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  • 01/02/2009, 06:20PM ET

March Madness of Throwdowns, Round 1: 2008 All MLB team (only players born in USA)

DP: Braves will contend! (43-12-1) vs NYFAN07 (127-103-10)
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C- Brian McCann (Athens, GA)
1B- Mark Teixeira (Annapolis, MD)
2B- Dustin Pedroia (Woodland, CA)
SS- Jimmy Rollins (Oakland, CA)
3B- Alex Rodriguez (New York, NY)
LF- Matt Holliday (Stillwater, OK)
CF- Shane Victorino (Wailuku, HI)
RF- Nick Markakis (Glen Cove, NY)

SP- Cliff Lee (Benton, AR)
SP- Brandon Webb (Ashland, KY)
SP- Roy Halladay (Denver, CO)
SP- Tim Lincecum (Bellevue, WA)
SP- CC Sabathia (Vallejo, CA)
RP- Matt Thornton (Three Rivers, MI)
CL- Brad Lidge (Sacramento, CA)


Ill list the changes

C: Joe Mauer(St. Paul, MN)

1B: Ryan Howard(St. Louis, MO)

2B: Chase Utley(Pasadena, CA)

SS: Derek Jeter(Pequannock, NJ)

CF: Josh Hamilton(Raleigh, NC)

SP: Jake Peavy(Mobile, AL) over Brandon Webb

RP: Scott Downs(Louisville, KY)

Good luck


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Ill start off with Mauer vs McCann

Mauer: .328 avg, 9 hr, 85 rbis, 98 runs

McCann: .301 avg, 23 hr, 87 rbis, 68 runs

The numbers are fairly similar which makes this come down to fielding percentage. Mauer is the type of catcher all pitchers love, he can hit, but most of all is a great game manager. He has a rocket arm which lets the pitchers focus more on the batter at hand then on the baserunner on first. Mauer over McCann

Next up, Howard vs Teixeira

Howard: .251 avg, 48 hr, 148 rbis, 105 runs

Teixeira: .308 avg, 33 hr, 121 rbis, 102 runs

Howard is a beast, the guy can hit for power and drives batters in better then anyone in the league

Heres a list awards Howard has won so far

NL Rookie of the Year
Silver Slugger
NL MVP
NL Hank Aaron Award
The Sporting News Player of the Year
Home Run Derby winner
MLB Clutch Performer
Led NL in home runs
Led NL in RBI
NL Josh Gibson Award
World Series Champion

On too...

Hamilton vs Victorino

Hamilton: .304 avg, 32 hr, 130 rbis, 98 runs

Victorino: .293 avg, 14 hr, 58 rbis, 102 runs

Seriously, Josh is one of the best in the game right now, Victorino has potential but is no where near Josh


"Heres a list awards Howard has won so far

NL Rookie of the Year
Silver Slugger
NL MVP
NL Hank Aaron Award
The Sporting News Player of the Year
Home Run Derby winner
MLB Clutch Performer
Led NL in home runs
Led NL in RBI
NL Josh Gibson Award
World Series Champion"(s list may have some better awards:

2x Silver Slugger
2x Gold Glove
1x All Star
Led league in total bases in 05
Dick Howser Trophy in college (college baseball player of the year)

Mauer (5 years) vs McCann (4 years)

2x All-star, 3x All-star (only 3 full seasons as starter)
2x silver slugger (both)

Hamilton vs Vic

Hamilton has the clear lead in power, Vic has the speed and Gold Glove

Webb vs Peavy

Both had 1.2 WHIP, although Peavy did miss 7 games. Peavy went 10-11, Webb went 22-7 while pitching in 34 games.

Matt Thornton vs Scott Downs

Downs: 66 G, 70.2 IP, 27 BB, 57 Ks, 0 W, 3 L, 5 SV, 1.78 ERA
Thornton: 74 G, 77.1 IP, 19 BB, 77 K, 5 W, 3 L, 1 SV, 2.67 ERA

So, his ERA may have been slightly higher, but he proved he could pitch more often and be counted on to not blow a game. His K/BB ratio is much higher.


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