Franchise Four: Review of the 120 Selections

Nolan Ryan, who has had his number retired by three teams, made the list for the Angels, Astros and Mets.

Nolan Ryan, who has had his number retired by three teams, made the list for the Angels, Astros and Rangers.

The voting is over.

Now, we wait for the returns.

The selections the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise will be at the Major League All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14.

Here is a review of Shoestring Catches recommendations for the ….

American League East
Baltimore Orioles: Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Dave McNally.
Boston Red Sox: Carlton Fisk, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Cy Young.
New York Yankees: Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth.
Tampa Bay Rays: Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields.
Toronto Blue Jays: Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Joe Carter, Dave Stieb.

American League Central
Chicago White Sox: Luis Aparicio, Eddie Collins, Minnie Minoso, Frank Thomas.
Cleveland Indians: Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Nap Lajoie.
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera, Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg, Al Kaline.
Kansas City Royals: George Brett, Dan Quisenberry, Bret Saberhagen, Frank White.
Minnesota Twins: Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett.

American League West
Houston Astros: Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott.
Los Angeles Angels: Garret Anderson, Jim Fregosi, Nolan Ryan, Mike Trout.
Oakland A’s: Rollie Fingers, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Catfish Hunter.
Seattle Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki.
Texas Rangers: Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Michael Young.

National League East
Atlanta Braves: Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, John Smoltz, Warren Spahn.
Miami Marlins: Luis Castillo, Jeff Conine, Livan Hernandez, Giancarlo Stanton.
New York Mets: Dwight Gooden, Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry, David Wright.
Philadelphia Phillies: Steve Carlton, Chuck Klein, Robin Roberts, Mike Schmidt.
Washington Nationals: Gary Carter, Dennis Martinez, Tim Raines, Steve Rogers.

National League Central
Chicago Cubs: Ernie Banks, Mordecai Brown, Gabby Hartnett, Ryne Sandberg.
Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose.
Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner.
St. Louis Cardinals: Bob Gibson, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols.

National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt, Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling.
Colorado Rockies: Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Larry Walker.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Roy Campanella, Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson.
San Diego Padres: Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Dave Winfield.
San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie Mays, Mel Ott.


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