Reader Challenge: Who's Mr. [Fill in Team Name HERE]?

Tuesday, November 25 2008 @ 02:15 PM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

We all know that when you hear a reference to "Mr. Cub," that's the one and only Ernie Banks. So he's this team's starting shortstop. Or maybe first baseman, we'll see. What are we going for here? Well, we have 30 teams in the big leagues, and a standard Hall of Names roster includes 25 players plus a manager, sometimes some coaches, maybe an owner or a mascot -- you get the idea.

What kind of team can we build of players who were their franchise's equivalent of Banks? That requires two steps, and who knows, possibly some heated arguments (which is always fun). First, we have to identify everyone from Mr. Brave to Mr. Mariner, all the way from Atlanta to Seattle. Then, we have to see if our list can make up a legitimate roster. To that point, a few rules ...

For instance, Mr. Met is certainly Tom Seaver, right? (Apologies to Mr. Met himself, the mascot actually named Mr. Met).

For the Reds -- Bench? Rose? Larkin? Kluszewksi? The Royals is George Brett (duh) but St. Louis -- of course it's Musial, right? But what about Gibson, Brock and Dean?

The late expansion teams could pose an issue -- who's Mr. Rockie? Mr. Marlin? Mr. Diamondback? Mr. Devil Ray? Are these players who are still active -- maybe even not yet in their primes?

So, ready, set, go ... who's Mr. Jay? Mr. Senator/Ranger? Mr. Senator/Twin? Mr. Expo/National? Mr. (Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta} Brave? Mr. (Los Angeles/California/Anaheim/Los Angeles of Anaheim) Angel?

You get the idea. Now, give your ideas!