Posted by: Chris | April 11, 2010

The All Decade Team-Part Two

I completely forgot about this. I started it the day before I left for Arizona but never got around to finishing it. So I decided to wrap it up in this post instead of doing a third part.

Outfielders:

Barry Bonds- Despite all the steroid alligations and him being a major A-hole, Barry put up some fantastic numbers including his incredible MVP streak at the beginning of the decade. Even at the ripe old age of 40, he was churining out better numbers then guys in their prime. Even though steroids played a MAJOR role in his success, he was just as big a part of this decade as any other guy on the list.

Ichiro- This guy is the very definitition of consistency. Year after year he;s good for 200+ hits and 30+ stolen bases, all while producing a .300+ average. Despite not getting as much recognition as guys like A-Rod or Bonds got, Ichiro hasn’t dissapointed Mariner fans and it doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

Manny Ramirez- Oh Manny. From his crazy personality to his sweet swing. This guy is as unpredictable as they come. But after cranking homer after homer in Boston L.A. and Cleveland, Manny has proven to be one of the games best.

Catcher: Pudge Rodriguez- Pudge has been one of the all-around catchers in history. He’s a gold glover and a silver slugger. He’s as complete a player as you can get and he contines to improve on his already HOF-worthy career

Starting Pitcher: Roy Halladay- This was the toughest choice to make. I wanted to go with a pitcher who has been consistent throughout the whole decade. Not just someone who had a couple of really good years. It was between Halladay and Pedro Martinez, but because Pedro really fell off the face of the earth when he joined the Mets, I had to give it to Halladay.

Closer: Mariano Rivera- Was their really any competition for this spot? Mo is just in-human. By all logic, his arm should’ve fallen off years ago but even in his 40’s, he’s still as good as any pitcher in the game.

So finally, here is the all-decade team batting order:

OF-Ichiro

SS-Derek Jeter

1B-Albert Pujols

OF-Barry Bonds

3B-Alex Rodriguez

OF-Manny Ramirez

DH-Vladimier Guerrero

2B-Jeff Kent

C-Pudge Rodriguez

Starting Pitcher- Roy Halladay

Closer-Mariano Rivera

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