Jays history, winning the Cy Young Award in 2003.
Jimmy Key also received consideration for the Jays’ version of Mount Rushmore as well.
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Gary Carter (1974-1984, 1992): .269 BA, 220 HR, 823 RBI, seven-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove Award winner
Andre Dawson (1976-1986): .280 BA, 225 HR, 838 RBI, 1977 NL Rookie of the Year Award, six-time Gold Glove Award winner
Vladimir Guerrero (1996-2003): .323 BA, 234 HR, 702 RBI, four-time All-Star
Steve Rogers (1973-1985): 158-152, 3.17 ERA, five-time All-Star
Carter was the darling of the North, quickly becoming the most popular player in Expos history. Carter was as exceptional with the glove as he was at the plate, earning three Gold Glove Awards during his time in Montreal.
Dawson was a feared hitter who, like Carter, was a defensive whiz, earning six straight Gold Glove Awards with the Expos.
The free-swinging Guerrero was the force behind the Expos’ offense during his entire time in Montreal, earning four straight All-Star team selections before leaving for the Anaheim Angels.
Rogers spent his entire 13-year career with the Expos, compiling a career 3.17 ERA and finishing in the top five in Cy Young Award balloting three times during his career.
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