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Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

Posted on: July 3, 2009 6:39 pm
Welcome back and thank you all so very much for participating and contributing to my blog.  Our endeavor of putting together the greatest all time team took months and I'm very satisfied with the success and the outcome of the blog.  Some of you have wondered out loud what I would do next, and I'm not really sure, but I have one idea.   What do you all think about the idea of me putting together a series of blogs where we compile our own list of the 102 remaining names of the players who failed the "confidential" drug test in 2003?   We can put together the list 10 names per week and our series of blogs could last about 2 1/2 months.  If anyone has an idea for me that is baseball related, I'm willing to take suggestions.   If I like my idea best, I'll run with it, but if someone has a captivating idea, I'll try to figure something out to implement it into a blog.

First off, its time to announce the manager of the Greatest Team of All Time.   As I suspected there was no runaway here and it appears that many of you used the stats I compiled to make your determination.   The winner was Joe McCarthy.   McCarthy edged out Connie Mack by two votes and Casey Stengel and John McGraw tied for third.   Personally, I like that choice, but I was surprised that the more modern day skippers such as Sparky Anderson, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox didn't receive a little more love.   I think the job of managing has really became a bit more challenging since the age of free agency, as a manager can't rule as much with an iron fist and has to be more of a physcologist and an ego stroker. 

For the benefit for all of you that helped put this together, here is the team that Joe McCarthy gets to manage:

C - Johnny Bench
1B - Lou Gehrig
2B - Rogers Hornsby
3B - George Brett
SS - Honus Wagner
LF - Ted Williams
CF - Willie Mays
RF - Hank Aaron

SP - Walter Johnson
SP - Cy Young
SP - Sandy Koufax
SP - Christy Mathewson
SP - Bob Gibson
SP - Nolan Ryan
SP - Greg Maddux
RP - Dennis Eckersley
RP - Mariano Rivera
RP - Trevor Hoffman

C - Josh Gibson
IF - Albert Pujols, Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt and Ozzie Smith
OF - Stan Musual, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron

As to the question of who would play against our all time team?   Probably no team on this planet or solar system.  We'ld have to look for intergalactical teams to play us!   Does anyone have any friends in Japan who can put together an all-time Japanese team?  I'm sure players such as Ichiro and Sadahuro Oh could make a good cornerstone for a Japanese team.    

Okay, I'll leave you all to comment on this team or to give me your ideas as to which direction I should go with my blog.   It would also be interesting to see anyone's ideas for a line-up and pitching rotation for this team.   Once again, THANK YOU ALL!!!!  Smile 
Category: MLB

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 8:33 pm

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

Hey Lazer, great work. I kinda like the idea of giving the Team a name. If we give it a name we need to give it a home ballpark.
Ebbetts Field or Fenway or the Polo Grounds would be great ideas. We'd have to look at the strengths of each of the players and figure out the park with the best dimensions. The Babe can hit it out of anywhere and Albert Pujols is proving that no park can contain him.
We'd need a place where all the contact guys (like Pete Rose) can still make a contribution.
In keeping with the Washington Generals theme we could move around to each of the modern parks and play each of the 2009 teams and try to figure out what the final score would be. The Washington Nationals would probably be close to the Generals. The Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox might offer some resistance.
How about the All time team versus the AL All-Stars and then the All-Time team against the NL All-Stars?

Just think about the Home Run Derby at those games....

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 6:16 pm

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

I like jmw's idea of naming the team.   Maybe you can take suggestions and then make a sweet 16 format out of it until you get a consensus name.   The steroids game sound fun, but would probably lose a little of its luster after the first 30 names or so.   It might stir some interesting debate though.   Great job on this blog.  It was as fun as your rock and roll song blog was!

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2009 3:31 am

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

So now that we have this incredible team, we need some competition. Oh yeah, there is none for this formidable bunch.  That being said, I say we pull a page from a popular basketball team.  The Harlem Globetrotters have a token opponent in the Washington Generals.  How about we use the Washington Nationals as the token opponent for this team. Also maybe for the next vote we could name this incredible team. Strong work Laser, its been a blast.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:57 pm

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

Thank you Lazer. This has been fun. I especially appreciate the comments from all the blog posters who have been in on all the voting. Interesting view points. With most of the positions you just couldn't go wrong with whoever you voted for. We selected a heck of a team. Your rock and roll blog was great and this was just as good Lazer. Peace all.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2009 2:56 am

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

Ben - it's too bad you weren't around when we were voting for this team, you seem to have some good knowledge of the game.  If you were here over the last few months, you would see that Babe Ruth did make the team as the starting RF, Lazer just missed him when he listed the final tally.  In an earlier post, he even corrected that.  Taking Brett over Robinson at 3B?  That was voted on by the people that voted.  Personally, I took Schmidt at 3B, with Brooks being next in line for me.

For pitchers, personally I did pick Spahn, but I didn't want Randy Johnson on this team.  I just thought there were better options.  I debated about voting for GC Alexander, but in the end, I didn't.

As for Lazer being a Cards fan; two things.  One - I think I can speak for him on this one, he is not a Cards fan, but another team further west in the state, the Royals.  But that had nothing to do with the selection of Brett.  This was all done by vote and Lazer only voted to break ties, which I believe we only had one, in the reserve infielders.  Two - Musial was taken as a LF.  Mantle and DiMaggio were CF.  Clemente was a RF.  He broke the OF down to all 3 positions.  So, our two LF were Ted Williams and Stan Musial.  Not a bad pair of LF's!

LAZER - thanks again for all you work for this.  I can tell how much research you did to list all the stats for all those players and managers.  This was fun.

Maybe another idea?  All-time teams for each franchise.  Best Royals of all-time, best Cards of all-time, etc.  Or maybe best teams by decade??  The top team of the 1980's.  Top team of the '60's, etc. 

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:20 am

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

LaRussa killed more arms than hitler

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:18 am

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

you forgot the syringes

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2009 1:16 am

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

Casey Stengel and The Mick

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2009 8:53 pm
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Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: July 4, 2009 4:31 pm

Manager Selected - The Greatest All Time MLB Team

This is a very nice team. I would, however, take issue with having George Brett over Brooks Robinson.  I also think BABE RUTH just has to be on this team as a designated hitter.  I'm also not too happy with having Greg Maddux on this team over Randy Johnson, Warren Spahn and Grover Alexander.  Lastly, are you a cardinals fan?? Stan Musial over Mantle, DiMaggio and Clemente??? Really?

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