Opening batsman: Derek
Jeter, shortstop, New York Yankees.
While his skills are diminishing as a baseball player, Jeter
has also been an example of cool under pressure as a batter
and fielder and has show immense discipline and technique as
Though I'm obligated to hate his guts because he is a Yankee,
I secretly took joy rooting for him when he played for the
USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Number three and four batsmen: Chase Utley, second
baseman, Philadelphia Phillies; Alex Rodriguez, third
baseman, New York Yankees.
With apologies to David Ortiz, Albert Pujols and other big
boppers around the league, Utley and A-Rod get the call not
only because of their hitting ability, but also their
The worse thing imaginable would be watching Ortiz field.
Think of a taller, rounder, happier and less-mobile Jesse
Utley is an immense young talent, showing atypical power and
patience from a second baseman.
A-Rod is rumoured to be dating Madonna
and has blue lips. 'Nuff said.
Lower middle order batsman: Vladimir Guerrero,
rightfielder, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
"Vlad the Impaler", as he is known, uncorks some of the most
powerful, and explosive swings in baseball and often swings
wildly from the heels.
With quick wrists and great eye-hand co-ordination Guerrero
hits "junk", or pitches in the dirt quite often. A cricket
switch could make sense.
Wicket-keeper: Joe Mauer, catcher, Minnesota Twins.
Mauer, though just 25, is lauded for his maturity and
professionalism when handling the Twins' young pitching
He hasn't shown great power as a hitter, but possesses great
patience and regularly makes contact.
Pace bowler: Jonathan
Papelbon, relief pitcher, Boston Red Sox.
Papelbon, the Red Sox closer, is probably insane, is as close
to a John Belushi as you'll find in a professional athlete,
and throws gas.
At this point, he is probably the most feared closer in
baseball as his on-mound demeanor fierce and
fastball/splitter repetoire is lively.
Spin bowler: Justin Duchscherer, relief pitcher,
Besides having a great name to try and pronounce when you're
drunk, Duchscherer has an array of off-speed pitches and has
carved out a nice career for himself on guile and location.
How we wish all these players played cricket just once, perhaps against a visiting British team. Just the kind of publicity stunt cricket needs in USA.