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Dodgers star infield had more titles; Angels had more infielders

June 23, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • Bobby Grich tags Paul Molitor out trying to steal second base in 1982.
Bobby Grich tags Paul Molitor out trying to steal second base in 1982. (Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles…)

The Dodgers were redundant on the infield from 1973 to 1981, with Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey.

The Angels in that era? Well, it looked like a weekly tryout.

While the Dodgers were trotting out their "Fab Four," the Angels had 20 different players on the infield on opening days.

First base: Jim Spencer, Mike Epstein, Bruce Bochte (twice), Tony Solaita, Ron Fairly and Rod Carew (three times).

Second base: Sandy Alomar, Denny Doyle, Jerry Remy (three times), Bobby Grich (four times).

Shortstop: Bobby Valentine, Dave Chalk, Orlando Ramirez (twice), Grich, Rance Mulliniks (twice), Fred Patek, Rick Burleson.

Third base: Billy Grabarkewitz, Bob Oliver, Chalk (four times), Carney Lansford (twice), Butch Hobson.

The scorecard?

The Dodgers won four National League pennants and one World Series championship.

The Angels won one division title. Even then, they used five different shortstops.

Guess there is something to be said about continuity.

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