Here’s the lastest of my lists — My All Generation (1990-2010) Baseball Team. These are the players that aren’t necessarily the best, but the ones that are my favorites at each position. And yes, they tend to be awesome. Without further adieu…..
Starting Pitcher: Pedro Martinez — We’ll begin by dominating and confusing the hell out of you.
Middle Relief: Kerry Wood — The game that he struck out 20 hitters is the best pitched game I’ve ever seen.
Closer: Randy Johnson — And end by blowing it by you. Sure, Johnson’s not known as reliever, but he’s stepped up and done this before with great success.
Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez — He’s got 2800 hits and 13 gold gloves. One season he threw out 60% of runners who tried to steal on him, and he routinely threw out runners who took a large lead at either 1st or 3rd base. Easily the best defensive catcher ever and my favorite player as a kid.
First Base: Albert Pujols — How can I not pick him? I used to love Mo Vaughn, but he took steroids. It’s hard not to pick Youk here as well, but I can’t pick all Red Sox players and Pujols is one of the only power hitters of our generation who is not now villianized.
Second Base: Dustin Pedroia — There really aren’t many other good options that don’t spit on umpires or do advertisements for Tasty Cake Donuts. Maybe Jeff Frye? Joey Cora? Carlos Baerga?
Short Stop: Derek Jeter — He gets hits. He’s makes pitchers work way too hard. I can’t decide if he’s a good defender or not, but I’ve got a perfect place for him in this line-up. Honorable mention goes to John Valentin (27 home runs, 102 rbi’s in 1995).
Third Base: Mike Lowell — The man gets no respect — he’s a wonder at the plate and in the field. Here’s your respect Mike.
Left Field: Manny Ramirez — This team plays in Fenway (obviously), and he can play the Monster so I’ll bypass his defense (or lack thereof). We all know what he can do with the bat.
Center Field: Ken Griffey Jr. — He’s so fly. If I were a dog, I’d hump his leg.
Right Field: Jacoby Ellsbury — I wish I got to see more of Rickey Henderson, but my line-up needs some speed. I almost gave this one to Troy O’leary who in 1999 had 28 home runs and 103 rbi’s.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz — If this team needed a hit, he’d get it.
Batting Order: (averages per 162 games)
- Jacoby Ellsbury — .291 avg, 60 steals
- Derek Jeter — .315, 207 hits
- David Ortiz — .280, 36 home runs
- Manny Ramirez — .313, 131 rbi’s
- Albert Pujols — .332, 42 home runs
- Ken Griffey Jr. — .284, 10 Gold gloves
- Dustin Pedroia — .305, listed at 5’9″
- Mike Lowell — .279, 1 World Series MVP
- Ivan Rodriguez — .298, 46% of runners caught stealing
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