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Okay, former catcher Steve Christmas (Reds, White Sox, Cubs, 1983-1986) is too easy. Besides, with a career OPS+ of 27, he won't play much.

We could nickname White Sox hurler Dave Frost "Jack," one supposes. Minnesota pitcher Jeff Holly, up for a late '70's, early '80's cuppajoe is there. We could even team him with once-top-phenom Mike Ivie for a "Holly and Ivie" battery.

Who else makes this team? Read on for the inspiration behind this question -- thanks, Toledo Mud Hens! -- and to give your suggestions.



That's right, this version of "Hall of Names" inspired by the following actual press release from the Toledo Mud Hens Media Relations office. See the photo in the Toledo Blade.

Holiday Hens Take The Field!
The Toledo Mud Hens are pleased to announce that their "winter ball" lineup has officially taken the field. The new team will be up from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day throughout the holiday season.

The infield will be solid as Toy Soldiers Ozzie and Snomar formulate the best double play combination this side of the North Pole.

Toy Soldier Brooks will be stationed at the hot corner and rumor has it that he has a rocket for an arm -- literally.

Toy Soldier JT "Snow" rounds out the infield at first base and with his oversized glove, can scoop balls out of the dirt with ease.

Roaming the outfield will be reindeers Babe, Ty, and Rob "Rein" Deer. With mitts on top of every antler, all they will need to do is get under the ball and the catch will be easy. These reindeers can fly so they pose a threat when they get on base as well.

Catching for the Holiday Hens will be none other than Santa "Yogi" Claus, himself. He knows if youíve been good or bad and he also knows how to cut a guy off trying to steal. The only way to distract Mr. Kringle would be to leave a plate of cookies on home plate. The Hens had to also order special equipment that would fit over that bowl full of jelly.

On the mound will be Cy the Snowman with his best pitch being the "heater" as long as it doesnít melt his hand.
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Craig B - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:01 AM EST (#32658) #
In honour of the Holliday Season, how about centerfielder Bug Holliday?
Craig B - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:03 AM EST (#32659) #
Ooh, and also on a seasonal note, hoe about a good starting pitcher in George "Sassafrass" Winter?
Craig B - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:08 AM EST (#32660) #
Silly me! Who could forget the redoubtable Ice Williams?
Pepper Moffatt - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:09 AM EST (#32661) #
http://economics.about.com
Phbttt. I'll take Miroslav Satan,Mike Dark, Guenther Hell, Jason Pain, and Milt Black.
Coach - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:10 AM EST (#32662) #
Pitcher Dick Rudolph was nicknamed "Baldy" but there is no anecdotal evidence that he had a very shiny nose.
Mike D - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:12 AM EST (#32663) #
Don't forget Ray "Silent" Knight.

Getting back to reindeer for a minute, we could have an excellent Comet on the field -- Mickey Mantle, the "Commerce Comet."

Of course, given his unfortunate proclivities, he was also frequently "Blitzen."
Craig B - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:31 AM EST (#32664) #
There's also a "Cupid"... Cupid Childs who is of near Hall-of-Fame quality.

And 1880s second baseman Dasher Troy.
_Ryan Day - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:38 AM EST (#32665) #
What about Jim Toy?

How about Ossee Schreckengost, who was born in Bethlehem?

Not to mention Jesus' Alou, Sanchez & Colome.
_Steve Z - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:48 AM EST (#32667) #
I'll throw out Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd as my starting pitcher. Expected to last only an inning or two, he goes the distance, and then pitches the next seven games as well! (Sorry, that was the only Chanuka-related player I could come up with!)
_Jordan - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:53 AM EST (#32668) #
Of course, given his unfortunate proclivities, he was also frequently "Blitzen."

If we had Primeys, this would be a leading contender.
Mike Green - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 11:54 AM EST (#32669) #
Brandon Claussen or Al Clauss.
_benum - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:03 PM EST (#32670) #
Blue Jays:
Roy "Happy" Halladay, Devon "I'm dreaming of a" White Christmas and Candy "Cane" Maldanado.

Misc.
Johan Santana Clause is coming to town?
Fritz "Santa" Clausen? (1892-1896)
Frosty "the Snowman" Thomas? (1905)
Ginger "Bread-Man" Beaumont? (1899-1910)
The Boston Red Stockings hung by the fire with care...

Okay stop groaning, I'm done.
_Ryan Day - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:07 PM EST (#32671) #
Let's not forget the pitching tandem of Lou North & Dick Pole.
_Jim - TBG - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:13 PM EST (#32672) #
http://www.torontobaseballguys.com
There's always the catching platoon of Steve Decker and Bill Hall.

Third catcher Steve Christmas then becomes the personal catcher for reliever Gabe White.
_Ryan Day - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:19 PM EST (#32673) #
Imagine the tension when Steve Rain pitches to Rob Deer!
_Jim - TBG - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:27 PM EST (#32674) #
http://www.torontobaseballguys.com
In right, left and centre, I'd go with Paul Dade, Pedro Feliz and Sandy Nava, thus creating the Feliz Nava Dade outfield.
_coliver - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:27 PM EST (#32675) #
Ding Dong Christmas (George)Bell('s)are ringing!

Cool that someone remember Jesus Figueroa. Former Cub outfielder, long,long time Blue Jays Batting Practice Pitcher, and all-around good guy. Zeus rocks!
Coach - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 12:29 PM EST (#32676) #
One of rodent's favourites, F P Santa-ngelo, played catch with my then 9-year-old son at a clinic in Ottawa many years ago. A great guy, who made the most of his abilities, he could be a terrific coach.
_Mick - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 01:28 PM EST (#32677) #
Okay, the combinations are killing me. I'm laughing out loud which, given we are working on a pretty serious-topic press release right now, is striking people as ... unusual. The Chanukah reference is the leader in the clubhouse in my book.

I suppose we should have the previously-mentioned J.T. Snow face Storm Davis in a monumental Snow/Storm showdown?
_GMR - Tuesday, December 16 2003 @ 09:51 PM EST (#32678) #
http://www.baseball-reference.com/nonmlbpa/steartu99.shtml
Surely there's a spot for Turkey Stearnes in the outfield?
_Brad - Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 12:23 AM EST (#32679) #
How about my favorite Christmas choir: the Jingle Bell Family of Gus, Buddy, David and Mike??!!
_Brad - Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 12:32 AM EST (#32680) #
did you know that Hank Greenberg fans light the 8 candles of Hanukkah in a mitt-shaped menorah called a (John) CANDELARIA?
_Lance - Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 09:35 AM EST (#32681) #
Jays fans, I wish you many a cookie (rojas), I hope that your wife passes on the Lemon Gello, a bowl full of Candy otti, a big ice cream CONE, no one climbs the crabtree, i hope for snow on your ROOF, your presents not to be Small (aaron), and that you remember the true meaning in the Shepherd (ron), and that Randy Moffit is a reminder as he like all of us is related to a King.
_Lance - Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 09:36 AM EST (#32682) #
doh, i forgot the WISE man
Craig B - Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 10:43 AM EST (#32683) #
Actually, Lance, you forgot
Three
Wise
Men.
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