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Friday, February 08, 2013
 
The January 16 team has some serious talent, with two Hall of Famers and another in the making.  11 guys with ten major league years, another 12 with five years.  This should be one of our better birthday teams.

Lineup:
1 Dave Stapleton, 2B
2 Jimmy Collins, 3B
3 Albert Pujols, 1B
4 Jack Cust, LF
5 Mark Trumbo, RF
6 Jimmy Macullar, CF
7 Art Whitney, SS
8 Marty Castillo, C

Bench: Steve Balboni, 1B; Buck Jordan, 1B-3B; Alredo Amezaga, IF-OF; Bob Ramazzotti, IF; Jo-Jo Morrissey, IF; Reid Brignac, IF.

Rotation:
1 Dizzy Dean
2 Jack McDowell
3 Erskine Mayer
4 Ferdie Schupp

Bullpen: Ron Villone, Jim Owens, Ron Herbel, Marv Goodwin, Matt Maloney.

That outfield defense is going to be horrific, and we don't truly have a catcher.  Castillo does have at least a little experience.  The pitching is all right and there's offense, but I am not confident about catching the ball.


 
For the January 15 birthday boys, no Hall of Famers (though there's one guy I think should be), six guys with ten big-league years, 13 more with five years.  Let's take a closer look:

Lineup:
1 Delino DeShields, 2B
2 Ray Chapman, 3B
3 Bobby Grich, SS
4 Matt Holliday, LF
5  Tony Solita, 1B
6 Johnny Rucker, RF
7 Tom Oliver, CF
8 Jerry Narron, C

Bench:  Rance Mulliniks, IF; Dick Culler, IF; Luis Alvarado, IF; Mike Mansell, OF.

Rotation:
1 Steve Gromek
2 Jock Menefee
3 Joe Genewich
4 Armando Galarraga

Bullpen:  Mike Marshall, Wayne Gomes, Ray King, Grover Lowdermilk.

Some good hitters in the lineup, but not much depth.  With three middle infielders, one has to play third.  The rotation isn't much.  This team would not win many games, I'm afraid.


Tuesday, February 05, 2013
 
The Jan. 14 team doesn't look very impressive:  no Hall of Famers, just four guys with ten major league years, twelve more with five years.  Let's look closer:

Lineup:
1 Derrel Thomas, 3B
2 Erick Aybar, SS
3 Wayne Gross, 1B
4 Smead Jolley, LF
5 Russ Scarritt, RF
6 Dave Marshall, CF
7 Pete Daley, C
8 Dave Campbell, 2B

Bench: Paddy Livingston, C; Ron Clark, IF; Logan Forsythe, IF.

Rotation:
1 Sonny Siebert
2 Mike Pelfrey
3 Steve Cooke
4 Curry Foley

Bullpen: Terry Forster, Art Decatur, Hank Gornicki.

Ouch.  Pretty rough group.


 
Looking over the January 13 birthday boys, there are no Hall of Famers, five guys with ten major league seasons, and ten more with five seasons.  This will not be one of our better teams.

Lineup:
1 Bama Rowell, 2B
2  Steve Mesner, 3B
3 Fred Schulte, RF
4 Kevin Mitchell, LF
5 Billy Jo Robidoux, CF
6 Orlando Miller, 1B
7 Ron Brand, C
8 Mike Tyson, SS

Bench: Goat Anderson, IF-OF; Mike Milosivitch, IF; Jud Smith, IF-OF.

Rotation:
1 Bob Forsch
2 Elmer Dessens
3 Larry Jaster
4 Kevin Foster

Bullpen: Akinori Otsuka, Steve Comer, Odell Jones, Les Cain, Bob Galasso.

Yeah, not much of a team, even though I did see Odell Jones throw a one-hitter in triple-A once.  Couple of good hitters, Forsch is a good pitcher, but not much to work with here.