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Join us on Tuesday, December 26 at 6:30 pm Pacific time on the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast as we select our Baseball Brew Crew Diamond Icons for 2023.

Listed below are the 32 nominees that will be randomized and paired off so that the Baseball Brew Crew hosts can vote until there are 3 Finalists.

In addition, we will also announce the 2023 Baseball Brew Crew Legacy Awards, the 2023 Baseball Brew Crew Silver Chugger Awards, and the inaugural Deplorable Baseball Bum of the Year Award.

Join us here on Tuesday, December 26, at 6:30 pm Pacific time for all the festivities.

Click here to see the: 2022 Diamond Icon Winners
Click here to see the: 2021 Diamond Icon Winners

Billy Martin (2022, 2023 Nominee) – Billy was a player for seven MLB teams and a manager for five MLB teams including the New York Yankees five times. His #1 is retired by the Yankees. He revitalized the Oakland A’s at the start of the 80s in the “Billy Ball” era. And had a publicly famous player/manager feud with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the late-70s. He was also a recognizable television star with appearances on Miller Lite and Pepto Bismol commercials, the first WrestleMania, and an infamous Saturday Night Live cameo. Most talked about moments: George Steinbrenner & Billy Martin Miller Lite Commercial (Video), Pepto Bismol Commercial With Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner (Video), and Billy and Reggie nearly came to blows in the dugout at Fenway Park (Video)

Bob Watson (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A first baseman/left fielder for the Houston Astros (1966–1979), Boston Red Sox (1979), New York Yankees (1980–1982), and Atlanta Braves (1982–1984). Most talked about moments: Watson was credited with scoring the 1,000,000th run in MLB on May 4, 1975, and won $10,000 and one million Tootsie Rolls provided by the event’s sponsor. And he also had a cameo appearance in the 1977 movie ‘The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training’ (Video)

Bobby Valentine (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners. Later a manager for Texas Rangers (1985–1992), Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, 2004–2009), Mets (1996–2002), and Boston Red Sox (2012). Won the Japan Series in 2005. Most talked about moment: Valentine was ejected from a June 9, 1999, 14-inning game and returned to the dugout in a disguise. (Video)

Dave Winfield (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A Hall of Fame player for the San Diego Padres (1973–1980), New York Yankees (1981–1988, 1990), California Angels (1990–1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992), Minnesota Twins (1993–1994), Cleveland Indians (1995). In 1993, he collected his 3,000th career hit off Dennis Eckersley in the Metrodome. Winfield played college summer baseball for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks for two seasons (1971–72) and was the MVP in 1972. He was also drafted by the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the ABA’s Utah Stars in 1973. Most talked about moment: Winfield, unfortunately, killed a bird with a warm-up toss in Toronto on August 4, 1983. But the police treated the incident as if he did it on purpose (Video)

Dick Allen (2023 Nominee) – The ‘Wampum Walloper’ was one of the early African Americans to play for the Philadelphia Phillies during the Civil Rights Movement and played every day despite ongoing racism. Allen’s fifteen-year-long Major League Baseball career included playing first base, third base, and outfield for the Phillies (1963-69, 1975-76), Cardinals (1970), Dodgers (1971), White Sox (1972-74), and Athletics (1977). The 7× All-Star was among baseball’s top sluggers in the 1960s and early 1970s, winning the National League Rookie of the Year in 1964 and leading the American League home runs twice in 1972 and 1974. Most talked about moments: Dick Allen’s Famous Chili Dog Game (Video), Cooperstown Justice — Dick Allen (Video).

Earl Weaver (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles (1968–1982, 1985–1986). In 11 of his 17 seasons, the Orioles won 90 or more games, winning the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Most talked about moment: Weaver was known for his cigarette smoking habit in the dugout and fiery temper with umpires that were often captured on video (Video)

Eddie Gaedel (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Weighing 60 pounds and standing 3 feet 7 inches tall, Eddie Gaedel gained recognition in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on August 19, 1951. He made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner. Most talked about moment: Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball (Video)

Fred Lynn (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A center fielder for the Boston Red Sox (1974–1980), California Angels (1981–1984), Baltimore Orioles (1985–1988), Detroit Tigers (1988–1989), and San Diego Padres (1990). A 9× All-Star (1975–1983), AL MVP (1975), AL Rookie of the Year (1975), ALCS MVP (1982), 4× Gold Glove Award (1975, 1978–1980), and AL batting champion (1979). Most talked about moment: Kevin Lyon (Field Correspondent & Senior Research Analyst of the Beer Baseball Blog) once accidentally bumped Fred’s wife in the head with a bat at an autograph signing (Video)

Gaylord Perry (2021, 2023 Nominee) – A Hall of Fame pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, and Kansas City Royals. Perry has a 314–265 Win/Loss record and is a 2× Cy Young Award winner (1972, 1978). He pitched a no-hitter on September 17, 1968. Most talked about moment: Perry was widely considered to use the effective (yet illegal) spitball pitch. His 1974 autobiography was called ‘Me and the Spitter’. He was not ejected for the illegal pitch until August 23, 1982 — the 21st season of his career (Video)

Hal McRae (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – McRae was an outfielder and designated hitter for the Cincinnati Reds (1968, 1970–1972) and Kansas City Royals (1973–1987). The manager for the Royals (1991–1994) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001–2002). A 3× All-Star (1975, 1976, 1982), 2× World Series champion (1985, 2006), and in the Royals Hall of Fame. Most talked about moment: McRae was known as a VERY aggressive baserunner (Video) and an even MORE aggressive manager (Video)

Harry Caray (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A Ford C. Frick Award winner as a broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945–1969), St. Louis Browns (1945–1946), Oakland Athletics (1970), Chicago White Sox (1971–1981), and Chicago Cubs (1982–1997). Caray is credited with popularizing the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of Cubs games at Wrigley Field. Most talked about moments: Caray would often announce the game from the outfield bleachers surrounded by beer cups and fans during his tenure with the White Sox. He also filmed commercials for Budweiser beer as a ‘Cub Fan, and a Bud Man’ (Video)

Joe Niekro (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – The younger brother of pitcher Phil Niekro, Joe played for the Chicago Cubs (1967–1969), San Diego Padres (1969), Detroit Tigers (1970–1972), Atlanta Braves (1973–1974), Houston Astros (1975–1985), New York Yankees (1985–1987), and Minnesota Twins (1987–1988). He is the Astros’ all-time leader in wins (144), walks (818), and wild pitches (128). Most talked about moment: During a game against the California Angels on August 3, 1987, Niekro was caught with an emery board and a piece of sandpaper that flew out of his pocket as he emptied it (Video)

Johnny Bench (2022, 2023 Nominee) – Johnny is an MLB Hall of Famer who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time. He is a 14x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, 2x NL MVP, World Series MVP, 10x Gold Glove Award Winner, and on the MLB All-Time and All-Century Teams. Johnny was also the host of the Baseball Bunch television series and commercial spokesperson for Krylon paint Most talked about moments: Johnny Bench wishes the Baseball Brew Crew a Happy 2-Year Anniversary (Video), Johnny Bench on the Baseball Bunch (Video), Johnny Bench & Bob Uecker Krylon Commercial (Video), and Johnny Bench sings ‘Oklahoma Morning’ on Hee Haw (Video)

Jose Canseco (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – An outfielder / designated hitter for the Oakland Athletics (1985–1992, 1997), Texas Rangers (1992–1994), Boston Red Sox (1995–1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1998), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999–2000), New York Yankees (2000), and Chicago White Sox (2001). He is a 6× All-Star, 2× World Series champion (1989, 2000), AL MVP (1988), AL Rookie of the Year (1986), and 2× MLB home run leader (1988, 1991). Most talked about moment: On May 26, 1993, against the Cleveland Indians, a fly ball that Canseco lost sight of as he was crossing the warning track hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run (Video)

Kenny Rogers (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A pitcher for the Texas Rangers (1989–1995, 2000–2002, 2004–2005), New York Yankees (1996–1997), Oakland Athletics (1998–1999), New York Mets (1999), Minnesota Twins (2003), and Detroit Tigers (2006–2008). A 4× All-Star (1995, 2004–2006), World Series champion (1996), and pitched a perfect game on July 28, 1994. Most talked about moment: His unprovoked attack of cameramen during pre-game warmups (Video)

Kevin Youkilis (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – The ‘Greek God of Walks’ was a first and third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (2004–2012), Chicago White Sox (2012), New York Yankees (2013), and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (2014). Youkilis is a 3× All-Star (2008, 2009, 2011), World Series champion (2007), Gold Glove Award (2007), AL Hank Aaron Award (2008), and in the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Most talked about moment: Youkilis transitioned after retirement to owning a craft beer brewery called Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos, California (Video)

Lars Nootbaar (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Nootbaar has been an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2021 and represented Japan in the World Baseball Classic. He was a three-year starter for the USC Trojans and was named the 2018 All-Pac-12 Conference as a sophomore after hitting .313 with 34 RBIs, 33 runs scored, and seven home runs. Most talked about moment: As documented in Ep. 55 of the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast, Angelo Trinidad (VP of Content Development) saw Lars play in Triple-A for the Memphis Redbirds against the Nashville Sounds on May 14th, 2021. Lars went from a heel to babyface in the course of a few innings (Video)

Lou Piniella (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘Sweet Lou’ was a left fielder for the Baltimore Orioles (1964), Cleveland Indians (1968), Kansas City Royals (1969–1973), and New York Yankees (1974–1984). Piniella was manager of the Yankees (1986–1987, 1988), Cincinnati Reds (1990–1992), Seattle Mariners (1993–2002), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003–2005), and Chicago Cubs (2007–2010). He was the AL Rookie of the Year (1969), 3× World Series champion (1977, 1978, 1990), and 3× Manager of the Year (1995, 2001, 2008). Most talked about moment: Like Hal McRae and Earl Weaver, Piniella has a fiery temper and a short fuse with umpires (Video)

Mal Fichman (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – A minor league baseball manager notable for leading multiple championship teams in the Frontier League in the mid-to-late 1990s. Most talked about moment: On June 29, 1989, the Boise Hawks’ manager is suspended for one game for returning to the field after being ejected in the sixth inning disguised as the team’s mascot Humphrey the Hawk. The impostor gave instructions to his team for the remainder of the Northwest League contest against Salem (Story)

Morganna (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Morganna the Kissing Bandit was an entertainer who disrupted sporting events from 1970 through the 1990s. She famously rushed the field on many occasions and kissed players from Major League Baseball, the NBA, and even the NHL. Most talked about moment: Morganna has too many great moments to list here. Suffice it to say, she is a legend (Video)

Ozzie Smith (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘The Wizard’ is a Hall of Fame shortstop for the San Diego Padres (1978–1981) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982–1996). A 15× All-Star (1981–1992, 1994–1996), World Series champion (1982), NLCS MVP (1985), and a 13× Gold Glove Award winner (1980–1992). Most talked about moments: Ozzie was a part of the Baseball Brew Crew One Year Anniversary Gala and was a regular on The Baseball Bunch (Video)

Phil Niekro (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘Knucksie’ pitched for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1964–1983, 1987), New York Yankees (1984–1985), Cleveland Indians (1986–1987), and Toronto Blue Jays (1987). Niekro and his younger brother Joe amassed 539 wins between them (the most combined wins by brothers in baseball history). Phil’s 121 career victories after the age of 40 is an MLB record. He is a 5× All-Star (1969, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984) and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on August 5, 1973. Most talked about moment: An inspiration to all of us old guys with his knuckleball and upbeat personality (Video)

Phillip Wellman (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Wellman is the current manager of the San Antonio Missions, a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. He has also managed the Winston-Salem Warthogs (1996), Burlington Bees (1997–1998), Chattanooga Lookouts (1999, 2001–2003), Mississippi Braves (2007–2010), Arkansas Travelers (2014), and the Amarillo Sod Poodles (2019–2020). Most talked about moment: On May 26, 2016, in a game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, he was ejected after protesting a runner called out. The aftermath became an instant classic (Video)

Randy Johnson (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘The Big Unit’ is a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Montreal Expos (1988–1989), Seattle Mariners (1989–1998), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2004), New York Yankees (2005–2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2007–2008), and the San Francisco Giants (2009). He is a 10× All-Star, pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 1990, and pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004. Most talked about moment: In a freak accident on March 24, 2001, during the 7th inning of a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants, Johnson threw a fastball that struck a dove (Video)

Robin Ventura (2023 Nominee) – Ventura played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball for the White Sox, Mets, Yankees, and Dodgers. The White Sox selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 1988 MLB amateur draft from Oklahoma State University. As a National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Ventura was a three-time All-American who achieved a Division I-record 58-game hitting streak. He also won the Dick Howser Trophy, Golden Spikes Award, and played for the Olympic baseball gold medal-winning team in 1988. Most talked about moments: Robin Ventura and Nolan Ryan duke it out (Video), Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single (Video) and Robin Ventura’s College Career (Video).

Rollie Fingers (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Rollie was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (1968–1976), San Diego Padres (1977–1980), and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–1982, 1984–1985). Known for his neatly groomed handlebar mustache, Rollie finished his career with a 114–118 Win/Loss record, 1,299 strikeouts, and 341 saves. He is a 7× All-Star, 3× World Series champion, AL MVP (1981), and AL Cy Young Award (1981). Most talked about moment: Rollie was a part of the Baseball Brew Crew One Year Anniversary Gala (Video)

San Diego Chicken (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – The San Diego Chicken is a sports mascot played by Ted Giannoulas. He is also known as The Famous Chicken, the KGB Chicken, or just The Chicken. The success of the Chicken helped lead to mascots becoming widespread throughout pro sports, particularly Major League Baseball. Most talked about moment: The Chicken appeared at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania 2000. The costume was worn by Pete Rose at WrestleMania XV, during which he was given the Tombstone Pile Driver by Kane. He was also a standout character on the Baseball Bunch and many sporting events (Video)

Tommy Lasorda (2022, 2023 Nominee) – Tommy is a 2x World Series Champion manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Olympic Baseball Gold Medalist, and MLB Hall of Famer. He was also the ‘The Dugout Wizard’ on The Baseball Bunch and Slim-Fast spokesman. Most talked about moments: Lasorda has enough with the Philly Phanatic (Video), and Lasorda gets Youppi! tossed from the game (Video), Tommy Lasorda meltdown about Kurt Bevacqua (Video), Tommy Lasorda on Dave Kingman (Video), and Tommy Lasorda is disgusted by PSY performance at Dodger Stadium (Video)

Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Was an outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers (1991–2000), New York Mets (2001), San Francisco Giants (2002), New York Mets (2003), and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2004–2006). Shinjo is the second Japanese-born position player to play a Major League Baseball (and the first in the National League) game and was the first Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series. Most talked about moment: In 2022, the flamboyant Japanese celebrity, model, and clothing mogul nicknamed BIGBOSS (ビッグボス, Biggubosu) managed the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to a 59-81-3 last-place finish in the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball (Video)

Wally Backman (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – Wally was an infielder for the New York Mets (1980–1988), Minnesota Twins (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1991–1992), and Seattle Mariners (1993). He managed the Binghamton Mets, Las Vegas 51s, Buffalo Bisons, Acereros de Monclova, Brooklyn Cyclones, New Britain Bees, and Long Island Ducks. Most talked about moment: As manager of the South Georgia Peanuts he had this very Earl Weaver-ish meltdown caught immortalized on the TV series ‘Playing for Peanuts’ (Video)

Wade Boggs (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘The Chicken Man’ is a Hall of Fame third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (1982–1992), New York Yankees (1993–1997), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–1999). A 12× All-Star (1985–1996) and 5× AL batting champion (1983, 1985–1988) retired with a .328 batting average with 3,010 hits, 118 home runs, and 1,014 RBIs. Most talked about moments: Boggs is rumored to have once consumed 107 beers on a cross-country flight. This was featured in an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ where Boggs had a cameo role (Video). Also, Boggs played himself on the TV show ‘Cheers’ in 1988   (Video)

Alex Rodriguez (2021, 2022, 2023 Nominee) – ‘A-Rod’ was a shortstop/third baseman for the Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), and New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016). He was a 14× All-Star, World Series champion, 3× AL MVP, 2× Gold Glove Award, 10× Silver Slugger Award, 4× AL Hank Aaron Award, MLB batting champion, and a 5× AL home run leader. He ended with a .295 batting average, 3,115 hits, 2,086 RBIs, and 696 home runs (4th all-time). Most talked about moment: Alex is often a punchline on the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast for his questionable photoshoots (Link)

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