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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Terry Kennedy, 1988 Donruss All-Star Pop-Ups #9

For those of us in the blogosphere who reside in the good ol' U.S.A., tomorrow is President's Day. In honor of our 14th-most-popular holiday, I present to you the Orioles' All-Presidents Team:

C Charles Johnson, Terry Kennedy, Darrell Johnson
UT IF Ron Washington, Bob Johnson
2B Davey Johnson
3B Bobby Adams, Ron Jackson, Bob Kennedy
OF Stanley Jefferson, Lou Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Joe Taylor, Donell Nixon, Dan Ford
DH Joe Carter
P Jesse Jefferson, Grant Jackson, Bob Harrison, Roric Harrison, Dorn Taylor, Connie Johnson, Dave Johnson, David Johnson, Don Johnson, Ernie Johnson, Jason Johnson, Jim Johnson, Mike Johnson, Jim Wilson, Dave Ford

Hmm...could we mold this list into a competitive lineup? Let's see...

C Charles Johnson (.294, 21 HR, 55 RBI in 84 games in 2000)
1B Terry Kennedy (.250, 18 HR, 62 RBI in 1987)
2B Davey Johnson (.282, 18 HR, 72 RBI in 1971)
SS Bob Johnson (.295, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 120 OPS+ in 82 games in 1963)
3B Bob Kennedy (.251, 6 HR, 45 RBI in 106 games in 1954)
LF Stanley Jefferson (.260, 4 HR, 20 RBI in 35 games in 1989)
CF Reggie Jackson (.277, 27 HR, 91 RBI, 28 SB, 155 OPS+ in 1976)
RF Dan Ford (.280, 30 2B, 9 HR, 55 RBI in 103 games in 1983)
DH Joe Carter (.247, 11 HR, 34 RBI in 85 games in 1998)
SP Connie Johnson (14-11, 3.20 ERA, 177 K, 14 CG in 1957)
RP Grant Jackson (8-0, 1.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 9 SV in 1973)

Not an overly impressive team there, and that's even with me cherry-picking their best seasons in Baltimore. It took some gymnastics to stick Terry Kennedy (25 career games at 1B, none as an Oriole) and Reggie Jackson (16 games in CF as an Oriole) at their respective positions. Still, I bet these guys were better ballplayers than they'd be heads of state.


Ryan said...

Too bad we couldn't get "El Presidente" Dennis Martinez himself on this team. Maybe we see him tomorrow...

FreeTheBirds said...

Davey Johnson could be player-manager.

Kevin said...

Ryan - I am always happy to receive suggestions :)

FTB - He would be my pick.