Here's a new twist on the discussion of that great Peanuts team.
here's the truck: Making them realistic, to lose so often, by so much, I noted bfore that they could be playing kids a few years older (hence some being kind enough to turn around and bat lefty). So, let's pretend that's true, and they have some talent. And, they are transofmred into big leaguers.
Who would you imagine them morphing into? Oh, ifeel free and change the more invisible ones into big leaguers, too, though we don't see enough of some to really know. I'm adding a few others, too, just so we round out the Peanuts cast. Lastly, pick a ballpark you want to put them in.
C - Schroeder - Carlton Fisk - Let's face it, the kid is *always* out on the mound. I don't recall that he ever hit in a strip, but he's got to have some talent.
1B - Shermy - Wally Pipp - Yeah, he's a more invisible Peanuts cast member, but what better guy for a Peanuts player to turn into than a guy best known for sitting down! And yet, he was a decent player himself. (It also gives them hope there might be a Lou Gehrig in their fiture.)
2B - Linus - Martin Dihigo - The great Negro League star performed most at 2nd, but was a solid pitcher, too; and LInus once replaced Charlie Brown, who had Little League Elbow, and won. Still, I could have gone with a lot of different guys here.
SS - Snoopy - Honus Wagner - He could do it all.
3B - Pigpen - Pete rose - When I think of both, I think of dirt, the latter because he was always sliding headfirst. Besides, a Peanuts player caught a poop fly Charlie Brown dropped to win a game once, just like Rose did in '80 near the end of the World Series. Okay, so it was Snoopy who caught it int he Peanuts panel, but still...
LF - Sally - Yogi Berra - First, when she gets a little older, she might be better than some of the regulars, especially patty, who is almost totally ignored. Second, Yogi played left late in his career, where it got late early. Third...I mean, all those malaprops...doesn't it just HAVE to be? (Okay, maybe Casey, or a few other guys who have talked funny)
CF - Frieda - Tough to say, any ideas? Who would have really curly hair? Would an afro do - since I'm legally blind, I don't know if those were made up of lots of curls or what they were, all I know is they were big.
RD - Lucy - Dave Kingman - Only becuase the original Dr. Strangeglove couldn't play right, I don't think, plus Kong's attitude wasnt' always the best. Still, we'll just make Lucy...well, on the bench, because we've got some others on the bench.
P - Charlie Brown - "Old Hoss Radbourn (sp?) - I was torn...for his timelessness, I'd almost say Jamie Moyer (who was pretty bad some years early), for longevity, maybe Mike Morgan (and he was finally on a winner, like Moyer), but for just going out and pitching *all* the time, there aren't many others. If he was good, Satchel Paige, but Radborne (I'll spell it right one day) didn't have the longevity that makes me think of a great pitcher. Of course, there's also "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahey.
Patty - I don't know. (Abbott: No, he's on third. Costello: Stay outta the infield!)
Peppermint Patty - Hmm, decent fill-in pitcher...wait. I know. Since we have two Pattys, on the same team, let's do what the '62 Mets did. Presenting...
Peppermint Patty - Bob Miller - The one witht he career spanning 18 years, who appeared in and won World Series.
Patty - The other, less well known Bob Miller. Who just happens to become an outfielder here.
Marcie - This one's difficult. I don't recall her actually *playing*, unlike Peppermint Patty. Indeed, I hardly remember the other Patty playing.I'm open to suggestions here.
Franklin - Frank Robinson - first, we need a rightfielder yet, second, the only black (and one of few on Baltimore when he got traded there, and first ont he Reds, I think), yet someone with wisdom who seems like he'd be a good leader someday.
I've probably made the team a bit better than it should be, but this is fantasy, so why not. The lineup would thus be:
Whoever Frieda is
Obviously, we'd need some more bench players, and more pitchers, though the lack of them (other than Bob Miller...that is, the good one, well, the one that doens't have to become an outfielder...oh, never mind) is countered by CB becoming "Old Hoss."
Okay, who would you see them turning into as big leaguers? Again, mine's rather charitable, but that's the fun of fantasy. And, part of that is I want to see them win some.