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My Team U.S.A. (baseball)

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This Tuesday the United States plays its World Baseball Classic opener against Mexico. As widly documented by now several top players have pulled out from the U.S. squad and other countries thus we aren't getting a true showing of the world's best. The best example of this is now the inclusion of the ancient and no longer effective starting pitcher Al Leiter to the U.S. roster. As much as George Steinbrenner has voiced his displeasure with the tournament he didn't say anything about being upset over Leiter being added to the team as he is not even expected to make the Yankees. Now even with Leiter on the team the U.S. still should win the um, whatever they give away to the winner, but the U.S. men's basketball team should always win the gold in the Olympics too.

 

So I've decided to pick my own United States roster. Every U.S. born player is available to me in this fictional scenerio. I'll use the same roster set up as the current U.S. team has: 4 starting pitchers, 10 relievers, 3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 6 outfielders.

 

Starting Pitchers

 

Roger Clemens

Roy Oswalt

Jake Peavy

Dontrelle Willis

 

Relievers

 

Neal Cotts

Justin Duchscherer

Brad Lidge

Scott Linebrink

Joe Nathan

B.J. Ryan

Scot Shields

Huston Street

Billy Wagner

Dan Wheeler

 

Catchers

 

Michael Barrett

Joe Mauer

Jason Varitek

 

Infielders

 

Travis Hafner

Jeff Kent

Derrek Lee

Alex Rodriguez

Mark Teixeira

David Wright

Michael Young

 

Note: Let's be real, A-Rod is the best shortstop in baseball even if he plays 3rd now so I'm putting him at short. Hafner doesn't play the field really but there is the DH in the tournament and the way he rakes righties you'd need to have him in there.

 

Outfielders

 

Adam Dunn

Jim Edmonds

Brian Giles

Aaron Rowand

Gary Sheffield

Vernon Wells

 

Ya, Aaron Rowand. I was having hard time picking the 6th outfielder so I went with a defensive specialist. It does give me three center fielders but really you can stick Rowand in a corner late in the game for someone like Dunn or Sheffield. Ya, ya no true lead off hitter on the roster but with this many big bats you don't need one. Giles would make a good lead off hitter with his excellent plate patience.

 

****BONUS MATERIAL****

 

Just as I finished this I figured, why not pick the Un-American team? No, no not Venezuela. I'm gonna pick a team of U.S. players you wouldn't want representing Team U.S.A. I'm only taking into account players who regulars last season as obviously I could pick an entire team filled with bench scrubs or guys who had cups of coffee in the Majors.

 

Starting Pitchers

 

Mark Hendrickson

Al Leiter (oh the irony)

Joe Mays

Eric Milton

 

Relief Pitchers

 

Doug Brocail

Jim Brower

Brian Bruney

Jason Christiansen

Mike DeJean

Alan Embree

Travis Harper

Dan Kolb

Braden Looper

Matt Thorton

 

Catchers

 

Brad Ausmus

Chad Moeller

Chris Snyder

 

Infielders

 

David Bell

Aaron Boone

Bret Boone

Royce Clayton

Doug Mientiewicz

Aaron Miles

Kevin Millar

 

Outfielders

 

Eric Brynes

Steve Finley

Terrence Long

Corey Patterson

Scott Podsednik (ya I said it!)

B.J. Surhoff

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Scottie P. meant alot to the ChiTown ChiSox.

 

I think with all this talk about players dropping out. They've still got most of the best players. Even the ones who dropped out are mostly doing so because of injury reasons or are Manny Ramirez. Who will probably show up at Team USA practice and want to join.

The team looks good. I'd like to see Mauer play. Experience could help me. I'll try and watch, because it's baseball that I think the teams are going to care about winning. Not run over the catcher winning, but still the effort will be there. I'll also guarantee no one is going to get seriously hurt.

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