Who would you build around?

This is just something I have been thinking about and I’m curious as to what other bloggers think about this. If you could start your with one player. Who would be the guy you would build your team around? Would you start off with a young Ace like Tim Lincecum. Somebody that can start every five days and shut the other team down. Maybe you want a star shortstop like Derek Jeter. Someone that can hit and give you a 100% day in and day out. Maybe you want a centerfielder like Aaron Rowand that goes balls out on defense. You can even go with a monster swinger like Ryan Howard. He can spark your offense and get a ton of RBI’s. There is so many ways you can go with this. I’m just curious to see what bloggers would go with what guys to start a team and build around them. I look forward to your comments.
~King of Cali


  1. mlbtribefan

    I like starting with Lincecum. However he is not everyday so I guess I would start with Rowand who can back up Lincecum and others on defense. I guess this is because we also have a star center fielder in Grady Sizemore.

  2. King_of_New_York

    If I could start a team, I would probably start with Hanley Ramirez and then build around him. He can bat in every spot in the lineup, and can steal bases, while also hitting home runs. If I had to start with a pitcher, I would choose Brandon Webb, because he can win games, get a low e.r.a., strike guys out, and is a workhorse.
    King Yankees

  3. nwest33

    I would definitely go with a lefty like Sabathia or Lincecum for pitching. Nothing spells wins like left-handed pitching. As for a hitter, I would have to go with Braun (call be biased since I’m a Brewer fan), because he’s already proven himself in less than two years of playing. He’s got all the tools and now he’s got a position he’s comfortable with. After that I’m going old school with Griffey. Who doesn’t like a proven vet who still can play d and hit jacks? No to mention, veteran wisdom is priceless.


  4. redbirdchatter

    I know this is going to come as a big surprise (not), but I would start with a great defensive catcher, who is a team leader that can can shut down the running game, call pitches and manage the pitching staff. If he could throw in an occasional clutch hit, well now, that would be gravy.

    A Molina would be my first choice, of course. But, there are others like Mauer, McCann, Martin, etc. The catcher is the anchor for both the pitching staff and the positional players, so the catcher must be strong for the team to be strong.

  5. rrrt

    Well, Kathy will love this, and I can’t believe I’m saying it as a Phillies fan, but I’d pick Albert Pujols. All-Star, MVP, Gold Glove – he can do it all. And he does it with integrity, so he’d be a great role model for younger players. (second choice would be Chase Utley) 🙂
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  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, King of Cali …

    If I was starting a team, I would want Derek Jeter as my starting shortstop ’cause he is a winner, a solid leader, and one of the all-time clutch players in baseball history !!! … The “Captain” is a great example of class and leadership that all players [in all sports] should look to imitate !!! [as a Yankees fan, I would never want to see Jeter playing on another team against the Yanks] …. Also, I would build my team around Mark Teixeira at first base !!! … Teixeira has many of the same qualities as Jeter; and, is a power-hitting, .300+ switch-hitting, gold glove first baseman, who has a high on-base percentage, who, hopefully, will help lead the Yankees to a few World Championships over the next five to eight years !!!
    Excellent questions to ponder !!!
    These kind of questions are part of many things that make “Baseball” such a great game !!!
    “Congratulations” on ranking #9 on the latest “Leaders List” !!!
    — Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”

  7. ronlang44


    This is coming from a Cubs fan so don’t have a heart attack, but I would choose Albert Pujols. He makes everyone else in the lineup better. Take a look at Ryan Ludwick last year with Albert Pujols not in the lineup. Luckwick only hit around .200 in 90+ at bats when Pujols wasn’t playing.
    My next choice would be Jeter because of his leadership abilities. He is the leader every team needs.



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