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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
 
Well, we have a number of players born on the same day as Abraham Lincoln.  Nine players with ten major league years, then 16 more with at least five years, so we have some depth, as well as one Hall of Famer, even though it is a weak one.

Lineup:
1 Dom DiMaggio, CF
2 Chet Lemon, RF
3 Chick Hafey, LF
4 Earl Sheely, 1B
5 Lenny Randle, 2B
6 Jim Fogarty, 3B
7 Joe Garagiola, C
8 Mike McGeary, SS

Bench:  Chick Fulmer, IF; Enzo Hernandez, IF; Chris Snyder, C; Dave Revering, 1B; Kiddo Davis, OF.

Rotation:
1 Pat Dobson
2 Don Wilson
3 Monk Dubiel
4 Tim Redding

Bullpen:  Don Stanhouse; Ray Corbin; Jerry Walker; Steve Mura, Dennis Springer.

Not a bad team at all:  pretty good lineup, decent pitching.  Not a great team but a contender in their good years.


 
Not optimistic about the February 11 team.  We have only four players with 10 major league seasons, then 13 more with at least five years in the majors.  Looks like we might be a little thin on talent.

Lineup:
1 George Hausmann, 2B
2 Jimmy Ryan, CF
3 Ben Oglivie, LF
4 Ollie Brown, RF
5 Brian Daubach, 1B
6 Hal Rice, C
7 Tom Veryzer, SS
8 Red Shannon, 3B

Bench:  Todd Benzinger, OF-1B, Leech Maskrey, OF, George Alusik, OF-1B, John Patterson, IF, Brent Butler, IF; J.R. Towles, C.

Rotation:
1 Ray Collins
2 Sammy Ellis
3 Brian Matusz
4 Yank Terry

Bullpen:  Matt Lindstrom, Ed Walsh (the second one),  Brian Eversgerd, Kevin King, Willie Smith.

Yep, not much here.  Ryan was a fine 19th century player, but there is just very little of quality in this team.


Monday, June 24, 2013
 
The birthday team for February 10 boasts a Hall of Famer, though in my opinion the weakest HOFer ever voted in by the BBWAA.  14 guys with 10 years in the majors, and 10 more with five, so this club should have some depth.  Let's take a look:

Lineup:
1 Lenny Dykstra, CF
2 Curt Welch, RF
3 Lance Berkman, 1B
4 Alex Gordon, LF
5 Randy Jackson, 3B
6 Cotton Tierney, 2B
7 Jim Keenan, C
8 Cesar Izturis, SS

Bench:  Ralph Hodgin, OF; Lenny Webster, OF; Alberto Castillo, C; Ruben Mateo, OF; Kevin Sefcik, IF.

Rotation:
1 Herb Pennock
2 Allie Reynolds
3 Billy O'Dell
4 Jim Barr

Bullpen:  Larry McWilliams, Bobby Jones, Hiroki Kuroda, Jeanmar Gomez, Bob Logan.

Pretty good staff, led by some old Yankees and Giants, and a decent lineup.  This team would do pretty well, and is one of our better units so far.  Not a great team, but a solid contender.