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25 for 25: The National League Central

OK, I lied ... apparently. It seems that I did have some time to work on this at work today (sshh, don't tell my boss), so I went ahead and completed it instead of waiting until next week.

Anyway, for those of you not familiar with the 25 years : 25 seasons : 25 players concept, please read my earlier posts here and here and here.

So, I am now posting the rosters for the other five NL Central clubs. (I am doing a separate post for the Cardinals, linked here.) Again, I probably should have used both WARP1 off of Baseball Prospectus and WAR off of baseball-reference.com; there are a lot of skewed results between the two. Sorry - we can just argue over where I messed up. As before, I will be posting these to the respective sites, looking for discussion from the faithful.

Chicago Cubs

C – Jody Davis (1986), Rick Wilkins (1993)

1B – Mark Grace (1999), Derrek Lee (2005)

2B – Ryne Sandberg (1991), Mark Bellhorn (2002)

3B – Kevin Orie (1997), Aramis Ramirez (2008)

SS – Shawon Dunston (1989), Ricky Gutierrez (2000)

OF – Andre Dawson (1987), Luis Gonzalez (1995), Henry Rodriguez (1998), Sammy Sosa (2001), Moises Alou (2004), Kosuke Fukudome (2009)

SP – Rick Sutcliffe (1988), Greg Maddux (1992), Steve Trachsel (1994), Mark Prior (2003), Carlos Zambrano (2006)

RP – Lee Smith (1985), Paul Assenmacher (1990), Turk Wendell (1996), Carlos Marmol (2007)

Notable excpetions: Geovany Soto (2008), Mark DeRosa (2008), Dwight Smith (1989), Alfonso Soriano (2007), Mike Morgan (1992), Jon Lieber (2001), Matt Clement (2002), Kerry Wood (2003), Ryan Dempster (2008), LaTroy Hawkins (2004)

 

Cincinnati Reds

C – Bo Diaz (1986), Jason LaRue (2001)

1B – Sean Casey (2004), Joey Votto (2009)

2B – Bret Boone (1998), Pokey Reese (1999)

3B – Chris Sabo (1990), Aaron Boone (2002)

SS – Barry Larkin (1991), Felipe Lopez (2005)

OF – Eric Davis (1987), Kevin Mitchell (1994), Reggie Sanders (1995), Ken Griffey Jr (2000), Jose Guillen (2003), Adam Dunn (2007)

SP – Danny Jackson (1988), Greg Swindell (1992), Jose Rijo (1993), Bronson Arroyo (2006), Edinson Volquez (2008)

RP – John Franco (1985), Rob Dibble (1989), Jeff Brantley (1996), Jeff Shaw (1997)

Notable exceptions: Joe Oliver (1992), Benito Santiago (1995), Hal Morris (1994), Ron Oester (1985), Tony Fernandez (1994), Dave Parker (1985), Kal Daniels (1988), Paul O’Neill (1991), Pete Schourek (1995), Aaron Harang (2007), Danny Graves (2000)

 

Houston Astros

C – Alan Ashby (1987), Tony Eusebio (1995)

1B – Glenn Davis (1988), Jeff Bagwell (1994)

2B – Bill Doran (1985), Craig Biggio (1997)

3B – Ken Caminiti (1989), Morgan Ensberg (2006)

SS – Andujar Cedeno (1993), Miguel Tejada (2009)

OF – Luis Gonzalez (1991), Steve Finley (1992), Moises Alou (1998), Richard Hidalgo (2000), Lance Berkman (2001), Hunter Pence (2007)

SP – Mike Scott (1986), Shane Reynolds (1996), Mike Hampton (1999), Roger Clemens (2005), Roy Oswalt (2007)

RP – Danny Darwin (1990), Octavio Dotel (2002), Billy Wagner (2003), Brad Lidge (2004)

Notable exceptions: Brad Ausmus (1997), Denny Walling (1986), Ricky Gutierrez (1998), Kevin Bass (1986), Carl Everett (1998), Nolan Ryan (1987), Jim Deshaies (1989), Pete Harnisch (1991), Mark Portugal (1993), Darryl Kile (1997), Jose Lima (1999), Andy Pettitte (2005), Wandy Rodriguez (2009), Doug Jones (1992)

 

Milwaukee Brewers (the Brewers had only one significant DH in this era (Molitor) and have been in the NL longer than the AL (13-12), so I slotted him into 3B in 1987, his most played fielding position that year)

C – B.J. Surhoff (1990), Dave Nilsson (1999)

1B – Richie Sexson (2003), Prince Fielder (2007)

2B – Willie Randolph (1991), Fernando Vina (1996)

3B – Paul Molitor (1987), Jeff Cirillo (1998)

SS – Pat Listach (1992), Jose Hernandez (2002)

OF – Robin Yount (1988), Darryl Hamilton (1993), Geoff Jenkins (2000), Jeromy Burnitz (2001), Carlos Lee (2006), Ryan Braun (2009)

SP – Teddy Higuera (1986), Chris Bosio (1989), Ricky Bones (1994), Ben Sheets (2004), CC Sabathia (2008)

RP – Bob Gibson (1985), Mike Fetters (1995), Doug Jones (1997), Derrick Turnbow (2005)

Notable exceptions: Jose Valentin (1994), J.J. Hardy (2008), Brady Clark (2005), Corey Hart (2007), Cal Eldred (1993), Jeff D’Amico (2000), Trevor Hoffman (2009)

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

C – Mike LaValliere (1987), Jason Kendall (2000)

1B – Orlando Merced (1991), Jeff King (1996)

2B – Tony Womack (1998), Freddy Sanchez (2007)

3B – Bobby Bonilla (1989), Aramis Ramirez (2001)

SS – Jay Bell (1993), Jack Wilson (2004)

OF – Andy Van Slyke (1988), Barry Bonds (1992), Brian Giles (2002), Jason Bay (2005), Nate McLouth (2008), Andrew McCutchen (2009)

SP – Rick Reuschel (1985), Rick Rhoden (1986), Doug Drabek (1990), Zane Smith (1994), Denny Neagle (1995)

RP – Rich Loiselle (1997), Scott Sauerbeck (1999), Julian Tavarez (2003), Mike Gonzalez (2006)

Notable exceptions: Tony Pena (1986), Johnny Ray (1986), Francisco Cordova (1998), Kris Benson (2000), Kip Wells (2003), Oliver Perez (2004), Paul Maholm (2008), Bill Landrum (1989), Matt Capps (2007)

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