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Saturday, May 24, 2014
 
The February 19 team isn't looking any better than the Feb. 17 squad.  Only three All-Star Game players, with one time each.  Only six guys got in ten major league seasons, and only 15 had at least five.  Tumbleweeds here.

Lineup:
1 Dick Siebert, LF
2 John Morrill, 2B
3 Gail Hopkins, 1B
4 Josh Reddick, RF
5 Alvaro Espinosa, SS
6 Russ Nixon, C
7 Chuck Aleno, 3B
8 Don Taussig, CF

Bench:  Chris Stewart, C; Larry Chappell, OF; Stan Sperry, IF.

Rotation:
1 Dave Stewart
2 Miguel Batista
3 Weldon Wyckoff
4 Bob Sadowski

Bullpen:  Tim Burke, Keith Atherton, Bill Kelso, Chris Zachary.

Wow, this may be the worst birthday team yet.  A couple of decent pitchers, but almost nothing in the lineup.  This team would have trouble competing in a triple-A league.  Dave Stewart was a fine pitcher for several years, but he's the best guy on this club.


 
The February 18 birthday team will be better than the previous day:  we've got one Hall of Famer and 20 guys with 10 years of big league experience.  It already shapes up as pretty good.

Lineup:
1 John Valentin, SS
2 Manny Mota, LF
3 Joe Gordon, 2B
4 John Mayberry, 1B
5 Alex Rios, CF
6 Jerry Morales, RF
7 Jamey Carroll, 3B
8 Frank House, C

Bench:  Rafael Ramirez, SS; Dal Maxvill, IF; Frank Fennelly, IF; Marc Hill, C; Chad Moeller, C; Brian Bogusevic, OF.

Rotation:
1 Kevin Tapani
2 George Mogridge
3 Sherry Smith
4 Bruce Kison

Bullpen:  Bob Miller, Luis Arroyo, Huck Betts, Herm Wehmeier, Shawn Estes.

Not much outfield depth, but pretty decent otherwise.  Lots of good on-base guys, and a power guy in Mayberry to drive them in.  I don't know that Valentin got much leadoff time, but he always had strong on-base numbers.  Pitching is a bit thin.


 
Time to get back to this long-neglected series.  We get back into it with the birthday boys of February 17, which may be the worst team we have yet compiled.  Only one All-Star appearance in the group, just one guy that reached 15 years, 9 with ten, 21 total with five years in the majors.  Not promising.

Lineup:
1 Alan Wiggins, 2B
2 Nemo Liebold, CF
3 Wally Pipp, 1B
4 Josh Willingham, LF
5 Willie Kirkland, RF
6 Dave Roberts, C
7 Cody Ransom, SS
8 Joe Miller, 3B

Bench:  Ike Boone, OF-1B; Steve Evans, OF-1B; Eddie Phillips, C;

Rotation:
1 Ed Brandt
2 Stump Weidman
3 Dick Bosman
4 Roger Craig

Bullpen:  Scott Williamson, Jaime Easterly, Danny Patterson, Brian Bruney, Jim Umbarger.

Definitely not impressive.  It's hard to tell where the strength of this team would be.  They'd be a decent AAA team.