The All-Franchise Team 1951-1960

C Earl Battey (1960) 5.9 WARP3
Though Battey only played one season in the decade, it was by far the best season that the franchise had gotten from that position in years. Ed Fitzgerald played the most games at catcher, but Battey’s in on the strength of his 1960 season.

1B Mickey Vernon (1951-1955) 29 WARP3
It’s tempting to put Harmon Killebrew in this spot due to his production in 1959 and his future dominance, but Vernon was surprisingly good in his second stint with Washington and is the clear choice.

2B Wayne Terwilliger (1953-1954) 7.2 WARP3
There weren’t a lot of choices at second. The position was a revolving door most of the decade. Twig held down the starting job for two seasons, and had one very good season in 1953.

SS Pete Runnels (1951-1957) 21.8 WARP3
Runnels was consistent with the Senators, but didn’t really break out until he went to Boston.

3B Eddie Yost (1951-1958) 36.9 WARP3
Yost may be the in the argument with Gaetti and Bluege for best third baseman in franchise history, and the beginning of this decade lined up nicely with his prime years.

LF Roy Sievers (1954-1959) 29.7 WARP3
For a brief period of time Sievers was the power hitter in franchise history. He stormed past the Washington career home run mark with relative ease while setting season marks for home runs in four consecutive seasons. His effort in 1957 remains among the top offensive seasons in franchise history.

CF Jim Busby (1952-1955) 14.4 WARP3
Busby just edges out Bob Allison, who won the AL ROY award when he played primarily in center field during the 1959 season.

RF Jim Lemon (1954-1960) 22.7 WARP3
Lemon got a bad rap for striking out too much, but was one of the team’s original power threats. Had he not tried to cut back strikeouts at Griffith’s request in 1957, his numbers would look even better.

SP Camilo Pascual (1954-1960) 34.5 WARP3
Established himself as one of the most feared pitchers in the AL by the end of the decade. Rated among the best curve balls of all time.

SP Pedro Ramos (1955-1960) 27.8 WARP3
I don’t think that Ramos gets his historical due thanks to a lousy win-loss record (67-92 in the decade). The fact that he flirted with 20 losses in four of professional seasons had as much to do with the quality of the team as his own performance. He wasn’t a great pitcher, but he wasn’t as bad as his record might indicate.

SP Bob Porterfield (1951-1955) 26.1 WARP3
Porterfields performance, including his great 1953 season, was among the few bright spots for the team early in the decade.

RP Dick Hyde (1955-1960) 10.7 WARP3
Hyde is the cream of the bullpen crop thanks to his performance in 1958.

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