All-Presidents All-Time Team

In honor of President’s Day:

C: Gary Carter

1B: Ike Davis
2B/MGR: Davey Johnson
SS: Elliot Johnson
3B: Charlie Hayes

OF: Shoeless Joe Jackson
OF: Reggie Jackson
OF: Joe Carter

DH: Reggie Jefferson

SP: Walter Johnson
SP: Whitey Ford
SP: Randy Johnson
SP: Madison Bumgarner
SP: Billy Pierce

CL: Brian Wilson
RP: Mike Jackson
RP: Mike Adams
RP: Tyler Clippard
RP: Grant Balfour
RP: Arthur Rhodes

There were almost a dozen other outfielders I could have included, half a dozen starting pitchers, a couple of catchers, and, for whatever reason, pretty much no shortstops. Adam Kennedy at utility infield. Herb Washington as pinch runner. Ron Washington is the backup manager if it’s too much for Davey to manage and also play second base. This team has a killer bullpen.



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TravisReitsma
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TravisReitsma

The lineup’s meh, but that pitching staff is killer. I guess Brad Lincoln’s struggling to break the 40-man?

TravisReitsma
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TravisReitsma

If you extended it to Canadian Prime Ministers you could put John McDonald at SS

lexomatic
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lexomatic

I like artificial constraints, like using each name once (or as many times as it may appear in history).

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

Trot Nixon on the bench.

2012 is unpromising for this team. There has never been an Obama or a Santorum, and aside from the interesting notation “??? Romney 1901,” Baseball Reference lists just one Romney: Glenn Romney, a center fielder in the Dutch major leagues who, in 70 games across two years, is hitting .340/.465/.423.

Jack
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Jack

Ike Davis is noteworthy as he would likely be starting on the all Confederate Presidents Team as well.

steex
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steex

I’ll take Howard Johnson at 3B over Charlie Hayes any day.

steex
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steex

And come to think of it, especially given the lack of a CF there, I think I’d want Hack Wilson in that OF over Joe Carter.

Bryan Grosnick
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I like Davey Johnson, but perhaps you could make him the full-on manager and pencil in Hall of Famer Ulysses F. (Frank) Grant at 2B.

I mean, come on. The name’s too good to miss.

Bryan Grosnick
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The Negro Leagues committee definitely has something to say about your choices. Another awesome addition would be Hall of Fame 1B Benjamin Harrison Taylor. That’s both Benjamin Harrison AND a Taylor in there. Awesome.

reillocity
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reillocity

Donie Bush was a pretty good SS that I saw a lot of back when I was in grammar school – I prefer Bush over Johnson.

DD
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DD

Don’t we all.

reillocity
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reillocity

Grover Cleveland Alexander would be a virtual lock for your rotation, especially since he was played by Ronald Reagan in “The Winning Team”.

Greer
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Greer

Also, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. The two of them would headline the rotation of the US Presidents AND Classical Era Rulers rotation.

nelson saint
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nelson saint

Ted Lilly’s full name is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly III.

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