Saturday, September 19, 2009

Streaks: L7 and All-Time Nine

Kinda says it all, doesn't it? The Indians have lost their last seven in a row. Ouch.

Now, the good news is that the MLB is letting us pick our favorite all-time players at position! Just go here. It is not as easy as you might think, either!

For the Tribe, we've got some VERY difficult choices to make. I don't like that I don't get choose a pitcher. They used the DH instead. Really? I'd much rather pick a pitcher than a DH.... As Erin will attest, DHSUX!

At first base, we have George Burns, Lew Fonseca, Ed Morgan, Richie Sexson, Jim Thome, Hal Trosky Sr., and Vic Wertz. Of course, for me, that was a no-brainer. I'm a die-hard Thome fan, bar none.

At second, things get way more intense. Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Joe Gordon, Johnny Hodapp, and Nap Lajoie. This is a pretty close match-up for me. Baerga is a fan-favorite, but how do you not pick Alomar or Lajoie!? I mean, come on, the team was NAMED for Nap at one point!

Shifting to shortstop, we have Lou Boudreau, Omar Vizquel, Julio Franco,
Jhonny Peralta, and Joe Sewell. I am a fan of everyone named here. I ultimately chose Vizquel.

On third, Travis Fryman, Larry Gardner, Toby Harrah, Ken Keltner,
Al Rosen, and Jim Thome are vying for the top-spot. I don't like Thome in this group. I guess I just see him best at first. I am a Thome fan, but for this position, I picked Al Rosen.

Only four catchers are in the running: Sandy Alomar Jr., Victor Martinez,
Johnny Romano, and Billy Sullivan. Though I am a huge V-Mart fan, how could you pick anyone but Alomar?? :-)

Now, the outfield is full of great players, and we only get to pick THREE... AUGH! Earl Averill, Albert Belle, Bobby Bonds, Joe Carter, Rocky Colavito, Larry Doby, Elmer Flick, Juan Gonzalez, Jeff Heath, Joe Jackson, David Justice, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Grady Sizemore, Elmer Smith, Tris Speaker, and Joe Vosmik... Holy cow! I don't even remember who I picked! I think I finally decided on Lofton, Sizemore and Speaker (or maybe it was Jackson... Yeah, Jackson now that I think about it)

And, since we have to pick a DH instead of a pitcher, we have: Ellis Burks, Travis Hafner, Eddie Murray, and Andre Thornton. I love to watch Pronk play, but to pick just one of these guys as the all-time DH, I had to go with Eddie Murray. Maybe it's because I have his rookie card in my 'other players I collect' cards or maybe because he was friggin awesome. Either way, he was my pick.

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