I didn’t realize that the voting for this Franchise Four ended this week. No way I’m gonna be able to cover every team before Friday. Oh well. Here’s a few more.
Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise Four
I definitely wanted to vote on this one before the ballots close to cast my mark for Roberto Clemente. Clemente is one of my favorites and I think he’s a shoo-in for this, but still. Here are the Pirate nominees:
- Barry Bonds
- Roberto Clemente
- Ralph Kiner
- Bill Mazeroski
- Willie Stargell
- Pie Traynor
- Honus Wagner
- Paul Waner
Tough choices here. But this is my ballot:
- Roberto Clemente. What a player. I can’t remember what first drew me to Clemente; obviously, I never saw him play. But after reading David Maraniss’s excellent bio a few years ago, I’ve had a deep appreciation for Clemente as both a player and a human being.
- Willie “Pops” Stargell. Franchise leader in HR and RBI. Another quality person, too.
- Honus Wagner. Another no-brainer. One of the best players ever.
- You could really go a number of ways here. But I’m going to cast my vote for Paul Waner. A lifetime .333 hitter, including a franchise record .340 clip in a Pirate uniform. Honorable mention to Traynor and Kiner.
I think my first three are money; the final spot is really up for grabs. Should be an interesting vote.
Cincinnati Reds Franchise Four
Here are the 8 Reds nominees:
- Barry Larkin
- Pete Rose
- Johnny Bench
- Eric Davis
- Dave Concepcion
- Joe Morgan
- Frank Robinson
- Tony Perez
And here are the players I voted for:
- Pete Rose. When I think of the Cincinnati Reds, I think of Rose. No matter how you feel about his HoF chances, he deserves this recognition.
- Joe Morgan. According to Bill James, Morgan is the best 2B to ever play the game. He makes a compelling argument, too. Though he only played 8 seasons in Cincy, I still voted for him.
- Johnny Bench. Perhaps the best catcher ever, too. No wonder those Reds teams were so dominant back in the Big Red Machine days.
- Barry Larkin. I love Robinson, but my heart says Larkin (a lifelong Red) deserves this final nod.
I think the final vote will line up with my ballot. Outside chance that some Eric Davis fans rock the vote, but I doubt it.