MLB 2018

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  1. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

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    The most dominant team I can remember since the Athletics of the 1970s ... well deserved and very entertaining.
     
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  2. SoCalJoe

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    @nevzter I’m sure you are like me and never saw him in his prime, but RIP to Giants legend Willie McCovey. 521 HRs on the field, great ambassador for the Giants off of it. Will forever be immortalized by having a body of water named after him. Not too many things as iconic in MLB stadiums as McCovey Cove.
     
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    Got to see Willie McCovey play against the Cardinals in Busch Stadium II in 1968. A rarity in that he hit for power, but also had a wicked on base percentage to go with it. That was my first MLB game in person, one year removed from Little League. Went with my former team, which my younger brother was still on, and sat in the left center field bleachers. It was hot. There were a number of future Hall Of Famers in uniform that day. McCovey. Mays. Marichal. Gaylord Perry (who beat Ray Washburn that day). Brock. Gibson. Carlton. Schoendienst. And a guy who probably should be, Roger Maris. We were spoiled and didn't even know it.
     
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  4. HatterDon

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    Re-McCovey, the Giants had an overload of riches at first base. In the space of three seasons they featured Bill White, then Orlando Cepeda, then Willy McCovey at first. White was an on-base addict, and was by far the best defender of the three. His offense was good, but not in the class of the hungry 1Bs in the Giants farm system and was soon off to the Yankees, then to president of the American league. He was a big favorite of mine, but Orlando was in the wings.

    Cepeda completed a rookie year in which the phrase "he can hit the ball out of any park in the country ... including Yellowstone" was coined. He followed up his steller performance by being exiled to left field to make way for McCovey.

    As a left-handed first baseman myself, it was love at first sight for me. It's easy to forget how much of a doubles machine McCovey was in addition to his taters ... how smooth he was with a glove, and how unflappable he was in the field.

    Ah, the joys of being a Giants fan in the 50s and 60s.
     
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