Michigan Dream Team

This team lacks superstars. Some solid players but the leading homerun hitter on this team has yet to reach 300 career homeruns. No pitcher has reached 300 wins. A lot of vanilla on this team. These are players who were born in Michigan and played in the major leagues.

Starting Lineup

Ron LeFlore DH
Kiki Cuyler CF
Kirk Gibson LF
John Mayberry 1B
Jim Northrup RF
Chris Sabo 3B
Ted Simmons C
Bobby Grich 2B
Mike Bordick SS

Bench

Bill Freehan (C), Jason Varitek (C), Charlie Gehringer (@B), Tom Tresh (UTL), Merv Rettenmund (PH-OF), Charlie Maxwell (OF/1B)

Starting Pitching

Hal Newhouser, John Smoltz, Frank Tanana, Jim Kaat, Bob Welch

Bullpen

Mike Marshall, Bill Campbell, Phil Regan, Dick Radatz, Steve Howe, Billy Pierce

Charlie Gehringer instead of Bobby Grich at second is a flip of the coin. You would gain in average but lose in power. Rettenmund probably does not belong on the team based on his numbers, but he was such a good pinchhitter. The Michigan area has depth at catcher so we decided to use three catchers. John Smoltz may be the best closer so you could use him in the bullpen and bring someone like a Jim Abbott to fit in the rotation. Do you take the fireballing Tanana or the pitcher who relied on finesse in his later years.

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