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I thought this would be an easier team to build, but no such luck. Did you know that only 22 men named Bret or Brett have even played big league ball? So there will be no full roster, for sure. And three of those 22 had the last/family name Brett, including our only Hall of Famer and one of just five All-Stars. Actually, only one man with the first/given name "Brett" has even made an All-Star team (yes, yes ... the Butler did it!) -- the rest were all of the single-t "Bret" variety.

Well, the GM/owner of this team is another former All-Star -- of the NHL variety, anyway -- as Mr. Hull takes up residence in the front office overseeing the development of ...



The Golden Bretts
** indicates Hall of Famer
* indicates All-Star

MGR: No qualifiers

LINEUP
C Brett Hemphill (3-for-21 with 1999 ANA)
1B Brett Hayes (2-for-8 with a solo homer so far in 2009 FLA debut)
2B Bret Boone* (five teams, 1992-2005; 252 homers, four Gold Gloves)
SS Bret Barberie (mostly 2B; .271, 1991-96, four teams)
3B George Brett** (KCR, 1973-93; .305, 3154 hits, 317 homers)
LF Brett Gardner (.254, 33 SB since '08 NYY debut)
CF Brett Butler* (1981-97, five teams; .290, 2375 hits, 558 SB)
RF Brett Carroll (.220 since '07 for FLA)

BENCH
Nope!

ROTATION
RHSP Bret Saberhagen* (1984-2001; 167-117, 1985 and 1989 AL Cy Youngs)
LHSP Ken Brett* (83-85, 10 teams, 1967-81)
RHSP Brett Tomko (99-102 for eight teams since 1997)
LHSP Brett Cecil (7-4 so far in 2009 TOR debut)
LHSP Brett Anderson (9-10 so far in 2009 OAK debut)

BULLPEN
CL-RH Brett Myers (73-63 for PHI since 2002; 21 saves in 2007)
RHRP Bret Prinz (5-4, nine saves wince 2001, five teams)
RHRP Brett Gideon (1-5, three saves, 1987 PIT; cuppajoes, 1989-90 MON)
RHRP Brett Laxton (0-2, 1999 OAK, 2000 KCR)
RHRP Herb "Duke" Brett (1-1, 3.97 1925-26 CHC)

Other bullpen options ...
RHRP Brett Campbell (0-0, 10.38 in four appearances with 2006 WAS)
RHRP Brett Hinchliffe (0-5, 10.22, three teams, 1999-2001)
RHRP Brett Jodie (0-2, 6.39, 2001 NYY, SDP)
RHRP Brett Merriman (1-2, 8.39, 1993-94 MIN)

BRETTER UP! ... Nobody with the given first or middle OR last/family name Bret OR Brett has ever managed in the big leagues ... Okay, we don't have enough position player options to "designate" anybody as the designated hitter, but miraculously if we stretch just the tiniest bit and start Barberie at shortstop -- he made just 15 of 287 career starts (and 21 of 319 overall appearances) there, mostly playing on the other side of the 2B bag -- we can actually fill out a legitimate (DH-free) starting lineup ...

Twelve of the first-named Bret(t)s have debuted in the past 10 years -- since 1999 -- and nobody with that first name appeared in the big leagues before Butler in 1981 ... Lefty "starter" Ken Brett -- more than half of his career appearances were out of one bullpen or another -- racked up 11 career saves and more notably, hit 10 homers, all while pitching mostly in the American League and primarily in the DH era ... Did you know that Cecil's given middle name is "Aarion"? That's the only occurrence of that name in professional baseball history and the first time I've ever heard it, anyway ...

Gideon was traded by the Expos to the Pirates even-up for Neal Heaton; the Pirates eventually traded Heaton to the Royals even-up for Kirk Gibson, so by the associative principle, Gideon was once traded even-up for a former NL MVP ... Brett Laxton is a legacy major leaguer (second generation) as daddy Bill Laxton was a lefty reliever for five teams in the 1970's ... Daddy Lax pitched in more games (121-9) and won infinitely more games (he was 3-10 to his boy's 0-2) ...

Myers had 21 saves for the 2007 Phillies, which makes him this team's closer, but now is primarily back in the rotation and already has five seasons in his career with double-digit win totals ... Prinz was part of the return NYY got for sending Raul Mondesi to Arizona -- that move worked out pretty evenly for both teams, hey? ...Tomko is now strictly a bullpen guy but has to this point still made more than two-thirds of his career appearances as a starting pitcher ...

So one final question (wait for it) ... how can this team be Brett-er?

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Mick Doherty - Sunday, September 13 2009 @ 10:05 PM EDT (#206077) #

What else could we name this team? The hockey aura doesn't really work with "Golden Bretts," but I toyed with a football/basketball pun (New York Bretts" and some other non-sports puns "All Bretts are Off" ... nothing really comes to mind. Whatcha got, Bauxites?

  • As Good as it Bretts?
  • Bretts get Physical?
  • BrettSmart?
  • Ready, Brett, Go?
  • The Brett Offensive?
  • Soaking Brett?

Nothing great ... what else comes to mind?

Magpie - Sunday, September 13 2009 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#206078) #
Ken Brett was a favourite of mine. He died much too young, of course. He was a broadcaster for the Angels in the 1990s. I remember seeing him in the press box one day and being taken aback by the surgery scars on his left elbow.

When he was drafted by the Red Sox out of high school in 1967 (4th overall), they were apparently the only team that saw him as a pitcher. Everyone else thought of him as a centre fielder, and he very well could have had a better career if he'd stuck to hitting.

Some of you may remember him as the guy who started for the White Sox against Bill Singer in the very first Blue Jays game ever.
Magpie - Sunday, September 13 2009 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#206079) #
Ken Brett is also the youngest man to pitch in a World Series game. He was 18 years old, and a last minute injury replacement for Sparky Lyle in 1967. He got into two games against the Cardinals and did just fine (1.1 IP, 0H, 1K, 1BB).

He actually had his best years in the NL from 1973-75 (35-23, 3.37) and was the winning pitcher in the 1974 All-Star game.
Mike Green - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 09:04 AM EDT (#206081) #
Gideon was traded by the Expos to the Pirates even-up for Neal Heaton; the Pirates eventually traded Heaton to the Royals even-up for Kirk Gibson, so by the associative principle, Gardner was once traded even-up for a former NL MVP

Glad to see mathematics in action.  It was Gideon, not Gardner, but that was once "associatively" traded for Kirk Gibson, but it's the principle that is important!

The Brett'N'Butters?
vw_fan17 - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 01:24 PM EDT (#206093) #
Well, if you get a little more relaxed with the rules..
Apparently Brit and Bret are similar names. So, you could probably add Britt Burns.

Getting a little more lenient.. Brett = Board in german.  Allowing soundalikes, you could add
Pat Borders and Mike Bordick.

And if you REALLY want to stretch it, apparently (WAY before my time) Whitey Ford was also known as the Chairman of the Board and Slick. :-)

Mick Doherty - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 01:26 PM EDT (#206094) #

Why Mike, whatever do you mean? That's what it says! (Live edit tools rock ...)

Brett-n-Butters. That's awesome. Now if Brian Butterfield is willing to change his first name, we'd have a manager!

On that same tack, The Wry (Rye) Brett Sandwiches?

Mick Doherty - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#206095) #
vwf, good stuff -- Burns would strengthen what is already a pretty good rotation. But with all due respect to my native German mother-in-law, I ain't goin'  that route ... the foreign translation bug has bitten many HoN teams in the past!
Mick Doherty - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 01:32 PM EDT (#206096) #
Ken Brett was a favourite of mine ... Some of you may remember him as the guy who started for the White Sox against Bill Singer in the very first Blue Jays game ever.
 
So who did the young Mags root for?
Dave Rutt - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 01:59 PM EDT (#206098) #
For Ottawans: the Le"Bret"on Flats
Chuck - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 04:10 PM EDT (#206102) #
Apparently Brit and Bret are similar names.

That's the basis of a little shtick from Flight of the Conchords, la salsa/seltzer from Seinfeld.
Magpie - Monday, September 14 2009 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#206108) #
So who did the young Mags root for?

Actually, I wasn't really paying all that much attention to baseball in 1977. I'm from the generation that believed in sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, and it was the prime of my Glorious Youth. So I was otherwise occupied.
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