Seamheads Historical League Preview – Part 1 of 7 – National Originals Division
If you’ve been hanging around Seamheads.com for the Seamheads Historical League (SHL for short), we appreciate your patience.Â If you happened back on this kicking and screaming as we dragged you back, we look forward to keeping you around for an exciting “simulated” experience for all of the Seamheads out there to enjoy.
It took longer than expected but I think the wait will have been worth it.Â Let’s just call this week’s previews to be pitchers and catchers reporting, position players reporting and Spring Training all rolled up into one package because next week, the Seamheads Historical League is due to premiere with Opening Day action with the Reds and Dodgers (starters to be determined).
To get the juices flowing and build some momentum into Opening Day, we thought we’d use this week to introduce the 28 “franchises” involved and who the selected General Managers chose to represent the teams.Â Today, the National Originals Division is unveiled and each team’s 40-man roster, and how this writer would set up the team’s depth charts.Â Plus, at the bottom of the preview, a prediction of how the division will shake out.
The four teams to comprise the National Originals Division all had their roots in the original National League.Â The Chicago Cubs (originally the Chicago White Stockings in 1876, Chicago Colts in 1890, Chicago Orphans in 1898 and finally the Cubs in 1903) and Atlanta Braves (originally the Boston Red Caps in 1876 to Boston Beaneaters in 1883 to Boston Doves in 1907 to Boston Rustlers in 1911 to Boston Braves in 1912 to Boston Bees in 1936 back to Boston Braves in 1941 then moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and then to Atlanta in 1965) are joined by the Philadelphia Phillies (also known as the Philadelphia Quakers from 1883 to 1890 and unofficially the Blue Jays in 1943 and 1944 — it never caught on) and San Francisco Giants (originally the New York Gothams in 1883 then the New York Giants in 1885 and finally moved to San Francisco in 1958).
CHICAGO CUBS (1876-2008, 2 World Championships, 16 Pennants, 18 Playoff Appearances)
GENERAL MANAGER: David Laurila, Baseball Prospectus Writer
Catchers (2): Gabby Hartnett, Johnny Kling
Infielders (10): Cap Anson, Ernie Banks, Frank Chance, Bill Dahlen, Mark Grace, Billy Herman, Bill madlock, Aramis Ramirez, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo
Outfielders (8): Kiki Cuyler, Andre Dawson, King Kelly, Bill Nicholson, Jimmy Sheckard, Sammy Sosa, Billy Williams, Hack Wilson
Pitchers (20): Pete Alexander, Mordecai Brown, Ryan Dempster, Clark Griffith, Bill Hands, Ken Holtzman, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Orval Overall, Milt Pappas, Claude Passeau, Jack Pfeister, Ed Reulbach, Charley Root, Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Hippo Vaughn, Lon Warneke, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano
1. Cap Anson (1B)
2. Ryne Sandberg (2B)
3. Andre Dawson (RF)
4. Hack Wilson (CF)
5. Sammy Sosa (LF)
6. Ernie Banks (SS)
7. Ron Santo (3B)
8. Gabby Hartnett (C)
1. Anson (1B)
2. Sandberg (2B)
3. Billy Williams (LF)
4. Wilson (CF)
5. Dawson (RF)
6. Banks (SS)
7. Santo (3B)
8. Hartnett (C)
Bench: Sosa/Williams, Mark Grace, Bill Madlock, Bill Dahlen, Jimmy Sheckard, Kiki Cuyler, King Kelly
1. Mordecai Brown
2. John Clarkson
3. Pete Alexander
4. Jack Pfeister
5. Ferguson Jenkins
On the Farm: Aramis Ramirez, Johnny Kling, Frank Chance, Bill Nicholson, Billy Herman, Clark Griffith, Bill hands, Greg Maddux, Charley Root, Lon Warneke, Ryan Dempster, Milt Pappas, Ed Reulbach, Carlos Zambrano, Claude Passeau
- We have Chance… where is Tinker and Evers?
- Who is the backup catcher, Johnny Kling or Frank Chance who can play 1B and OF or King Kelly who can play 1B and OF?
- Will the Cubs be hurt by the lack of a true lead-off hitter?
- Who is this team’s closer — Lee Smith?Â Bruce Sutter?Â Kerry Wood?Â Ryan Dempster?
- Will Mordecai Brown win 20 games?
ATLANTA BRAVES (1876-2008, 3 World Championships, 17 Pennants, 21 Playoff Appearances)
GENERAL MANAGER: J.C. Bradbury, Economist/Author
Catchers (3):Â Javy Lopez, John Morrill, Joe Torre
Infielders (11):Â Joe Adcock, Jeff Blauser, Bob Elliott, Marcus Giles, Bob Horner, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews, Fred McGriff, Ezra Sutton, Earl Torgeson, Sam Wise
Outfielders (9): Hank Aaron, Wally Berger, Rico Carty, Sid Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Andruw Jones, David Justice, Ryan Klesko, Dale Murphy
Pitchers (17): Steve Avery, Rick Camp, John Clarkson, Bill Dineen, Gene Garber, Tom Glavine, Tim Hudson, Charlie Liebrandt, Greg Maddux, Rick Mahler, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, Johnny Sain, John Smoltz, Warren Spahn, Vic Willis, Jaret Wright
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Chipper Jones (3B)
3. Hank Aaron (RF)
4. Rico Carty (LF)
5. Joe Adcock (1B)
6. Bob Elliott (SS)
7. Joe Torre (C)
8. Brian Giles (2B)
1. Hamilton (CF)
2. C.Jones (LF)
3. Eddie Mathews (3B)
4. Aaron (RF)
5. Fred McGriff (1B)
6. Torre (C)
7. Elliott (SS)
8. Sam Wise (2B)
Bench: Carty/Mathews, Adcock/McGriff, Wise/Giles, Javy Lopez, Jeff Blauser, Dale Murphy, Wally Berger
1. Greg Maddux
2. Kid Nichols
3. John Clarkson
4. Tom Glavine
5. Warren Spahn
On the Farm: John Morrill, Earl Torgeson, Bob Horner, Ezra Sutton, Sid Gordon, Ryan Klesko, Andruw Jones, David Justice, Tim Hudson, Charlie Liebrandt, Johnny Sain, Vic Willis, Jaret Wright, Rick Mahler, Phil Niekro
- Does another pitcher step up to take Spahn or Glavine’s spot in the rotation and move a lefty to the bullpen and Avery to the farm or is Avery good enough to be the lefty out of the ‘pen?
- How do you get Chipper Jones and Eddie Mathews enough playing time?
- Is it better to platoon Hamilton in center and lose a traditional lead-off hitter vs. lefties?
- Earl Torgeson or Fred McGriff?
- Is there a betterÂ solution at second and essentially at the bottom of the lineup?
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (2 World Championships, 6 Pennants, 11 Playoff Appearances)
Catchers (2): Bob Boone, Darren Daulton
Infielders (13): Dick Allen, Dave Bancroft, Larry Bowa, Roger Connor, Jimmie Foxx, Ryan Howard, Mickey Morandini, Scott Rolen, Jimmy Rollins, Pete Rose, Juan Samuel, Mike Schmidt, Chase Utley
Outfielders (11): Richie Ashburn, Gavvy Cravath, Ed Delahanty, Lenny Dykstra, Elmer Flick, Billy Hamilton, Chuck Klein, Greg Luzinski, Sam Thompson, Shane Victorino, Hack Wilson
Pitchers (14): Pete Alexander, Steve Bedrosian, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, John Denny, Cole Hamels, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Konstanty, Brad Lidge, Roger McDowell, Robin Roberts, Kent Tekulve, Billy Wagner, Mitch Williams
1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
2. Elmer Flick (RF)
3. Dick Allen (1B)
4. Mike Schmidt (3B)
5. Ed Delahanty (LF)
6. Juan Samuel (2B)
7. Shane Victorino (CF)
8. Bob Boone (C)
1. Richie Ashburn (CF)
2. Chase Utley (2B)
3. Dick Allen (3B)
4. Ryan Howard (1B)
5. Chuck Klein (LF)
6. Elmer Flick (RF)
7. Darren Daulton (C)
8. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
Bench: Boone/Daulton, Schmidt/Howard, Samuel/Utley, Delahanty/Klein, Victorino/Ashburn, Lenny Dykstra, Larry Bowa
1. Pete Alexander
2. Steve Carlton
3. Jim Bunning
4. Robin Roberts
5. Cole Hamels
On the Farm: Roger Connor, Pete Rose, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Morandini, Scott Rolen, Dave Bancroft, Greg Luzinski, Hack Wilson, Sam Thompson, Gavvy Cravath, Ferguson Jenkins, John Denny, Roger McDowell, Billy Wagner
- Is the pitching staff deep enough for a 154-game season?
- Two catchers?Â What happens if Daulton or Boone go down?
- If Jimmie Foxx, Hack Wilson and Ferguson Jenkins get a spot, where is Ryne Sandberg?
- Will Scott Rolen and Billy Wagner badmouth Philadelphia the entire time they are on the farm (if they are on the farm)?
- Lots of lefty options at the plate… why not out of the bullpen?
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (1883-2008, 5 World Championships, 20 Pennants, 24 Playoff Appearances)
GENERAL MANAGER: John Buccigross, ESPN Anchor
Catchers (4): Ernie Lombardi, Chief Myers, Benito Santiago, Wes Westrum
Infielders (13): Rich Aurilia, Orlando Cepeda, Will Clark, Frankie Frisch, Jeff Kent, Freddie Lindstrom, Willie McCovey, Dan McGann, Fred Merkle, Johnny Mize, Bill Terry, Robby Thompson, Matt Williams
Outfielders (8): Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Mike Tiernan, George Van Haltren
Pitchers (15): Rod Beck, Carl Hubbell, Tim Lincecum, Juan Marichal, Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, Robb Nen, Gaylord Perry, Amos Rusie, Jason Schmidt, Fred Toney, Mickey Welch, Hoyt Wilhelm, Brian Wilson
1. Frankie Frisch (3B)
2. Bobby Bonds (RF)
3. Willie Mays (CF)
4. Barry Bonds (LF)
5. Willie McCovey (1B)
6. Jeff Kent (2B)
7. Chief Meyers (C)
8. Rich Aurilia (SS)
1. Frisch (SS)
2. Mays (CF)
3. Ba. Bonds (LF)
4. McCovey (1B)
5. Mel Ott (RF)
6. Bill Terry (3B)
7. Kent (2B)
8. Meyers (C)
Bench: Terry/Aurilia, Bo.Bonds/Ott, Monte Irvin, Johnny Mize, Robby Thompson, Matt Williams, Ernie Lombardi
1. Christy Mathewson
2. Rube Marquard
3. Joe McGinnity
4. Carl Hubbell
5. Tim Lincecum
On the Farm: Benito Santiago, Wes Westrum, Orlando Cepeda, Fred Merkle, Will Clark, Dan McGann, Freddie Lindstrom, George Van Haltren, Mike Tiernan, Ross Youngs, Jason Schmidt, Fred Toney, Mickey Welch, Gaylord Perry, Amos Rusie
- We all know chicks dig the long ball but does Buccigross dig the first baseman?
- Will an all-righty bullpen be a big downfall or does Hubbell or Marquard go the bullpen?
- Were there better options at shortstop?
- How many does simulated Barry hit against some of the greatest pitching ever?
- Is there any chance for another “Merkle Boner”?
With the rosters recapped, here is the prediction:
Division MVP: Barry Bonds, Giants
Division Cy Young: Mordecai Brown, Cubs