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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. randygnyc - May 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Piazza 2
    Rose 1
    Martinez 3
    Rivera 5
    Robinson 3
    Larkin 3
    Robinson 3
    Ruth 5
    Mantle 1
    Williams 4

  2. Bar None - May 29, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    I was surprised as some of the value in these choices.

    C – Carter (1,1)
    1B – Gehrig (3,4)
    2B – Robinson (3,7)
    3B – Robinson (3,10)
    SS – Ripken (2,12)
    LF – Henderson (3,15)
    CF – Cobb (3,18)
    RF – Aaron (4,22)
    SP – Maddux (1,23)
    CP – Eckersley (2,25)

    My only beef with this list is that Sandberg wasn’t an option at 2B. I did take Henderson’s stolen bases over William’s consistency in LF. It was a tough call.

    And since I have $5 left, here is my bench:
    OF – Mantle (1,26)
    IF – Boggs (2,28)
    IF – Rose (1,29)
    IF – Smith (1,30)

  3. felser - May 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Huge bias toward current players in the pricing. Here is my team:

    C- Carter $1
    1B – Gehrig $3
    2B – Hornsby $5
    SS – Wagner $4
    3B – Schmidt $4
    LF – Williams $4
    CF – Mantle $1
    RF – Ruth $5
    SP – Maddux $1
    Cl – Eckersley $2

  4. twinfan24 - May 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    In batting order:

    Henderson LF
    Boggs 3B
    Pujols 1B
    Ruth RF
    Piazza C
    Griffey CF
    Morgan 2B
    Smith SS

    Johnson SP
    Eckersley RP

  5. flyyseven - May 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    No Jeter c’mon

  6. Sean Williams - May 29, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    C – Piazza (2)
    1B – Gehrig (3)
    2B – Hornsby (5)
    3B – Boggs (2)
    SS – Smith (1)
    LF – Henderson (3)
    CF – Mantle (1)
    RF – Ruth (5)
    SP – Martinez (3)
    CL – Rivera (5)

  7. guppies66 - May 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    C-Mike Piazza $2
    1B-Miguel Cabrera $5
    2B-Jackie Robinson $3
    3B-Brooks Robinson $3
    SS-Cal Ripken $2
    LF-Ted Williams $4
    CF-Ty Cobb $3
    RF-Babe Ruth $5
    SP-Greg Maddux $1
    RP-D.Eckersley $2

    No team could ever be better than one with Ruth, Cobb, and Ted Williams! (and Miggy)

  8. drgums - May 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    my team has all the $5 guys. note that my email is an alias for george Steinbrenner. George where are you now when we really need you!

  9. e5tolife - May 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Left: Henderson
    Right: Clemente
    Center: Griffey

    3rd: Boggs
    Short: Ripken
    2nd: Hornsby
    1st: Cabrera
    Catcher: Rodriguez

    Starter: Martinez
    Closer: Eckersley

  10. eagles512 - May 29, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Piazza
    Gehrig
    Hornsby
    Ripken
    Schmidt
    Henderson
    Griffey
    Ruth
    Maddux
    Eckersley

    29

  11. irapthor - May 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    P: Clemens ($4)
    C: Piazza ($2) (Think about THAT battery! haha)
    1B: Gehrig ($3)
    2B: Robinson ($3)
    SS: Wagner ($4)
    3B: Jones ($1)
    LF: Henderson ($3)
    CF: Cobb ($3)
    RF: Ruth ($5)
    Closer: Eckersley ($2)

  12. irapthor - May 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    P.S. Whoever put Trout and Tulo at the top of these positions should be shot in the face and then castrated…

  13. corky2141 - May 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Line-up:
    Henderson (3,3)
    Utley (2,5)
    Schmidt (4,9)
    Piazza (2,11)
    Griffey Jr (2,13)
    Foxx (2,15)
    Tulowitzki (5,20)
    Clemente (3,23)
    Pedro (3,26)
    Kimbrel (4,30)

    Where is Jeter or Sandberg

  14. gjbender1 - May 30, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    $2 Nolan Ryan
    $4 Yadier Molina
    $3 Lou Gehrig
    $3 Jackie Robinson
    $1 Chipper Jones
    $2 Cal Ripken Jr
    $4 Hank Aaron
    $2 Ken Griffey Jr
    $4 Ted Williams
    $5 Mariano Rivera

  15. fluaggie - May 30, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Jackie – 3
    Boggs – 2
    Bonds – 5
    Ruth – 5
    Cabrera – 5
    Mantle – 1
    Cal – 2
    Pudge – 3
    Maddux – 1
    Eck – 2

    29 points…great lineup offensively and defensively. Mantle is the most undervalued player on the board.

  16. gsbexample - May 30, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Lineup

    1. LF – Rickey Henderson (3)
    2. 2B – Chase Utley (2)
    3. RF – Babe Ruth (5)
    4. CF – Mickey Mantle (1)
    5. 1B – Lou Gehrig (3)
    6. C – Ivan Rodriguez (3)
    7. 3B – Wade Boggs (2)
    8. SS – Ozzie Smith (1)

    Total – 20 dollars

    Pitching

    SP – Randy Johnson (5)
    CP – Mariano Rivera (5)

    Total – 10 dollars

    Henderson, the greatest lead-off hitter of all-time starts things off – The big three boppers: Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig – Mantle protects both Ruth and Gehrig as a switch hitter. The team is defensively nasty up the middle with the Rodriguez, the best defensive catcher in perhaps the history of baseball – Ozzie Smith perhaps best defensive short stop ever, and the speedy Mantle in Center makes this team strong defensively, offensively, and has the best pitching money can buy with Johnson and Rivera. This team could win games 50-0.

  17. qacm - May 30, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    This would be a lot harder to do if the dollar values were more rational. As it is, it’s kind of stupid. But anyway here are my choices:

    C $1 Gary Carter
    1B $3 Lou Gehrig
    2B $4 Joe Morgan
    SS $4 Honus Wagner
    3B $4 Mike Schmidt
    LF $3 Ricky Henderson
    CF $4 Willie Mays
    RF $5 Babe Ruth
    SP $1 Greg Maddux
    RP $1 Billy Wagner

  18. tuberippin - May 30, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    I’d just like to point out that we’re three pages deep, and no one has picked Alex Rodriguez for their team yet, despite the fact that he’s the highest-ranked third baseman.

    • Kevin S. - May 30, 2014 at 6:04 AM

      Incorrect. I picked A-Rod. Towards the bottom of page 2.

      • tuberippin - May 30, 2014 at 6:09 AM

        Correction: One person has picked Alex Rodriguez. Nonetheless…

  19. philliesblow - May 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    The All Jeffrey Loria team (not listed so they are free)
    P – Walter Johnson
    C – Yogi Berra
    1B – Hank Greenberg
    2B – Charlie Gehringer
    SS – Arky Vaughn
    3B – George Brett
    LF – Shoeless Joe Jackson
    CF – Joe Dimaggio
    RF – Reggie Jackson
    Closer – Trevor Hoffman

  20. crazyitie - May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Pudge, Rose, Robinson, Smith Schmidt, Henderson, Griffey, Clemente, Ryan, Rivera. DH Pujols. My grand Total is 29$. 1$ under the limit.

  21. merrimanku - May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    SP Maddux-1
    C Bench-5
    FB Gehrig-3
    SB Robinson-3
    SS Ozzie-1
    TB Schmidt-4 (I’d rather have George Brett here, as a Royals fan)
    LF Ricky-3
    CF Griffey Jr-2
    RF Ruth-5
    CP Eckersley-2

  22. jrbeaver8 - May 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    This team will beat any team

    c Bench $5
    1B Gehrig $3
    2B Morgan $4
    SS Ripken $2
    3B Jones $1
    LF Henderson $3
    CF Griffey $2
    RF Ruth $5
    SP Martinez $3
    C Eckersly $2

    $30!

  23. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - May 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Everybody who opted for Larkin over Ripken Jr, please go place your head in an oven.

  24. tommybfromnyc - May 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    And here’s your starting lineup:

    2B – Jackie Robinson – $3
    CF – Ken Griffey Jr. – $2
    1B – Miguel Cabrera – $5
    LF – Barry Bonds – $5
    RF – Hank Aaron – $4
    C – Mike Piazza – $2
    SS – Cal Ripken Jr. – $2
    3B – Chipper Jones – $1
    SP – Nolan Ryan – $2

    CL – Mariano Rivera – $5

  25. billyboots - May 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    This doesn’t even contain some of the best players of all time. No Walter Johnson? No Trevor Hoffman? Saying Tulo is the best SS of all time? WTH?

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