MLB: California-Born All-Time Team

Based on WAR, can you name the all-time best MLB players born in California? (See How-to)

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C(WAR 70.12) His career .773 OPS is second only to Johnny Bench by catchers. The Hall-of-Famer starred in Montréal from 1974-84 (and '92), and the N.Y. Mets from 1985-89. He was an 11x All Star, and the starter on the 1986 Mets World Series team.
1B(WAR 62.15) In 1998, he broke the single-season HR record with 70. He led the league in homers 4x, first in his Rookie of the Year season (1987). He was a 12x All Star, and helped the A's win the 1989 World Series. His 583 HR's currently fit 11th all time.
2B(WAR 65.41) From 2003-15, he was a star and leader for the Phillies. He made 6 All Star teams, and won 4 Silver Slugger awards. In 2008, he helped PHI win the World Series. From 2015-18, he was a starter and key reserve for the L.A. Dodgers.
SS(WAR 70.70) He and Lou Whitaker were one of the best double-play combinations in history. The Hall-of-Famer played his whole career with DET (1977-96). He made 6 All Star games, and won 4 Gold Gloves. In 1984, he was the MVP for the Tigers during the World Series.
3B(WAR 67.98) His 2,700 hits are 4th most by a 3B, just 7 fewer than George Brett. From 1973-83, he was with the Yankees where he made 5 All Star games and won 2 Gold Gloves. He was the starter on the 1977 and '78 World Series teams. He added a 6th All Star appearance w/ SD in '85.
OF(WAR 162.80) He's #1 all time in Homeruns, WAR by position players, MVP shares, Walks, Runs Created, Defensive games in LF, Putouts in LF, and Intentional Walks. But, he'll probably never make the Hall-of-Fame due to steroid allegations, and a general dislike by sportswriters.
OF(WAR 123.13) 'The Splendid Splinter' was a 19x All Star, and won the 1946 and '49 MVPs. He served as a Naval Aviator during both WWII and the Korean War. His .482 On-base Percentage is the highest of all time. He played his entire HOF career for the Red Sox (1939-42 and 1946-60).
OF(WAR 78.11) Few Yankees were as celebrated on and off the field than was this man. His 56-game hitting streak may be the most well known non-HR record of all of them. He won 3 MVP's (1939, '41, '47), and was a member of 9 World Series Champions. The Hall-of-Famer won 2 Batting Titles.
DH(WAR 68.65) He was a Hall-of-Fame DH and 1B who won the Rookie of the Year in 1977. He played with BAL from 1977-86, and 1996. He was an 8x All Star who also played with LAD, ANA, CLE, and NYM. He has the most sacrifice hits of all time (128), and his 504 HR's is currently 27th.
SP(WAR 109.88) The Mets franchise leader in Wins, Strikeouts, Starts, and WAR, he made the Hall-of-Fame in 1992. He won 311 games, mostly for NYM and CIN over his career. He won Rookie of the Year in 1967, and won 3 Cy's with the Mets (1969, '73, '75).
SP(WAR 101.87) 'The Big Unit' won 130 for Seattle, and 118 for Arizona. He had one of the most devastating sliders in history, helping him to the 2nd most K's of all time (4,875). He won the MVP in the 2001 World Series for the D-Backs. A 5x Cy Young winner, he made the HOF in 2015.
SP(WAR 67.11) A 209-game winner who played his entire career for the Dodgers. From 1956-69, he made 9 All Star games, and pitched for 3 World Series Champions. In 1962, he won the Cy Young when he went 25-9, a 2.83 ERA, and led the league in K's. Elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1984.
SP(WAR 62.99) He began his career in 2001, and was 2nd to Ichiro for Rookie of the Year. He pitched in CLE from 2001-08, winning the Cy Young in 2007. In 2008, he went 11-2 with a 1.89 ERA for MIL, jump-starting them to the playoffs. From 2009-19, he was a team leader for the Yankees.
SP(WAR 59.63) Came up with the Phillies in 2006, staying until 2015. He won 4 games in the post-season in 2008, winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP's. He made 3 All Star teams w/ PHI, and 1 with TEX in 2016. He's currently a member of the Cubs, going 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 2019.
SP/RP(WAR 44.80) Starter-turned-reliever for PIT (1929-34), CHC (1935-41) and BRO (1942). He was a 1x All Star who led the NL in Shutouts twice. His last name is a 'toasty' alternative of pancakes.
RP(WAR 22.90) Began his career as a set-up reliever for the Mets from 1981-87. He led the Mets in saves during that time in '83 and '84. His 2,152 games-pitched are the most of all time. He was a member of the '86 Mets and '88 Dodgers World Series Champions.
RP/CP(WAR 24.63) From 1980-88, he was the closer for the Royals. He was a 3x All Star who was top-5 in the Cy Young race five times. He led the AL in saves 5x, totalling 244 in his career. He would pitch for STL in 1988-89 and SF in 1990, serving as a middle-reliever for both teams.
CP(WAR 27.94) From much of 1993-2008, he was the closer for the San Diego Padres. He made 7 All Star teams, and won 2 Rolaids Reliever of the Year awards. He's 2nd all time with 601 Saves, but led MLB only once (53 in 1998). The NL closer award is now named after him.
CP(WAR 62.00) From 1975-86, he was a solid starter for CLE, BOS, and CHC. But he became legendary as a closer for OAK and STL from 1987-97. In 1992, he won both the Cy Young and MVP. His 370 Saves are 7th-most of all time. He was easily elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 2004.
OF(WAR 72.17) This Hall-of-Famer was one of the best pure hitters in history. He hit .403 in 1923, and over .390 3 other times. He played for the Tigers from 1914-29. He had 100+ RBI eight times in his career. He ended his career playing 152 games in 1930 and '32 for the Cincinnati Reds.
OF(WAR 69.17) He was probably the best pure hitter of the 1980's and 1990's. He was drafted out of San Diego St., where he'd later coach. He was a Padre for his whole career, and won 8 Batting Titles. He went to 15 All Star games, and hit .306 in 27 post-season games. Has a .338 career average.
RF/DH(WAR 67.08) Starred in right-field and DH for BOS from 1972-91. 'Dewey' made 3 All Star games, and won 8 Gold Gloves and 2 Silver Sluggers. He led the AL in walks 3x, and is in the top 30 of all time. Played 2,092 games in RF, the 7th most ever. Played with BAL in his final season, 1992.
SS(WAR 66.42) Hall-of-Famer with Washington from 1928-34, and BOS from 1935-45. He made 7 All Star teams, and was runner-up for the MVP in 1933. He acted as a player-manager with both the Senators (1933-34) and Red Sox (1935-47). Had a lifetime batting average of .301.
OF(WAR 66.35) In the early 50's, New York City was home to 3 legendary CF's -- Mantle, Mays, and this man. The Hall-of-Famer made 8 All Star games, and helped the Dodgers win 2 World Series (1955, '59). He ended his career with the Mets in 1963, and SF in '64.
OF(WAR 60.40) From the mid-90's through 2010, he was regarded as one of the best all-around center-fielders. He had pop, with 393 HR's (mostly for the Angels and Cardinals). But he also dazzled with 8 Gold Gloves. Some of his plays are still shown over and over on highlight reels.
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    Top 5 starting pitchers by WAR,
    Top 5 relief/closer pitchers by WAR,
    One position player by WAR (total of 9, including DH),
    Then, the top 6 remaining batters to represent the bench, regardless of position.
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