During a conversation over the New Years’ weekend, a friend opined that the 2007 Giants have an all-star lineup…that is, if the year was 1995. An excellent point, I thought (and a shout out to Jeff for his insight!). The actual stats don't make the Giants' all-star days 12 years ago, but they're strangely not that far off:
|Player||Pos||All-Star Yrs||Peak BA*, Year||Career BA||2006 BA|
|B Molina||C||n/a||.295, 2005||.275||.284|
|R Aurilia||1B||2001||.324, 2001||.278||.300|
|R Klesko||1B||2001||.300, 2002||.280||.248|
|R Durham||2B||1998, 2000||.296, 1999||.281||.293|
|O Vizquel||SS||1998, 1999, 2002||.333, 1999||.276||.295|
|P Feliz||3B||n/a||.276, 2004||.252||.244|
|B Bonds||LF||once or twice, from 1990 to 2004||.370, 2002||.299||.270|
|D Roberts||CF||n/a||.293, 2006||.270||.293|
|R Winn||RF||2002||.306, 2005||.284||.262|
(*) Note that peak BA was taken from non-partial seasons.
If this were 2001, this might be a decent lineup. Six years later, not so much. Get the Bengay ready (to go with the cream and the clear, of course).