1974-1983

1974-1983
 

Here is the 25 man roster of Best All-Star seasons from 1974-1983.  Remember, if a player didn’t make the All-Star game that season, it wasn’t considered.

 

 

CATCHERS:

1977 Carlton Fisk: Fisk had the best All-Star season of any Catcher during this time frame, which wasn’t exactly the best one for backstops.  Fisk had respectable numbers hitting .315 with 26 homers and 102 runs batted in.

1977 Ted Simmons: Like we stated above, this wasn’t a stellar time for good hitting catchers, so Simmons makes the roster based on his 1977 campaign, in which he batted .318, belted 21 dingers, and drove in 95 runners.

 

FIRST BASEMAN:

1977 Rod Carew: The American League MVP was superb in 1977 as he hit an amazing .388, led the league with 128 runs, 239 hits and 16 triples.

1975 John Mayberry: The lefty slugger crushed 34 home runs to go along with his 106 runs batted in and American League best 168 OPS+ in 1975 and finished as the runner-up for the MVP award.

 

SECOND BASEMAN:

1976 Joe Morgan: Morgan won back to back National League MVP’s in 1975-76, but we felt the 1976 season was just a tad better.  In 1976, Morgan batted .320, went deep 27 times and plated 111 runners.  He also swiped 60 bases in 1976.

 

SHORTSTOPS:

1982 Robin Yount: Yount won the first of his two MVP awards in 1982 and it’s very easy to see why.  He hit .331, led the American league with 210 hits, 46 doubles and 367 total bases, toss in a Gold Glove and he gets the nod.

1983 Cal Ripken: Odds are that if you make the All-Star team 19 times, one of your seasons will be good enough to make a roster.  In 1983, Ripken went .318/27/102 AVG/HR/RBI.  Add to that a American League best 47 doubles and 121 runs scored and the decision is made.

 

THIRD BASEMAN:

1980 George Brett: Brett hit .390…yes .390 in 1980, had a slugging percentage of .664 and an OPS of 1.118, all tops in the American League.  Another MVP season makes the squad.

1981 Mike Schmidt: Schmidt had a very impressive MVP season of 1980, but we chose to go with his strike-shortened 1981 year.  31 homers, 91 rbi’s a .316 batting average and 1.080 OPS in just 102 games, made Schmidt the National League MVP and also earned him a spot on the team.

 

OUTFIELDERS:

1979 Fred Lynn: For a change, we didn’t pick a players MVP season.  We felt that Lynn was much better in 1979 than his 1975 MVP year.  In 1979, Lynn led the American League with a .333 batting average, belted 39 round trippers, drove in 122 runs and had a 1.059 OPS.

1977 George Foster: 52 homers and 149 runs batted in makes Foster a cinch to make the roster.  He also led the National League with 124 runs scored and a .631 slugging percentage in winning the MVP award.

1978 Jim Rice: When you go .315/46/139 AVG/HR/RBI there’s a pretty good chance you are going to be selected.  Rice, who also won the American League MVP in 1978 had a league high 406 total bases as well.

1977 Greg Luzinski: Luzinski made the All-Star team for four years straight from 1975-1978, but DTB felt his 1977 was far and away his best.  Luzinski set career highs with both 39 homers,130 runs batted in, and a .309 batting average.

1980 Reggie Jackson: After just missing out on making the 1964-1973 squad, Jackson squeaks his way onto this roster by virtue of his .300/41/111 AVG/HR/RBI season in 1980.  This was also the only year of Jackson’s 21 year career in which he hit .300

 

PITCHERS:

1978 Ron Guidry: Guidry was virtually unhittable in 1978, going 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA.  He tossed 9 shutouts, had a .095 WHIP and won his only Cy Young award.

1975 Jim Palmer: Palmer won 3 CY Young awards between 1973-1976, and somehow only his 1975 season did he make the All-Star game.  Palmer won 23 games, had 10 shutouts and a league best 169 ERA+

1977 John Candelaria: The tall lefthander only made the All-Star game once, but it was good enough to earn a spot on this team.  Candelaria won 20 games, led the National League with a 2.34 ERA.

1980 Steve Carlton: Carlton bounced back from being snubbed from the 1964-1973 roster by pitching his way onto this squad.  In 1980, Carlton went 24-9 with a 2.34 ERA, led the National League with 286 strikeouts as he won the third of his four Cy Young awards.

1981 Nolan Ryan: Another strike season makes the team.  Ryan went 11-5 in the short season, but posted a 1.69 ERA and led the National League with a 195 ERA+

1975 Randy Jones: Made the All-Star game twice and we picked the season he didn’t win the Cy Young award.  While he did win 2 more games in 1976 (22-20) his winning percentage, ERA and shutout numbers were slightly higher in 1975.

1981 Rollie Fingers: The third member of the strike-shortened season makes the roster.  Fingers managed to save 28 games, had a tiny 1.04 ERA and still won 6 games in 1981 capturing both the Cy Young and MVP awards.

1979 Jim Kern: Kern amassed 143 innings pitched for a reliever in 1979.  He won 13 games against 5 losses, saved 29 games and had a 1.57 ERA, good enough to finish 4th in the Cy Young voting.

1981 Goose Gossage: Depsite only pitching 46 2/3 innings due to the strike, Gossage allowed just 4 earned runs, that’s a 0.77 ERA.  He saved 20 games.

1983 Jesse Orosco: The lone southpaw in the bullpen, Orosco had a solid 1983 year, he won 13 games saved 17, posted a 1.47 ERA and allowed just 3 homers in 110 innings pitched.

1983 Dan Quisenberry: The three-time All-Star set a career high with 45 saves in 1983.  Add to that a 0.93 WHIP, 1.94 ERA and he finds himself on the roster.

 

BIGGEST SNUB:

1980 Cecil Cooper: Copper hit .352, went deep 25 times, drove in 122 runs and led the American League with 335 total bases, but it wasn’t enough.

 

1974-1983 ROSTER

1977 Carlton Fisk

1977 Ted Simmons

1977 Rod Carew

1975 John Mayberry

1976 Joe Morgan

1982 Robin Yount

1983 Cal Ripken

1980 George Brett

1981 Mike Schmidt

1979 Fred Lynn

1977 George Foster

1978 Jim Rice

1977 Greg Luzinski

1980 Reggie Jackson

1978 Ron Guidry

1975 Jim Palmer

1977 John Candelaria

1980 Steve Carlton

1981 Nolan Ryan

1975 Randy Jones

1981 Rollie Fingers

1979 Jim Kern

1981 Rich Gossage

1983 Jesse Orosco

1983 Dan Quisenberry