Carney Lansford to the HOF? Maybe Not, but One Heck of a Player

Tim TwymanContributor IApril 29, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 01:  Hitting coach Carney Lansford of the San Francisco Giants sits in the dugout before the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Scottsdale Stadium on March 1, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona.   The A's defeated the Giants 23-5.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Carney Lansford has been my hero for about 30 years. I watched him mature as a rookie with the California Angels. He blossomed into one of the best third baseman in all of baseball during his illustrious career.

If I'm not mistaken, he is still the only third baseman to lead the league in fielding percentage in three different decades.

He also won the American League Batting Title while he was with the Boston Red Sox.  In 1989, he helped lead the A's to the World Championship against the team for which he now is the batting coach, the SF Giants.

The previous year, they were defeated by the LA Dodgers, and the year following their World Championship, they were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds. That's three years in a row that he helped lead his team to the World Series.

Some great players never even make an appearance in a World Series.

Without his guidance during the "Bash Brothers" era, the team may not have been as successful.

He is one of those players that may never see his name enshrined in the HOF, but he will always be my favorite.

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