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Saturday, March 02, 2013
 
The January 22 birthday team does not look promising;  no Hall of Famers, only five players with ten major league years, just ten more with five.  I am not optimistic here.

Lineup:
1 Chone Figgins, 3B
2 Amos Strunk, CF
3 Leon Roberts, LF
4 Carlos Ruiz, C
5 Jeff Treadway, 2B
6 Wayne Kirby, RF
7 Bobby Young, 1B
8 Irv Ray, SS

Bench: Ira Thomas, C; Bill O'Neill, OF.

Rotation:
1 Mike Caldwell
2 Ubaldo Jiminez
3 Jim Hughes
4 Jimmy Anderson

Bullpen:   Dave Leonhard, Diomedes Olivo, John Milligan, Josh Spence.

Yep, not so much.  A couple of decent players, but an awful lot of replacement-level guys.  This club isn't going anywhere.


 
The January 21 birthday team has no Hall of Famers, but eleven players with ten or more years in the majors and eleven more with five years.  Let's take a look:

Lineup:
1 Lew Fonseca, 1B
2 Danny O'Connell, 2B
3 Rusty Greer, LF
4 Mike Tiernan, RF
5 Sam Mele, CF
6 Bill Stein, 3B
7 Johnny Oates, C
8 Jose Uribe, SS

Bench: Darryl Motley, OF; Emil Batch, 3B; Benny Meyer, OF.

Rotation:
1 Mike Krukow
2 Andy Hawkins
3 Mike Smithson
4 Joe Benz

Bullpen:  David Smith, Bob Reynolds, Blix Donnelly, Chris Hammond, Alan Benes.

Not a bad team, but not much hitting depth.  A lot of pitchers, though no stars.  Probably a contender and maybe a winner in a good year.