- Mar 5, 2007
I tried with my initials, BL, but other than Bill Lee, Bob Lemon, Brad Lidge, Brett Lawrie, and Barry Larkin, there's not much to work with.
edited per subsequent posts! Forgot Camilli!!
I had the same, except I had added Taijuan Walker and Ted Wilks as #2 and #3 starters.My team has some real star potential (five actual all-stars), but the choices at 1B were surprisingly slim (the backup would have to be Tub Welch of the 1890 Toledo Maumees and the 1895 Louisville Colonels). We will definitely hit some--that guy in LF is pretty good.
C: Tony Wolters
1B: Tyler White
2B: Todd Walker
SS: Tony Womack*
3B: Tim Wallach*
LF: Ted Williams*
CF: Tillie Walker
RF: Taffy Wright
DH: Terry Whitfield (I've run out of decent hitters)
P: Tim Wakefield*
RP: Todd Worrell*
RP: Tim Worrell
RP: Turk Wendell
Mgr: Ted Williams (of course)
Bench Coach: (vacant)
I have just a handful too. I may do it with my SOSH handle, but I'm not sure if I go with D.D. or D.B. and if I go with D.D. I can't actually use Denny Doyle because he wasn't actually a Denny so the whole thing sucks.Nine guys in league history, none of which I have ever heard of, and none of whom were born after the 1940's. Not good.
Bob Zupcic?Couldn't quite fill the dugout.
The talent for BZ is pretty seriously underwhelming...
C - Bill Zies. Per BBRef, Bats Left and Throws Unknown, which seems about right. 3 lifetime AB (and a hit!) for the 1891 Browns.
C - Bart Zeller, 1 game and no ABs for the 1970 Cardinals
1B - Bud Zipfel, -1.2 WAR in 2 partial seasons for the 1961-62 Senators... but 10 career HR so he's hitting clean-up in this line-up.
2B - Benny Zientara, 0.7 WAR for the Reds between 1941-48, which included a four-year hiatus in the military.
SS - Ben Zobrist, our captain with 44.5 career WAR with the Rays and Cubs. 3 All-Star games, and he made a shit-ton of money.
OF - Bill Zimmerman, -0.2 WAR for the 1915 Brooklyn Robins.
P - Barry Zito -- our ace! 31.9 career WAR for the A's/Giants, 5 All-Star appearances.
P - Bruce Zimmerman, apparently started 13 games for the Orioles last year. Probably the best Zimmerman on the BZ squad.
P - Bill Zepp, 10-5 lifetime record, 9-4 of which occurred with the 1970 Twins. 0.8 WAR
P - Bill Zinser, -0.3 WAR and a smooth 9.0 WHIP in two games for the 1944 Senators.
P - Bill Zuber, 11 year career spanning the 40s, so didn't join Zientara in the military. Won a game in his last year, with the 1947 Red Sox.
RP - Brad Ziegler -- Not bad... 13.4 career WAR and 105 saves, including 4 for the 2016 Red Sox
PR - Bob Zick, listed by BBREF as "Pitcher and Pinch Runner". -0.4 WAR and lifetime ERA+ of 52
What about Danny Cater for 1B?Ha HA, snuck in with the 30th out of the 30 most common initials and... the options are not great. But my defense is oddly outstanding. We're trying to win a lot of 2-1 games. Will fill out later, but solid start here.
C - Del Crandall (11x All Star, 4 Gold Gloves!)
1B - Davey Crockett (hit .280 in 1901, name makes him a lock)
3B - Dewey Creacy (Negro League star!)
SS - Dave Concepcion (5 Gold Gloves!)
CF - Doc Cramer - strong up the middle!
RF - Dylan Carlson
RHSP - David Cone
RP - Dave Chance (out of the pen?)
RP - Diego Castillo
Zuber was an Amana colonist (strictly religious conservative), so I think he was a conscientious observer. The Amana weren't even allowed to play sports until Zuber was in his early teens. He later tried out for minor league manager Casey Stengel in Toledo. Zuber couldn't find the plate, but Stengel was impressed enough to send legendary scout Cy Slapnicka to Iowa to get another look. Slapnicka found Zuber in a field and asked him to pick up an onion and hit a nearby barn. Zuber threw the onion over the barn and Slapnicka signed him… which I guess means he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn, but he had a hell of an arm.P - Bill Zuber, 11 year career spanning the 40s, so didn't join Zientara in the military. Won a game in his last year, with the 1947 Red Sox.
Our 1B tryout process was pretty binary -- you were either named Davey Crockett or you weren't. But Cater is definitely on the team. Probably a DH, maybe his 1968 season when he finished 2nd to Yaz in batting average (at .290)?What about Danny Cater for 1B?
Actual name is Ed Sylvester Nolan. I guess we can let the "SN" guy have him based on that middle name.Not my initials but I stumped across someone named The Only Nolan. Is The his first name?
He threw an underhanded fastball.Nolan received his nickname in 1878. In that era, "the only" was a common term used to describe anyone who excelled at something. Upon joining the NL, the Blues team publicized themselves by referring to their main pitcher Nolan as "The Only Nolan"
I’ve got the same initials. Put Bill Melton at first.Fake edit: I originally was going to post this in P&G but there's a lockout and there's nothing going on, so let's do something dumb.
Sometimes it's difficult to go to sleep. So to wind myself down, I'll try to think of an All-Star team made up of players with just my initials.
C: Brian McCann
1B: ??? (maybe I'll play there)
2B: Bill Mazeroski
SS: Bobby Meachum
3B: Bill Mueller
OF: Bobby Murcer
OF: Bake McBride
OF: Brian McCrae
DH: Bill Madlock
P: Ben McDonald
RP: Brett Myers
Mgr: Billy Martin (not happy about this)
Bench coach: Brad Mills
There are a ton of BM catchers: Buck Martinez, Brent Mayne, Bob Montgomery and some more pitchers Bob Milacki, Bob McClure among others.
What do you have?
Take things a step further and go with Charlie Finley as your owner.C - Carlton Fisk
1b - Cecil Fielder
2b - Carmen Fanzone
3b - Chone Figgins
RF - Carl Furillo
CF - Curt Flood
LF - Cliff Floyd
P - Chuck Finley
P - Cy Falkenberg
P - Casey Fossum
Better than I thought despite the gaping hole at SS
Same initials here. I was going to propose we have Pedro throw every inning and Molitor take every at-bat.I have a pitcher, a DH, a SS and a bat boy. I’ll take my chances in a one game series.
1B- Pat Mullin
2B- Pat Mears
SS- Pepper Martin
3B -Pinky May
OF- Pedro Munoz
OF- Pepe Manuel
OF- Phil Mankoeski
C- Phil Masi
DH- Paul Molitor
P- Pedro Martinez
Other P-Paul Maholm, Pat Mahomes, Paul Mitchell
Bat boy - Patrick Mahomes.
I wanna know who The Vegan is in this line up.We start out strong and then quickly fall apart:
C: Gabby Hartnett
1B: Gil Hodges
2B: Garrett Hampson
SS: Glenn Hoffman
3B: Grady Hatton
LF: Guillermo Heredia
CF: Gorkys Hernandez
RF: Glenallen Hill
DH: George Hendrick
SP: Guy Hecker
SP: Gil Heredia
RP: Greg Harris (from the right side)
RP: Greg Harris (from the left side)
CL: Greg Holland
That’s a deep roster. Crazy that you don’t have room for Jason Bay on your bench.
I'm an A.L. too...so thank you for sparing me the trouble of trying to come up with a list.1B Adam LaRoche
LF Adam Lind
LHP Al Leiter
MGR Al Lopez
With a quick look this seems to be the best of the best for me. Not a whole lot of A&Ls to pick from. Certainly not enough that I'm going to do a deep dive into unfamiliar names to suss out what positions they played
Still working on this, but certainly doesn't appear to be the case for AA:Huh, I wonder if all "power names" are loaded.
Power names being AA, BB, CC etc. Same first and last initial.
J.T. Snow was a good defensive first baseman. You should flip him and Smoak.Here's the best I can come up with
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia?
1B - Justin Smoak
2B - Jonathan Schoop
SS - Jean Segura
3B - Joe Sewell
LF - Juan Soto
CF - Jigger Statz
RF - Jorge Soler
DH - J.T. Snow
SP - John Smoltz
P - Johan Santana
P - Jason Schmidt
RP - Joakim Soria
RP - Jeff Shaw