If there’s one position in Dodgers history that has been the least glamorous the last 30 years, it’s shortstop.
Since I became a Dodgers fan growing up in the 1990s, I’ve seen stars at nearly every position except shortstop. As that decade saw the rise of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and more, the team was stuck with the likes of Greg Gagne, Alex Cora and Jose Offerman.
Between Bill Russell’s last season in 1983 and Rafael Furcal’s arrival in 2006, the team only had two All-Star shortstop selections. It’s easy for most Dodger fans to believe that Furcal has been a revelation, and Dee Gordon became a quick fan favorite when you consider what came before him.
Gordon’s promise over the past month has given fans and the organization high hopes that he’ll be the Dodger shortstop of the future.
Here are the five best shortstops in Dodger history, starting with the best of the post-Russell, pre-Furcal era.