Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Franklins

Home park: Old Yankee Stadium

First round:
1) Babe Ruth (rf/lf)
2) Gabby Hartnett (c)
3) Lefty Grove (sp/rp)
4) Joe DiMaggio (cf/lf)
5) Rogers Hornsby (2b)

Lost to Obamas: Mickey Cochrane (c)

Second round:
6) Bill Dickey (c)
7) Lou Gehrig (1b)
8) Carl Hubbell (sp/rp)
9) Bob Feller (sp/rp)
10) Mel Ott (rf/3b/cf)

Lost to Obamas: Jimmy Foxx (1b/3b/c)

Third round:
11) Frankie Frisch (2b/3b/ss)
12) Joe Cronin (ss)
13) Arky Vaughn (ss)
14) Dazzy Vance (sp/rp)
15) Dizzy Dean (sp/rp)

Lost to Obamas: Charlie Gehringer (2b)

Fourth round:
16) Stan Covaleski (sp/rp)
17) Herb Pennock (sp/rp)
18) Pie Traynor (3b)
19) Waite Hoyt (sp/rp)
20) Paul Waner (rf/1b)

Provisionally lost to Obamas: Ernie Lombardi (c), Lefty Gomez (sp/rp), Tony Lazzeri (2b/3b/ss)

Likely standard lineup:
1) Ott, rf
2) DiMaggio, cf
3) Ruth, lf
4) Hornsby, 2b
5) Gehrig, 1b
6) Hartnett/Dickey, c
7) Cronin/Vaughn, ss
8) Frisch/Traynor, 3b

Comments: No real leadoff hitter here ... A real-life manager would probably go with Frisch, but his OPB is about 70 points lower than Ott's. ... Likely to pick a hitter's park ... Platoons very likely in bottom half of lineup ... Hornsby gets too much credit defensively (2 e17) ... Might be weakest defensive team from HoF pool. ...Power rotation of Grove, Hubbell, Feller, Vance ... Dean should be relief ace ... Covaleski could easily have been placed in the dead ball pool — and if he had been, would have been picked for that team ...

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