Ever since the 1976 Topps series included “All-Time All-Stars” cards of the top players at each position, I have been obsessed with all-time baseball rosters. So in honor of the All-Star game I have put together my all-time 25 man roster.
I cheated a little bit on my backup first baseman. I really wanted Musial on the team but he could not crack the outfield. He did play 1016 games at first so I got him in here. I hope that’s all right.
The same thing goes for Rose. He came up as a second baseman and played 628 games there.
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Obviously, I did not let steroid accusations or admissions prevent me from including any players.
Okay, maybe Bench deserves to be the starter, but this is a Mets site! Piazza was the best hitting catcher of all time, in any case.
Barry Bonds probably deserves to be on the team, but whom do you leave off?
Does Seaver really belong? Again, this is a Mets site, and he was also pretty darned good. I thought about having five starters and five relievers, but really only one reliever deserves to be on a team such as this, and that is Rivera.