Dodgers starting lineup of the all-time greats
By Tim Boyle
Batting sixth for the Dodgers is third baseman Ron Cey
Across the diamond at third base is Ron Cey. Another core piece of the Dodgers clubs in the 1970s and early 1980s, he’s not quite up there with the other players in this lineup, yet remains an important one to include. Cey is the franchise’s best third baseman. In a career with the club that lasted parts of 12 seasons, Cey batted .264/.359/.445 with 228 home runs.
Perhaps the greatest contribution of all Cey gave the city of Los Angeles was his performance in the 1981 World Series. The team had already fallen with him on the roster in the 1974, 1977, and 1978 World Series: once to the Oakland Athletics and twice to the New York Yankees. Each time, Reggie Jackson was on the opposing side.
The Dodgers were tasked with taking on the Yankees again in 1981. Cey would help the Dodgers slay their old Big Apple rival by hitting .350/.458/.500 in the series. He was named World Series MVP. It ended a drought for the franchise and some misery of losing in the finals regularly.
Cey bats sixth in this lineup for the power he can add in the lower part of the lineup. The Dodgers are going to need it. As we enter the bottom third, which includes a pitcher, we find two position players who had a lot of talents. Sadly, home run pop wasn’t among them.