Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Best Hitting Tandems in Each Team's History

Nathan PalatskyCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2011

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Best Hitting Tandems in Each Team's History

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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 24:  A statue of Babe Ruth is seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum during induction weekend on July 24, 2010 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    This is not a list of the two greatest hitters for each team. This is a list of the greatest individual seasons for two hitters on each team. 

    Steroids are ignored. Barry Bonds is on this list. So is Alex Rodriguez (twice, actually, and not with the Yankees). Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, and other known or assumed users are here. 

    Listed by division, not ranked by greatness. 

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and the Best Hitting Tandems in Each Team's History

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    Baltimore Orioles: The Robinsons, 1966

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      1990:  Head coach Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles walks off the field following a pitching change made during an Orioles game in the 1990 season.  Mandatory Credit:  Otto Greule/ Allsport USA
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      1966 Baltimore Orioles, World Series champions

      Brooks Robinson, 3B: .269, 23 HR, 100 RBI, 91 R

      Frank Robinson, RF: .316, 49 HR, 122 RBI, 122 R

      Meet the Robinsons. They were the catalysts of a team that also featured Boog Powell at first base and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer on the mound. 

      Frank won the MVP, Triple Crown and World Series MVP in 1966 as well. 

    New York Yankees: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, 1927

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      NEW YORK - MAY 02:  The monuments of (L-R) Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, and Babe Ruth are seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium prior to game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The
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      1927 New York Yankees, World Series champions

      Babe Ruth, RF: .356, 60 HR, 164 RBI, 158 R

      Lou Gehrig, 1B: .373, 47 HR, 175 RBI, 149 R

      Welcome to Murderer's Row. This team also featured Hall of Famers in center fielder Earle Combs, second baseman Tony Lazzeri, and pitchers Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock.

      At the time, Ruth's 60 homers were thought of as a record that would never be broken. And without performance enhancers, we may never know. 

      Lou Gehrig was the AL MVP. 

    Toronto Blue Jays: Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green, 1999

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      8 Jul 1999: Carlos Delgado #25of the Toronto Blue Jays swings the bat as he warms up during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. The Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 11-6.
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      1999 Toronto Blue Jays, third in AL East

      Carlos Delgado, 1B: .272, 44 HR, 134 RBI, 113 R

      Shawn Green, RF: .309, 42 HR, 123 RBI

      Interesting fact: 24-year-old Chris Carpenter and 22-year-old Roy Halladay made 42 combined starts for this team. 

      Delgado posted his career high with 44 home runs, and Shawn Green would hit more than 42 only once in his career. 

    Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford, 2009

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      ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:  Carl Crawford #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebtes a solo homerun with Evan Longoria #3 against the Texas Rangers in the 9th inning during game 3 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texa
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      2009 Tampa Bay Rays, third in AL East

      Carl Crawford, LF: .305, 15 HR, 60 SB, 96 R

      Evan Longoria, 3B: .281, 33 HR, 113 RBI, 100 R

      Well... Evan is still in town. One year after their miraculous World Series run, these two put together two of the best individual seasons in the team's history at a combined 50 years of age. 

      This was also the first full year for their current ace, David Price. Scouts salivated over this team's potential for multiple titles over the decade to come, if they could've just stayed together. 

    Boston Red Sox: Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams, 1939

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      COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 25:  A statue of Ted Williams is seen at the National Baseball Hall of Fame during induction weekend on July 25, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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      1939 Boston Red Sox, second in American League

      Jimmie Foxx, 1B: .360, 35 HR, 105 RBI, 130 R

      Ted Williams, OF: .327, 31 HR, 145 RBI, 131 R

      Williams was just 20 years old and took baseball by storm. Foxx, meanwhile, had been doing it for over a decade and was fresh off his MVP of 1938. 

      As it turned out, Foxx had one more great year, 1940, and then came 1941 and Ted's pursuit of .400. It was a truly great time to be a Red Sox fan. 

    Cleveland Indians: Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez, 1999

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      18 Apr 1998:  Outfielder Manny Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians looks on during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Indians defeated the Red Sox 7-4. Mandatory Credit: David Seelig  /Allsport
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      1999 Cleveland Indians, AL Central champions

      Roberto Alomar, 2B: .323, 24 HR, 120 RBI, 138 R, 37 SB

      Manny Ramirez, OF: .333, 44 HR, 165 RBI, 131 R

      Manny's 165 RBI were 20 more than he'd ever have in another season, and the 44 HR were just one shy of his career best. He finished third in MVP voting, which was his highest finish. 

      Alomar was a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class. He won one of his 10 Gold Glove Awards in '99, as well as tying Ramirez for third in MVP voting. 

    Chicago White Sox: Shoeless Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1920

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      NEW YORK - DECEMBER 5:  'Shoeless' Joe Jackson's bat stands on display during an auction preview at Sotheby's December 5, 2005 in New York City. The bat, called 'Black Betsy,' will be auctioned December 10 and was last purchased at a 2001 auction for $577
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      1920 Chicago White Sox, second in American League

      Shoeless Joe Jackson, OF: .382, 12 HR, 121 RBI, 105 R

      Happy Felsch, OF: .338, 14 HR, 115 RBI, 88 R

      Fun fact, both Jackson and Felsch were caught stealing more than they were successful in stolen-base attempts. 

      The 1920 season was Jackson's last year in the league, before being banned because of the Black Sox scandal. It was also the last season for Felsch, who was also banned. 

    Kansas City Royals, George Brett and Willie Wilson, 1980

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      KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 31:  Former player George Brett of the Kansas City Royals smiles as he is honored prior to the start of the opening day game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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      1980 Kansas City Royals, American League champions

      George Brett, 3B: .390, 24 HR, 118 RBI, 1.118 OPS

      Willie Wilson, OF: .326, 15 triples, 79 SB, 133 R

      No, Wilson is not the first name you'd think of in a greatest tandems list, but Wilson and Brett together scored 220 of the team's 809 runs that season.

      He was the perfect partner in crime for Brett, who hit .469 with runners in scoring position in 1980. 

    Minnesota Twins: Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, 2009

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      OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04:  Justin Morneau #33 and Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins look on against the Oakland Athletics during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 4, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Image
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      2009 Minnesota Twins, AL Central champions

      Joe Mauer, C: .365, 28 HR, 96 RBI, 94 R, 1.031 OPS

      Justin Morneau, 1B: .274, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 85 R

      Joe Mauer's 2009 was one of the greatest offensive seasons by a catcher ever. He led the league in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage, and OPS. He got 27 of the 28 first-place votes for MVP. 

      Almost as if the power surge was just to show the doubters he could, Mauer hit nine in 2010 and has yet to hit his first this season.

    Detroit Tigers: Hank Greenberg and Gee Walker, 1937

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      NEW YORK - JULY 15:  The Postmaster General unveils the new commemorative stamps with Roy Campanella, Hank Greenberg, Mel Ott and Mickey Mantle before the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 15, 2006 in th
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      1937 Detroit Tigers, second in American League

      Hank Greenberg, 1B: .337, 40 HR, 183 RBI, 137 R

      Gee Walker, OF: .335, 18 HR, 113 RBI, 105 R

      Also in this group could be second baseman Charlie Gehringer, who batted .371 and scored 133 runs, and a 36-year-old future Hall of Famer in Goose Goslin. 

      Greenberg went on to hit 58 home runs the following year, but the 183 RBI would be a career high for the Hall of Famer.

    Texas Rangers: Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez, 2002

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      BRONX, NY - AUGUST 26:  Alex Rodriguez #3 of the Texas Rangers swings at the pitch during the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on August 26, 2002. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 10-3. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/
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      2002 Texas Rangers, 4th in AL West

      Alex Rodriguez, SS: .300, 57 HR, 142 RBI, 125 R

      Rafael Palmeiro, 1B: .273, 43 HR, 105 RBI, 99 R

      Fun fact, a 22-year-old Colby Lewis was 1-3 in four starts for the '02 Rangers. The 57 home runs are still a career high for A-Rod, who went on to win the 2003 AL MVP before leaving for New York in 2004. 

      The 2002 season was the beginning of the end for Palmeiro, who saw his home run totals drop each year from 2001 (47) all the way to 2005 (18) when he retired. 

    Anaheim Angels: Mo Vaughn and Troy Glaus, 2000

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      ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 3:  Mo Vaughn #42 of the Anaheim Angels bats during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Edison International Field on June 3, 2000 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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      2000 Anaheim Angels, third in AL West

      Mo Vaughn, 1B: .272, 36 HR, 117 RBI, 93 R

      Troy Glaus, 3B: .284, 47 HR, 102 RBI, 1.008 OPS

      This was a team that had five starters over 95 RBI on the season, including Vaughn, Glaus, Darin Erstad (100), Garrett Anderson (117) and Tim Salmon (97). Anderson also hit 35 home runs in '00.

      It was a career high in home runs and batting average for Glaus, and the first of his four All-Star selections. 

    Oakland Athletics: Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, 1987

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      OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 26:  Jose Canseco #33 of the Oakland Athletics reacts during his at bat against the Kansas City Royals at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 26, 1997 in Oakland, California.  The Athletics won 7-6.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty
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      1987 Oakland Athletics, third in AL West

      Jose Canseco, OF: .257, 31 HR, 115 RBI

      Mark McGwire, 1B: .289, 49 HR, 118 RBI, 97 R

      The original Bash Brothers, before Canseco left and Jason Giambi stepped in, Canseco and McGwire didn't do much beyond hitting moonshot home runs. 

      McGwire won AL Rookie of the Year and posted a .618 slugging percentage. His 49 dingers led the league, and he was sixth in MVP voting. 

    Seattle Mariners: Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr., 1998

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      17 Sep 1998: Ken Griffey Jr. #24 of the Seattle Mariners drops his bat as he watches the ball fly during the game agianst the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Mariners defeated the A''s 8-0.
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      1998 Seattle Mariners, third in AL West

      Ken Griffey Jr, OF: .284, 56 HR, 146 RBI, 123 R

      Alex Rodriguez, SS: .310, 42 HR, 124 RBI, 120 R

      Two of the greatest hitters of our generation on one team; it was a good year. This Mariners team also featured Edgar Martinez and his line of .322/29/102. 

      Do you believe Jamie Moyer was already 35 years old in 1998? He led the starting rotation in wins (15), ERA (3.53) and WHIP (1.178). 

    Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, 2006

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      PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 07: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single during the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on April 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 11-0. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Im
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      2006 Philadelphia Phillies, second in NL East

      Ryan Howard, 1B: .313, 58 HR, 149 RBI, 1.084 OPS

      Chase Utley, 2B: .309, 32 HR, 102 RBI, 131 R

      Howard won the MVP in 2006 and Utley was seventh in voting. For anyone who read the previous slide from 1998, Jamie Moyer won five of his eight starts for the Phillies in 2006.

      No Phillies starter won more than 12 games, and only Brett Myers (12) and Ryan Madson (11) won more than nine among all Phillies pitchers.  

    Washington Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, 2009

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      CINCINNATI - JULY 22:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals hits a home run during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 22, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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      2009 Washington Nationals, fifth in NL East

      Adam Dunn, 1B: .267, 38 HR, 105 RBI, 81 R

      Ryan Zimmerman, 3B: .292, 33 HR, 106 RBI, 110 R

      If you've seen Dunn hit, you know what raw power looks like. 

      People talk about consistency. Since 2004—that's seven seasons—Dunn has between 38-46 homers, 100-106 RBI (other than one year of 92), and 79-105 runs scored.

    Florida Marlins: Carlos Delgado and Miguel Cabrera, 2005

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      MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 16:  Third basemen Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Florida Marlins blows a bubble with his gum during a break in the action against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 16, 2005 at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Phillies defeated th
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      2005 Florida Marlins, third in NL East

      Carlos Delgado, 1B: .301, 33 HR, 115 RBI, .981 OPS

      Miguel Cabrera, OF: .323, 33 HR, 116 RBI, .947 OPS

      At 22 years old, Cabrera put out his second season over 30 home runs. He now has 33 or more home runs in seven of the last eight seasons, and over 100 RBI and .290-plus average in eight straight.

      This was a rotation that was led by Dontrelle Willis' 22 wins and 2.63 ERA, and featured three other starters now excelling with other teams: AJ Burnett in New York, Josh Beckett in Boston, and Jason Vargas in Seattle.

    Atlanta Braves: Joe Torre and Hank Aaron, 1966

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      CINCINNATI - MAY 15: Hank Aaron waves to the crowd before the Gillette Civil Rights Game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on May 15, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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      1966 Atlanta Braves, fifth in National League

      Hank Aaron, OF: .279, 44 HR, 127 RBI, 117 R

      Joe Torre, C: .315, 36 HR, 101 RBI, .943 OPS

      Aaron led the league in home runs and RBI, while Torre enjoyed his only season over 30 home runs. The '66 Braves also had 34-year-old future Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews and fellow HOF inductee Phil Niekro. 

      Felipe Alou added to the thundering offense with 31 home runs and a .327 batting average. 

    New York Mets: Mike Piazza and Edgardo Alfonzo, 2000

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      FLUSHING, NY - OCTOBER 25:  Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets runs the baseline against the New York Yankees during game 4 of the World Series at Shea Stadium on October 25, 2000, in Flushing, New York.  The Mets won 2-0. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Image
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      2000 New York Mets, National League Champions

      Mike Piazza, C: .324, 38 HR, 113 RBI, 1.012 OPS

      Edgardo Alfonso, 2B: .324, 25 HR, 94 RBI, 109 R

      Fun fact: no one on the Mets stole 10 or more bases in 2000. 

      The Mets coasted through the Giants and Cardinals on their way to getting humbled by the Yankees in the World Series. 

      Armando Benitez led all relievers with 68 games finished and ended the year with 41 saves and 2.61 ERA. 

    Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, 1970

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      COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 25:  Hall of Famer Johnny Bench entertains the crowd at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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      1970 Cincinnati Reds, National League champs

      Johnny Bench, C: .293, 45 HR, 148 RBI, 97 R

      Tony Perez, 3B: .317, 40 HR, 129 RBI, 107 R

      Let me just add in Lee May at first base, with his 34 homers and 94 RBI, and Bobby Tolan and Pete Rose each hit .316 and combined to score 232 runs. 

      This team was simply stacked. Fun fact, Johnny Bench made $40,000 for the season. He won the NL MVP for the season. 

      The Big Red Machine appeared in four World Series in the 1970s. 

    Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, 2007

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      MILWAUKEE - SEPTEMBER 28: Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers starts to run on a ground-out against the San Diego Padres on September 28, 2007 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Padres defeated the Brewers 6-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/G
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      2007 Milwaukee Brewers, second in NL Central

      Ryan Braun, OF: .324, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 15 SB, 1.004 OPS

      Prince Fielder, 1B: .288, 50 HR, 119 RBI, 109 R, 1.013 OPS

      Honestly, this might be the most impressive duo on this list for me because they were both 23 years old at the time. 

      Braun won the Rookie of the Year Award. Fielder was third in MVP voting. 

      No pitcher with 20-plus starts had an ERA under 3.80. No pitcher won more than 12 games for the Brew Crew. But man, they could hit.

      JJ Hardy and Corey Hart combined for 50 homers, and Rickie Weeks added 16 homers and 25 steals. 

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla, 1990

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      SAN DIEGO - 1990:  Barry Bonds #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates follows through on his swing during a game against the San Diego Padres in 1990 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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      1990 Pittsburgh Pirates, NL East champions

      Barry Bonds, OF: .301, 33 HR, 114 RBI, 52 SB, 104 R

      Bobby Bonilla, OF: .280, 32 HR, 120 RBI, 112 R

      Look at the picture of Barry Bonds and tell me it doesn't remind you a little of Andrew McCutchen. That's McCutchen's upside, pre-roid Barry.

      Don't look now, but the Pirates aren't horrible anymore. They haven't had a winning record since 1992. Not saying it's their year, but with Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker along with McCutchen, the offense is pretty good.

      Now they just need some pitchers.  

    Chicago Cubs: Rogers Hornsby and Hack Wilson, 1929

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      ST LOUIS - JULY 18:  Statue of Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals is outside of Busch Stadium on July 18, 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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      1929 Chicago Cubs, National League champions

      Rogers Hornsby, 2B: .380, 39 HR, 149 RBI, 156 R, 1.139 OPS

      Hack Wilson, OF: .345, 39 HR, 159 RBI, 135 R, 1.044 OPS

      Riggs Stephenson could be added here, as he posted a .362 average and 1.006 OPS. It was a good time to be a Cubs fan, before the curse. 

      Miss the good old days of pitchers finishing what they start? Charlie Root, Guy Bush and Pat Malone combined for 59 wins, 69 complete games and 1,028 innings. 

    St. Louis Cardinals: Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter, 1949

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      WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15:   Baseball Hall of Fame member Stan Musial is presented with the 2010 Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room event at the White House February 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal
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      1949 St. Louis Cardinals, second in National League

      Stan Musial, OF: .338, 36 HR, 123 RBI, 128 R, 1.062 OPS

      Enos Slaughter, OF: .336, 13 HR, 96 RBI, .929 OPS

      Stan the Man is the most beloved Cardinal of all-time. Between 1946 and 1951, he was first or second in MVP voting every year except '47. 

      Howie Pollet won 20 games with a 2.77 ERA for the Cardinals in '49. 

    Houston Astros: Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo, 2000

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      16 Apr 2000: Jeff Bagwell #5 of the Houston Astros stands ready at bat during a game against the San Diego Padres at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Padres defeated the Astros 13-3. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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      2000 Houston Astros, fourth in NL Central

      Jeff Bagwell, 1B: .310, 47 HR, 132 RBI, 152 R, 1.039 OPS

      Richard Hidalgo, OF: .314, 44 HR, 122 RBI, 118 R, 1.028 OPS

      This duo was more of a trio, with Moises Alou posting .355, 30 HR, 114 RBI, and a 1.039 OPS. The offense was never the issue.

      Scott Elarton was the only pitcher to win more than eight games. No one who pitched in more than 10 games had an ERA under four.  

    Colorado Rockies: Larry Walker and Todd Helton, 1999

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      DENVER, CO - APRIL 06:  First baseman Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies watches his three run homerun off of starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead in the third inning at Coors Field on April
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      1999 Colorado Rockies, fifth in NL West

      Larry Walker, OF: .379, 37 HR, 115 RBI, 108 R, 1.168 OPS

      Todd Helton, 1B: .320, 35 HR, 113 RBI, 114 R

      May as well add Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette, who combined for 67 homers and 135 RBI, but this was another team done in by poor pitching. 

      Put it this way, they had four pitchers make 20-plus starts. Pedro Astacio was the only one with an ERA under six. And his ERA was over five. Their team ERA was 6.01. 

    Los Angeles Dodgers: Gary Sheffield and Eric Karros, 2000

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      LOS ANGELES - JUNE 2:  Eric Karros #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during their game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on June 2, 2002.  The Dodgers won 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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      2000 Los Angeles Dodgers, second in NL West

      Eric Karros, 1B: .250, 31 HR. 106 RBI, 84 R

      Gary Sheffield, OF: .325, 43 HR, 109 RBI, 105 R

      In Sheffield's 509-home run career, he never hit more in a season than in 2000 with the Dodgers. The team was pleasantly surprised by 20 homers and 85 RBI from a 21-year-old Adrian Beltre, but Karros and Sheffield made runs happen in LA.

      The 35-year-old Kevin Brown had a 2.58 ERA over 230 innings in 2000, and a 24-year-old power pitcher named Eric Gagne made 19 starts. 

    San Francisco Giants: WIllie McCovey and Willie Mays, 1963

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      SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 09:  Former Gmember of the San Francisco Giants Willie Mays waves to the crowd before recieving his World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals  at AT&T Park on April 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsoh
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      1963 San Francisco Giants, third in National League

      Willie McCovey, OF: .280, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 103 R

      Willie Mays, OF: .314, 38 HR, 103 RBI, 115 R

      How about that duo? What else needs to be said? Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda added a line of .316/34/97. 

      The 25-year-old Juan Marichal won 25 games with a 2.41 ERA over 321.1 innings. There was also a 24-year-old Gaylord Perry just getting started.  

    San Diego Padres: Ryan Klesko and Phil Nevin, 2001

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      SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 6:  Ryan Klesko #30 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Kansas City Royals in preseason action March 6, 2006 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. The Padres won 8-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn /Getty Images)
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      2001 San Diego Padres, fourth in NL West

      Ryan Klesko, 1B: .286, 30 HR, 113 RBI, 105 R

      Phil Nevin, 3B: .306, 41 HR, 126 RBI, 97 R

      This is a team that had 42-year-old Rickey Henderson play 123 games, and 41-year-old Tony Gwynn play 71. Beyond Klesko and Nevin, the team didn't have much on offense. 

      There wasn't much to be excited about on the mound, either. Even Trevor Hoffman was off, with an uncharacteristic 3.43 ERA, with 43 saves. It was a rough year for the Padres

    Arizona Diamondbacks, Luis Gonzalez and Reggie Sanders, 2001

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      4 Nov 2001: Luis Gonzalez #20 of the Arizona Diamondbacks strikes out during game seven of the Major League Baseball World Series at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks won 3-2 to capture the World Series title. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandator
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      2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, World Series champions

      Luis Gonzalez, OF: .325, 57 HR, 142 RBI, 128 R, 1.117 OPS

      Reggie Sanders, OF: .263, 33 HR, 90 RBI, 84 R, 14 SB

      This was a bit of a scrappy team. Guys like Mark Grace and Matt Williams "played the game right" as the old-timers would say. 

      It doesn't hurt to have Curt Schilling win 22 with a 2.98 ERA and Randy Johnson win 21 with a 2.49 ERA. That team was solid, and ultimately it was Luis Gonzalez at the plate to decide Game 7 of the World Series.