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No less than 49 big league ballplayers, including several currently active, share a May 24 birthday. That's almost two rosters full of candidates for an All-5/24 team, and though not a single one has yet been named to Baseball's Hall of Fame -- Bartolo Colon is the active player with the best chance, so odds are the number will stay "nil" indefinitely -- it seems like we might be able to build a pretty good squad.

Er, maybe not. Anyway, let's find out, as we meet ...

** indicates Hall of Famer
* indicates All-Star

MGR: VACANT (Nobody born on 5/24 has ever managed in the big leagues)

C Ellie Rodriguez* (.245, 1968-76)
1B Mule Shirley (.210, 1924-25)
2B Carlos Febles (.250, 68 SB, 1998-2003 KCR)
SS Willy Miranda (Cuban hit .221, 1951-59)
3B Greg Briley (.253, 1988-93, mostly OF; 5 games at 3B)
LF Danny Bautista (.272, 1993-2004)
CF Gus Felix (.274, 1923-27)
RF Wally Shaner (.278, parts of 1923-29)
DH Sam Barkley (2B/1B; .258, 1884-89)

C Carlos Hernandez (.253, 1990-2000)
C/UTIL Fred Jacklitsch (.243, parts of 1900-17)
IF Dave Machemer (.228, 1978 CAL, 1979 DET)
IF Mike Richardt (.226, 1980-84, mostly 2B)
IF/OF Kevin Frandsen (.215 as 2006 SFG rookie)
OF Bobby Brown (former NYY hotshot hit .245, 1979-85)
OF Rob Ducey (.242, 1987-2001)

RHSP Bartolo Colon* (140-87 through 2006; 2005 AL CYA)
RHSP Brad Penny* (72-62 through 2006)
LHSP Jack Pfiester (20-8 with 1906 CHC; 71-44 career)
RHSP Bob Wicker (20-9 with 1903 CHC; 64-52 career)
RHSP Joe Oeschger (20-14 for 1921 BSN; 82-116 career)

CL-RH Jerry Dipoto (49 sves, 1993-2000)
RHRP Jack Berly (10-13, 1924, '31-33)
LHRP Justin Hampson (debuted, '06 COL; now SDP setup)
RH-LONG Joe Kennedy (39-52 through 2006)
RH-LONG Jae Weong Seo (25-36 through 2006)

NOTES ... Penny and Colon, at this writing, are a combined 11-2 in 2007 ... Jacklitsch played all eight non-pitching positions in the big leagues at some point, but was mostly a catcher ... Pfiester and Wicker each had a 20-win season with a turn-of-the-20th-century Cubs team, then quickly each fell off the proverbial map ...

A propos of nothing, seven of the 10 men on the pitching staff, including the entire five-man bullpen, have first names that start with the initial "J" ... Al Shealy, 8-6 mostly out of the bullpen for the '28 NYY, would have an argument to bump Hampston or Seo and break the J-monopoly ...

Machemer homered in his first career at-bat, but never hit another and had just 10 additional big-league base hits ... Brown was 0-for-10 in four games with the 1979 Blue Jays. He did walk twice, steal two bases in three tries and score a run. Anyone remember that? ...

It would seem to the modern fan that names like Wakefield and Abreu would strengthen this team considerably, but Bill Wakefield made 62 appearances in his only MLB season with the 1964 Mets and apparently did not throw a knuckleball, while Joe Abreu's WWII cuppajoe as a 3B/2B with the 1942 Reds resulted in just six hits over 28 at-bats, so he's no Bobby ...

So, put this team in the 2007 AL East. How many games could it win?
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Mike Green - Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 09:20 AM EDT (#168486) #
How many games would they win in the 2007 AL East?
41.  Exactly and approximately.

Of course, the May 2-4s would be a load of laughs, especially when they lost.

Magpie - Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 09:59 AM EDT (#168490) #
Baseball? This is a big day at my house. Today I have to give a big shout out to some other birthdays:

Hi Mom! I'll be calling you later...

My dear friend Monique!

My personal Master and Wizard, Mr Bob Dylan!

And we could mention Queen Victoria herself, I suppose.

A very big day for me. And the new computer is up, running smoothly - I've finished the massive File Transfer, I've finished reformatting and reinstalling a zillion graphics applications on my old computer for my roommate (who inherits it.) I'm still re-installing my own software on this new one (while contemplating the limitless possibility of 580 Gb of hard drive space!)

And then I'm going to owe each and every one out there some New Content. And I will deliver!

CaramonLS - Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#168494) #
Hey, Joe Kennedy has a 2.70 ERA in 9 games (8 starts), but is 1-3. 

Perhaps a rotation featuring Kennedy/Colon/Penny could do some damage, but after that it gets ugly really quickly.  Especially that bullpen, and don't count on any run support.  This is like a collection of bench players.
Mick Doherty - Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 01:18 PM EDT (#168496) #
Imagine Rocket Roger Clemens or Black Jack McDowell seeing the opposing lineup. "Ellie, Willy, Wally and Danny? Hello, shutout!"
Mick Doherty - Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 01:21 PM EDT (#168497) #
Although, having "Gus" and "Mule" in the lineup, the team would be set for any long field goals it needed to attempt ...
owen - Friday, May 25 2007 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#168549) #
as it happens, May 24th is my birthday.  which always made me a cautious Rob Ducey fan.  He jacked one the day the Jays hit 10 out, if that counts for anything.
owen - Friday, May 25 2007 @ 01:56 PM EDT (#168550) #

here is the boxscore of that game, for those who (inexplicably, inexcusably) are unfamiliar.

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