Vote For L.A.'S All-Time Second Baseman

Voting begins today as the Dodgers continue to seek the fans' choices for the "All-Time L.A. Team" on dodgers.com The list of second-base candidates includes the sport's leading home-run hitter at the position, three National League Rookies of the Year, a member of baseball's longest-tenured infield, and a catalyst during the team's first championship on the West Coast. 

    Dodger fans will have an opportunity to vote for the "All-Time L.A. Team" at dodgers.com/anniversary, with the results being unveiled next year. The 2008 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles. The team will celebrate this golden anniversary with fans around the world through a series of historical, cultural and promotional events that are unique to Los Angeles and honor the legacy of the franchise and its players and the loyalty of Dodger fans.  

The second-base candidates feature current Dodger Jeff Kent, along with former Los Angeles standouts Steve Sax, Jim Lefebvre, Davey Lopes, Charlie Neal and Jim Gilliam.   

Kent, 39, recently completed his third season with the Dodgers, batting .302 in 136 games with 20 home runs and 79 RBI. In 2005, Kent's 29 home runs tied Lopes' 1979 single-season mark for a Dodger second baseman and his 105 RBI eclipsed the previous record set by Neal (83 in 1959). Kent has 365 career home runs, the most by a second baseman in history.   

Sax, the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 1982, spent seven full seasons in a Dodger uniform through the team's championship season in 1988. The three-time N.L. All-Star stole a career-high 56 bases in 1983 and won a Silver Slugger Award with a .332 batting average in 1986. Overall, Sax batted .282 in 1,091 career games with Los Angeles.   

Lopes played for the Dodgers from 1972-81. He was a converted center fielder who became part of the Dodgers' record-setting infield for eight and a half seasons along with first baseman Steve Garvey, shortstop Bill Russell and third baseman Ron Cey. Lopes stole 418 bases with Los Angeles, including a career-high 77 in 1975. He also appeared in four World Series with the Dodgers.   

Lefebvre, the 1965 N.L. Rookie of the Year, helped the Dodgers to a championship in his first season. He hit 12 home runs in 1965 and later was a part of the first all switch-hitting infield in postseason history with first baseman Wes Parker, shortstop Maury Wills and third baseman Gilliam. He remained with the Dodgers through 1972 and later became a Major League manager with the Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs.   

Neal, a Dodger from 1956 to 1961, helped the team win its first World Series title in Los Angeles in 1959. During the 1959 regular season, Neal made the All-Star team and earned Gold Glove honors while leading the league in double plays, putouts and fielding percentage. At the plate, Neal batted .287 with 30 doubles, 11 triples, 19 home runs, 83 RBI and 103 runs scored. He hit two home runs in Game 2 of the World Series at Chicago, a 4-3 Dodger victory. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 65.   

Gilliam began his Dodger career with Brooklyn in 1953 as the league's Rookie of the Year. The versatile infielder, who played second base, third base and the outfield, appeared in seven World Series as a player though 1966 and he later coached the Dodgers for 14 seasons. Shortly after his untimely death at age 49 in 1978, the Dodgers retired his uniform No. 19. During the Dodgers' first year in Los Angeles in 1958, Gilliam led the team in hits, doubles, stolen bases, walks and fielding. He compiled a lifetime .265 batting average in 1,956 games.  

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