Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 15, 2013

Today on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast, I discuss Jackie Robinson Day and ask to pay tribute to Larry Doby, the second pioneer to break the color barrier.

I quote an article by Kim Geralds of The Oakland Press.

Also, Michael McKenry, Paul Maholm, Austin Jackson and Clay Buchholz owned baseball on April 14, 2013.

The podcast was recorded before the events in Boston took place.

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Players who owned baseball for a Day

Clay Buchholz – 2
Prince Fielder – 2
Bryce Harper – 2
Clayton Kershaw – 2
Cliff Lee – 2
Justin Maxwell – 2
Adam Wainwright – 2



Madison Bumgarner – 1 
Miguel Cabrera – 1
Robinson Cano – 1
Shin-Soo Cho – 1
Alex Cobb – 1 
Zack Cozart – 1 
Yu Darvish – 1 
Chris Davis – 1 
Jacoby Ellsbury – 1 
Adrian Gonzalez – 1
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 
Gio Gonzalez – 1 
A. J. Griffin – 1
Matt Harvey – 1
Felix Hernandez – 1
Derek Holland – 1
Austin Jackson – 1
 Adam Jones – 1 
Jon Lester – 1
Jed Lowrie – 1 
Manny Machado – 1
Paul Maholm – 1
Justin Masterson – 1
Andrew McCutchen – 1
Michael McKenry – 1
Will Middlebrooks – 1
Shelby Miller – 1
Brandon Moss – 1
Bud Norris – 1
Gerardo Parra – 1 
Andy Pettitte – 1 
Brandon Phillips – 1
Buster Posey – 1
Albert Pujols – 1
Sergio Romo – 1
Wilin Rosario – 1
CC Sabathia – 1
Ervin Santana – 1
Drew Smyly – 1 
Nick Tepesch – 1
Justin Upton – 1
Will Venable – 1
Jake Westbrook – 1
Barry Zito – 1

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 15, 2013
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Chris Rock inspired a post about the All Star Team

In the DVD extras for The Tenth Inning, Chris Rock talked about “Affirmative Action Home Runs.” He was referring to the level of play in baseball before integration and how major league baseball’s all white competition lowered the level of the game. He asked us to imagine the All Star Game with no black players and no Latino players.

David Wright would be the best player in baseball.”

The staff here at Sully Baseball had made this point a few years ago when I posted about “Jackie Robinson and today’s talent pool” and lamented the lost opportunity for great moments with “A Dream Team in honor of Dr. King.”

Beyond the social injustice of segregation, history was denied great baseball!

I thought about what Chris said about the All Star team and it got my obsessive compulsive list making fires burning.

What would the current American League and National League All Star Teams look like if baseball were still segregated?

And what would an All Star roster look like if it consisted SOLELY of players who would not have been allowed to play.

And remember segregation would have kept Latin players out as well as Asians.

So I created 4 All Star Rosters…

An American League and a National League made up of only white players.

And an American League and National League team using players who would have been shut out.

Using All Star Rules, each team is represented in the rosters (it was tough finding a Cleveland or Arizona All Star of ANY race!)

So let’s take a look at the alternate universes and see the segregated All Stars



All White American League All Star Team

Starting Catcher – JOE MAUER, Twins

Starting First Baseman – MARK TEIXEIRA, Yankees

Starting Second Baseman – DUSTIN PEDROIA, Red Sox

Starting Shortstop – REID BRIGNAC, Rays

Starting Third Baseman – EVAN LONGORIA, Rays

Starting Left Fielder – LUKE SCOTT, Orioles

Starting Center Fielder – JOSH HAMILTON, Rangers

Starting Right Fielder – NICK SWISHER, Yankees

Starting Pitcher – JON LESTER, Red Sox

ADDITIONAL PITCHERS

DAVID AARDSMA, Mariners ANDREW BAILEY, Athletics CLAY BUCHHOLZ, Red Sox TREVOR CAHILL, Athletics ZACK GREINKE, Royals CLIFF LEE, Rangers JONATHAN PAPELBON, Red Sox MITCH TALBOT, Indians JUSTIN VERLANDER, Tigers JERED WEAVER, Angels

Reserve Players

JOHN BUCK, Blue Jays MICHAEL CUDDYER, Twins MARK ELLIS, Athletics J. J. HARDY, Twins PAUL KONERKO, White Sox NICK MARKAKIS, Orioles JUSTIN MORNEAU, Twins KEVIN YOUKILIS, Red Sox MICHAEL YOUNG, Rangers

Minority American League All Star Team

Starting Catcher – VICTOR MARTINEZ, Red Sox

Starting First Baseman – MIGUEL CABRERA, Tigers

Starting Second Baseman – ROBINSON CANO, Yankees

Starting Shortstop – DEREK JETER, Yankees

Starting Third Baseman – ALEX RODRIGUEZ, Yankees

Starting Left Fielder – CARL CRAWFORD, Rays

Starting Center Fielder – TORII HUNTER, Angels

Starting Right Fielder – ICHIRO SUZUKI, Mariners

Starting Pitcher – FELIX HERNANDEZ, Mariners

ADDITIONAL PITCHERS

FAUSTO CARMONA, Indians NEFTALI FELIZ, Rangers GIO GONZALEZ, Athletics FRANCISCO LIRIANO, Twins DAVID PRICE, Rays MARIANO RIVERA, Yankees C. C. SABATHIA, Yankees ERVIN SANTANA, Angels JOAKIM SORIA, Royals RAFAEL SORIANO, Rays

RESERVE PLAYERS

ELVIS ANDRUS, Rangers JOSE BAUTISTA, Blue Jays ADRIAN BELTRE, Red Sox ORLANDO HUDSON, Twins ADAM JONES, Orioles JORGE POSADA, Yankees ALEXI RAMIREZ, White Sox VERNON WELLS, Blue Jays DELMON YOUNG, Twins

All White National League All Star Team

Starting Catcher – BRIAN McCANN, Braves

Starting First Baseman – JOEY VOTTO, Reds

Starting Second Baseman – CHASE UTLEY, Phillies

Starting Shortstop – TROY TULOWITZKI, Rockies

Starting Third Baseman – DAVID WRIGHT, Mets

Starting Left Fielder – MATT HOLLIDAY, Cardinals

Starting Center Fielder – COLBY RASMUS, Cardinals

Starting Right Fielder – HUNTER PENCE, Astros

Starting Pitcher – ROY HALLADAY, Phillies

ADDITIONAL PITCHERS

TIM LINCECUM, Giants ADAM WAINWRIGHT, Cardinals CHRIS CARPENTER, Cardinals JOSH JOHNSON, Marlins TIM HUDSON, Braves MAT LATOS, Padres EVAN MEEK, Pirates BRIAN WILSON, Giants HEATH BELL, Padres BRAD LIDGE, Phillies

RESERVE PLAYERS

COREY HART, Brewers BUSTER POSEY, Giants AUBREY HUFF, Giants DAN UGGLA, Marlins STEPHEN DREW, Diamondbacks RYAN ZIMMERMAN, Nationals RYAN BRAUN, Brewers JAYSON WERTH, Phillies ADAM DUNN, Nationals

Minority National League All Star Team

Starting Catcher – CARLOS RUIZ, Phillies

Starting First Baseman – ALBERT PUJOLS, Cardinals

Starting Second Baseman – BRANDON PHILLIPS, Reds

Starting Shortstop – HANLEY RAMIREZ, Marlins

Starting Third Baseman – PLACIDO POLANCO, Phillies

Starting Left Fielder – MARLON BYRD, Cubs

Starting Center Fielder – MICHAEL BOURN, Astros

Starting Right Fielder – CARLOS GONZALEZ, Rockies

Starting Pitcher – UBALDO JIMENEZ, Rockies

ADDITIONAL PITCHERS

FRANCISCO CORDERO, Reds YOVANI GALLARDO, Brewers JAIME GARCIA, Cardinals LIVAN HERNANDEZ, Nationals HONG-CHIH KUO, Dodgers CARLOS MARMOL, Cubs RICKY NOLASCO, Marlins JONATHAN SANCHEZ, Giants JOHAN SANTANA, Mets

RESERVE PLAYERS

PEDRO ALVAREZ, Pirates ANDRE ETHIER, Dodgers PRINCE FIELDER, Brewers ADRIAN GONZALEZ, Padres JASON HEYWARD, Braves RYAN HOWARD, Phillies OMAR INFANTE, Braves YADIER MOLINA, Cardinals JOSE REYES, Mets JUSTIN UPTON, Diamondbacks

Of the four rosters, I would have to say the Minority American League Roster is the best… 3 legit Cy Young candidates, power from both sides of the plate and a defensive outfield of Crawford, Hunter and Ichiro which would cut down doubles against any team.

Each team has its strengths and weaknesses, but one thing is certain:

Baseball is better with these 4 rosters combined into 2… and I am NOT talking about the Whites of both leagues versus the Minorities.

Once again, we can give thanks to Jackie Robinson, Monte Irvin, Satchel Paige, Larry Doby, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe for paving the way… lament that Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, Oscar Charleston and Cool Papa Bell never had their shot… and be happy that we don’t have to wonder what it would be like to see Joe Mauer face Mariano Rivera.

I’m sure Chris Rock would agree.

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