The All-Live Team?
Is Pujols the All-Live 1B? I guess not; it's probably Musial, since he's not going to fit in the OF. McCovey, McGwire, Thomas...lots of good choices, with no real standout.
Joe Morgan and Mike Schmidt are clearly the 2B and 3B. Let's see...for SS, we have Rodriguez, Jeter, and Ripken as the contenders, right? Without studying it, I'll assume it's A-Rod (obviously, part of the question is how much time away from SS matters).
Piazza over Berra and Bench at C, at least in my book.
Bonds, Mays, and Aaron? Not bad.
Clemens, Seaver, Maddux, Randy Johnson...who gets the fifth spot?
Obviously, the All-Live Team totally dominates the bullpen.
Hmmm....I'll make a 25-man roster. Ten man staff, so I get 7 bench guys.
I'll take a couple of Oakland guys, Rickey Henderson and Frank Robinson, as the next two OFers. I'll take Bench and Berra, both. I want Ripken. Hmm...I'm awfully tempted to take Ozzie Smith; can I count him as a backup at 2B? That's a bit of a problem with this team. Molitor? Rose? Behind Musial, well, that's a tough one, unless I want to spend some time being careful about it. Since I don't, I'll take McGwire and -- hey, my bench tilts way to far to the right! Better take McCovey over Thomas and Pujols. Uh oh, that's eight. I suppose I'll take Ozzie as my UT IF (since A Rod can shift to 3B, too), lose Ripken, and...damn, this is hard. Rickey, Robinson, Bench, Berra, Ozzie, McGwire, and McCovey.
That leaves the fifth starter, and five for the bullpen: Rivera, Gossage, and then pick three -- I suppose if its a real team, better make at least one a lefty. Especially since the All-Dead team is lousy with lefty hitters. I'm gonna want Marichal for my 5th starter, but I'll admit that's pure bias.
So, can they beat the All-Dead team?