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MLB All-Time Roster Salary Cap Game: $30 for 10 players

May 29, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

Versions of this have been floating around all week for the NBA and NHL, so let’s try it with baseball:

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It’s self-explanatory. You have $30 to spend on 10 players — one player per position. You can leave your team in the comments below or enter your selections at this link for official polling purposes.

Sky Kalkman — an excellent Twitter follow — is keeping track of the results as they stream in.

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  1. antaresrex - May 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    C – Rodriguez (3, 3)
    1B – Gehrig (3, 6)
    2B – Morgan (3, 10)
    3B – Schmidt (4, 14)
    SS – Wagner (4, 18)
    LF – Henderson (3, 21)
    CF – Mays (4, 25)
    RF – Musial (2, 27)
    SP – Maddux (1, 28)
    RP – Eckersley (2, 30)

  2. psly2124 - May 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Ricky
    Morgan
    Mantle
    Ruth
    Gehrig
    Schmidt
    Ripken
    Pudge
    Pedro
    Eck

    Really no need for a closer, games wouldn’t be close. Actually would have kenny powers close.

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Nolan Ryan being listed is laughable

    • jm91rs - May 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Yeah he had a terrible career. /s

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Not a top 10 All-Time Pitcher

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Walter Johnson
        Christy Mathewson
        Sandy Koufax
        Greg Maddux
        Lefty Grove
        Grover Alexander
        Randy Johnson
        Tom Seaver
        Bob Gibson
        Warren Spahn

        There’s 10 better, I could go on
        Steve Carlton
        Roger Clemens
        Cy Young
        Three Finger Brown
        Pedro Martinez

        There’s 5 more, so Nolan is now outside the top 15
        Ryan is somewhere with Whitey Ford, Marichal, Feller, Hubbell

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Ryan sucked. You have to admit, if it wasn’t for his pitching for 27 ML seasons, 7 no-hitters, 5,714 strikeouts (including 10+ in a game 215 times), 324 wins and a few other things, we probably wouldn’t even remember his name.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        YES
        Because pointing out a player isn’t a top 10 at his position automatically means they sucked.

        Brilliant

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Oh ya, I forgot to LOL at you defending Ryan with only K’s and Wins. Because we all know how important those two stats are….BTW nearly every pitcher I listed has more Wins than Ryan.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 29, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        Is this where we point out that the league was only 12% worse than Ryan at preventing runs (112 ERA+?) or that holds the record for most walks by a pitcher by almost 1,000?

        Ryan is highly overrated.

    • mikhelb - May 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Sure.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        I have no problem saying anyone who thinks Nolan Ryan is a top 10 pitcher of all time doesn’t pay enough attention to the sport.

        There it is

  4. sleepyirv - May 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Lineup
    Joe Morgan (4)
    Ted Williams (4)
    Mickey Mantle (1!!!)
    Babe Ruth (5)
    Lou Gehrig (3)
    Mike Schmidt (4)
    Honus Wagner (4)
    Roger Clemens (4)

    RP- Billy Wagner (1)

  5. dollasnsense - May 29, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Who came up with the list for All-Time Closers and left off Trevor Hoffman…?

    You can’t make a list of “All-Time” closers to choose from and put Kimbrel, Wagner, and Chapman (wtf Chapman REALLY?!) on the list but omit Hoffman. It shows either ignorance or just stupidity (maybe both).

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Hoffman – 9.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9, 141 ERA+ (3.08 FIP)
      Wagner – 11.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.8 HR/9, 187 ERA+ (2.73 FIP)

      And he’s a lefty. Kimbrel is better now than Hoffman ever was, but he doesn’t have the longevity.

  6. raysfanj - May 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    1b Foxx $2
    2b Robinson $3
    3b Schmmidt $4
    ss Cal $2
    lf Williams $4
    cf Cobb $3
    rf Aaron $4
    sp Maddux $1
    c Bench $5
    cl Eck $2

  7. maddog11896 - May 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    C-Ivan Rodriguez
    1B-Albert Pujols
    2B-Chase Utley
    SS-Cal Ripken Jr.
    3B-Wade Boggs
    LF-Ricky Henderson
    CF-Ken Griffy Jr.
    RF-Stan Musial
    SP-Pedro Martinez
    CL-Trevor Hoffman (should have been included, I put his value at $5)

  8. ebrownwareagle - May 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    THIS LIST IS A JOKE!

    TROUT over Mays And Griffey! Lol troubling to say the Least. Where’s Andrew Jones Arguably the BEST DEFENSIVE CF EEEEEEEVER!

    And Ozzie The Wizard Smith was the BEST SS EVER!

    And from All Accounts Ruth was defensive Liability.

    • jm91rs - May 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I’m assuming your team would need to hit every half inning or so. That’s why Ozzie isn’t the highest.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Where’s Andrew Jones Arguably the BEST DEFENSIVE CF EEEEEEEVER!

      Because offense matters, and those players were far better offensive players than what Jones d made up (he also fell off a cliff later in his career).

      And Ozzie The Wizard Smith was the BEST SS EVER!

      Defensively yes, but offensively he doens’t hold a candle to these guys.

  9. hansob - May 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    1B Pujols – 4
    2B Morgan – 4
    SS O Smth – 1
    3B Boggs – 2
    C Piazza – 2
    LF Bonds – 5 (only if he comes with the cream)
    CF Mays – 4
    RF Ruth – 5
    SP Maddux – 1
    RP Eckersley – 2

  10. maddog11896 - May 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    What I want to know is why in the hell Trevor Hoffman is NOT on here!

    • maddog11896 - May 31, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      I mean yea, I personally think Hoffman was the greatest closer ever, but I’ll admit he wasn’t. But putting Chapman and Kimbrel on here? Really?

  11. dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Bonds – $5
    Mantle – $1
    Aaron – $4
    Boggs – $2
    Larkin – $3
    Jackie Robinson – $3
    Pujols – $4
    Molina – $2
    Martinez – $3
    Wagner – $1

    Also, I can’t believe that Joe Mauer isn’t on that catcher list. He’s gotta be top 5 all time even if his C career was cut short because of concussions.

    • dluxxx - May 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Also, can one have Ruth pitch? If we’re rolling NL style, I’d take Frank Robinson and Ruth and up my 3B to Brooks Robinson. I’d have the matching Robinson set and Ruth would be worth his weight (Ha!) as a batter.

  12. tedwmoore - May 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Lineup:

    Morgan
    Mays
    Bonds
    Foxx
    Musial
    Boggs
    Pudge
    Smith

    SP: Pedro
    RP: Kimbrel

  13. salvomania - May 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    At their prime, I think this team would be tough to top, and I only spent $29

    SP-Maddux-$1
    C-Carter $1
    1b-Gehrig $3 (better than the two more expensive guys)
    2b-Robinson $3 (all-around terror; Hornsby could hit but was a butcher in the field)
    3b-A-Rod $5 (unbeatable blend of power/speed)
    ss-Wagner $4 (better career OPS+ than Tulo’s had in any single full season)
    lf-Bonds $5 (most terrifying hitter ever)
    cf-Mantle $1
    rf-Musial $2
    rp-Eckersley $2

    • salvomania - May 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I’m changing my mind and with my extra unspent $1 I’m going to upgrade to Joe Morgan at 2b… dude averaged over 9.5 WAR over a 5-year stretch, which I’m guessing is unmatched at the position…

  14. jm91rs - May 29, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Surprised more people aren’t taking frank robinson for $1. You’re going to give me junior and robinson for a total of $3? Yes please. I guess you had to pick a position for rose, but I think most would take Perez over him at 1st.

  15. roundballsquarebox24 - May 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I made my pick from the Available choices, and then in parenthesis put who I would want in my own all-time team. I didn’t want to include all of the old-timers because I wanted to make my team out of relatively-modern players.

    SP: Pedro Martinez – $3
    C: Yadier Molina $4
    1B: Miguel Cabrera – $5
    2B: Jackie Robinson (Robinson Canó) -$3
    3B: Chipper Jones (Adrian Beltré) – $1
    SS: Ozzie Smith (Miguel Tejada) – $1
    LF: Manny Ramirez – $2
    CF: Ken Griffey Jr (Carlos Gomez) – $2
    RF: Roberto Clemente (Vladimir Guerrero) -$3
    CP: Mariano Rivera – $5

    Total Payroll: $29

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      SS: Ozzie Smith (Miguel Tejada)

      Out of all the available SS, you picked Tejada? Not Arod, or Jeter, or Cal, or Larkin, or Nomar?

  16. raysfan1 - May 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Williams
    Mantle
    Musial
    Pujols
    Morgan
    Wagner
    Jones
    Maddux
    Bench
    Eckersley

  17. happytwinsfan - May 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    All of you not picking Ty Cobb, you do know he’s going to beat you up when he finds out.

  18. protectthishouse54 - May 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Lineup:

    1. Henderson (LF, $3)
    2. Rose (1B, $1)
    3. Mays (CF, $4)
    4. Ruth (RF, $5)
    5. Piazza (C, $2)
    6. J. Robinson (2B, $3)
    7. B. Robinson (3B, $3)
    8. Smith (SS, $1)
    9. Martinez (SP, $3)

    RP. Rivera ($5)

  19. theeperspective - May 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Alomar at 2b? He is probably one of the BEST all around baseball players I have ever seen play the game as a 25 years old. He could hit, he could run, he was a magician in the field, he could do it all. He deserves a spot on the 2b list.

    • weaselpuppy - May 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Not before Charlie Gehringer….

      • theeperspective - May 30, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Obviously I never saw him play, but yeah his stat line would prove worthy. Any idea about his fielding abilities? Just curious

  20. beefytrout - May 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    SP – Pedro
    RP – Eckersley

    Lineup –

    Rickey H (LF)
    Hornsby (2B)
    Gehrig (1B)
    Ruth (RF)
    Griffey (CF)
    Robinson (3B)
    Pudge (C)
    Ozzie (SS)

  21. theebbandflow - May 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Pedro (P) $3
    Molina (C) $4
    Rose (1B) $1
    Utley (2B) $2
    Larkin (SS) $3
    Schmidt (3B) $4
    Musial (RF) $2
    Cobb (CF) $3
    Bonds (LF) $5
    Chapman (RP) $3

  22. Caught Looking - May 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    LF $4 Ted Williams
    CF $3 Ty Cobb
    RF $3 Roberto Clemente
    3B $2 Wade Boggs
    SS $3 Barry Larkin
    2B $5 Rogers Hornsby
    1B $2 Jimmy Foxx
    SP $3 Pedro Martinez
    C $4 Yadier Molina
    CL $1 Billy Wagner

  23. kalinedrive - May 29, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    C Rodriguez $3
    1B Gehrig $3
    2B Morgan $4
    3B Schmidt $4
    SS Ripken $2
    LF Henderson $3
    CF Mays $4
    RF Musial $2
    SP Martinez $3
    CL Eckersley $2

    I haven’t read all the comments yet, but I think a lot of people are missing this point: These are not intended to represent the top 5 players of all time at each position. If you did that, there would be pretty narrow levels of difference between any lineup you picked out of a hat. Instead, we are presented with 5 choices at each position, and you have to choose what is most important to you and what you can afford and whether the gap between say a $4 player and a $2 player may be significant enough to pay twice as much or not.

    I was not willing to compromise on Mays or Schmidt, but I thought Gehrig and Ripken were good deals. I really wanted Bench, but couldn’t come up with the extra $2 so I took Pudge.

    • Drew Silva - May 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Thank you.

  24. Kevin S. - May 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Piazza – $2
    Pujols – $4
    Morgan – $4
    A-Rod – $5
    Ripken – $2
    Bonds – $5
    Mantle – $1
    Aaron – $4
    Maddux – $1
    Eck – $2

    But yeah, the valuations on this are awful.

  25. cmpieper - May 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    SP – Maddux (1 / 1)
    RP – Wagner (1 / 2)

    C – Carter (1 / 3)
    1B – Gehrig (3 / 6)
    2B – Hornsby (5 / 11)
    3B – Schmidt (4 / 15)
    SS – Wagner (4 / 19)
    LF – Bonds (5 / 24)
    CF – Mantle (1 / 25)
    RF – Ruth (5 / 30)

    Wish I could afford Eckersley over Wagner, but with Maddux who needs a reliever anyway?

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