If you noticed the lack of "Phillies" missing from the Phlashback Phriday title, that is because I'm continuing with non-Phillie baseball related topics for the week. At WSBGM's we normally aren't singing the praises of players on other teams (we're usually tearing them down), but today I want to take the opportunity to give a shout-out to two of my favorite non-Phillies of all-time: Dave Winfield and Eddie Murray. Baseball-Reference lists Murray as the most comparable player to Winfield and vice-versa. The similarities between their careers doesn't end there; each was drafted in 1973 (Winfield 1st round, Murray 3rd round), they both were 1st ballot Hall-of-Famers (Winfield 2001, Murray 2003), and played on the same Cleveland Indians team in '95.
Dave Winfield was a big dude- 6'6" 220 pounds and was the total package on the baseball diamond as he could run, hit, had power, and played quality defense. Winfield was a member of 12 All-Star squads and won 7 Gold Glove awards. He's got some pretty sweet career numbers too: 3110 hits, 1669 runs, 1833 rbi, 465 homeruns, 223 stolen bases, 1093 extra base hits, and a .828 OPS. Dave's career spanned from 1973-1995 for 22 seasons in the bigs debuting with the Padres, and making stops with the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays (won World Series and '92), Twins, and finally the Indians. Interesting facts- Winfield was a helluva basketball player in college playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He also never played minor league ball, going straight from inking his deal post draft to the San Diego outfield. Dave entered the Hall-of-Fame as a Padre not a Yankee which upset George Steinbrenner...that gets my respect right there! During a game in Toronto in '83, he accidentally hit and killed a seagull while warming up and had to post a $500 bond for the incident.
Eddie Murray poked his head into the majors later than Winfield did, but once he appeared he was there to stay becoming one of the most feared switch hitters of all-time. Murray first showed up on the scene in 1977 playing for Baltimore and it was there that he made himself a talented slugger. Eddie played 21 season in the majors from 1977-1997 starting in with the Orioles and dropping by with the Dodgers, Mets, Angels, and Indians. Murray also won a World Series ring in the battle with my beloved Phillies back in '83. Eddie put up some gaudy stats himself: 3255 hits, 1627 runs, 1917 rbi, 504 homeruns, 1099 extra base hits, and a .835 OPS. He also appeared in 8 All-Star games, was Rookie of the Year in '77, and snagged 3 Gold Gloves at firstbase. Interesting facts- nicknamed Steady Eddie, brother Rich Murray briefly played for the Giants in the 80's, and was the hitting coach for the Dodgers recently.