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My All-Time Baseball Team

  • Dec 24, 2009
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Some of these players I never saw as they were before my time. I go by what experts said when I was growing up. I have been watching baseball from the mid-60's so I have seen a lot. If I were to start a team these are the players I would pick for each position.
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Lou Gehrig
My First Baseman. Made Babe Ruth a better hitter by hitting clean-up. ALS cut his career short or he still would have been playing first. Made a trivia question out of Wally Pipp.
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Easy choice for second baseman. Lifetime .358 hitter. Mostly remembered as a Cardinal. From 1922-25 hit over .400 three times.
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Derek Jeter
My Shortstop is Derek. I admit I'm a little bit prejudiced here and those can say Honus Wagner was the greatest. Jeter has won five World Series and may top 4,000 hits before he is through. Not as acrobatic as Ozzie Smith or as good a fielder as Vizquel but he is not that far behind. None of those shortstops hit for the same power and Jeter is always in the right place at the most clutch times of a game like nobody that has ever played the game.
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Schmidt gets the nod over Brooks Robinson for my third baseman because he was a by far a superior hitter. Some could put Alex Rodriques up there but he has only played 5 seasons at third. Schmidt as his peak was a scary hitter!
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Babe Ruth
My First Outfield choice. The Babe is the greatest player ever. No telling the records he might have set as a pitcher if he stayed a pitcher. If he didn't pitch and took better care of his body he might have hit 900 homeruns.
6
Willie Mays
My Second Outfield choice. Willie could do it all. The greatest pure athlete in baseball history. Missed a few seasons in the military. Still hit 660 homeruns.
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My Third outfielder. The greatest pure hitter of all time. Missed five seasons in the military or he would have hit over 700 homeruns.
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Sandy Koufax
The most dominating pitcher I have ever seen. Gets the nod over Walter Johnson who played in a deadball era.
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Bob Gibson is my other pitching choice. Totally unhittable in 1968. The most dominating post season pitcher ever. If Curt Flood didn't miss that ball in game 7 he might have been the series hero over Lolich.
10
Mariano Rivera
My choice for closer. Everybody seems to agree.
11
Ivan Rodriguez
Most people call Johnny Bench the best but Rodriquez was as good a catcher and a better hitter. Singlehandedly helped the Marlins to the 2003 World Series win.
12
Joe McCarthy
Joe is my manager. Led the Yankees to Four consecutive World Championships. Could never understand Casey Stengal so Joe gets the nod over Casey.

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October 10, 2011
I have to disagree with your choice of catcher and right handed pitcher. Yogi Berra was a better catcher that Rodriguez and Walter Johnson was a better pitcher than Gibson. No less an authority than Babe Ruth has said that if Johnson would have had a little meanness in him, willing to brush hitters back, then he would have been completely unhittable.
October 11, 2011
You can never go wrong with Walter Johnson! Most consider him the best ever but he played in a deadball era. I saw Gibson pitch in the World Series against the Tigers and he looked unhittable. His World Series dominance over some great hitting teams (64 Yankees, 67 Red Sox and 68 Tigers) gets him my vote. Being a Yankee fan, I'm glad you went for Yogi. His defensive skills were weak and Rodriguez was such an excellent backstop. Many consider Bill Dickey the best Yankee catcher.
 
April 25, 2010
Good choices. I have some different choices. I think Pudge is over rated.
April 25, 2010
Please create your own list and feel free to post it.
April 25, 2010
I am in the process of making one.
 
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