- he ensemble is also made up of Carlos Ruiz, Kent Hrbek, Frank White, Mark Belanger, Scott Rolen, Joe Rudi and Bernie Williams.
- As designated Ken Singleton and pitchers Pedro Guerrero was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his name shone in Major League Baseball.Scottie Pippen was one of the best supporting players, and the Chicago Bulls could not have won six NBA championships without him. Still, when we think of those teams, one player always comes to mind above the rest: Michael Jordan. It was as if they were Jordan’s Bulls.Watching this detailed dynamic in the ESPN-produced documentary series, “The Last Dance,” got us thinking about major league players who played a similar role. This is a delicate balance, because on many occasions the stars of a team were of the same level: Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are an example in the Phillies that won five consecutive divisional titles from 2007 to 2011.Pitcher Starting: Orlando Hernández, YankeesYears with team: 1998-2004T he Duke played alongside Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Panamanian Mariano Rivera, so he was never going to be the club’s biggest star. He also didn’t make his major league debut until the age of 32, so his career was simply different. But Cuban Hernandez had a 2.55 ERA in 19 postseason appearances, including four World Series starts with the Yankees and one relief job with the White Sox in 2005.
Relay: Javier López, GigantesYears with the team: 2010-2016
The Puerto Rican was acquired on the 2010 trade deadline and became a key player for three Giant champion teams. These squads were characterized by having a large bullpen, and López was one of their fixed arms. In 17 appearances by the Giants in the National League Championship Series and World Series, the left-hander allowed a single run.
For a moment, there was even talk of the talents of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris alike. In Houston, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, both in the Hall of Fame, will always be remembered as players of similar talent.
In our mission to assemble a team of supporting players in the MLB divisional era (since 1969), we apply three rules: Players who were part of World Series champion teams, but who never won a MVP award and are not in the Hall of Fame.
C: Carlos Ruiz, Filis Years with the team: 2006-2016
Within the clubhouse of the Phillies, the Panamanian was a well-loved, respected and seen figure as one of the cornerstones of the entire franchise as the starting receiver in all those five teams that won the divisional title. His contributions may not have transcended beyond Philadelphia, and he was only called up to the All-Star Game once. And that was in 2012, when the Phillies didn’t advance to the playoffs.
1B: Kent Hrbek, TwinsYears with team: 1981-1994
He was Kirby Puckett’s partner for 11 seasons, and together they helped the Twins win a World Series in 1987 and another in 1991. Yes, it was Puckett’s team, who was brimming with charisma, participated in 10 All-Star Games and was exalted. to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. But Hrbek had a .848 OPS in 14 seasons and hit 34 homers for that 1987 champion squad that entered the postseason for the first time in 17 years.
2B: Frank White, RoyalsYears with team: 1973-90
He won eight Gold Gloves and was called up to the All-Star Game five times over 18 seasons as the second-best player on Royals teams led by George Brett. Those ninths saw playoff action seven times over a 10-year period from 1976 to 1985, including a World Series title in 1985.
SS: Mark Belanger, OriolesYears with team: 1965-1981
He was a key player in teams that won three consecutive American League titles and a World Series (1970). Belanger claimed eight Gold Gloves as a player who represented the “Oriole Way” as well as the famous gunboat Brooks Robinson or the winner of 20 games Jim Palmer.
3B: Scott Rolen, Cardinals Years with team: 2002-07
Throughout a 17-year career with four different teams, he was called seven times to the All-Star Game and won eight Golden Gloves. He was the second-best player in those Cardinal teams led by Dominican Albert Pujols who reached the World Series twice and they won it in 2006. Rolen has been nowhere near making it to the Hall of Fame in the three years he has appeared on the ballot, but his vote total has been increasing at every opportunity.
OF: Bernie Williams, YankeesYears with team: 1991-2006
The Puerto Rican was the most underrated elite player in the teams that won the World Series four times and in which players such as Derek Jeter and Panamanian Mariano Rivera, plus coach Joe Torre were consolidated. But Williams was pretty good, too, with five All-Star calls, four Golden Gloves and an American League batting title in 1998 with a .339 average. From 1996 to 2000, when the Yankees won four championships in five years, Jeter led the team with a total WAR of 28.4, but Williams was on his heels (25.4). No other Yankee had more than 16.2.
OF: Joe Rudi, Athletics Years with the team: 1967-1976
Reggie Jackson was the brightest star on Athletics teams that won three World Series in a row, but many baseball people credited Rudi with the same impact. Even many of them thought that Rudi could be the player with the most demand when he and Jackson became free agents the same year. Both signed five-year contracts, Jackson with the Yankees and Rudi with the Angels. But Jackson received a larger amount of money ($ 3.5 million vs. $ 2.1 million).
BD: Ken Singleton, OriolesYears with team: 1975-1984
He began his career in Baltimore with Brooks Robinson in the 1970s and ended it with Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray in the 1980s. He served as a full-time designee in only the last three seasons of his career and was an unexpected collaborator on winning teams. constantly, including the 1983 World Series.