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Saturday, March 23, 2013
 
The Groundhog Day birthday team has ten guys with ten years, sixteen more with five years, and a Hall of Famer.  We've got us some depth here, friends.

Lineup:
1 Don Buford, LF
2 Willie Kamm, 3B
3 Red Schoendienst, 2B
4 Melvin Mora, CF
5 Max Alvis, 1B
6 Ray Demmitt, RF
7 Mike Garbark, C
8 Adam Everett, SS

Bench:  Travis Snider, OF; Otis Miller, IF; Bill Abstein, 1B; Buddy Biancalana, IF; Walt Kuhn, C.

Rotation:
1 Wes Ferrell
2 John Tudor
3 Scott Erickson
4 Orval Overall

Bullpen:  Dale Murray, Warren Brusstar, Pat Clements, Sheldon Jones, Manny Sarmiento.

Lots of third basemen, but not lots of power.  Had to switch several guys to positions that were not their main spots, tried to be logical about it.  Could have gotten Snider's bat in the lineup by putting Kamm at short and moving Mora back to the infield, but this seemed to make more sense.  Might do it differently on a different day.


 
A new month:  the February 1 birthday team.  Five guys with ten years and nine more with five years, no Hall of Famers.  Does not look like a deep or terribly talented team.

Lineup:
1 Rich Becker, LF
2 Austin Jackson, RF
3 Carl Reynolds, 1B
4 Tim Naehring, 3B
5 Paul Blair, CF
6 Hector Luna, 2B
7 Danny Thompson, SS
8 Billy Sullivan, C

Bench:  Harry Bemis, C-1B; Lew Brown, C-OF; Ron Woods, OF; Joe Connolly, LF; Jim Kelly, RF; Hal King, C-PH.

Rotation:
1 Kent Mercker
2 Brett Anderson
3 Joe Harris
4 Pete Wood

Bullpen: Ernie Camacho, Cecilio Guante, Phil Norton, Bob Smith.

Hmm.  The ace starter spent most of his career as a reliever, and the #3 starter was 3-30 lifetime.  That's not a good rotation.  The pitchers will probably benefit from that strong defensive outfield, but not much hitting.


Thursday, March 21, 2013
 
The January 31 birthday team is packed:  three Hall of Famers, nine guys with ten years, 14 more with five years.  No shortage of talent here.

Lineup:
1 George Burns, 1B
2 Tim Hendryx, LF
3 Jackie Robinson, 2B
4 Ernie Banks, SS
5 Tex McDonald, RF
6 Jim Manning, CF
7 Bob Ferguson, 3B
8 Fred Kendall, C

Bench:  Yuniesky Betancourt, IF; Rafael Santana, IF; Pinky Hargrave, C; Dave Cochrane, OF-IF.

Rotation:
1 Nolan Ryan
2 Hank Aguirre
3 Josh Johnson
4 Charlie Robertson

Bullpen:  Ted Power, Jim Willoughby, Duke Maas, Bob Apodaca, Brad Thompson.

Thin in the outfield, but with Burns at the top of the lineup and Robinson and Banks to center around, this is a solid team.  Ryan heads a good staff.


 
The January 30 birthday team has a lack of depth.  only three guys have at least ten years of major league service, eleven more have five years.  This won't be one of our best teams.

Lineup:
1 Sandy Amoros, LF
2 Davey Johnson, 2B
3 Walt Dropo, 1B
4 Jorge Cantu, 3B
5 Charlie Neal, SS
6 Vin Campbell, CF
7 Jeremy Hermida, RF
8 Jordan Pacheco, C

Bench:  General Stafford, OF-IF; Nick Evans, OF-1B; Dave Stegman, 1B; Dave Moates, OF.

Rotation:
1 Tony Mullane
2 Brooks Lawrence
3 Mickey Harris
4 John Patterson

Bullpen:  Joe Kerrigan, Doc Watson, Joel Davis, Hipolito Pena

A halfway decent lineup, though Pacheco is a bit of a stretch at catcher.


Monday, March 18, 2013
 
The January 29 birthday team shapes up as one of our worst.  Only seven players have ten or more years in the major, and just five more have five years.  No Hall of Famers either, so few stars and no depth.

Lineup:
1 Steve Sax, 2B
2 Mike Aldrete, LF
3 Hank Edwards, RF
4 Alex Avila, C
5 Dick Burrus, 1B
6 Bill Rigney, SS
7 Hack Simmons, 3B
8 Art Allison, CF

Bench: Ray Hayworth, C; Bill Kreig, C-OF; Lance Niekro, OF-1B; Miguel Ojeda, C; Jim Tyrone, OF.

Rotation:
1 Jason Schmidt
2 Bobby Bolin
3 Bill Voiselle
4 Jair Jurrjens

Bullpen:  John Habyan, Brian Edmondson, Tony Pierce.

Some talent here, but very, very thin.  At least we had a catcher.  Several, in fact.


 
The January 28 birthday team is our first in a while to have a Hall of Famer, albeit a 19th century player.  We've got ten guys with ten years in the majors, eleven more with five years.  We have a chance at a decent team for the first time in several birthdays.

Lineup:
1 Pete Runnels, 2B
2 George Wright, SS
3 Magglio Ordonez, LF
4 Jermaine Dye, RF
5 Bill White, CF
6 Lyle Overbay, 1B
7 Lyn Lary, 3B
8 Vacant

Bench:  Ducky Holmes, OF; Larvell Blanks, IF; Junior Spivey, IF; Hank Arft, 1B; Tsuyoshi Shinjo, OF, Jacob Cruz, OF.

Rotation:
1 Bill Doak
2 Bob Muncrief
3 Tom Hughes
4 Emil Yde

Bullpen:  Frank Arellanes, Joe Beckwith, Wesley Wright, Nate Jones, Bob File.

I couldn't find a single catcher.  Other than that, it's a decent team.