Sometimes I lie awake at night when I can’t sleep and think about relatively odd things. Last night I was wondering if one could construct an all-seafood* baseball team – and after a little digging on Baseball-Reference.com, I was able to make a passable roster of such players. Enjoy!
- C Hank Conger – Mike Scoscia might hate him, but I’ll have him on the All Seafood team
- 1B Mike Carp
- 2B Ron Oester – Did I cheat here? Yes, I did. Too bad.
- 3B Melvin Mora
- SS Lip Pike – Lip played for the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1881 at age 36 after taking 3 years off. I’m hoping he took those three years from 1878-81 hunting down the rabid buffalo.
- RF Kevin Bass – Bass is the most common fishy name in MLB history.
- CF Mike Trout – Might he become the best seafood player ever? Only Tim Salmon stands in the way.
- LF A.J. Pollock
- DH Tim Salmon – With 299 career home runs, Tim is the king of the sea!
- SP Brian Bass
- SP Art Herring – Not really an illustrious career, but did lead the major in hit-batsmen in 1931.
- SP Dory Dean – If you can believe it, Dory Dean went 4-26 in 1876, even with a 3.73 ERA.
- SP Harry Eells – I know some of you might say “that can’t pronounced ‘eels’!” However, his nickname was supposedly “Slippery”, so I’m right.
- SP Anthony Bass
- CL Chris Ray – To my great disappointment, there has never been an MLB closer named Muddy Mudskipper
Got any suggestions of players I missed?
* Are freshwater fish we eat also called seafood? Seems odd to me.