RobersonChris That’s unbelievable. One of the best baseball city’s in the world.
Rudy Arias Thank you Winnipeg!!!🇨🇦
Tom Vaeth Very honoured to be included in this list…thank you thank you thank you!!!
Chris Salamida Whaaatttttt…… This is unexpected!! You don’t understand how honoured I feel right now – to stand with all of these legends!
Luis A. Salazar Thanks to the Goldeyes family
Josh Mazzola Thank you to the Goldeyes family for this honor.. It is truly humbling and thank you for welcoming me and making me a part of your city..
© Chuck Duboff
Yesterday’s blog announcing the All Time Goldeyes Team, as selected by the fans, had an amazing 487 views…I would suggest that speaks to how very popular the Winnipeg Goldeyes are in the city of Winnipeg. On Facebook there were responses from all over Canada, United States and Mexico. From Florida Rudy Arias sent a nice note to the fans in Winnipeg; Josh Mazzola and Chris Salamida sent very grateful messages; from here in Winnipeg, Tom Vaeth was extremely appreciative of being selected by the fans.
I’d like to take a moment to talk about Hal Lanier…Hal brought a big league feel to the Goldeyes. I remember the moment when it was announced that Hal would be managing the Goldeyes; I did a double take, he had been Manager of the Year in the National League and was coming to take charge of the Goldeyes. I was truly in awe of him…he had played with San Francisco during the Willie Mays days, had managed in the majors…I watched every move he made!! One of my favourite was learning when Hal would call a squeeze play and see it executed perfectly. It truly was my joy, and I know that of a lot of fans, watching and learning from Hal.
“That was difficult”, “so many great players to choose from”, “wow was that hard”; those were just some of the comments that fans made when they sent me their choices for the All Time Winnipeg Goldeyes team.
We’ve been really fortunate in Winnipeg to consistently have had great teams and players since the inception of the Goldeyes in 1994. How do you leave Jeff Zimmerman or Darryl Brinkley off this all time team? What about Brian Myrow or Chris Kokinda? What about Bobby Madritsch, George Sherrill or Brandon Kintzler? Casey Haerther, Chad Thornhill, Brent Sachs, Rafael Gross or “Tiny” Thomas? Pete Rose Jr and Jon Weber brought the lumber, but didn’t make this team. Ian Thomas made it to the show…not on this team.
This was a fun opportunity for Goldeyes fans to reflect upon all of the great players who have donned the Winnipeg uniform over the past 22 seasons. There really are no right or wrong selections; they are all very subjective choices. A couple of my personal choices didn’t make the final cut…my all time favourite Goldeye, Carmine Cappucio, only played for the team for one season, but was a very special player to watch. Kevin McGovern led us to a championship last season with some great pitching…but neither of them made this team.
Thanks to the hundreds who read this blog over the past few days…and a big thank you to all those great Winnipeg Goldeyes fans who sent me their choices; I struggled with a few of the picks, and this resulted in two ties; on the other hand, there were several easy selections.
One thing we as Goldeyes fans can be very thankful for: the Goldeyes always put great players on the field and each season this results in a very competitive team. Based on the submissions by many Winnipeg Goldeyes fans...here is..
The Winnipeg Goldeyes All Time Team
Starting Pitchers: Ace Walker and Chris Salamida
In the bullpen: Donnie Smith and Brian Beuning
Catcher: Luis Alen
1B: Terry Lee 2B Brian Duva
SS: Max Poulin & Wes Long 3B: Josh Mazzola
Outfield: Reggie Abercrombie, Chris Roberson, Kevin West:
DH: Juan Diaz & Wes Chamberlin
On the bench: Ryan Robertson, Fehlandt Lentini, Casio Greider
Manager: Rick Forney; Coaches: Tom Vaeth and Rudy Arias
General Manager: Andrew Collier
Honourable mentions: Brian Myrow, Carmine Cappucio, Harry Barrios, Chris Kokinda, Bobby Madritsch and on and on and on…
It was lots of fun putting this team together; as I mentioned earlier, there really are no right or wrong selections. All the ballplayers who have worn the Winnipeg Goldeyes jersey since 1994 are all All Stars in the eyes of Winnipeg Goldeyes fans.