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George Brett
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Manager: Dick Howser 

C – Darrell Porter
1B – Mike Sweeney
2B – Frank White
3B – George Brett
SS – Freddie Patek
OF – Amos Otis
OF – Willie Wilson
OF – Carlos Beltran
DH – Hal McRae
Bench: 1B John Mayberry, 2B Cookie Rojas, 3B Joe Randa, OF Johnny Damon

SP – Bret Saberhagen
SP – Dennis Leonard
SP – Kevin Appier
SP – Paul Splittorff
SP – Mark Gubicza
P – Larry Gura
P – Al Fitzmorris
P – Charlie Leibrandt
P – Steve Busby
P – Tom Gordon
RP – Jeff Montgomery
RP – Dan Quisenberry

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

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Red Sox
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays
Twins
White Sox
Indians
Tigers

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Ty Cobb
 
Manager: Sparky Anderson

C – Bill Freehan
1B – Hank Greenberg
2B – Charlie Gehringer
3B – George Kell
SS – Alan Trammell
OF – Al Kaline
OF – Ty Cobb
OF – Harry Heilmann
DH - Sam Crawford
Bench:  C Lance Parrish, 1B Norm Cash, 2B, Lou Whitaker, OF Bobby Veach

SP – Hooks Dauss
SP – Mickey Lolich
SP – Hal Newhouser
SP – Jack Morris
SP – Tommy Bridges
P – Dizzy Trout
P – Bill Donovan
P – George Mullin
P – Denny McLain
P – Jim Bunning
RP – Mike Henneman
RP – John Hiller

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

Past Teams
Yankees
Red Sox
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays
Twins
White Sox
Indians

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Bob Feller
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Manager: Lou Boudreau

C – Sandy Alomar
1B – Hal Trosky
2B – Nap Lajoie
3B – Joe Sewell
SS – Omar Vizquel
OF – Tris Speaker
OF – Earl Averill
OF – Joe Jackson
DH – Manny Ramirez
Bench: 1B/DH Jim Thome, SS Lou Boudreau, OF Charlie Jamieson, Kenny Lofton

SP – Bob Feller
SP – Bob Lemon
SP – Addie Joss
SP – Stan Coveleski
SP – Early Wynn
P – Mel Harder
P – Mike Garcia
P - C.C. Sabathia 
P – Wes Ferrell
P – Luis Tiant
P – Sam McDowell
P – Gaylord Perry
The Indians don’t have a worthy Closer so I didn’t include one.

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

Past Teams
Yankees
Red Sox
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays
Twins
White Sox

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Frank Thomas
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I continue the All-time team tour with the White Sox.
 
Manager: Al Lopez

C – Carlton Fisk
1B – Paul Konerko
2B – Eddie Collins
3B – Robin Ventura
SS – Luke Appling
OF – Minnie Minoso
OF – Harold Baines
OF – Shoeless Joe Jackson
DH – Frank Thomas
Bench:  2B Nellie Fox , SS Luis Aparicio, OF Bibb Falk, Magglio Ordonez

SP – Ed Walsh
SP – Eddie Cicotte
SP – Ted Lyons
SP – Red Faber
SP – Jack McDowell
P – Doc White
P – Mark Buehrle
P – Billy Pierce
P – Wilbur Wood
P – Lefty Williams
RP – Bobby Thigpen
RP – Hoyt Wilhelm

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

Past Teams
Yankees
Red Sox
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays
Twins

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Kirby Puckett
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I continue the All-time tour with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins.
 
Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Joe Mauer, for example, isn’t there yet for the Twins.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.
 
Manager: Tom Kelly

C – Earl Battey
1B – Kent Hrbek
2B – Rod Carew
3B – Gary Gaetti
SS – Cecil Travis
LF -  Sam Rice
RF – Tony Oliva
CF – Kirby Puckett
DH – Harmon Killebrew
Bench Players:  1B Joe Judge, 1B Mickey Vernon, 2B Buddy Myer, OF Goose Goslin
 
SP – Walter Johnson
SP – Jim Kaat
SP – Bert Blyleven
SP – Frank Viola
SP – Johan Santana
P – Camilo Pascual 
P – Brad Radke 
P – Jim Perry
P – Dutch Leonard
P – Firpo Marberry
RP – Rick Aguilera
RP – Joe Nathan

What do you think about the team? Did I leave someone off? Please leave your comments.

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Red Sox
Rays
Orioles
Blue Jays

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Dave Stieb
Illustration by Dave Lemanczyk

I continue the All-time tour with the Toronto Blue Jays.   Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Alex Rios, for example, isn’t there yet for the Jays.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

Manager: Cito Gaston

C – Ernie Whitt
1B – Jon Olerud
2B – Roberto Alomar
3B – Kelly Gruber
SS – Tony Fernandez
OF – Vernon Wells
OF – George Bell
OF – Joe Carter
DH – Carlos Delgado
Bench: 2B Damaso Garcia, 3B Rance Mullinkis, OF Devon White, OF Jesse Barfield
 
SP – Dave Steib
SP – Roy Halladay
SP – Jimmy Key
SP – Pat Hentgen
SP – Roger Clemens
P – Jim Clancy
P – Juan Guzman
P – David Wells
P – Doyle Alexander
P – Todd Stottlemyre
RP – Duane Ward
RP – Tom Henke

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

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Red Sox
Rays
Orioles

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Cal Ripken
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I continue the All-time tour with the Baltimore Orioles.  

Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Nick Markakis, for example, isn’t there yet for the Orioles.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

 
Manager: Earl Weaver

C – Gus Triandos
1B – George Sisler
2B – Davey Johnson
3B – Brooks Robinson
SS – Cal Ripken, Jr.
OF – Ken Singleton
OF – Frank Robinson

OF – Ken Williams
DH – Eddie Murray

Bench: 1B/OF Boog Powell, SS Mark Belanger, 3B Harlond Clift, OF Baby Doll Jacobson

SP – Jim Palmer
SP – Mike Mussina
SP – Mike Cuellar
SP – Dave McNally
P - Urban Shocker

P- Scott McGregor
P – Mike Flanagan
P – Milt Pappas
P – Steve Barber 
P-  Jack Powell
RP – Gregg Olson
RP – Stu Miller

Past Teams
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Red Sox
Rays

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Carl Crawford
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I continue the All-time tour with the defending AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays.
 
Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so David Ortiz, for example, isn’t there yet for the Red Sox.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

Manager: Joe Maddon

C – Toby Hall
1B – Fred McGriff
2B – Jorge Cantu
3B – Aubrey Huff
SS – Julio Lugo
OF – Carl Crawford
OF – Randy Winn
OF – B.J. Upton
DH:  Carlos Pena
Bench: C John Flaherty, 2B Miguel Cairo, 3B Evan Longoria, OF Rocco Baldelli 

SP – Scott Kazmir
SP – James Shields
SP – Victor Zambrano
SP – Albie Lopez 
SP – Rolando Arrojo
P – Esteban Yan
P – Mark Hendrickson
P – Andy Sonnanstine
P – Jim Mecir
P – Matt Garza
RP – Danys Baez
RP – Roberto Hernandez

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

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Red Sox

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Ted Williams
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I continue the All-time tour with my beloved Boston Red Sox. 

Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so David Ortiz, for example, isn’t there yet for the Red Sox.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

 
Manager: Joe Cronin

C – Carlton Fisk
1B – Jimmie Foxx
2B – Bobby Doerr
3B – Wade Boggs
SS – Nomar Garciaparra
LF – Ted Williams
RF – Dwight Evans
CF – Carl Yastrzemski (I moved Yaz to CF to get him in lineup)
DH – Jim Rice

Bench Players: SS Joe Cronin, SS/3B Johnny Pesky, OF Tris Speaker, OF Manny Ramirez

SP – Pedro Martinez
SP – Cy Young
SP – Roger Clemens
SP – Luis Tiant
P – Babe Ruth 
P – Mel Parnell
P – Lefty Grove
P – Joe Wood

P – Tim Wakefield
P – Dutch Leonard
RP – Bob Stanley
RP – Jonathan Papelbon
 
Past Teams
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Babe Ruth
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I posted the All-time teams for each Major League Baseball franchise in 2006 on my Sporting News blog.  Enough time has passed that there will be some changes.  Since we’re dealing with over a century and thousands of players I will assume the DH role for both leagues.  I will limit the teams to 25 players.  I’ll carry 13 batters and 12 pitchers for each team.  With baseball season around the corner, what better time to take this journey.  The teams are based on the stats the players produced with the team so Reggie Jackson, for example, wouldn’t qualify for the Yankees.  I may tinker with the lineups slightly to get the best roster possible.

Manager: Joe McCarthy

C – Yogi Berra
1B – Don Mattingly
2B – Tony Lazzeri
3B – Alex Rodriguez
SS – Derek Jeter
LF – Mickey Mantle
CF – Joe DiMaggio
RF – Babe Ruth
DH - Lou Gehrig

Bench:  C Bill Dickey, OF Earle Combs, OF Bob Meusel, OF Bernie Williams

SP – Whitey Ford
SP – Ron Guidry
SP – Lefty Gomez
SP – Red Ruffing
P – Waite Hoyt
P – Andy Pettitte
P – Mel Stottlemyre
P – Herb Pennock
P – Dave Righetti
P – Rich Gossage
P – Sparky Lyle 
P - Mariano Rivera


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