So, how do they match up, using numbers from the relevant seasons? All in my opinion!
1B: Rose < Howard--two entirely different animals, Rose a batter, Howard a slugger
2B: Trillo < Utley, though Trillo was awesome in the Postseason in '80
SS: Bowa < Rollins
3B: Schmidt > Feliz, by a lot
C: Boone = Ruiz
LF: Luzinski < Burrell, though Bull had the more accomplished career
CF: Maddox < Victorino, this one was close
RF: McBride = Werth, though Werth has higher WAR and OPS
Bench: 1980 (Gross, Unser, Smith, Moreland, Aviles, the two unrelated Vukoviches) > 2008 (Jenkins, Bruntlett, Coste, Dobbs, Taguchi, Stairs)
Rotation: 1980 rotation (Carlton, Ruthven, Walk, Lerch, combination of Christianson, Espinosa and Bystrom) > 2008 rotation (Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Blanton, combination of Happ, Kendrick and Eaton)--I give the edge to 1980 on the strength of Lefty alone but that rotation was weaker on the back end.
Bullpens: 1980 bullpen (McGraw, Reed, Noles, Saucier, Brusstar and some Larson, Lagrow and Lyle) = 2008 bullpen (Lidge, Madson, Romero, Durbin, Condrey, Eyre, Seanez and some Gordon)--both units most impressive, both at closer and in terms of depth.
So what do you all think?