I’m an owner of an imaginary pop culture all-star squad. A fantasy of a different sort. Lots of baseball movies tend to make some of their main characters pitchers and sluggers. However, infield positions are difficult roster spots to fill. I took cursory research plus relying on memory to know exactly who would play where in the infield. Feel free to debate these:
- Pitcher: Henry Rowengartner, Rookie of the Year – He has an amazing fastball & taunting abilities. He takes advice from veterans well.
- Catcher: Dottie Hinson, A League of Their Own – She has necessary old-school toughness and will keep Rowengartner focused.
- First Base: Roy Hobbs, The Natural – Give the older Hobbs a less demanding position.
- Second Base: Casey, Casey At the Bat – Few records exist of Casey but he’d be willing to fill middle infield duties.
- Shortshop: Tanner Boyle, Bad News Bears – He and Casey could provide a volatile infield; just make sure they can handle a loss.
- Third Base: “I Don’t Know,” Who’s On First – Wild card.
- Left Field: Jon Dowd, MVP Baseball 2005 – He’s as valuable at bat as Barry Bonds!
- Center Field: Willie “Mays” Hayes, Major League – Best guy I know who has the athletic range for center field.
- Right Field: Bo Jackson, ProStars – An exaggerated, burlier version of the real Bo.
- Designated Hitter: Stan Ross, Mr. 3000 – He’s so desperate for a hit I’ll have him only hit.
- Starter/Reliever: Amanda Whurlizer, Bad News Bears – Would she and Hinson make a better battery?
- Starter/Reliever: Miguel “Sugar” Santos, Sugar – Obscure fellow, but the elitist fans love him!
- Closer: “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Major League – He has the attitude and the entrance music fit for a closer.
- Carlos Nevada, Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars… – Shiftiness equals versatility!
- Jack Elliot, Mr. Baseball – He good enough to be a solid pinch hitter.
- Earl Weaver, Earl Weaver Baseball by EA – He’s a savvy, valuable AI.
- Lisa Simpson from MoneyBART or Jonah Hill’s character from Moneyball – They’re both Sabremetrics geeks; take your pick.
- Ray Kinsella, Field of Dreams – Inspirational figure from Middle America that fits well to promote the National Pastime. No legal problems using “If you build it, they will come.” as a slogan.
Batting Order (DH included):
- “I Don’t Know”
Check out these tributes to the game of baseball from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers:
- Lefty Limbo on the game Star League Baseball
- AEIOU and Sometimes Why covering some older baseball games
- Rels O’Brien on baseball
- Ashley on Basewars for NES and the Who’s on First sketch