The Dodgers and the Giants have one of the longest and most storied rivalries in the history of Major League Baseball. Stretching from the Burroughs of New York to the sunny coasts of California, this rivalry has seen dramatic wins, bench clearing brawls and so much deep throated (dislike) poured onto the visiting opponents that they would feel uncomfortable if they weren't getting booed. The two teams renewed their rivalry this week, so we took a look back at SOME of the 298 players that have played for both franchises. Who are your favorites, or, who is your favorite to booooooo.
Duke Snyder (Right) is one of the iconic players in major league history and his name is still synonymous with the Dodgers, and with Brooklyn. He played in more than 1,900 for the Dodgers from '47-'62 and in 91 games with the Giants in 1964.
Although well known in Northern California for managing in San Francisco, Dusty Baker played 1 season for the Giants in 1984, but he played in 1117 games in Dodger blue. He hit .281 and smashed 144 home runs for the Dodgers, and helped them win a ring in 1981.
The first of a strong line of pitchers for the Giants in the last 15 years was Jason Schmidt. His fastball and steely determination made him the perfect anchor of a staff for the early 2000's San Francisco teams that had great success, until they lost the 2002 World Series in (where?) Los Angeles. Schmidt would finish his 14 year career in L.A. in 2009 after leaving the Bay in 2006.
Before winning over the baseball world as the effervescent manager of the Miracle Mets in 1969, and creating a new
language of his own, Stengel was a rightfielder for the Dodgers from 1912-'17 and their rivals in New York from 1921-'23.
Although his name is celebrated by a few teams,
see Boston Red Sox, the current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers brought his speed, intelligence and courage to both the Bay Area and the Southland. His impact on each team's performance was a good harbinger of way he would lead the 2016 Dodgers to the NL West crown.
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D-a-r-r-y-l. Despite some success with the Yankees in the late 1990's, most of Darryl Strawberry's career after the Mets is one big "what if". During his stops in L.A. and S.F. Strawberry could show flashes of brilliance but failed, not just live up to the hype, but perform at a major league level. He will always be remembered as the poster boy for a generation of players lost to drug abuse.
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Jeff Kent was part of some of the most powerful teams in MLB history when he teamed up with Rich Arillia and Barry Bonds. After the locker room went south, because of a tough relationship with Bonds and a freak
truck washing accident, Kent traveled south and played 2nd base a Chavez Ravine for three seasons.
Mr. Swing Hard. Uribe played a serviceable third base, and was pretty patient at the plate. But, when he swung the bat he did not get cheated. He had pretty similar numbers for both squads in the late 2000's and early 2010's but his power numbers were more consistent in the orange and black. He won a ring on the 2010 Giants team, and he received it while he was a member of the Dodgers.
Mr. Drag Bunt. Brett Butler might have been a little shaken up by his experience in San Francisco, despite hitting .293 and going to the World Series in 1989. He continued his steady play in Southern California for 7 years as the Centerfielder for the Dodgers in the early 1990's.
The Bulldog was one of the best pitchers of his generation, a Hall of Famer and a man who once threw 59 consecutive scoreless innings. He spent 11 years with the Dodgers, before he signed to pitch for Cleveland. And while it was weird to see him in the world series wearing an Indians' cap, it was unbearable to see him in a S.F. lid.
Not quite a what if, but what we got of Eric Davis wasn't all that we thought Eric Davis had. A frightening combination of speed and power, Davis was a true 5-tool player. But, injuries and a fight against colon cancer kept his career from hitting the highest of heights. A two-time All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds, his career in Los Angeles was a disappointment and he finished his career in San Francisco in 2001.
What!!?! I mean the guy has a statue in front of AT&T Park in San Francisco. But, believe it or not, after 14 years playing with the Giants he signed to play with the Boston Red Sox in 1974, and in 1975 he played in 2 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 0-2 with a 13.50 era ... maybe he couldn't get comfortable in Dodger blue.
Steve Finley was a great centerfielder. Quick, determined and fearless he would attack the ball in the air and give his pitchers outs that probably should have been doubles. He hit .271 and had 320 stolen bases in his 19 year career, and he took a West Coast tour in his last three years - playing for the Giants, the Dodgers and the Angels.
One of the fastest players to play in MLB, and one of the best base stealers in history. Eric Young played for the Dodgers in two separate stints, and played in San Francisco in 2003. He hit the first home run at home for the Colorado Rockies after being part of the expansion of the franchise.
The Beard (shown here beard-less). His arrival in San Francisco marked the beginning of a dynasty?? in the Bay Area. The intimidation, the power, and the execution that Wilson displayed on the mound made 'Torture 2010' a little bit more bearable for Giants fans. Although a little more sideshow, than headliner in Los Angeles, Brian Wilson still took to the mound with ferocity and a beard that looked a little blacker than natural.
High Pockets Kelly
Born in San Francisco, uh, Mr. Kelly, had a fine major league career with a .297 batting average and 148 home runs. His best years were in the 19teens and the '20s when he was with the Giants, and if you think he is on here simply because of his name - High Pockets Kelly was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973.
The "Hack-man" is best known as a Giant, and he had some great years in San Francisco during the early and mid 1980's - going to the All-Star game in 1987. But he started his "
one flap down" career in Los Angeles in 1977.
The candy man can! Candy Maldonado played most the 1980's in the Golden State, 1981-'85 in L.A and 1986-'89 with the Giants. That '89 year was the last that he would play suit up for a team west of the Mississippi River, no word if the earthquake had anything to do with it.
OK, this might be a stretch, but Darren Lewis had some good years in San Francisco playing alongside Barry Bonds and winning a gold glove in 1994. But, his time with the Dodgers was a little short, only playing in 26 games even though he ended his time in L.A. with a .299 batting average.
As one of the more consistently well rounded, but not overly dominant outfielders of his generation Marquis Grissom spent time with a few major league franchises. But even Giants and Dodger fans would agree that those two teams are the only ones that matter, and if anyone disagrees it is East Coast bias. Grissom had tough stretch in L.A. for the 2001 and '02 years but he played better for the mid-decade San Francisco teams.
A long time major leaguer, who's son is now in the Giants farm system, Vizcaino spent most of his career as a backup infielder. While he only played for the Dodgers
for two years and the Giants for one , he does hold the distinction as one of the only players to have played for all of the historic New York franchises.
The real life inspiration (other than the obvious) to Willie Mays Hayes in the movie 'Major League', Kenny Lofton was one of the fastest players to play major league baseball. His speed in the outfield made him a favorite among his pitchers, and his speed on the bases made him a nightmare for the opposing pitcher. The 6-time All-Star is best known as a Cleveland Indian, but we wont hold that against him here, he spent a season each in LaLa Land and the City of Fog.
Country Strong. Brad Penny was built by breakfast meat, and at 6'4" and near 300 pounds he was a intimidating force on the bump. His fastball was dominant and he had some great years in Florida with the Marlins, and some good ones in Los Angeles, but in 2012 he won a ring with the Giants as a long reliever.
Brett Tomko showed good stuff when he first came up with the Reds in 1997, but, he could never develop into a top of the line starter. Tomko finished his 14 year major league career with a 4.65 era but he showed an impressive ability to go deep into games finishing with 13 complete games. He played for the 2004-'05 Giants and spent one season two full seasons in L.A. after that.
Ok, so this one is a complete red herring. Durham pitched for Brooklyn in 1904 and later pitched for the Giants in 1908-'09. He only played in 4 MLB seasons, he only had two wins with a 5.28 ERA, and he isn't even the namesake of the classic 1980's baseball movie - but, including his name allowed me to link to the
pitching mound scene. So, thank you Mr. Durham.
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