Players on the Mount Rushmore of Every MLB Team
Every MLB team, every fan and every organization has been built on the backs of many.
However, few stand out as being not only the face of an organization, but also the best in team history.
Millions of visitors flock to the Black Hills of South Dakota each year to see Mount Rushmore and the four presidents whose faces are etched in it.
The national landmark shows some of the greatest presidents in our history, while also having a bit of controversy.
Regardless, it's a part of our nation's history.
While the controversy is different surrounding the monument in South Dakota, there will still be some controversy surrounding mythical Mount Rushmores for each MLB team.
Some fans won't understand why certain players were placed above others. However, one thing is for sure...it's hard to dispute each player's place in that team's history.
Here's a look at the Mount Rushmore for all 30 MLB teams.
Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns
Cal Ripken Jr. (1981-2001): .276, 431 HR, 1,695 RBI, 3,184 hits, two-time AL MVP, 1982 AL Rookie of the Year, 19-time All-Star
Brooks Robinson (1955-1977): .267 BA, 268 HR, 1,357 RBI, 1964 MVP, 16-time Gold Glove Award winner
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, 3,255 hits, 1977 Rookie of the Year, seven-time All-Star
What everyone will remember most about Ripken is his streak of 2,632 games played. But, outside of that streak, Ripken was one of the best players the Orioles have ever seen.
Robinson was perhaps the greatest defensive third baseman in MLB history. While his offensive numbers weren't the greatest in the world, he was consistent all 23 years he played for the Orioles.
No pitcher is greater than Palmer in team history. From 1969-78, Palmer had only one season with an ERA above 3.00. Palmer is the only member of this group to be a part of the team in all three years it won the World Series.
Murray was as consistent as they come in his time with Orioles. His play is a major reason why the Orioles won two titles in his time.
Boston Red Sox
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, 3,419 hits, 1967 MVP, 18-time All-Star
David Ortiz (2003-present): .290 BA, 343 HR, 1,088 RBI, eight-time All-Star
Jim Rice (1974-1989): .298 BA, 382 HR, 1,451 RBI, 1978 MVP, eight-time All-Star
Talk about a long line of greatness. The Red Sox had Williams, Yastrzemski and Rice manning left field for 50 years.
When you think of the Boston Red Sox, you think of Williams. He is widely considered one of the best hitters to ever play the game.
Most Red Sox fans remember "The Impossible Dream" of 1967, in which Yastrzemski led the Sox to the AL pennant for the first time in two decades.
The Red Sox have a vast history, but I would be remiss to not include Ortiz, who helped bring the team a World Series title to the city in 2004 and 2007. Outside of Williams, Ortiz may go down as the most beloved figure in team history.
New York Yankees
Babe Ruth (1920-1934): .349 BA, 659 HR, 1,971 RBI, 1923 AL MVP, 10-time home run champion
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
Derek Jeter (1995-present): .313 BA, 255 HR, 1,254 RBI, 3,304 hits, 1996 Rookie of the Year, 13-time All-Star, five-time Gold Glove award winner
There should really be no question mark concerning the first three.
Jeter is a more controversial pick, as some suggest it should be Joe DiMaggio here instead. However, Jeter ushered in a decade of Yankee dominance as they have won five titles in his career.
There are many other players who are deserving of being on this list, but alas it's limited to four.
Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria (2008-present): .276 BA, 130 HR, 456 RBI, 2008 AL Rookie of the Year Award, three-time All-Star
Carl Crawford (2002-2010): .296, 104 HR, 592 RBI, 409 SB, four-time All-Star
David Price (2008-present): 61-31, 3.16 ERA, 2012 AL Cy Young award winner, three-time All-Star
Joe Maddon (2006-present): Two-time AL Manager of the Year
For the longest time, the Tampa Bay Rays were at the bottom of the barrel. With an infusion of young talent, the Rays slowly became a powerhouse in the AL East.
While their history is short, Rays fans still have a lot to remember by these four.
While Crawford has already left via free agency, the other three look like they'll be with the team for many years to come.
Toronto Blue Jays
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
Roy Halladay (1998-2009): 148-76, 3.43 ERA, 2003 Cy Young Award winner, six-time All-Star
Carlos Delgado (1993-2004): .282 BA, 336 HR, 1,058 RBI
It's impossible to forget Carter jumping around after the Toronto Blue Jays won the the World Series in 1992 and 1993. He is one of the most beloved figures in franchise history and is the key reason why the Blue Jays have two world titles to their credit.
Alomar was also a key part of that success. Although he only spent five years in Toronto, he made his mark.
Halladay is the best pitcher in the franchise's history, while Delgado is the best hitter.
Baseball stayed relevant in Toronto due to their play.
Chicago White Sox
Nellie Fox (1950-1963): .291 BA, 35 HR, 740 RBI, 1959 AL MVP, 12-time All-Star
Paul Konerko (1999-present): .285 BA, 415 HR, 1,307 RBI, five-time All-Star
Frank Thomas (1990-2005): .307 BA, 448 HR, 1,465 RBI, two-time MVP, five-time All-Star
Luke Appling (1930-1943, 1945-1950): .310 BA, 1,116 RBI, 2,749 hits, seven-time All-Star
The Chicago White Sox have a long and storied history, as well, and a curse broken, unlike their neighbors to the north.
The four players represented for the White Sox bring both power and finesse.
Fox was one of the better second basemen in his playing days, while Appling was equally as good at shortstop.
Konerko and Thomas are the two best sluggers in team history.
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
Tris Speaker (1916-1926): .354 BA, 1,965 hits, 884 RBI
Nap Lajoie (1902-1914): .339 BA, 2,046 hits, 919 RBI
Recent history hasn't been too kind to the Cleveland Indians, but before 1960, they were widely considered a dominant force in the American League.
Feller and Lemon helped lead the Indians to a World Series win in 1948, although Feller lost both of his decisions against the Boston Braves, while Lemon won his.
Speaker and Lajoie were two of the best hitters in all of baseball during their time. Speaker was often overshadowed by what the Yankee sluggers were doing, but was still good in his own right.
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
Ty Cobb (1905-1926): .366 average, 1,938 RBI, 3,900 hits, 897 SB, 1911 AL MVP
Alan Trammell (1977-1996): .285 BA, 185 HR, 1,003 RBI, six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner
The first three are easy.
They were all staples for the Detroit Tigers during their playing days.
Cobb goes down as the second-best hitter ever in baseball, behind Pete Rose.
Trammell might be a controversial pick, but his play at shortstop helped lead the Tigers to the 1984 world title.
While he may never get into the Hall of Fame, Trammell is still one of the four best ever for the Tigers.
Kansas City Royals
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 are one of two teams with all four players having played together when the team won the World Series.
Brett is still considered one of the faces of the Royals.
White's offensive numbers aren't sexy, but his glove was, which earns him a spot on the list.
What Saberhagen and Quisenberry were able to do on the mound is something that hasn't been seen in Kansas City in a long time.
Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators
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
Harmon Killebrew (1954-1974): .258 BA, 559 HR, 1,540 RBI, 1969 AL MVP, 11-time All-Star
Walter Johnson (1907-27): 417-279, 2.17 ERA, 3,509 strikeouts, two-time MVP
The Minnesota Twins have one of the best Mount Rushmores of any franchise.
Puckett was the face of the team that won the 1991 World Series.
Carew led the league in hitting seven times, hitting above .300 for 15-straight seasons.
Killebrew is the best Twins' player ever, while Johnson earns his spot for the work he did with the Washington Senators early in the 20th century.
Nolan Ryan (1980-1988): 106-94, 3.13 ERA, 1,866 strikeouts, 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
Lance Berkman (1999-2010): .296 BA, 326 HR, 1,090 RBI, five-time All-Star
How could you have the Houston Astros and not put the Killer B's on their Mount Rushmore?
I knew that was one of the questions I would face, and after looking at the stats, I saw no reason to not include all three.
Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman gave Houston fans a lot of exciting baseball to watch during their playing days.
Ryan came to Houston as one of the best pitchers in baseball, and that's the same way he left.
Los Angeles Angels
Nolan Ryan (1972-1979): 138-121, 3.07 ERA, 2,416 strikeouts, four no-hitters
Garret Anderson (1994-2008): .296 BA, 272 HR, 1,292 RBI, three-time All-Star
Jim Fregosi (1961-1971): .268 BA, 115 HR, 546 RBI, six-time All-Star
Gene Autry: former owner
Whether you want to call them the Los Angeles Angels, California Angels, Anaheim Angels or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, one thing remains the same...their history.
Ryan earns another spot on a Mount Rushmore after his eight years of success with the Angels.
Anderson is the best hitter in team history and Fregosi was solid at shortstop after the Angels came into existence.
I would be remiss to not include former owner Gene Autry. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, it was all dedicated to Autry, who was instrumental is building the foundation of what we now know is a first-class organization.
Oakland Athletics/Kansas City Athletics/Philadelphia Athletics
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
Al Simmons (1924-1932, 1940-41, 1944): .356 BA, 209 HR, 1,178 RBI, four-time All-Star
Lefty Grove (1925-1933): 195-79, 2.88 ERA, 1,523 strikeouts, 1931 MVP
The Oakland Athletics had their heyday when they were in Philadelphia, which is why guys like Foxx, Simmons and Grove are their Mount Rushmore.
Foxx and Simmons were two of the more consistent hitters in all of baseball, while Grove led the league in strikeouts seven times and ERA five times during his time in Philadelphia.
The one exception is Henderson, who is the greatest base-stealer in MLB history.
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
Ichiro Suzuki (2001-2012): .322 BA, 1,204 runs scored, 452 stolen bases, 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, 10-time All-Star, nine-time Gold-Glove winner
All of the Seattle Mariners' success has come recently as well.
Martinez redefined the designated hitter position, while Griffey is one of the most beloved figures in Seattle sports history.
A-Rod was dominant in his time in Seattle, which is why he landed a big contract with the Rangers.
Ichiro was simply one of the best outfielders in baseball in his time in Seattle. While is power numbers weren't great, the one thing you could always count on was him getting on base.
Texas Rangers/Washington Senators
Michael Young (2000-2012): .301, 177 HR, 984 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
Josh Hamilton (2008-2012): .305 BA, 142 HR, 506 RBI, 2010 AL MVP, five-time All-Star
Juan Gonzalez (1989-1999, 2002-2003): .293 BA, 372 HR, 1,180 RBI, two-time AL MVP
The Texas Rangers are in the perfect place for power hitters. That's where guys like Hamilton and Gonzalez experienced most of their success.
For Young, he gains entry on the Rangers' Mount Rushmore because of his play on the field and his leadership in the clubhouse.
Multiple times Young switched positions so free agents could be signed or younger players given a chance. Eventually, he was pushed out and traded this past offseason.
Rodriguez is the best defensive catcher this game has ever seen.
Atlanta Braves/Milwaukee Braves/Boston Braves
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 (1993-2012): .303 BA, 468 HR, 1,623 RBI, 1999 MVP, eight-time All-Star
Warren Spahn (1942, 1946-1964): 356-229, 3.05 ERA, 1957 Cy Young Award, 14-time All-Star
It's amazing that in all of the time of pitching dominance, there is only one representative for the Atlanta Braves on their Mount Rushmore.
While arguments can be made for Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, so can the arguments for all four guys listed.
Many people still consider Aaron to the be the all-time leader in home runs, due to the steroid suspicion surrounding Barry Bonds.
Matthews was one of the many faces of the franchise, but was the first real face from a hitting perspective.
And, what else can you say about Jones? Fans loved him because he got the job done night-in and night-out.
Spahn is sometimes overlooked by fans, mainly because he didn't play in Atlanta. However, there's no disputing his dominance during his time within the organization.
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
Hanley Ramirez (2006-2012): .300 BA, 148 HR, 482 RBI, 2006 Rookie of the Year Award, three-time All-Star
Miguel Cabrera (2003-2007): .313 BA, 138 HR, 523 RBI, four-time All-Star
One has to wonder if any of the owners (current or previous) thought about keeping a team together for the Miami Marlins?
All of the talent that has come through the system would be a force to reckon with in baseball.
Of these four, three of them could still be playing for the Marlins, but trades have sent all packing.
Conine was a rock in the middle of the lineup for the Marlins during both World Series runs, as was Beckett on the mound.
Ramirez had trouble near the end of his time in Miami, but he's still one of the best players in franchise history.
Cabrera is a head-scratcher to me. Not for the Mount Rushmore, but for the reason he was traded.
When looking at what happened with him, one can only wonder if the same will happen to Giancarlo Stanton.
New York Mets
Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983): 198-124, 2.57 ERA, 1967 NL Rookie of the Year, three-time Cy Young Award winner
David Wright (2004-present): .301 BA, 204 HR, 818 RBI, six-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner
Dwight Gooden (1984-1994): 157-85, 3.10 ERA, 1984 NL Rookie of the Year, 1985 Cy Young Award winner
Mike Piazza (1998-2005): .296 BA, 220 HR, 665 RBI, 1993 NL Rookie of the Year, four-time All-Star
The New York Mets have a good mix for their Mount Rushmore.
Seaver was dominant in his time in the Big Apple, as was Gooden.
Wright is still taking care of business, even without much of a lineup around him.
Piazza is the best hitting catcher of all time, and while some will knock his defense, it's hard to argue that his starting staff continually put up great ERA numbers.
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
The temptation was there to place one of today's stars on Mount Rushmore, but it simply wasn't there for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Schmidt, Roberts and Carlton are locks for three of the spots as they were dominant throughout their time in Philadelphia.
Ashburn might be the controversial pick, but he was one of the more consistent batters in a time where Philadelphia didn't have any big names in their order.
Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos
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
Tim Raines (1979-1990): .301 BA, 947 runs scored, 658 SB, seven-time All-Star
All of these players come from the Montreal days, but all are well deserving.
Carter, Dawson and Raines all played together and are a big reason why the Expos won the division in 1981.
Guerrero was as consistent as they come in a Montreal uniform. But, free agency came up and Guerrero left town.
Soon after, so did the Expos.
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
Cap Anson (1876-1897): .331 BA, 3,012 hits, 2,075 RBI
Billy Williams (1959-1974): .296 BA, 392 HR, 1,353 RBI, 1961 NL Rookie of the Year, six-time All-Star
Banks and Santo are, no question, two of the faces for the Chicago Cubs, but the other two selections were tough.
Anson isn't known much outside of Chicago, due to the time period he played in. However, he's definitely deserving of his spot.
Williams had better numbers at the plate than Santo and helped give the Cubs a great lineup for more than a decade.
Sadly, the Cubs were not able to win a title even with this lineup.
Note: Due to a misread in the stats, Anson was originally left off. However, as you can see now, this is corrected.
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
Barry Larkin (1986-2004): .295 BA, 198 HR, 960 RBI, 1995 NL MVP, 12-time All-Star
Frank Robinson (1956-65): .303 BA, 324 HR, 1,009 RBI, 1956 NL Rookie of the Year, 1961 NL MVP, six-time All-Star
The Cincinnati Reds are another team with a great-looking Mount Rushmore.
It's hard to argue against any of these players.
We all know what Rose did as a player, as he's the best hitter to have ever played the game.
Bench, Larkin and Robinson were not only good at the plate, but they could also play good defense.
Milwaukee Brewers/Seattle Pilots
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
Cecil Cooper (1977-1987): .302 BA, 201 HR, 944 RBI, five-time All-Star
Ryan Braun (2007-present): .313 BA, 202 HR, 643 RBI, 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, 2011 NL MVP, five-time All-Star
Yount and Molitor are the two names that come up when you think of the Milwaukee Brewers. There's no questioning their inclusion on Mount Rushmore.
Some may think Cooper wasn't deserving to be on the list. However, he was a force to be reckoned with at the plate and was often overshadowed by the previous two.
For a while, the Brewers weren't doing much of anything after Yount and Molitor left the organization. Then along came Braun and others, who have helped make the Brewers into a dynamic team.
Roberto Clemente (1955-1972): .317 BA, 240 HR, 1,305 RBI, 3,000 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
The Pittsburgh Pirates were a very successful franchise throughout the 1900s.
From players like Wagner, who is often forgot about when fans discuss history, to Waner, who was one of the best hitters in baseball before World War II.
Clemente and Stargell were the epitome of what you want to see out of your players. They got the job done on the field and out in the community.
Sadly, Clemente's charitable work cost him his life as he died in a plane crash in 1972 while take supplies to Nicaragua.
St. Louis Cardinals
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
Ozzie Smith (1982-1996): .262 BA, 793 RBI, 580 SB, 14-time All-Star, 11-time Gold-Glove Award winner
Rogers Hornsby (1915-1926, 1933): .359 BA, 193 HR, 1,072 RBI, 1925 MVP
The St. Louis Cardinals have guys represented who did it all during their playing careers.
Musial was the all-around hitter, who hit for both power and average, while Hornsby was consistent at getting on base.
Gibson was one of the best pitchers in the game when he played, while Smith is perhaps the greatest defensive shortstop the game has ever seen.
Luis Gonzalez (1999-2006): .298 BA, 224 HR, 775 RBI
Randy Johnson (1999-2004, 2007-2008): 118-62, 2.83 ERA, 2,077 strikeouts, four Cy Young awards
Curt Schilling (2000-2003): 58-28, 3.14 ERA, 2001 World Series co-MVP
Steve Finley (1999-2004): .278 BA, 153 HR, 479 RBI
The Arizona Diamondbacks are another team with a short history, but it's already been a great history.
Arizona is one of two teams to have all four of its representatives on the same team that won a World Series.
It was the dominance on the mound by guys like Johnson and Schilling and the key hits by guys like Gonzalez and Finley which resulted in the 2001 title.
Johnson was the most dominant pitcher when he was on the mound as his 6'11" frame was daunting.
Troy Tulowitzki (2006-present): .292 BA, 130 HR, 470 RBI, two-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner
Todd Helton (1997-present): .320 BA, 354 HR, 1,345 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
Larry Walker (1995-2004): .334 BA, 258 HR, 848 RBI, 1997 NL MVP, four-time All-Star
The Colorado Rockies have a short history, as well, but Coors Field has helped bloat the numbers of these guys.
Sorry, no pitchers on this Mount Rushmore.
Tulowitzki is the new face of the franchise as Helton has recently passed the torch. Both players have been great at the plate, leading the team from the middle of the lineup.
Castilla and Walker really got their careers going in Colorado, giving fans a mix of power and average during their time.
Los Angeles Dodgers/Brooklyn Dodgers
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
Jackie Robinson (1947-1956): .311 BA, 137 HR, 734 RBI, 1947 Rookie of the Year Award winner, 1949 NL MVP
Tommy Lasorda (1976-1996): former manager
The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen a lot of players wear their colors, but none better represent that uniform than these four.
Koufax and Snider were absolutely dominant. Batters couldn't figure out how to do much against Koufax, while pitchers couldn't figure out how to get Snider out.
Robinson changed the game forever as he broke the color barrier. However, that's not what gets him on the Dodgers' Mount Rushmore. He played the game with reckless abandon, always giving it 100 percent every time he stepped onto the field.
While others may be considered more deserving for the fourth spot, I gave it to Lasorda. When it comes to someone who bleeds Dodger blue, nobody shows their colors more than Lasorda.
San Diego Padres
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
Randy Jones (1973-1979): 92-105, 3.42 ERA, 735 strikeouts
When it comes to hitting and closing out games, there were none better than Gwynn and Hoffman for the San Diego Padres.
Gwynn was a student of the game, always trying to figure out ways to get on base.
When it came time for the game to be closed down, Hoffman was one of the best in the game.
For Winfield and Jones, the numbers may not look great, but you have to remember the teams they played for during their time in San Diego. The Padres had one winning season during that time and never finished above fourth in the standings.
San Francisco Giants/New York Giants
Christy Mathewson (1900-1916): 372-188, 2.13 ERA, 2,504 strikeouts
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
Barry Bonds (1993-2007): .312 BA, 586 HR, 1,440 RBI, 263 SB, five-time NL MVP, 12-time All-Star
When you look at the San Francisco Giants' Mount Rushmore, it compares well to the Yankees.
While the Yankees top four is dominated by hitters, the Giants do have one pitcher.
Mathewson was one of the top three pitchers in baseball every year he played. He constantly dominated opposing batters, never giving them much of a chance to do anything.
There's no real explanation needed for Ott or Mays. Mays is likely the best five-tool player to ever play the game.
The Bonds inclusion may cause some controversy, but only outside of San Francisco. Fans still love him.
Although there is still the steroid cloud surrounding him, he still makes the list.