We have the foundation set for our all-time team, now that both the lineup and starting pitchers are set.
All-Time LA Dodger Starting Lineup
All-Time LA Dodger Starting Pitchers
Now it's time to focus on the bullpen. We are going to have only four spots in our bullpen, mostly because our starters are so awesome.
1) Closer (Eck era, 1988-2008)
This will be our one-inning short man at the end of the game, the modern closer. This pattern of closer usage -- mostly one inning -- became the norm with Dennis Eckersley's ascension to the Hall of Fame in 1988.
2) Ace Fireman (pre-Eck, 1958-1987)
This will be our smokejumper-type bullpener, the multi-inning ace reliever much more common in the first 30 years of the Dodgers' Los Angeles existence.
3) Setup RHP
4) Setup LHP
Today's vote will concentrate on the best closers of the last 21 years. With apologies to Jim Gott (38 saves over five seasons, only one of which as full-time closer), we are setting the bar at 50 saves. Here are the candidates with their stats as a Dodger reliever.
This really is a two-man race, between Eric Gagne and Takashi Saito. Saito was a nice surprise, but I have to go with Gagne here. Nobody was as good as Gagne's 2002-2004, when "Game Over" became a phenomenon. I'm sticking with the man with 84 straight saves and the 2003 Cy Young Award winner, Eric Gagne.
Nice to see HOF Don Sutton cruise to the fifth spot on our team. Gagne created Dodger fans but I can't vote for him. I'll go with the guy who in my mind was the most improbable Dodger to ever make it big. Smiling Sammy Saito.
Who's your pick?