In the Musial-Mays thread several posters insisted that Willie Mays’ defensive skills in centerfield were far more important than Stan Musial’s ability to play multiple positions. I won’t revisit that, but it got me to wondering, just how good would a team of versatille (multi-position) players be? I decided to look at first base, because Musial played first.
The rules are simple. A player had to play at least 600 games at first and at least 600 games in another position. Why 600? Because it’s the equivalent of about four seasons, which is pretty close to the average major league career. I counted outfield as a single position because the stats don’t break out different OF positions as well as they do infielders.
So, defense lovers, what do you think of this team?
2B - Rod Carew
SS - Ernie Banks
3B - take your pick of Harmon Killebrew, Tony Perez or Dick Allen
C - Joe Torrre
Leaving Musial and Carl Yastrzemski in the outfield. Technically you could argue the team needs another outfielder who played at least 600 games, so I’ll add Pete Rose to the roster.
Thoughts? Substitutions? Could a roster comprised entirely of players who all played any other position compete?