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    Starting a Team: Which player 1st?

    So... you're an expansion team and you're able to take ANY player in Major League Baseball on any roster to start. Who's your first choice?

    I think I go Joe Mauer with some serious consideration to Chase Utley.

    Thoughts?

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    Not to be homerific, but I'd go Sabathia.

    He has a great combination of stuff & durability. Other pitchers may be better, but CC is not far behind, he has had a good career, is still young, and has shown himself to be able to pitch a big game.

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    I'll go with Joe Mauer, with Hanley Ramirez getting serious consideration.

    Has to be a catcher, shortstop, or center fielder.

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    Joe Mauer

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    Lincecum would be #1 on my list, with Pujols, Han Ram and Braun right behind.

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    I'm with Tyler.

    1a. Joe Mauer
    1b. Hanley Ramirez

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    Hanley.

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    Mauer then Hanley.

    If he still has knees at 32, I'd move him the 3B after that. After that I'll take Verlander.
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    Cheaters. The OP called for only 1 name.

    Like others, I would add Mauer, Ramirez & Pujols to CC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    I'll go with Joe Mauer, with Hanley Ramirez getting serious consideration.

    Has to be a catcher, shortstop, or center fielder.
    Problem is Hanley probably won't be a SS for long.

    I'm glad most agree that Joe Mauer is just the bomb. Yes, I said the bomb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetPotato View Post
    So... you're an expansion team and you're able to take ANY player in Major League Baseball on any roster to start. Who's your first choice?

    I think I go Joe Mauer with some serious consideration to Chase Utley.

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    Lincecum or Mauer. I can't decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMC View Post
    Not to be homerific, but I'd go Sabathia.

    He has a great combination of stuff & durability. Other pitchers may be better, but CC is not far behind, he has had a good career, is still young, and has shown himself to be able to pitch a big game.
    Agree, Posada is not a defensive catcher, and they win, so catcher would be my second choice.

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    Not going to spend the time really thinking about it, but a case could be made for Utley since there's such a gap between him and the next best 2B.

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    im gonna go a little different. there are a few worthwhile starters, but starters don't have enough of an impact, you need a position player, someone who affects the game every day. joe mauer is probably best since he's a catcher, but catchers wear down faster. hanley won't be a shortstop forever, utley is almost 30 already and is gonna start declining before too long, and pujols is a 1st baseman, and there are plenty of first basemen close to as good (obviously none are AS good as pujols, but you can get a tiexiera, or a prince fielder, or a few other guys that put up comparable results). no i think i'd go with evan longoria. he's very young, hits for extreme power, average, he fields his position well, despite 3rd being known as a power position, there are not a lot of power hitting 3rd basemen in the league right now, has a good arm, a good health history, and is a positive hustling type of player that you want on your team.

    yeah, i'd go evan longoria.

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    Starting a team with a pitcher would just be a mistake.

    Mauer and Hanley are both good options. Longoria isn't a bad one either.

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    Hanley is a stud

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    Albert Pujols

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    I'm going with Evan Longoria as my cornerstone 3rd baseman, who can hit for both average and power, drive home runs with RBI's, while playing one of the best infield Defense around.

    AL Rookie of the year, followed by a gold glove his 2nd season? Sign me up.

    In under two full seasons in the Majors, Evan Longoria has 286 hits, 75 doubles, 60 HR's, 198 RBI's, 118 base on balls, 16 stolen bases (Zero thrown out), .277 batting average, OPS of .883, just top top it off; the kid is only 24 years of age.

    If not Longoria, I'm going Hanley on this one.

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    I'm torn between Hanley and Pujols. Quite frankly, there's no one else close to even think about. Hanley's younger and plays SS (but may not play there for long). Pujols has zero holes in his game. Best bat in the game by far and a top three defender in his position. Only problem with him is that he's a little older.

    Ah, screw it. Gimme Pujols!!!

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    I have to go with Pujols. Check out his RISP stats. This season it was debateable as to whether the smarter decision would be to intentionally walk Pujols with the bases loaded, instead of pitching to him. How many times can you honestly say you considered walking a guy on purpose with bases loaded? Ridiculous... and a gold glove fielder to boot? wtf.

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