Monday, April 3, 2006

Opening Day Fun

I'm not sure what made me think of this (actually, I guess it was that Rob Schneider special that ESPN showed as part of last night's rain delay theater -- it was fun to watch Ray Durham try to teach Schneider to play second base), but if you could put together a team of current players who are your favorites to watch, who would be on it? Not necessarily the best guys in the league, but the guys who you most enjoy watching.

Here's my team. This isn't necessarily an All-Star team (although a lot of them are). It's just guys I like to watch:

C - Paul LoDuca
1B - Paul Konerko
2B - Ray Durham
3B - Chone Figgins
SS - Miguel Tejada
LF - Barry Bonds
CF - Andruw Jones
RF - Vladimir Guerrero

Miguel Cabrera
Juan Pierre
Luis Castillo
Jim Thome
Mike Piazza
Manny Ramirez

SP - Dontrelle Willis
SP - Pedro Martinez
SP - Mark Buerhle
SP - Jake Peavy
SP - Jamie Moyer

Trevor Hoffman
Mariano Rivera
Chad Cordero
Roberto Hernandez
Neal Cotts
Tom Gordon

Ok, so that's pretty much an All-Star team. And I know that Cabrera (or Wright or Chavez, etc) should start ahead of Figgins... but you just have to have Figgins in the starting lineup. Right?


wiggins said...

Figgy-baby has to be in the line-up, agreed.

I'll think about this and come up with my own. I just had to do way too much writing over at FS, so I'm blown out now, though...

Mike said...

I'm working of a list of guys that I dislike. With Leiter retired though, I have much less hate in my heart.

wiggins said...

Wow. Beautiful block by Loduca.

wiggins said...


I meant to post this first -

F Leiter!

Mike said...

Oh yeah - and I want Kenji Johjima on my team. I guess that means Piazza is cut.

I'm really curious to see how a Japanese speaker does as a catcher. From everything I read, Johjima seems like he's going to make it work. I suppose it shouldn't be that big of a deal. There are plenty of Spanish-English pitcher-catcher batteries that work in the bigs and have worked for a long time.

Mike said...

Another change - I'm dropping Thome for Carlos Delgado. I like Delgado's notebook.