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Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« on: March 08, 2013, 08:37:44 AM »
25 Players for 50 Years

I'm a little late with this, but the Rams have celebrated 50 years in the NPBL.  So now it's time to declare the 50th Anniversary Team.  All of these players on this team have made a significant impact on the history of the Colorado Rams.  And just for the heck of it, you all are going to get them one at a time.

To see the 25th Anniversary team, click here.

The Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
25 Players for 50 Years

C - Bobby "Little Rock" Kelly - bio
1B - Hal "Golden" Rehm - bio
2B - Joshua Rivers - bio
3B - Tyson Bacon - bio
SS - Joseph Gardiner - bio
LF - Dale Couch - bio
CF - Oscar Oakley - bio
RF - Gustavo Vizcaino - bio

Bench
C - Ron Moore - bio
1B - Evan Dixon - bio
IF - Bates Schatz - bio
IF - Vin Koenig - bio
OF - Robinson Gonzalez - bio
OF - Eric "Colonel" Cline - bio

Pitching
SP1 - Ben Lamela - bio
SP2 - Clarence McNatt - bio
SP3 - Jeffrey Albin - bio
SP4 - Chip Herold - bio
SP5 - Salvatore Perez - bio

MR1 - John Montana - bio
MR2 - Rafael Souza - bio
MR3 - Francisco Rangel - bio
MR4 - Tommy McKinley - bio
MR5 - Linwood Judy - bio

CL - Alan Jacobs - bio
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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2013, 09:00:54 AM »
And again... is there any question who we are starting with?  For those who are new to the league, let me introduce you to...

3B - Tyson Bacon
Career w/ Rams: .327 - 392 HRs - 1,357 RBI - 2,825 Hits
* 13 All-Star Selections *
* Hall of Famer *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
4 Ruth Awards, 6 Mays Awards, you don't get much better than this guy.  Far and away the best player to ever don a Colorado Rams uniform.  Longest tenured starting position player in Colorado history (16 seasons at 3B).  He even retired as a Ram, the way it should be.

As Bacon played during a time when offense was down and there were many years after he played where offense kind of boomed, his numbers don't look AS impressive nowadays.  Though, lets be real, the guy was a stud.  Just look where he ended up and where he STILL ranks all time.  There was a reason why the MVP award was named in honor of him (He won 4 of them):

.319 (19th All Time)/.380/.497
510 HRs (9th All Time)
3,858 Hits (2nd All Time)
2,053 Runs (3rd All Time)
1772 RBI (4th All Time)
940 SBs (6th All Time)

He's definitely an all-timer, inner circle Hall of Fame guy.  Not only can he hit, but he also won 6 Matthews Fielding Awards (back then called the Mays Award).  Un-be-lieveable player!
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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013, 06:40:19 AM »
SP1 - Ben Lamela
Career w/ Rams: 168-73 - 2.04 ERA - 3 SVs - 1,843 Ks - Most Wins and best ERA in Rams History
* 6 All-Star Selections w/ Rams *
* Hall of Famer *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
This guy was in my bullpen when I took over this team and he turned into the best pitcher that the Colorado Rams ever had (and this includes a guy who made it into the Hall of Fame).  Ben will end up in the Hall, first ballot, as he was not only one of the best Rams in history, he was one of the best pitchers in history.  He's got 2 Johnson Awards in years in the Rams and was the Playoff MVP in the year the Rams won their only championship.

After we traded him, he went on to win just a few more games and win 2 more Pitcher of the Year Awards.  He really was the first one on this team that seemed like "my" guy as I decided to move him from the bullpen to the starting rotation.  He DID end up making it into the Hall of Fame, as he should have.  I WISH I could have a guy like him again.  No one has really come close since he left.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013, 06:01:39 AM »
LF - Dale Couch
Career w/ Rams: .295/.364/.577 - 2540 Hits - 681 HRs - 1765 RBI - Most HR's and RBI's in Rams History
* 3 Time Bacon Award Winner *
* 10 All-Star Selections *

If Tyson Bacon was the face of the Rams for the first 25 years, then Dale Couch is the face for the next 25 years.  Not only are his 681 HRs more than any other Ram who has ever played, it's more than any other player ever in the NPBL, period.  The amazing Walt Geldorf has a shot to pass him, but he's got quite a ways to go yet.  Couch is also one of only 6 players who has scored 150 runs in a season - he scored 150 and 148 during two of the years he hit over 60 homeruns (he did so three times).  He also has 4 of the top 10 Slugging seasons of all time.  He also holds the record for most RBI's in a season with 165 during his ridiculous 2033 season (.345/.413/.693, 63 HRs, 165 RBI, 148 Runs, 30 SBs, and 218 Hits).

Couch was a masher, and as much as I was grateful for Bacon and Lamela, I'm very grateful that this 2nd round pick became the beast that he was.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 06:06:00 AM »
MR1 - John Montana
Career w/ Rams: 86-66 - 3.41 ERA - 1206 Games - 258 Saves - Most Games pitched by any Rams pitcher - 3rd most Saves
* 2 All-Star Selections *

Montana came over from the Jacks when he was 22 where we traded one of our better relievers for a guy who was very young.  We were building for the future as we were coming off a 61 win season.  Montana stayed in our bullpen for the next 19 years.  He held a variety of spots and spent 6 years as the go-to closer of the team (top 10 in saves in each of those years).

As it's hard to really rank my relievers, these guys are in no particular order, but they are all important.  Montana's consistency more than anything gets him a spot on this team.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2013, 05:13:06 AM »
SP5 - Salvatore Perez
Career w/ Rams: 150-143 - 3.83 ERA

With respect to Samuel Strawn who was probably a better peak pitcher, Perez was much more consistent and spent his whole career with the Rams.  Perez is top 5 in Rams history in Wins, Losses, Games Started, Shutouts (I'd argue he is tied at the top because of a website glitch that puts David Echegaray at the top when he only played a season or two with us), and innings pitched.  He pitched for two very different teams during his career.  The first half, we were really bad.  The second half, really good and his Win and Loss totals reflect that.

I think the quality of my "5th" starter on this team shows just how bad our pitching has been during the course of the franchise.  Perez and Strawn are no slouches, but they really are #3 or #4 pitchers on a really good team.

Interestingly enough, Perez was a guy I traded for from Brian (HolyCow) for Jake Kinchen, who went on to have a pretty decent career for Maryland.  I think we both made out well.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2013, 01:42:30 PM »
Wow,  I vaguely remember that trade, I knew before I looked at it was a win-now kinda thing.

Its neat to see how that prospect turned out. 
Georgia 2051-62: 1032-903 (.533) - 4 Division Titles
Reg. Season 3105-2612 (.543) - 13 Division Titles 2 GMoY
Post Season 133-123 (.520) - 5 FF Titles ('10, '55, '56, '60, '61) 3 NPBL Titles ('10, '56, '61)
Maryland Career:  2073 -1709 (.548) - 9 Division Titles

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2013, 05:31:16 AM »
After that trade, Maryland went to the playoffs 6 out of the next 7 years.  So, I guess it was a win for you all...

But then again, neither team has won a championship since before that trade.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 05:31:56 AM »
IF - Bates Schatz
Career w/ Rams: .291/.346/.417 - 1561 Hits, 277 2Bs, 127 HRs, 730 RBI

Schatz was the best of a class of 2021 that had high expectations.  I don't really want to talk about that draft, so lets move on.  I've been lucky to have some pretty good second basement on this team.  Bates is just one of them.

Bates is top 10 in Rams history in Batting Average, Hits, Singles, and RBI (surprisingly).  Very solid player, but that lands you on the bench on this team.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 05:16:28 AM »
Dale Couch, what a player he was!

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 05:29:39 AM »
Dale Couch, what a player he was!

No doubt!

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 05:30:39 AM »
C - Ron Moore
Career w/ Rams (Up through 2051): .260/.297/.465 - 1036 Hits - 190 HR - 657 RBI
* 3 All-Star Selections *

This team has actually had a few pretty good Catchers in its time, but the current catcher can definitely make a case as being the best of the bunch.  Not only does he have the offense, but he can play a little defense too.

I think that if there was one stat that could boil down Moore for you all was his Slugging Percentage.  His .461 SLG ranks 13th all time among catchers.

Unfortunately, Moore is on the wrong side of 30 and while he hasn't slowed down yet, it may be coming soon.  Regardless of that fact, this man has been the rock behind the plate for 8 seasons, and we can only hope for 8 more like the ones he's had.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2013, 05:59:19 AM »
MR4 - Tommy McKinley
Career w/ Rams: 26-34 - 3.70 ERA - 185 SVs - 429 Ks (3rd Most Saves in Team History)
* 2 All-Star Selections *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
I never had the pleasure of having McKinley in my bullpen as he was long gone by the time I took over. He STILL leads the team in all-time saves, and honestly, no one is even close at this point, so he'll be in that position for quite a while.  The knock on McKinley is that he played for such a short period of time.  His first season was at age 32 in 2003 and his last was at age 38 in 2009.  So he really racked up the saves in his short time.

After going through my history a bit, two things come to mind.  One, how was Jose Nunez not on my original 25 year team?  That can be answered by the fact that his stats are wrong.  He spent the majority of his time with Minnesota rather than Colorado.

The second is a bit more telling.  McKinley wasn't with the team for long, so his total saves aren't super high and he is now 3rd most in team history, but he does have the 2nd and 6th most saves in a season.  High and short peak.  I'd be willing to bet he won't make it on the next anniversary team.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 06:33:40 AM »
OF - Robinson Gonzalez
Career w/ Rams: .261/.337/.487 - 351 HRs - 1014 RBI - (Top 5 in HRs for the Rams)
* 4 All-Star Selections *

Traded from New Jersey in what seems like a pretty good trade for us both (they received Herc Columbie, Jeffrey Albin, and Arturo Castro, Gonzalez was a beast in the middle of the order for us.  He was good for 30+ HRs for 8 years, 3 times going over 40 (twice leading the league).  He's still kicking around on our team, but mostly in a bench role.  Very solid player, but it's very hard to crack our starting outfield on this 50 year team.

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Re: Colorado Rams 50th Anniversary Team
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2013, 05:20:57 AM »
CF - Oscar Oakley
Career w/ Rams: .253 -360 HRs - 1,139 RBI
* 2 All-Star Selections *
* Bick Horizon Award (Rookie of the Year) *
* 2 Matthews Awards *

Summary from the 25 Year Team:
As he is in consideration for Hall of Fame voting, I should probably throw old Oscar out here now.  Oakley won the Robinson Award in 2006 and won two Mays Awards in his 16 years as a Ram.  Oakley was the #2 overall pick by New York in 2003, but was traded for Hall of Famer Anthony Beckford.  Oakley has played more games and has had more at bats than any other Ram in history.  He was really hit or miss in the post-season, but stepped it up BIG when the Rams needed him most with 16 RBIs with the 2016 Championship team.

Old Oscar never did get elected to the Hall of Fame.  He was a good one.  Oakley was just a solid player.  He was good for about 20 homeruns, 80 RBI, 50 SB, and close to 100 runs every year.  He wasn't that big of an on base guy though with a fairly low average and OBP throughout his career.

But, with that said, he's all over our all-time leaderboards (and has been to bat more times than any other Ram):

Games: 2413 (2nd)
At Bats: 8904 (1st)
Runs: 1460 (3rd)
Hits: 2253 (4th)
Total Bases: 3916 (4th)
Singles: 1397 (3rd)
Doubles: 409 (3rd)
Triples: 87 (2nd)
Homeruns: 360 (4th)
RBI: 1139 (5th)
SB: 815 (1st)
Walks: 915 (3rd)
HBP: 77 (3rd)
K's: 1812 (2nd)

With being so high on the leaderboards, I had to think real hard as to where to put him, and I came away with putting him in CF (he played all three outfield positions).  But don't think that it was easy for someone to crack this outfield!