Let's break this down a little bit.
Boston New York Yankee Sox would loook like this...
SP- Chieng Ming Wang
SP- Josh Beckett
SP- Curt Schilling
SP- Andy Pettite
SP- Mike Mussina
RP- Jonathan Papelbon
RP- Mariano Rivera
C- Jorge Posada
RF- JD Drew
DH- David Ortiz
The Rest of the MLB teams would probably look something like this...
SP- Johan Santana
SP- Roy Halladay
SP- Roy Oswalt
SP- Chris Carpenter
SP- Carlos Zambrano
RP- Francisco Rivera
RP- Trevor Hoffman
C- Joe Mauer
LF- Alonso Soriano
CF- Vernon Wells
RF- Vladimir Guerrero
DH- Ryan Howard
While both would be amazing teams, you have to give the advantage to the rest of the MLB.
Rotation- The Yankee/Red Sox have a great staff, but the bottom three are all aging veterans, well beyond their prime. The rest of the MLB has five guys who are RIGHT NOW either in their prime or a couple of years away from their prime. Johan Santana is right now hands down the best pitcher in all of baseball. Advantage goes to the rest of the MLB
Bullpen- It's hard to argue with Papelbon and Rivera in the bullpen especially with Papelbon's rookie season last year. But when you think about it....beyond those two you would have a group of middle relievers, that really arn't something to write home about. The rest of the MLB would probably have the two i listed closing out games, but beyond those two they could have guys like B.J. Ryan, Huston Street, Billy Wagner, and Joe Nathan in middle relief. Advantage to the rest of the MLB
Catcher- Both are great, but Posada's better days are more than likely behind him. Mauer started to show that he is worthy of being a number one draft pick, by winning the batting title last season.
First Base- No question. Albert Pujols is probably the best player in all of baseball and will be for the next couple of years. Off the top of my head I can think of several guys that would be better at first than Giambi....Delgado, Hafner, Berkman, Thome, Morneau, and Teixiera. When compared to Pujols it is no question.
Second Base- Cano outdid Utley in Doubles and Batting Avg. last season but outside of that....Utley had 32 HR's compared to 15 by Cano.....Utley had 102 RBIs compared to 78 by Cano...Utley had 203 hits compared to 165 by Cano. Both are great, but Utley is better.
Third Base and Shortstop- Jeter and A-Rod over Tejada and Cabrera. Jeter is a captain and a proven big game winner. Tejada has no rings, Jeter has three. A-Rod will probably end his career the all-time HR king...Cabrera is still young and still has something to prove. Although he probably will you have to go with A-Rod
OF- Drew has put up big numbers for the last couple of years but is a question mark every year. Damon is great but aging. Manny is a guarantee but a headache. Soriano, Wells, and Guerrero are all guys who could post 40 Homeruns while Ramirez is the only member of the Yankee/Red Sox who probably could. Guerrero, Soriano, and Wells are also all capable of hitting over .300 next season while it looks like Manny is the only member of the Yankee/Red Sox who could. Advantage rest of the MLB.
DH- It's a push. Ortiz is the best clutch hitter. But Howard didn't win the MVP for nothing.
· 1 decade ago