Greatest Dodgers Sluggers of All-Time
The Dodgers are celebrating their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles, after moving from Brooklyn way back in 1958. That won't surprise you as much as the fact that not a single player in team history hit more than 400 home runs in a Dodgers' uniform. For this franchise that has a history of great sluggers, that's almost shocking. But there surely have been some great offensive players on the team, and here is a list of their all-time Top 10 in home runs:
Duke Snider (389)-When "The Duke" was quoted in an affectionate song about baseball, you know that the guy was a significant figure in the game. Snider played for the Brooklyn Dodgers beginning in 1947 and then followed them to Los Angeles, where he played until 1962 before signing with the Mets. In all, Snider hit 407 home runs, 389 of them in a Dodgers' uniform. Snider hit a career high 43 homers in 1956, but his best overall season was probably 1953, when he batted .336 with 42 home runs and 126 RBI.
Gil Hodges (361)-Outfielder/first baseman Gil Hodges may best be remembered for his days managing the Miracle Mets of 1969, but before that he had quite a career as a player. Hodges played for Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1943 to 1961 before becoming a member of the expansion Mets in 1962. He ranks second in Dodgers history with 361 home runs, and his best season was 1954 when Hodges had career highs in home runs (42), runs batted in (130) and batting average (.304). Sadly, he passed away at the age of 47 from a heart attack while employed as Mets' manager in 1972.
Eric Karros (270)-First baseman Eric Karros played most of his career with the Dodgers, from 1991 to 2002. He ranks third all-time with 270 homers while with the franchise. Karros' best season was 1999, when he hit .304 with 34 homers and 112 RBI, all career highs.
Roy Campanella (242)-Catcher Roy Campanella was one of the greatest catchers of all-time, but unfortunately his career was cut short by an auto accident that left him paralyzed in 1958. Campanella made those years in a Brooklyn uniform count, however, and ranks #4 in team history with 242 home runs. Campanella won three MVP Awards, but his best season was 1953, when he hit .312 with 41 homers and 142 runs batted in.
Ron Cey (228)-Third baseman Ron Cey, a.k.a. "The Penguin," was a part of those perennially great teams the Dodgers fielded in the ‘70's and early ‘80's. Cey never quite had an MVP season, but he was a very steady player who hit 228 homers for the Dodgers between 1971 and 1982. In 1977, Cey had his best power season. That year, despite hitting just .241, Cey belted 30 homers and knocked in 110 runs -- both career highs.
Steve Garvey (211)-Steve Garvey was also part of those great Dodgers teams that were always in contention and won it all in 1981. He also was the perfect player for Los Angeles-laid back, with great baseball skills and movie star looks. Garvey hit 211 home runs while with the Dodgers and won the MVP in 1974 despite just 21 home runs. But his best season as a whole was 1977, when Garvey hit .297 with career highs in home runs (33) and RBI (115).
Carl Furillo (192)-Outfielder Carl Furillo played his entire career for the Dodgers, from 1946 to 1960 in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He hit 192 homers over that span, and hit a career high 26 homers in 1955. But Furillo's best season overall was 1953, when he hit a career best .344 with 21 home runs and 92 RBI.
Mike Piazza (177)-Piazza is generally regarded as one of the game's greatest offensive catchers, along with the likes of Johnny Bench and Roy Campanella. And while Piazza began his career with the Dodgers, he really became a household name when he was traded to the New York Mets in 1998 and played there until 2005. Piazza hit 427 homers in all, 177 of them with the Dodgers, ranking him eighth in franchise history. His best season with L.A. was 1997, when he had career highs in batting average (.362), homers (40) and RBI (124).
Pedro Guerrero (171)-Pedro Guerrero played most of his career with the Dodgers, from 1978 to 1988, belting 171 homers along the way. His best power season in Los Angeles was 1985, when Guerrero hit .320 with 33 homers and 87 RBI.
Raul Mondesi (163)-Raul Mondesi played most of his career in Los Angeles, from 1993 to 1999. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1994, hitting .306 with 16 homers and 56 runs batted in. But Mondesi's best year was 1998 when he belted 33 homers with 99 RBI.