Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Baseball Movie All-Star Game: Starting Lineups

With all the baseball movies that are out there, I have always wondered which characters are the cream of the fictional crop. Now Ray Kinsella might look up at me and sarcastically ask, “What’s a crop?” – but I digress. Baseball movies often tell the story of an entire team, but each team has their usual cast of superstars, and now is their time to be recognized among baseball’s fictional elite.

I have broken up the All-Stars into two teams, American League and National League- groundbreaking stuff, I know. There is no rhyme or reason behind which team a guy ends up on- there are even teammates that find themselves on opposing sides. I was trying to model a competitive game, and these are the players that I felt gave their squad the best chance to win. Now I must warn you, there will be some snubs, along with some head-scratchers, but that is merely a consequence of baseball movies featuring mainly catchers, pitchers, and outfielders as their stars and main characters- essentially zero middle-infield love.

Also, this list consists of all fictional characters, although I was tempted to place the two main characters from *61 in each team’s cleanup spot.

So without further ado, here are your starting lineups. (We will assume the game is being played at an NL park: no DH's.)

C: Crash Davis (Bull Durham)
1B: Clu Haywood (Major League)
2B: Suarez (Rookie of the Year)
SS: Kelly Leak (Bad News Bears)
3B: Pat Corning (Little Big League)
LF: Max "Hammer" Dubois (Mr. Baseball)
CF: Miles Dalrymple (Summer Catch)
RF: Bobby Rayburn (The Fan)

SP: Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game)
P: Steve Nebraska (The Scout)
P: Henry "Author" Wiggen (Bang the Drum Slowly)
CL: Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Major League)

Manager: Lou Brown (Major League)

C: Jack Parkman (Major League II)
1B: Jack Elliot (Mr. Baseball)
2B: Mickey Dominguez (Summer Catch)
SS: Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez (The Sandlot)
3B: Roger Dorn (Major League)
LF: Billy "Downtown" Anderson (Major League III: Back to the Minors)
CF: Willie "Mays" Hayes (Major League)
RF: Roy Hobbs (The Natural)

SP: Ebby Calvin "Nuke" Laloosh (Bull Durham)
P: Erik Van Leemer (Summer Catch)
P: Mike McGrevey (Little Big League)
CL: Henry Rowengartner (Rookie of the Year)

Manager: Jimmy Dugan (A League of Their Own)

Home Plate Umpire: Frank Drebin (Naked Gun)
Game Announcer: Harry Doyle (Major League)
Who's your money on?

Don't see a character you feel is deserving of the nod? Let me know in the comment section.

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  1. Kelly Leak at short? He was the centerfielder for the Bears

  2. Mel Clark - Angels in the Outfield

  3. Whitt Bass from Angels in the Outfield!

  4. Spike Nolan from Brewster's Millions as Catcher.

  5. No Stan Ross (Mr 3000)?