NL East Mount Rushmore

Chipper Jones” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Atlanta Braves

  • Hank Aaron, RF, 1B, 1954-1974
  • Chipper Jones, 3B, LF, 1993, 1995-2012
  • Greg Maddux, P, 1993-2003
  • Warren Spahn, p, 1942, 1946-1964

Hank Aaron is one of the most iconic figures in the history of baseball. He’s second on MLB’s all-time home runs list with 755, but many still consider him the home run king. He leads the Braves in pretty much every offensive category and holds the MLB record for career RBI’s with 2,297. Aaron spent 21 seasons with the Braves and was a 20-time All-Star.

Chipper Jones spent his entire 19-year career with the Braves and was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. Jones was an 8x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger winner, and the 1999 MVP. He finished his career with a .303 batting average, 468 home runs and 2,726 hits.

Greg Maddux spent 11 seasons with the Braves. In terms of stats, there aren’t many people in franchise history who were better. Maddux won four straight Cy Young awards. Three of them came with Atlanta. He appeared in six All-Star games with the team. Maddux managed to post a 194-88 win/loss record, which is .688 percent, and a 2.63 ERA. He tallied 1,828 strikeouts and only 383 walks.

While he never technically played for the Atlanta Braves, Warren Spahn spent 21 seasons with the Boston Braves and the Milwaukee Braves. He is widely considered the greatest pitcher in Braves history. He is a 17x All-Star, and he also won a Cy young Award. Spahn is the franchise leader in wins (356), games started (635), shutouts (63) and innings pitched (5,046).

 

Bryce Harper” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos

  • Bryce Harper, OF, 2012-2018
  • Gary Carter, C, RF, 1974-1984, 1992
  • Vladimir Guerrero, RF, 1996-2003
  • Max Scherzer, P, 2015-Present

Bryce Harper may not even be a National here soon, but there’s no question he is on the franchises Mount Rushmore. He’s only been on the team for seven seasons, but he’s only been in the league for seven years. You can say Harper revived baseball in D.C. Ever since his arrival, they have been making the playoffs. Although nothing has come during the playoffs, the Nationals still are relevant again. Harper was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2012, NL MVP in 2015, and has made six All-Star games so far. No matter where Harper signs this offseason, his impact in the nation’s capital are unmatched.

Gary Carter spent 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos and is arguably one of the greatest catchers in MLB history. His bWAR is just incredible, and he also managed to win three Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers with the team. Carter also appeared in seven All-Star games with the franchise and wears an Expos hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.

No matter where the ball was thrown, you could be sure that Vladimir Guerrero was going to find away to hit it. Guerrero is remembered as having one of the greatest arms in the history of the game. Who could forget when he would hit balls that bounced in front of the plate? Vlad could hit, run, throw and do anything else you needed him to do.

I may get a lot of heat for who I’m about to put in the last spot on this Mount Rushmore because of time spent with the team, but I’ll be sure to explain why I’m picking this player. Typically you must be on a team for eight seasons before you are in talks for Mount Rushmore, but for the last spot on this young franchises list, I’m going with Max Scherzer.

Scherzer has only been on the Nationals for four seasons, but in those four seasons he has changed the course of that team in so many ways. So far, he has 68-32 with 1,128 strikeouts. He’s won two Cy Young awards and made the All-Star game each of his four seasons with the team. He threw two no hitters in his first year with the team, and in 2016 he tied an MLB record for strikeouts in a game with 20. Scherzer has lead the league in strikeouts the last three seasons, while also leading the league in wins and innings pitched in 2016 and 2018.

 

Chase Utley – Phillies vs Nats 8.2.12” by Matthew Straubmuller is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Mike Schmidt, 1B, 3B, 1972-1989
  • Steve Carlton, P, 1972-1986
  • Roy Halladay, P, 2010-2013
  • Chase Utley, 2B, 2003-2015

Arguably the greatest player Philadelphia Phillies history is Mike Schmidt. Schmidt is the franchise leader in home runs (584), games played (2404) and RBI’s (1595). Schmidt spent his entire 18-year career with the Phillies and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. He was a 12x All-Star, 10x Gold Glove winner, 6x Silver Slugger winner, 3x MVP, and the 1980 World Series MVP in which he won his only world series title.

Steve Carlton played 15 years with the Phillies and was one of the most dominate pitchers in the league during that time. He’s the franchise leader in wins (241), strikeouts (3031) and games started (499). On top of these incredible stats, Carlton also won four straight Cy Young awards while with the franchise.

This may be a confusing decision to some people, but I choose to put Roy Halladay on this list for a couple reasons. Halladay compiled a 55-29 record while in Philly and racked up 622 strikeouts. Halladay was one of the most dominate pitchers of his time. In 2010, his first year with the team, he won the NL Cy Young award. His 2010 season is really what puts him on this list for me. On May 29th, 2010, Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Later that season, on October 6th, 2010, Halladay became just the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in Postseason history. Two no-hitters/perfect games in one season and a Cy Young award is enough to put the late great Roy Halladay on this list.

Chase Utley essentially was the Phillies franchise during his 13 years with the team. He was a part of the historic 2008 and 2009 teams that won a World Series in 2008 and then made the World series again in 2009, but lost to the Yankees. Utley made all six of his All-Star game appearances with the Phillies, including five straight from 2006-2010.

 

David Wright” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

New York Mets

  • Tom Seaver, P, 1967-1977, 1983
  • Dwight Gooden, P, 1984-1994
  • Mike Piazza, C, 1B, 1998-2005
  • David Wright, 3B, 2004-2016, 2018

One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history is going to kick the New York Mets Mount Rushmore off. Tom Seaver leads the franchise in wins (198), ERA (2.57), WHIP (1.076), games started (395), strikeouts (2541), innings pitched (3045.2) and shutouts (44). In his 12 years with the team he made ten All-Star games, including seven straight from 1967-1973. Seaver won three Cy Young awards as a Met and led the league in ERA in 1970, 1971, 1973. Seaver also led the team to their 1969 World Series and won the 1967 Rookie of the Year award.

Ahh Dwight “Doc” Gooden, let’s put the drug use aside (even though that’s what he’s known for). He won the 1984 Rookie of the Year award, and then won the 1985 Cy Young award. Doc didn’t really have the stats of a stellar player, as he only made four All-Star teams, which came in his first five years in the league.

Mike Piazza spent eight years with the team and now leads the franchise in slugging percentage. He was a 6x All-Star and a 5x Silver Slugger award winner. Without a doubt, the biggest moment of Piazza’s career with the Mets, and maybe even his whole career, is the home run he hit in the first baseball game after the 9/11 attacks in the Mets home of Citi Field. Piazza also went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 with a New York Mets hat on his plaque.

Would this Mount Rushmore really be complete without Captain America, David Wright? Wright spent his entire 14-year career with the Mets. Injuries unfortunately ended his career a few years earlier than it should have ended. When he was healthy, Wright was one of the best 3rd basemen in the league. He leads the franchise in runs scored (949) and hits (1777). Wright was a 7x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger winner, and a 2x Gold Glove winner. It will be interesting to see if he is ever elected into baseball immortality.

 

Giancarlo Stanton” by Corn Farmer is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Miami Marlins

  • Gary Sheffield, RF, 3B, SS, 1993-1998
  • Hanley Ramirez, SS, 1B, 3B, 2006-2012
  • Jose Fernandez, P, 2013-2016
  • Giancarlo Stanton, RF, 2010-2017

Gary Sheffield spent 22 years in the league. Six of those came with the Florida Marlins. This is another case where an exception is made for the eight-year rule. Sheffield spent more years with the Marlins than any other franchise, and it was hard to find many players for this somewhat young franchise. The Marlins have only been a franchise since 1993, which Sheffield was apart of. He recorded 538 hits, 122 home runs, and a .288 batting average during his time with the franchise. Sheffield also made two All-Star appearances with the team and played a huge role in the 1997 World Series championship.

Hanley Ramirez won the 2006 Rookie of the Year award and made his only All-Star appearances with the franchise. He is near the top of most offensive categories. If it wasn’t for Giancarlo Stanton, he would probably lead a lot of them.

Jose Fernandez only played in the league four years before he tragically lost his life in a boating accident in 2016, but what an impact he made on the Marlins franchise and the game of baseball. During his short career, he certainly could’ve been considered Miami’s ace. He won the 2013 Rookie of the Year award and made two All-Star appearances, his first year and his last year. Fernandez was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA and had 589 strikeouts with just 140 walks. Fernandez’s death rocked the MLB world, as he was arguably one of the most popular players in the league. Rest in Piece.

Although he isn’t on the Marlins anymore, Giancarlo Stanton is without a doubt the best position player in the franchise’s history. He played eight years with the Marlins, and boy what an impact he made. Four All-Star appearances, a Silver Slugger winner, and was the 2017 NL MVP. Stanton recorded 960 hits, 267 home runs and a .268 batting average. Him leaving and being traded to the Yankees may leave a sour taste in some fans’ mouths, but regardless, he is the best player the Marlins franchise has ever seen and may see for a while.

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