Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Cardinals Franchise Deep Six

Another Deep Six! This time for the Cardinals!

1stBob GibsonTed SimmonsAlbert PujolsRogers HornsbyKen BoyerOzzie SmithJoe MedwickJim EdmondsStan Musial
2ndDizzy DeanYadier MolinaJohnny MizeFrankie FrischScott RolenMarty MarionLou BrockCurt FloodEnos Slaughter
3rdAdam WainwrightTim McCarverKeith HernandezRed SchoendienstWhitey KurowskiSolly HemusJesse BurkettRay LankfordBrian Jordan
4thHarry BrecheenDarrell PorterEd KonetchyMiller HugginsArlie LathamBobby WallaceTip O'NeillWillie McGeeJ.D. Drew
5thChris CarpenterWalker CooperBill WhiteTom HerrTerry PendletonGarry TempletonMatt HollidayTerry MooreGeorge Hendrick
6thSilver KingTom PagnozziJim BottomleyYank RobinsonMike MowreyEdgar RenteriaChick HafeyBake McBrideTommy McCarthy

The Cardinals are remarkably deep at some positions and remarkably shallow at others.  You'll notice Mark McGwire isn't anywhere to be found in the first base column, despite his monster seasons in the late 90's. It wasn't a steroid deduction, it was for a lack of longevity.

At catcher, there was a big dropoff after McCarver. All the candidates for that spot on the 6th Team were pretty mediocre, so I just went with Pagnozzi, mainly for his longevity.

Bake McBride is the center fielder for the Sixth Team, but it was pretty much a tossup between him and Jon Jay. (Yes, Jon Jay. Really.) If Jay has a good season this year, it might be enough to bump McBride off the list.

Some people might quibble with the choice of Stan Musial being listed as a right fielder. After all, he played more games at both first base and left field during his career. However, if I were judging him purely at those positions, he might have been edged out by Medwick or Pujols. He had a lot of his biggest seasons playing primarily right field, and as the greatest Cardinal of them all, he deserved to be somewhere on the First Team. Right field just made the most sense, even if the guy on the Second Team was a longtime teammate of his.

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