Tom Metzger gets our vote for catcher of the decade. Metzger finish the first decade with 7 All-Star appearances and 4 Silver Slugger awards. Second on our list to receive votes was Harry Cabrera. This runner up had 4 All-Star, one Gold Glove, and 2 World Series Rings.
Our choice for 1st base goes to Hall of Famer, Placido Ortiz, the all time Hit King (2,923 Hits). He is a 8 time All-Star during the decade, 3 time MVP, 8 Silver Slugger awards, 2 World Series Rings, and a Rookie of the Year award in season one. Others under consideration; Hall of Famer Rick Ward (our choice for DH of the decade), and Donne DeWitt (432 HR, 1437 RBI, 305 BA).
Apollo Stanifer is our 2nd basemen. Stanifer is first on the all time games played list with 2,512, and second on the all time hit list behind Ortiz with 2,796 hits. He played 16 years in the majors, all with the Philadelphia Phillies. Stanifer played 162 games every year from season 3 to season 13.
Hall of Famer, Octavio Colon (564 HR, 1534 RBI, 277 BA) won Rookie of the Year in season 3, has won Silver Slugger awards at SS, 2B, and 3B. Has a total of 10 All-Star appearances (8 during the 1st decade), and is a World Series winner. Honorable mention; Clark Crespo 3 World Series Rings (HR 309, 1294 RBI, 292 BA).
Mr Barker has appeared in 6 American League All-Star games during the decade with 3 Sliver Slugger awards at SS.
Bernie Guzman had 5 All-Star appearances, 2 World Series Rings, 2 Silver Slugger awards, and 1 Gold Glove.
This was a three horse race between Enrique Gomez (5 time All-Star), Kip Peterson (4 time All-Star), and Chad Rolls (4 time All-Star). We decided to let the All-Star appearances be the tie breaker.
This season 19 Hall of Famer is the All Time career RBI King (1824) and 4th on the Home Run list with 664. 3rd on the career games played with 2,473. The 165 intentional walks puts him 3rd all time. Denny Johnson won 2 MVPs, 3 Sliver Slugger for RF, 2 Silver Slugger at 3B, and is a 6 time All-Star (5 in the decade).
Rick Ward is also a Hall of Famer, voted into the hall in season 17. He is a 8 time All-Star during the decade, and won the Home Run Derby three time. Ward also has 3 Silver Slugger awards at DH, and is a World Series winner.
Julio Ramirez is a 9 time All-Star (4 in the 1st decade), 3 Cy Young awards, and a World Series winner in decade number 2. He is second on the all time career wins list with 279, 5th on the all career ERA list with a 2.91, second on the all time strikeout list with 3,246.
Francisco Gandarilla was elected into this years Hall of Fame. He started season 21 tied with Julio Ramirez on the all time career wins list with 278. He is now 3rd behind Ramirez (279), and the top dog Luther Abercrombie 305 (only 2 All-Star during the decade). Gandarilla is 3rd on the all time shutout list with 18, behind Abercrombie (21), and Vince Garcia with 32 (only 2 All-Star appearances during 1st decade). Both Abercrombie and Garcia are the leading candidates for the decade 2 team.
Arthur Bradshaw is second on the all time saves list behind Skeeter Brown (525). We picked Bradshaw over Brown for the following reasons; Bradshaw is a 5 time All-Star and 2 time Fireman of the Year during the decade verse Skeeter's 4 All-Star appearances and no FOY during the first decade.
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