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04-14-2007, 12:03 PM
I'm going to give you two very basic all-time teams. 9 batters, 5 starters, 1 closer. Which of the following all-time teams would you prefer?

First Team

C - Yogi Berra
1B - Jimmie Foxx
2B - Rogers Hornsby
SS - Alex Rodriguez
3B - George Brett
LF - Ted Williams
CF - Mickey Mantle
RF - Hank Aaron
DH - Edgar Martinez

Walter Johnson
Sandy Koufax
Lefty Grove
Bob Feller
Steve Carlton

Dennis Eckersley

Second Team

C - Mickey Cochrane
1B - Lou Gehrig
2B - Eddie Collins
SS - Honus Wagner
3B - Mike Schmidt
LF - Stan Musial
CF - Ty Cobb
RF - Frank Robinson
DH - Babe Ruth

Christy Mathewson
Greg Maddux
Bob Gibson
Pete Alexander
Tom Seaver

Mariano Rivera

04-14-2007, 12:06 PM
Team 2 without a doubt....it's got the best and 2nd best players ever (Cobb and Ruth respectively), the best SS ever, the best closer, the best big game pitcher in recent memory (Gibson), 2 guys with 373 wins and another that has an outside shot (Maddux).

In a best of 9 series (like the old WS) I'd take team 2 in 7.

Windy City Fan
04-14-2007, 12:38 PM
Team two gets my vote hands down.

Gerhig over Foxx
Wagner over A-Rod
Schimdt over Brett
Cobb over Mantle
And Ruth waaaaaay over Martinez

I also have Cochrane over Berra and Collins over Hornsby, but I know I'm in the minority there.

Aaron is better than Robinson, but not my much.
Similarly, I rank Williams ahead of Musial, but its close in my mind.

Pitching wise, Johnson and Grove are a top notch duo, but pick your favorite two of Maddux, Mathewson and Alexander and I'd say its a wash. The remaining number 3 pitcher is has an edge on Feller. Seaver blows Koufax away and Gibson takes Carlton easily as well. Plus Rivera trumps Eck.

04-14-2007, 12:57 PM
Berra < Cochrane
Foxx > Gehrig
Collins < Hornsby
Wagner >> Rodriguez
Schmidt > Brett
Musial < Williams
Cobb >> Mantle
Robinson < Aaron
Ruth >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Martinez
Johnson > Mathewson
Koufax >> Maddux
Gibson > Grove
Alexander < Feller
Seaver > Carlton
Rivera > Eckersley

Team 2 wins but not by much.

04-14-2007, 01:00 PM
At their respective peaks, I don't think Rivera trumps Eckersley. He's just had more great relief seasons, which is why he belongs ahead of Eckersley.

If these two teams were to play each other, I'd say peak is what matters.

04-14-2007, 01:12 PM
How well of a fielder was Robinson? I've never known, but if he isn't good it might be just to switch him and Ruth.

04-14-2007, 02:09 PM
Team two. Not to hard for me to say that.

04-14-2007, 02:18 PM
Berra < Cochrane Close
Foxx > Gehrig NO
Collins < Hornsby Close
Wagner >> Rodriguez Yes
Schmidt > Brett Yes
Musial < Williams Yes
Cobb >> Mantle Close
Robinson < Aaron Yes
Ruth >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Martinez Yes
Johnson > Mathewson Yes
Koufax >> Maddux NO, and it becomes close if only peak
Gibson > Grove NO
Alexander < Feller NO
Seaver > Carlton Yes
Rivera > Eckersley Probably

Team 2 wins but not by much.

Answers in bold above. :)