[Ed. note - Today's guest poster actually wrote his own introduction, which doubly saves us time here! Jonathan says: "Pitchers Hit Eighth threw me a biting knuckle curve the other week via Twitter when they actually accepted my self-invitation to write a guest article for them this week. Most of the time, I blog randomly about fantasy baseball and hott baseball wives over at Fantasy Baseball Dugout." Jonathan Bentz, who typically writes at the aforementioned location, was kind enough to address something we usually don't get around to here at PH8...FANTASY BASEBALL. Thanks Jonathan!]
Below are my selections for the Cardinals All-Time fantasy baseball team. Some ground rules I used for selecting this all-time, all-star, all-Redbird roster:
• This starting lineup was assembled using standard fantasy baseball rosters
• Players were selected using traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball statistics
• The player had to play for the Cards for at least five seasons
While some of the selections for this team were easy, a good bit of research and elimination of productive Cardinals players was done in the assembly of this roster.
If you disagree with my list, I fully respect your opinion. After all, you probably know more about Cardinals history than I do. Shoot me an e-mail with your comments – webmaster [at] fantasybaseballdugout [dot] com. If you can keep your confusion over my selection of any particular Redbird to 140 characters or less, gimme a shout on Twitter – @jonathanbentz.
Now onto my selections for the All-Time St. Louis Cardinals fantasy baseball roster:
C: Walker Cooper – His .296 average in eight seasons makeup for the fact that he lacked power as a Cardinal (35 homeruns as a Redbird).
1B: Albert Pujols – First base is a crowded position in Cardinal history, but Pujols is arguably the most dependable fantasy baseball player this millennium and therefore a lock for this team. Potential to break every Musial team record before his career is over.
2B: Rogers Hornsby – .359 career average, over 1000 Cardinal runs, over 1000 RBI, and nearly 200 homers makes even the most diehard Chase Utley owner drool.
3B: Whitey Kurowski – tough choice between Kurowski and Scott Rolen, but Kurowski’s longevity in St. Louis (9 seasons) and similar production to Rolen (over 500 career runs and 500 RBI, .286 career average) give him the nod.
SS: Ozzie Smith – Shortstop is a thin position and most people forget the Wizard’s productivity at the plate. Nearly 1000 runs scored as a Cardinal with 433 steals.
OF: Stan Musial – all time team leader in homers, runs, and RBI with a .331 average. The unanimous no. 1 pick for an All-Time Cardinals fantasy team.
OF: Lou Brock – 1427 career runs and 888 steals as a Card give you the speed and runs every fantasy team needs.
OF: Enos Slaughter – Hit .305 in 13 years as a Cardinal with over 1000 runs scored and 1000 RBI. Less homers than Hornsby but hard to argue with as a third OFer.
UTIL: Mark McGwire – every team needs an all or nothing masher and McGwire defines that position. One homer every 7.9 at-bats as a Cardinal.
SP: Bob Gibson – 251 career wins and 3117 career strikeouts. No other Cards pitcher in history is even close to Gibson!
SP: Dizzy Dean – only pitched for the Cards for 7 seasons, but pitched 141 complete games and won 64% of his starts. 1.20 WHIP and 2.99 ERA – even 1095 strikeouts.
RP: Lee Smith – the all-time saves leader when he retired logged 160 saves for the Cards.
RP: Jason Isringhausen – Cards all-time saves leader probably wouldn’t have made this squad if Bruce Sutter played one more season for the Cards.
P: John Tudor – had a nice run in 5 seasons for the Cards – a 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 882.7 innings. Low strikeout total but the lack of baserunners and earned runs can’t be left off the team.
P: Bob Forsch – only three Cards pitchers have struck out over 1000 batters in their career – Forsch is the third. He had a Cardinals career 3.67 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, so he’s the last choice for our starting rotation.
P: Todd Worrell – because we always recommend having at least 3 closers at Fantasy Baseball Dugout, Worrell also makes the squad. A 2.56 career ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 129 saves and 33 wins from a reliever? Hard to argue against that