June 16, 2021

Imagining a Team USA baseball dream team (ESPN)

OK, I’m in. In these days of social distancing, Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman spent Thursday afternoon recruiting players for the 2021 World Baseball Classic via social media. Stroman was one of the stars of the U.S. team that won it all in 2017, starting the championship game against Puerto Rico and pitching six scoreless, one-hit innings in the 8-0 victory.

So let’s have some fun and pick a U.S. dream team of 28 players (the roster size for the WBC). My rules:

1. Stroman has to be on the team because this whole thing was his idea.

2. Christian Yelich and Eric Hosmer have to be on the team because they were two of the leaders of the 2017 team and Stroman asked them to help in recruiting.

3. No Astros. Hey, chemistry is an important thing in a tournament like this. Can’t take the risk of some bad blood if, say, Alex Bregman has to dress next to Cody Bellinger.

That’s it. My team:

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Mitch Garver

In an era where the talent is a little thin overall behind the plate, Realmuto has established himself as the best all-around catcher in the game the past two seasons, with two Silver Sluggers and his first Gold Glove in 2019. I’ve written about Garver a couple of times this…

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