Last night I fought insomnia and it was tougher than Kimbo Slice. In lieu of counting sheep I decided to select my favorite player from each MLB team. The player had to be active during my lifetime. I based my selections upon a mix of skill level, personality, particular accomplishments, and fond memories.
So here they are:Baltimore Orioles – Cal Ripken Jr. Boston Red Sox – Manny Ramirez Chicago White Sox – Frank ‘The Big Hurt’ Thomas Cleveland Indians – Carlos Baerga Detroit Tigers – Chet Lemon Kansas City Royals – ‘Gentleman’ Jim Eisenreich Los Angeles (California/Anaheim) Angels – Tim Salmon Minnesota Twins – Kirby Puckett New York Yankees – Paul O’Neill Oakland Athletics – Dennis Eckersley Seattle Mariners – Jay Buhner Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays – Kevin Stocker Texas Rangers – Mitch ‘Wild Thing’ Williams Toronto Blue Jays – Garth Iorg Arizona Diamondbacks – Curt Schilling Atlanta Braves – Dale Murphy Chicago Cubs – Ryne Sandberg Cincinnati Reds – Eric Davis Colorado Rockies – Larry Walker Florida Marlins – Chucky Carr Houston Astros – Jeff Bagwell Los Angeles Dodgers – Orel Hershiser IV Milwaukee Brewers – Dave Nilsson New York Mets – Mackey Sasser Philadelphia Phillies – Von Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates – Andy Van Slyke San Diego Padres – Ken Caminiti San Francisco Giants – Kevin Mitchell St. Louis Cardinals – Ozzie Smith Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) – Vladimir Guerrero
The last thing I remember was feeling remorse over some of the players left off the list, so I decided to select an honorable mention or two for each team. I was about halfway through this list when I landed a right hook on the elusive insomnia. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.