For those of you not familiar with my earlier work, I used the model of making a 25-man roster, selecting just one player from each of the last 25 seasons. I did this for the Cardinals for the era 1985-2009 and then did the same for '60-'84, '35-'59, and finally '10-'34. Back in January, I cobbled together the above linked post, trying to illuminate a little bit of the history of the Cardinals from 1910 to 1934. After receiving many positive comments, my intentions were to do the same for the other three eras, but I haven't gotten there yet, a combination of things (boredom, computer games, a return to gainful employment, etc.) working to prevent me from doing so.
One of the tangents that led me astray was seeing what the rest of the National League looked like through the same prism. Having completed that diversion fairly recently, I thought that I should share my ideas and open myself up to criticism (positive, negative, otherwise). I will start with the entire National League East; doing a team at a time would take up to much space in the Fan Posts section; doing the entire league is too weighty (and too much work at the moment).
This version, unlike the previous entry, will be simply lists of the players I selected for each team, with a few notable exceptions listed as well. Also I did not make a special effort to limit players to one era or another (unlike before). Please look over these and let me know what you think. (If anyone could link these to the other SB Nation sites, it would be appreciated.)
P.S. I usually cannot access VEB during the day at work, so I may be a little slow in responding during the middle hours of the day.
Notable exceptions: Fred McGriff (1994), Andres Galarraga (1998), Kelly Johnson (2008), Edgar Renteria (2005), Yunel Escobar (2009), Ron Gant (1991), Rick Mahler (1985), Charlie Leibrandt (1990), Denny Neagle (1997), Tim Hudson (2007), Jair Jurrjens (2009), John Rocker (1999)
Florida Marlins (because the Marlins have only existed since 1993, I picked two players from each of eight seasons; all other rules continue)
Notable exceptions: Todd Hundley (1996), Dave Magadan (1990), Jose Valentin (2006), Kevin Elster (1989), Lenny Dykstra (1986), Kevin McReynolds (1988), Lance Johnson (1996), Al Leiter (1998), Mike Hampton (2000), Tom Glavine (2004), Pedro Martinez (2005), Johan Santana (2008), Jesse Orosco (1986), Randy Myers (1988)
Notable exceptions: Jim Thome (2003), Placido Polanco (2003), Dave Hollins (1992), Jayson Werth (2009), Shane Rawley (1985), Tommy Greene (1991), Brett Myers (2005), J.A. Happ (2009), Doug Jones (1994), Brad Lidge (2008)
Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals
Notable exceptions: Vance Law (1985), Mike Lansing (1997), Hubie Brooks (1986), Orlando Cabrera (2001), Ivan Calderon (1991), Marquis Grissom (1994), Moises Alou (1994), Rondell White (1997), Bryn Smith (1989), Butch Henry (1994), Ken Hill (1994), Jeff Fassero (1996), Dustin Hermanson (1998), John Wetteland (1993), Luis Ayala (2004)