As I mentioned in the Cup of Coffee on December 27:
Joe Posnanski is counting down his Top 100 players of all-time in 100 days. Today he posted Mariano Rivera with #91 and while the comments of course are all over the place, one person said, "If all 30 teams started drafting from history right now to make their teams, Rivera would not be taken in the first three or four rounds."
I am proposing a just-for-kicks draft where anyone who joins get a 25 man roster to fill out with any players from baseball history. The only rule is making the roster of reasonable construction (i.e. no drafting 7 catchers or 22 pitchers).
Each round of the draft will get its own post and I'll keep a spreadsheet of whose been taken. There'll be no stakes and no time limit. This is just for fun to see what people come up with and what they prioritize. I am thinking we would do a snake draft.
Would like at least ten participants, and of course the more the better!
What kind of draft should we do?
Snake Draft (82%, 9 Votes)
Standard Draft (18%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 11
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Inspired by The Athletic's all-decade teams for all of baseball, let's see what the Citizens here think of it. Here is Gleeman's article about his all-decade Twins team. I have reproduced it below in spoilered form for reference. Bonus discussion if you post the least-favorite or Bizzaro World team
Here's a template for you to use:
Catcher: Joe Mauer
First base: Justin Morneau
Second base: Brian Dozier
Third base: Miguel Sanó
Shortstop: Jorge Polanco
Left field: Eddie Rosario
Center field: Denard Span
Right field: Michael Cuddyer
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz
Starter 1: Ervin Santana
Starter 2: José Berríos
Starter 3: Jake Odorizzi
Starter 4: Francisco Liriano
Starter 5: Kyle Gibson
Closer: Glen Perkins
Bullpen: Taylor Rogers
Bullpen: Brandon Kintzler
Bullpen: Ryan Pressly
Bullpen: Trevor May
Bullpen: Casey Fien
Game 6 back at Houston. Normally this would be good news for Houston but in this world series the home team has lost every game. Does that continue today or is there a regression to the normal and Houston wins this one and the World Series? Strasburg vs. Verlander so should be a doozy of a pitching match-up.
Before Game 1, ZiPS had the Astros at 59.7% chance of winning. After Cole losing for the first time since the Nationals were bad, now the Nationals have a 57.8% chance of winning. However, the Astros still maintain a greater than 50% chance of winning every game of the series.
Game 1 of the 2019 World Series, Washington Nationals versus the Houston Astros. This one promises to be a series of excellent starting pitching on both sides and will be fun to see how each dominant starter matches up. Tonight Max Scherzer (who’s given up 1 earned run in 15 playoff innings this year) v. Gerrit Cole (who’s given up 1 earned run in 22.2 playoff innings this year). Which team will get to the pitcher first?
Fast forward through a pleasingly error-filled Yankees loss and that probability is now 92%. They also have an improbable 65% chance at winning it all. That unfortunately means another short series and lots of waiting until the World Series.