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If the A's and the Giants were to morph into one team...

...what would be my starting lineup?

I asked myself that question during the countless hours of boredom in school. And now, as a way of escaping from the ton of work I have to do, I'd like to revisit the question again.

Catcher (Kendall/Matheny): This is a no brainer. Kendall's OBP is at least .100 higher than Matheny's. Kendall

1st Base (Hatteberg/Snow): Tempted to put Snow in for defense, but it is first base. I love Hatter when he's hot, but as long as I don't care about defense at first (and I don't), I've got a better option. Durazo

2nd Base (Ellis/Ginter/Durham): Ellis has defense. Ginter has a bat. Durham has both. Durham

3rd Base (Chavez/Alfonzo): Not worth explaining. Chavez

Short Stop (Crosby/Vizquel): Hmm.. power or average? youth or experience? Given that this team will have plenty of power, I'll go for average. Vizquel

Left Field (Bonds/Byrnes): 'roids and my love for Capt. America aside, I just have to. Bonds

Center Field (Kotsay/Grissom): Kots hit .314 last year and is a stud on defense. 'nuff said. Kotsay

Right Field (Swisher/Alou): So Alou seems like an obvious choice, but I just hate the idea of having a huge defensive liability in the outfield. I could put up with it at first, but here I get nightmares about Candy Maldonado. So, what to do? Go with the rookie?? Eh, I'm hesitant. If I open this up to all other outfielders, I have some more options. Byrnes? Well, considering I scrapped Alou, I'd be putting in Byrnes for his defense. No, can't do that; it's just weird. Never been high on Grissom (who's gotta be pushing 40). What the heck? I want  a good defensive outfield, and somebody on this team will have to hit last. Might as well make it obvious: Charles Thomas

DH: I decided to play this game, so I can have my cake and eat it too. Alou

Put those 5 A's and 4 Giants together and I get a batting order that'd look something like

  1. Kotsay L
  2. Kendall R
  3. Bonds L
  4. Alou R
  5. Chavez L
  6. Durazo L
  7. Vizquel S
  8. Durham S
  9. Thomas L
So what do you think? In the past, when I was really bored, I added a bench and a pitching staff, but I don't have that in me right now.
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