Friday, April 4, 2008

Marlins Career Dream Team

In my first assemblage of Marlins Dream Teams, I based my results on the best individual seasons in a Marlins uniform. Now it's time to turn to a simpler, but equally intriguing endeavor: careers in a Marlins uniform.

Pretend the Marlins decided to crash the Yankees' fabled Old-timer's Day in 20 years. Here's their optimal team (based on performance and time in uniform):

Starting Lineup:

1. 2B - Luis Castillo
2. SS - Hanley Ramirez
3. RF - Gary Sheffield
4. LF - Miguel Cabrera
5. 3B - Mike Lowell
6. 1B - Jeff Conine
7. C - Charles Johnson
8. CF - Juan Pierre

Bench:

1. Derrek Lee
2. Cliff Floyd
3. Kevin Millar
4. Edgar Renteria
5. Preston Wilson
6. Pudge Rodriguez

Pitching:

1. Dontrelle Willis
2. Josh Beckett
3. Kevin Brown
4. Livan Hernandez
5. AJ Burnett

CL - Robb Nen
Setup: Antonio Alfonseca
MR: Braden Looper
MR: Vladimir Nunez
LR: Jay Powell
Lefty Specialist: Armando Almanza
Spot Starter: Brad Penny

This squad isn't as good as the team based on individual seasons, but it has more of a hometown flavor. A few observations:

Most Obvious Omission: Dan Miceli
Most in Danger of Losing a Spot: AJ Burnett (for the way he badmouthed the team)
Longest Tenured: Luis Castillo (10 seasons)
Shortest Tenured: Pudge Rodriguez (1 season), but it was good enough to qualify for backup catcher
Triple Stints: Jeff Conine (signed for 1 day in 2008)
Double Stints: Charles Johnson, Antonio Alfonseca
Potential Double Stints (in order of probability): Juan Pierre, Livan Hernandez, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo (Pierre to the Marlins this year?)
Players Traded to Japan: Kevin Millar
Players Blocked from Japan Trade: Kevin Millar
Players Who Won a World Series with the Team That Blocked Japan Trade: Kevin Millar (Red Sox, 2004)

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