3b Gordon, A.
of Young, Delmon
sp Santana, J.
sp Hernandez, F.
rp Ryan, BJ
The starting line-up is listed as a plausible old-school
● Kendrick gets the nod at secondbase, if he can
field the position – and the Angels are giving him the chance – there is a good chance he will be the new Rod
● This was tough, but Gordon gets the nod over A-Rod
because of age. Although, A-Rod is only 31 and could have a bunch of .900+ seasons still in him, I’d be surprised if
Gordon doesn’t have more of them, but, then, I was going goo-goo ga-ga over Hank Blalock a few years ago. Bill James
warned me long ago to not project a player to get more than one level better than he already is. We refuse to learn this lesson
and, after all, this is a “dream team”.
● Mauer is an easy choice, but Victor Martinez deserves
to be picked in any start up league’s first round.
● Hafner was the best hitter in the AL
last year and he’s younger than Pappy or Manny.
● Although, Morneau is officially the MVP, I’d
take my chances with Teixeira.
● Delmon Young is scary in many ways.
● I would have given the MVP award to Sizemore or
Mauer last year, if I could.
● Twenty-two year old rookie Markakis took a big
step each month until he presumably burned out in September.
● Thirty-somethings Tejada, Jeter, Guillen, and
Mike Young were still the best AL shortstops after Peralta
flopped this year.
● Santana is so far above the pack, I don’t
need to point out any reasons why.
● By his strikeouts, Kazmir has the most upside
of all the fine young pitchers who made their mark this year (’07) and did not require Tommy John surgery.
● Sabathia may have harnessed his potential now.
● Lackey is the most reliable anchor for this staff.
● King Felix is still only a prince, but the crown
is in sight.
● Ryan is the reliever who is closest to the top
in all categories: durability, strikeouts, command, run prevention, and isolated power against. Yes, K-Rod and Street are
much younger, but youth is a completely different variable with pitchers than hitters. I doubt there is a significantly greater
chance that Rodriguez or Street will still around in five years than Ryan.
In that book Tuesdays
with Marrie, Marrie Schwartz had Lou Gehrigh’s disease. But what isn’t generally known is that because of
a mix-up at the hospital, Lou Gehrig had Hodgkin’s disease, Hodkin had Parkinson’s disease, and Parkinosn had
Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, Alzheimer couldn’t remember whose disease he had. He thinks it might have
been Wally Pipp.
- George Carlin from Napalm and Silly Putty