(WTNH)–Major League Baseball has made a big splash with its “Franchise Four” vote, the winners of which were announced before the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
While some fanbases got the voting right (the Yankees named were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio), others were…well…more controversial.
The four players chosen as the New York Mets “Franchise Four” were former catcher Mike Piazza (.308 BA, 427 HR, 1335 RBI) , pitcher Tom Seaver (311 wins, 2.86 ERA 3,640 K’s), third baseman David Wright (AVG: .298 HR: 231 RBI: 943) and first baseman Keith Hernandez (AVG: .296 HR: 162 RBI: 1071).
Pitcher Doc Gooden (W: 194 ERA: 3.51 K: 2293) and outfielder Darryl Strawberry (AVG: .259 HR: 335 RBI: 1000), two pillars of the 1986 championship team, didn’t make the cut.
One of the themes in the voting overall was that younger players were popular. Buster Posey made the San Francisco Giants’ final four, beating out Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Mel Ott and Christy Matthewson.
The Red Sox’ “Franchise Four” was Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz. Boston fans snubbed Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Cy Young and Dwight Evans.
What do you think of the selections?
The complete list of every team’s “Franchise Four” can be found here.