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Dodgers: Ranking the Best First Basemen in Franchise History

The top five first baseman to ever play for the Dodgers.



The Los Angeles Dodgers, along with the rest of MLB, are still waiting for Opening Day. In the meantime, MLB.com is producing all-time lists with each team’s best players by position. We submit to you, our list of the top five Dodgers first baseman in franchise history. 

Player

Games

AVG

HR

RBI

OPS

WAR

AS

MVP

RINGS

GG

TOP 10 MVP

Gil Hodges

2,006

0.274

361

1,254

0.847

43.3

8

0

2

3

3

Steve Garvey

1,727

0.301

211

992

0.796

36.7

8

1

1

4

5

Eric Karros

1601

0.268

270

976

0.782

11.9

0

0

0

0

1

Wes Parker

1288

0.279

64

470

0.726

22.9

0

0

1

6

1

Jake Daubert

1213

0.305

33

415

0.760

27.3

N/A

1

0

N/A

3

Mike Griffin

988

0.305

29

478

0.815

31.3

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

Dolph Camili

839

0.279

139

572

0.889

29.6

2

1

0

0

2

Adrian Gonzalez

735

0.280

101

448

0.793

14.3

1

0

0

1

1

5. Wes Parker

Parker was a key member of the World Champion 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers team that brought the club their second title on the West Coast. The pride of Claremont Mckenna College doesn’t boast prodigious hitting stats like Hodges and Garvey, but the argument can be made that Parker was the best fielding first baseman of all time.

“Mr. Steady” won six straight Gold Gloves from 1967-1972 – a rare feat. In 2007, Parker was named to the All-time Gold Glove Team in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

4. Jake Daubert

Full transparency — had to look Daubert up since I couldn’t find my copy of MVP Baseball 1918 on Playstation. The 1913 MVP had two other top ten MVP finishes amidst a run of six straights seasons of hitting over .300. Daubert’s Dodgers career WAR of 27.3 sits right behind 19th century cornerman Mike Griffin for fourth all-time for franchise first baseman.

3. Dolph Camili

The San Francisco native did not arrive in Brooklyn until his age 31 season in 1938. In just six seasons with the Dodgers, Camili led the league in walks twice and won the 1941 MVP. That season, Camili led the National League in home runs (34) and RBI (120) on a 100 win Dodger team. The Dodgers would go on to lose to the Yankees in five games, but would have never made it there without the slugging Camili.

2.Gil Hodges

In his last four World Series appearances, Hodges hit an incredible .336 with four home runs and 16 RBI for the Boys of Summer (RIP Roger Kahn).

The talented Hodges compiled better regular season stats than Garvey in his 2,006 game Dodger career that spanned three different decades. Hodges pure volume of stats, especially RBI, dwarfs Garvey’s. However, there’s more to baseball rankings than WAR and Hodges played on remarkably more offensive talented teams that rolled out lineups featuring four Hall of Famers in Campanella, Robinson, Reese, and Snider.

1. Steve Garvey

The offensive lightning rod for the legendary Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield, Steve Garvey is the best pure contact hitting first baseman in franchise history. At the height of his powers, Garvey was selected to eight straight All-Star games, finished top ten in MVP voting five times, including winning the award in 1974, won four Gold Gloves, and led the NL in hits twice.

He was even better in the playoffs. In 45 playoffs games, Garvey hit an absurd .346/.571/.942 en route to two NLCS MVPs.

Most importantly, Garvey was part of the 1981 championship team that accomplished what so many Dodgers teams could not – defeating the New York Yankees.

Can someone please get this man in to the Hall of Fame?

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Number one fear in life is dying without ever seeing a Dodgers Championship. Host of The Series Sweep Podcast - link on my Twitter (@EEulau).

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  1. Pretty pathetic group over 100 plus years. And why would Garvey be voted into the hall of fame. Hodges maybe but Garvey?

  2. Garvey was the best of that dominant Dodgers era. HOF, maybe, there are a lot worse numbers in the hall. Steroids certainly helped modern numbers by the way. Talking about the hall though, TOMMY JOHN is a true Hall of Famer for so many reasons. Before Garvey being considered Tommy should get inducted. Finally, the Garvey-Cey-Lopes- trio, hqve better numbers that some in the hall at their positions. Defensively they were exceptional. Better than Aparicio and O Smith numbers to a certain extent. That Dodger class/era was really underapreciated.

  3. BTW Garvey’s 2,600 hits and 294 avg are not soft numbers. Longest streak of games in NL and second to Ripken are not easy to ignore

  4. Let’s not forget the plethora of illegitimate children Garvey fathered in cities around the country with National League MLB affiliates. Stand up guy for sure somehow I don’t feel the resemblance to Ripken. Unless you consider they both have Junior High Schools named after themselves in their home towns. Garvey was a jerk on and off the field.

  5. I was fortunate to play in 1968 with Steve Garvey Billy Buckner Bobby Valentine Tom Paciorek Sandy Vance and of course our manager Tommy Lasorda.was it was a short season because it was a rookie league ,we played about 60 games and Steve Garvey hit like 22 homeruns was just a monster with the bat.Hof hopefully! take care Steve hope you remember me “Pat Burke“

  6. Steve Garvey belongs in the Hall if uncomplete players like Harold Baines and Edgar Martinez are in we’ll Steve was better than both of them.He played in the 2 ballparks that was hard to hit hrs and if he had played in different park he easily would have hit 500 hrs ,5 straight seasons with 20+hrs over 300 average 200 hits he dominated ,a lot of hall of Famers had it easier playing in smaller parks like Yankee stadium were right field is only 200 feet away or Fenway were the green monster is maybe less than 200 feet away.That’s were baseball writers are not fair.I would take Steve Garvey over a lot of hall of fame players not just those 2 incomplete players.Larry Walker most of his hrs was helped playing in that joke of a stadium in Denver,Those 3 players would have never taken Padres to the World Series like Garvey did.,nobody scooped up bad throws in the dirt like him,year after year he would save Russel,Lopes and Cey at least 100 or more errors at 1st base,And he would hit in post season.Garvey belongs in The Hall Of Fame period.There’s players in the hall with less numbers than Garvey.

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