Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Talkin' baseball (willie, mickey & "the duke").

Another debate topic. This time sports-related and started by yours truly based on's all time Red Sox lineup photo essay today.

All-Time Red Sox Lineup

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Ted Williams
Left Field
The last man to bat .400 gets the nod over what may be the best crop of left fielders any franchise can boast: Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Manny Ramirez.
Photo: Hy Peskin/SI

Can you name any other franchise with a similarly lengthy run of quality at a single position (no Pitching staffs) and no DHs (we want the senior circuit to be able to participate!). Basically what's missing for Boston from 1939-present is the 1990s, including such stalwarts as Troy O'Leary, Wil Cordero and Bill Zupcic, anyone? anyone? If you drop Ramirez, you have an uninterrupted half century—1939-89—of Hall-of-Fame-calibre play (a phrase used advisedly but also to protest the totally unfair non-election of Jim Rice year in and year out by petty sportswriters).

Take your best shot.

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