Dodgers: Five best positional players over the past decade

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning of game four of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox on October 27, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning of game four of the 2018 World Series against the Boston Red Sox on October 27, 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images). /

Which positional players contributed the most to the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise over the past decade?

Whenever baseball returns in 2020, it will represent the beginning of a new decade of Dodgers baseball. The Dodgers have now played over six decades in Los Angeles, winning five World Series, and setting themselves apart as a premier National League franchise, carrying over the tradition they built from their days in Brooklyn.

With the 2010s (is that what we call them?) coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to rank the best Dodger players over the past decade. This list will focus on the best positional players, with a separate article focusing on the best pitchers.

This is not a list ranking the best Dodger players in terms of pure talent. I tried to consider the best players in terms of how much they contributed to the franchise over the past decade. Superlative seasons are important to consider, but so is longevity. Both peak performance and consistency are factored into the ranking.

I had trouble with players such as Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez. I wanted to include them on the top five, but they represent a good example of how I tried to mix superlative performance with longevity. They either didn’t reach a high enough peak or play for enough seasons in blue and white to be included among the top five players listed.

Without further ado, let’s rank the five best positional players of the past decade to wear a Dodger uniform.

Honorable mentions: Adrian Gonzalez, Corey Seager, Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson

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