Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine
For whatever reason -- or in some cases, lack of viable reason -- various Bauxites have clamored for the head of the GM over the past several months. Well, finally, it's happened ... the Jays released the only GM on the active roster, and you all are invited pay your respects to Crash as we ponder the immutable baseball question hinted at in the immortal All-Steinbrenner Yankees sketch when the Boss hosted Saturday Night Live.

What would a team entirely made up of GMs look like, anyway? Well, it's certainly stuffed with Gregs and Georges ...

*Indicates All-Star
**Indicates Hall of Famer

MGR: Gene Mauch* (1900+ wins, but 2000+ losses)

C Gus Mancuso* (.265 hitter caught 1460 games in 17 years for 5 teams)
1B George McQuinn* (.276 hitter 7-time All-Star mostly for WWII-era SLB)
2B Gil McDougald* (five-time NYY All-Star also took turns at SS, 3B)
SS George McBride (.218 career hitter for 16 years; started for 1908-16 WSH)
3B George Moriarty (.251 in 1076 games mostly for NYY, DET, 1903-16)
LF Gene Moore* (.271 hitter made 1937 All-Star team for BSN; .283/16/70)
CF Garry Maddox (never an All-Star, but eight Gold Gloves in 15-year career)
RF Gary Matthews Sr.* (.281, 234 homers)
DH Guillermo "Willie" Montanez (.275, 139 homers, 1966-82 for nine teams)

C Jerry Moses* (Made '70 All-Star Game as .263 BOS platoon C with Tom Satriano)
IF George Magoon (2B/SS/3B hit .239 for five teams, 1898-1903)
IF Gene Michael ("Stick" hit .229 as pre-Bucky, post Kubek NYY SS)
OF George "Catfish" Metkovich (.261 in 10 seasons for six teams, 1943-54)
UTIL George "Doggie" Miller (.267 hitter played everywhere but P, mostly PIT, 1884-96)

RHSP Greg Maddux* (but soon to be **)
LHSP George Mogridge (132-131 career for five teams, 1911-27)
RHSP George "Jouett" Meekin (33-9 for 1894 NYG; 153-133 career)
LHSP Greg Matthews (11-11 for 1987 NL champ STL, 28-33 career)
RHSP George "Win" Mercer (generous nickname for 131-164 career SP, 1894-1902)

CL Greg Minton* (150 career saves would also lead All-Greg team)
RHRP Guillermo Mota (New FLA fireman getting first chance to close)
RHRP Greg McMichael (31-29, 53 saves 1993-2000)
LHRP "Cowboy" George Milstead (3-7, 2 saves for 1924-26 CHC)
RHRP George "Red" Munger* (swing man 77-56, 12 saves mostly for 1943-52 STL)
RHRP Guy Morton Sr. (1-13 as '14 rook with CLE, 98-88 career)

A number of otherwise qualified players, mostly pitchers, didn't make the cut, including several 20-game winners and the wonderfully-nicknamed George "Doc" Medich. But surely this team can be better ... go ahead, Bauxites, play "Assistant to the GM Team."

25 G.M.s ... 25 Cabs? | 10 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
gv27 - Tuesday, April 26 2005 @ 11:35 PM EDT (#113839) #
You never cease to amaze, Mick. I'd need an hour to follow this kind of thread. The best I can do is offer up my "All-City" Team, though this isn't an entire lineup, and most of them are pitchers:

Darryl BOSTON (1990 Mets)
Sal MADRID (1947 Cubs)
Dave HAMILTON (1976 White Sox)
Reggie CLEVELAND (1975 Red Sox)
Tyler HOUSTON (2000 Brewers)
Horace MILAN (1917 Senators)
Kelly PARIS (1983 Reds)
Mick Doherty - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 12:15 AM EDT (#113841) #
Jamie, I'm afraid we beatcha to that one ... group effort in the offseason in a pre-Hall of Names Geography Bee brainstorm, but I don't think we had Hamilton on the list (shame on us). And though I don't think I've ever posted it, I came up with an All-Texas-Cities team, which Lucas one-upped me with a team entirely of players with Metroplex (DFW) area city names.

Oh, and back to the whole "GM" theme, a special shout-out to Batter's Box's own Gerry McDonald, who is hereby named the team's Official Scorekeeper (or in keeping with the initial theme -- heh -- maybe the title should be "Gametime Manager").

Magpie - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 12:40 AM EDT (#113843) #
George Medich was a pretty fine pitcher, but you can include him as the team doctor if there's no room in the rotation. Like the Jays own Dr Ron Taylor, he was pursuing his medical studies while active as a pitcher, and I dimly recall a story of him treating a seriously fan at the ballpark one day. Don't recall the details.
JackFoley - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 05:13 AM EDT (#113845) #
Just when I think I found a player that couldn't possibly be on the team, there he is. You're too good at this Mick!
gv27 - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 09:54 AM EDT (#113853) #
Every GM needs an assistant. Therefore, here are some notable "Assistant GM's":

Alfred Gwinn Mahon (1930 Philadelphia Athletics)
Arthur Grant Mills (1927 Boston Braves)
Allen Gabriel McDill (2001 Boston Red Sox)

All three were pitchers, and played a combined 60 games without winning a single match. Hence, the measly "assistant" tag.
Mike Green - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#113858) #
George Mitterwald or Crash would have made equally good choices for your 2nd catcher. Too bad for the Twins that Mitterwald was their starter during the years when they had such fine front-line talent.

All-initial is a long-time fave at da Box. How about honouring and hopefully inspiring the young 'uns by finding their all-initial teams? Dave Bush has a solid one. Russ Adams and Alex Rios are interesting, and Gus Chacin needs some help.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 11:23 AM EDT (#113863) #
Mick: Thanks for the promotion. If you can do a GM team then you should do a MD team. You could also do a medical team, there have been over 20 DOC's play in the big leagues, but no nurses. But if you stretch it you could add Rollie Fingers, several piano legs, Jimmy Bloodworth and even Rowland Office.
Mick Doherty - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 11:36 AM EDT (#113865) #
No nurses? Sir, I point you to 1990s Loogy Shawn "Clara" Barton and up in the pressbox, TSN's own Bob "Florence" Nightengale.
gv27 - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#113867) #
A classic from the book "The Pitcher". An opening line by a St. Louis writer in the 1920's:

"Alan Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."
Mick Doherty - Wednesday, April 27 2005 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#113868) #
Some 1920's-era copyeditor didn't "get" it or that never woulda seen print!

Always wondered what kind of crap former California hurler Don Aase took in the clubhouse. He was a 34-save guy for the bad '86 BAL squad, so I guess you had Aase at the end each game.

Alas, Aase and Dick Pole were never teammates.
25 G.M.s ... 25 Cabs? | 10 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.