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Saturday, February 02, 2013
 
The January 12 team looks a little thin on top talent.  No Hall of Famers, no one with more than twelve years of major league experience.  Seven with at least ten years, and 21 more with five years, so it's deep but not wide.

Lineup:
1 Ed Swartwood, CF
2 Bobby Crosby, SS
3 Henry Larkin, LF
4 Joe Hauser, 1B
5 Mike Marshall, RF
6 Tim Hulett, 2B
7 Casey Candaele, 3B
8 Admiral Schlei, C

Bench: George Browne, OF; Andy Fox, IF; Terry Whitfield, OF; Juan Bonilla, IF; Tom Kinslow, C; Ed Stevens, 1B.

Rotation:
1 Randy Jones
2 Togie Pittinger
3 Dontrelle Willis
4 Nat Hudson

Bullpen: Chris Ray, Rich Loiselle, Luis Ayala, Dan Daub, Ivan Nova.

Looks like a team that would win some 1930s minor league pennants.  Hauser and Candaele, in fact, were minor league stars.


 
The January 11 team has two Hall of Famers, a total of eight players with ten years in the majors, and ten more with five years.  We'll have some good front-line talent but perhaps a lack of depth.  Let's take a look:

Lineup:
1 Max Carey, CF
2 George Pinckney, 3B
3 Elmer Flick, RF
4 Lloyd McClendon, C
5 Warren Morris, 2B
6 Jermaine Allensworth, LF
7 Roy Hughes, 1B
8 Rey Ordonez, SS

Bench: Neil Berry, IF; Dan Norman, OF.

Rotation:
1 Silver King
2 Schoolboy Rowe
3 General Crowder
4 Harry McIntire

Bullpen: Don Mossi, Jim McAndrew, Donn Pall, Ed Murphy.

Some front-line talent, but very thin.  Afraid this team wouldn't win a lot of games, and would struggle to reach .500.


Thursday, January 31, 2013
 
The birthday team of January 10 has two Hall of Famers, but one of them is a "contributor" more than a player.  Seven guys with ten years and twelve more with five years so there's not a lot of depth.  Let's take a look:

Lineup:
1 Chick Stahl, CF
2 Adam Kennedy, 2B
3 Del Pratt, 3B
4 Willie McCovey, 1B
5 George Wright, RF
6 Jim Lindeman, LF
7 George Strickland, SS
8 Johnny Peacock, C

Bench: Jack Dittmer, IF; Jack O'Neill, C; Tom Dolan, C-OF; Mario Diaz, IF.

Rotation:
1 Jim O'Toole
2 Rich Dotson
3 Chuck Dobson
4 Cliff Chambers

Bullpen:  Ted Bowsfield, George Pierce, Milt Watson, Rick Bauer, Larry Hardy.

A great cleanup hitter, a decent starting rotation, but not much depth.


Sunday, January 27, 2013
 
This doesn't shape up as the best of birthdays for baseball players:  no Hall of Famers, just five guys with ten major league years, and just nine more guys with five.  Nobody has 100 homers, only one guy with 100 wins and that's just 107.  Take a look:

Lineup:
1 Otis Nixon, CF
2 Stan Javier, LF
3 Joe Wallis, RF
4 Phil Mankowski, 3B
5 Brandon Boggs, 1B
6 Ivan DeJesus, SS
7 Jack Bliss, C
8 Pat Rockett, 2B

Bench: Ferrell Anderson, C

Rotation:
1 Ralph Terry
2 Harley Payne
3 Ken Cloude
4 Dave Keefe

Bullpen:  Jay Powell, T.J. Mathews, Tony Pena, Bob Duliba, Kiko Calero, Julio Navarro.

Yep, not a scary team at all.  Good speed, the outfield defense will be strong, and a pretty good bullpen, but no power and lousy starting pitching.  This group would have trouble winning a triple-A pennant.