The Oscars happened last night so it only seems proper to address our specialty.
We've debated the greatest movies of all time, the shitiness of "The Replacements" as well as some of our favorite characters. Today we face one of the toughest tasks known to mankind.
Creating a baseball roster from fictional movie characters.
I'll be honest, this was one of the hardest things I've ever done on the shit storm. Knowing baseball movies there are sure to be some strong disagreements.
First some ground rules.
Only fictional characters. It would be too easy to pick Ozzie Smith in "The Scout" or Ken Griffey Jr. in Little big league. Also important to note that you can't have an actor playing a character. So Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Shoe less Joe, Lou Gherig, and Marris are all out.
We're looking at actual performance in the movie, however the shiftiness of the movie will also come into play.
Do your best to keep positions true to their movies, however, you can make some changes with a proper defense of your position change.
1. CF Willie Mays Hayes "Major League"
-Prototypical lead off man with above average defensive skills.
2. LF Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez "The Sandlot"
-As you know Benny played every position so we can put him anywhere. That versatility combined with his 5 tool skills is perfect for a dangerous 2 hole player
3. RF Roy Hobbs "The Natural"
-Goes without saying, but the best natural hitter in the game. He's the type of guy we want to come up in the first inning every game. Will probably post an OPS above 1.10
4. 1B Casey "Casey at he Bat"
-A surprise here, I know. But I'm not the best baseball movie GM for nothing. Casey brings power, pure raw power. I don't have official stats in front of me, but I'm assuming he can also hit for a decent average. Their are concerns about his ability to hit in the clutch, but I have a plan for that.
(At this point I'll have you notice that I have a L,R,S,R 1-4)
5. C Dottie Hinson "A league of Their Own"
-This was probably the hardest position to pick. I'll justify myself here. Crash Davis is a power hitter, but he's really past his prime. Ham "The Great Hambino" Porter is still a young prospect, and Jack Parkman is simple too much of a cancer. Dottie brings the solid leadership to the table, as well as being an above average hitter.
6. 3B Roger Dorn "Major League"
-Tough call here. Dorn is most likely that average vet I'll be replacing soon.
7. SS Yeah Yeah "The Sandlot"
-More of a defensive value here. Concerns about performance enhancing drugs.
-Using the LaRussa style to put a lead off hitter in the 9 spot. Plus the DH is gay.
9. 2B Mickey Scales "Little Big League"
-Much more of a defensive value, but can add some valued speed to the bottom of the lineup.
1. Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh "Bull Durham"
-Young prospect, solid 3 pitches, has matured in recent years.
2.Steve Nebraska "The Scout"
-Fastball tops out over 100, provides added value at the plate for a NL team.
3. Henry Baumgartner "Rookie of the Year"
-Again, fastball tops out at over 100. Arm/Elbow troubles are an issue.
4. Kenny DeNunez "The Sandlot'
-Above Average fastball, tends to hang off speed pitches.
5. Amanda Wurlitzer "The Bad News Bears"
-Great command, ability to throw 100 plus innings.
Swing starters/Long Relief:
Mel Clark "Angels in the outfield"
-Worthless swing starter
Eddie Harris "Major League"
Carlton "Doc" Windgate "Major League 3: Back to the minors"
-Junk ball specialist
Kit Keller "A league of Their Own"
-Has good tools, needs to show more command of her pitches
Montgomery Brewster "Brewsters Millions"
-Could also fill in as swing starter/Long relief
Setup: John Blackout Gatling "Little Big League"
-Powerful late inning guy
Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn "Major League"
-Premiere closer in the game
OF Taka Tanaka "Major League 2"
-late inning defensive sub/Spot starter
Util Kelly Leak "Bad News Bears"
-Originally drafted as an OF, his athleticism allows him to project to any position. His above average bat has him challenging yeah yeah for the SS position
1B/OF Pedro Cerano "Major League"
-LH power hitter, who can replace Casey in late inning situations
OF Downtown Anderson "Major League 3: Back to the minors"
-Line drive hitting prospect
1B/3B Lou Collins "Little Big League"
-Looks to change positions and challenge Dorn for the starting 3B job.
C Ham Porter "The Sandlot"
-Power hitting, shit talking back up.
Manager Lou Brown "Major League"
-Strong skipper who can handle the various personalities
Bench Coach Billy Heywood "Little Big League"
-Sabermetric expert will compliment Brown's weaknesses
1B coach Phil Brickman "Rookie of the Year"
-High Energy motivator
3B Larry Hockett "Bull Durham"
Hitting Crash Davis "Bull Durham"
-Past his prime, but still knows the physical and mental aspects of hitting
Pitching Chet Steadman "Rookie of the Year"
-Crafty vet, with valuable insight for young pitchers
Bull Pen Jake Taylor
-Smart vet who knows what to tell pitchers in certain game situations
So there's my list, include your lineup/critiques in the comments.