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 Posted: Wed Feb 25th, 2009 03:33 pm
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Who do you think was the best MLB player of the 1980's? I go with Rickey Henderson.



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It's tough to argue against Henderson, but I'm going to throw out Mike Schmidt's name.  And yeah, I know, some of his best work was in the 1970s, but his stats from the 80s alone speak pretty well for themselves.

8 time all star

6 time Gold Glove

6 time Silver Slugger

3 time NL MVP

WS MVP

Gehrig Award winner

Also, led the NL multiple times in HRs, RBIs, OPS and walks.




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I was going to go with both Schmidt and Henderson but Schmidt wasn't that good in 88 and 89.

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silentkiller wrote: I was going to go with both Schmidt and Henderson but Schmidt wasn't that good in 88 and 89.
That's the tiebreaker for me too.  Rickey.

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I'll have to think about this.  Choices:

George Brett
Rickey Henderson
Mike Schmidt
Ryan Sandberg
Cal Ripken
Dave Winfield
Don Mattingly
Roger Clemens (pre-roids)
Dwight Gooden
Darryl Strawberry
Eddie Murray
Dale Murphy
Jack Morris

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Eddie Murray

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Eddie Murray
Schmidt immediately popped to mind for me as well, but he wasn't elite for the entire decade.  That's the same reason it's tough for me to pick Dale Murphy.  Still, 3 MVP's is tough to argue against.  Eddie Murray's probably the best, albeit one of the more vanilla, choices.  Andre Dawson deserves mention too.  

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I may have to go with Henderson too. Some of the guys on that list petered out before the end of the 80s, while others (like Ripken) to me were never the player that Henderson was in the first place.

Henderson's timing works perfectly as an 80s player, in that he broke out in 79 and hit stride in 1980, kept going throughout the decade.

Murray hit more homers but I don't know if I would start a team with him over Henderson.

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For me it would be a toss up between Rickey Henderson and Tony Gwynn. I'd maybe add Paul Molitor as a dark horse.



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toss up for me between Ricky Henderson and Eddie Murray.



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Rickey Henderson.

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pjstef wrote: Henderson's timing works perfectly as an 80s player, in that he broke out in 79 and hit stride in 1980, kept going throughout the decade.
Precisely my reasoning.  Gwynn came in in '83, Mattingly in '83, Clemens in '84, Schmidt declined in '88, etc.  Rickey was there and mashin' and stealin' and snatchin' the whole time, and capped off the decade huge

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I'll go with Henderson too after giving it some thought.



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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: Principal_Raditch wrote: Eddie Murray
Schmidt immediately popped to mind for me as well, but he wasn't elite for the entire decade.  That's the same reason it's tough for me to pick Dale Murphy.  Still, 3 MVP's is tough to argue against.  Eddie Murray's probably the best, albeit one of the more vanilla, choices.  Andre Dawson deserves mention too.  

Dawson had too many up and down years to be considered.



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BigJ wrote: silentkiller wrote: I was going to go with both Schmidt and Henderson but Schmidt wasn't that good in 88 and 89.
That's the tiebreaker for me too.  Rickey.


1. Henderson

2. Schmidt



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