Wednesday, October 20, 2010

All Time Baseball Lineups

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-Digger's Daily-

MLB Playoffs bring back memories of yesteryear. Sitting here this afternoon watching the Yankees trying to keep the ALCS alive vs Texas gave me inspiration for putting together a list of all time lineups.

The following teams are composed by level of personal preferences based on a wide range of criteria. Players have been selected not necessarily by whether or not they were the best. A few qualify as fan favorites from platoon players to one year wonders. A large portion made the grade based on my generation (1965+) so get ready for a few classic slugging old timers, fire-ballers or juicers to be left off. By the same token, a few old timers I never had the privilege of watching could sneak in too. Hundreds of possibilities have been condensed into 30 player teams.

Since we're in baseball's version of the final four... let's begin with teams currently playing in the Championship Series.

New York Yankees
1B- Lou Gehrig
2B- Robinson Cano
3B- Craig Nettles
SS- Derek Jeter
LF- Roy White
CF- Bernie Williams, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio.
RF- Babe Ruth
C - Thurman Munson
DH- Don Mattingly, Reggie Jackson.
Bench: Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Paul O'Neill, Scott Brosius, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez.
Rotation: Andy Pettitte, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Mel Stottlemyre, Mike Mussina.
Relievers: John Wetteland, Graham Lloyd, Jeff Nelson.
Set Up: Dick Tidrow, Sparky Lyle.
Closer: Mariano Rivera

Texas Rangers
1B- Rafael Palmeiro
2B- Julio Franco
3B- Buddy Bell
SS- Toby Harrah
LF- Al Oliver
CF- Josh Hamilton
RF- Jeff Burroughs, Richie Zisk.
C - Ivan Rodriguez
DH- Larry Parrish, Frank Howard.
Bench: Jim Sundberg, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Claudell Washington, Tom Grieve, Bump Wills, Pete O'Brien.
Rotation: Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, Cliff Lee, Charlie Hough, Kenny Rogers.
Relievers: Jeff Russell, Steve Comer, Darren Oliver.
Set Up: Jeff Zimmerman, Paul Linblad
Closer: John Wetteland

Philadelphia Phillies
1B- Dick Allen, Ryan Howard
2B- Chase Utley
3B- Mike Schmidt
SS- Jimmy Rollins
LF- Greg Luzinski,
CF- Richie Ashburn, Shane Victorino
RF- Chuck Klein
C - Bob Boone, Carlos Ruiz.
Bench: Jay Johnstone, Johnny Callison, Tony Taylor, Bake McBride, Pete Rose, Bobby Abreu.
Rotation: Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Jim Lonborg, Curt Schilling.
Relievers: Jim Konstanty, Warren Brusstar, Don Carmen, Gene Garber, Ryan Madson.
Set Up: Ron Reed, Brad Lidge.
Closer: Tug McGraw

San Francisco (New York) Giants
1B- Willie McCovey
2B- Jeff Kent
3B- Darrell Evans
SS- Rich Aurilia
LF- Kevin Mitchell
CF- Willie Mays
RF- Mel Ott
C - Bob Brenley, Buster Posey.
Bench: Chris Speier, Gary Thomasson, Bobby Thomson, Jack Clark, Will Clark, Bobby Bonds, Juan Uribe, Matt Williams.
Rotation: Juan Marichal, Carl Hubbell, Tim Lincecum, Gaylord Perry, Jason Schmidt.
Relievers: Scott Garrelts, Tim Worrell, Gary Lavelle, Greg Minton, Rod Beck.
Set Up: Randy Moffitt, Brian Wilson.
Closer: Rob Nenn

I have a few more teams in mind for the coming days. A lot of great 70's players from Baltimore to Cincinnati to Oakland. Let me know some of yours. Might have to send away for Strat-o-Matic baseball game sets or hunt down a good online old timers simulation game. Stay tuned... more to follow...


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