by Matthew Taylor
Paul Francis Sullivan – “Sully” – must be quite the baseball fan. The television producer/director/comic/baseball blogger is working on an off-season project where he identifies the all-time 25 man roster of homegrown players for each Major League baseball team and compares that squad to the best all-time 25 man roster of acquired players. It’s an interesting effort considering how often “home grown” vs. “acquired” comes up in baseball debates, especially among A.L. East fans.
Sullivan posted his list for the Orioles (including the St. Louis Browns incarnation of the modern franchise) on Monday. He ultimately picks the home-grown squad to win an imagined match-up against the team’s acquired players.
“It’s tough to pick against a team that has Frank Robinson at the heart of their line up and can bring Satchel Paige out of the bullpen.
But look at the lineup the Home Grown Team has.
Ripken? Brooksie? Murray? Powell?
Starting Jim Palmer?
Yeah their bench isn’t as strong.
But I have a feeling the Iron Man can go nine!
VERDICT: HOME GROWN TEAM WINS… DESPITE A 19 INNING RELIEF STINT BY HOYT WILHELM”