Saturday, May 26, 2012

Matt's Dream Team 5/26/12

Hey guys!
It's finally time. You've all been anticipating this very moment. You are about to read....My Dream Team! I will be listing my all time favorite baseball players by position for you guys! My only rule is that no one can be playing today. Here it is:

Catcher: Carlton Fisk (1969-1993, Red Sox, White Sox)
Why? He was a great power-hitting catcher, and his homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series makes him that much better.

First Base: Lou Gehrig (1923-1939, Yankees)
Why? The Iron Horse was a great all-around hitter and team leader, who helped jumpstart the Yanks to where they are now. Thanks Larrupin' Lou!

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby (1915-1937, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Braves, Browns)
Why? He was an awesome guy if you're talking about batting average. Great fielder and just terrific at baseball.

Third Base: Mike Schmidt (1972-1989, Phillies)
Why? He was a homer hitting machine and also a big time gold glove fielder who took a horrible team and made it a playoff contender for several years. (See "The Flounderin' Phils" for more info.)

Shortstop: Cal Ripken Jr. (1981-2001, Orioles)
Why? The Iron Man certainly earned his title. An excellent all-around baseball player who made the O's awesome.

Left Fielder: Stan Musial (1941-1963, Cardinals)
Why? The Man was amazing. Who else gets to 24 All-Star Games in his career? (Someone else on this list)

Center Fielder: Mickey Mantle (1951-1968, Yankees)
Why? The Mick is my favorite all-time Yankee, so he has to be on this list.

Right Fielder: Hank Aaron (1954-1976, Braves, Brewers)
Why? The true home run king didn't go to 25 All-Star Games for nothing.

Left handed Starting Pitcher: Warren Spahn (1942-1965, Braves, Mets, Giants)
Why else would Braves fans pray saying 'Spahn and Sain and hope for rain'?

Right handed Starting Pitcher: Nolan Ryan (1966-1993, Angels, Astros, Mets, Rangers)
Why? The man with the most career strikeouts and no-hitters pitched lights out. He mowed down everyone!

Relief Pitcher: Dennis Eckersley (1975-1998, Athletics, Red Sox, Cardinals, Indians, Cubs)
Why? One of the greatest relievers of all time. I do love him, but once Mo Rivera retires, then Eck is off the list.

Well, there you have it: My Dream Team. Do you think that there are some better players? Answer by posting a comment. Thanks for reading!

13 comments:

  1. cool! so much info sooo cool baseball players

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  2. What a great list! Love your conversational writing--feels like I am right next to you!!

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  3. Its a great list, and I can forgive a Yankee fan for not picking the best centerfielder ever (Willie Mays, I mean of course). Maybe you should add a pinch hitter to the team-- my pick is Rusty Staub, the Grande Orange.

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    1. That is a good idea. I would choose Alan Trammell, and not just because we have the same birthday.

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    2. Might also consider adding a lefthanded relief specialist (teams have to include a guy who can come in to get out the tough lefthanded hitters). for me, that would be Jesse Orosco

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    3. Good call Mr. Grappler. Gotta love Jesse O!!!

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  4. Who wins the DH slot--Harold Baines or Edgar Martinez?

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    1. Mantle's a Yankee! BOOOOOOOOO GIANTS, ZACH!

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