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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Baseball: Longhorns in the Show 

The Baseball Crank links to a new feature at Baseball Reference -- the mecca for all baseball statheads -- which now lets you search for players based on college attended. His alma mater, Holy Cross, accounts for 77 future big leagues, while my Longhorns have sent 86 to the majors.

I feel compelled to create a lineup now:

C: Bob Kearney (.233, 27 HR)
1B: Joe Hague (.239, 40 HR)
2B: Shane Halter (.249, 41 HR)
SS: Spike Owen (.246, 46 HR)
3B: Pinky Higgins (.292, 140 HR [only UT alum with 1000+ RBIs in the majors])
OF: Bibb Falk (.314, 69 HR [Yep, that's as in Disch-Falk Field])
OF: Ernie Koy (.279, 36 HR)
OF: Keith Moreland (.279, 121 HR)

SP: Roger Clemens (310-160, 3.19)
SP: Burt Hooten (151-136, 3.38)
SP: Greg Swindell (123-122, 3.86)
SP: Shane Reynolds (114-95, 4.05)
CP: Bruce Ruffin (60-82, 4.19, 63 Sv)

Mgr: Ron Gardenhire (184-139 [Two AL Central titles])

That's not as good as I had thought it might be. The lineup lacks power and speed, though the starting rotation is solid. I didn't do a complete 25-man roster, but even if I had, the offense wouldn't get any better. Middle relief, on the other hand, would look strong with guys like Mark Petkovsek and Calvin Schiraldi. I'm sure Gardehire could manage a few wins with this club.

I didn't go through and look at ever school, but USC's one-two punch of Randy Johnson and Tom Seaver might lock up the best rotation. Arizona State's powerful offense would intimidate opposing pitchers with Barry Bonds and Reggie Jackson occupying the middle of the order. It appears to be the best offense.


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