Thursday, May 14, 2009

The First 25 - A Roster

A brief look back in team form at the first 25 player cards in the 1980 set as if constructing a fantasy league team:

1B - Ron Jackson
2B - Dave Cash
SS - Mark Wagner
3B - Derrell Thomas
OF - Dan Ford
OF - Lee Mazzilli
OF - Jay Johnstone
C - Jerry Narron
DH - Pat Putnam

Mike Lum, Del Unser, Steve Braun, Jimmy Sexton, Ron Pruitt

Not a whole lot of power in this lineup, but there are some good glove men here and versatility. Mazzilli was an All-Star, Ford an 100-RBI man. The bench is definately a strength, as some of the best pinch hitters in history are here. They could tip the scales in a tight game, especially with the pitching staff this team has.

Starting Rotation:
Vida Blue
Dennis Martinez
Jim Slaton
Bruce Kison
Craig Swan

Bruce Sutter, Bill Campbell, John Curtis, Balor Moore, Manny Sarmiento, Marty Pattin

Excellent rotation headed by Martinez and Blue. They log a lot of innings and should keep the team in the game Like the bench, a lot of versatility in the bullpen. Sutter is a HOFer, Curtis and Moore are good swingmen.

OVERALL: Topps did a good job of filling a team with its first 25 players. It would at least have been as competitive as the 1980 Mariners or Blue Jays; alas no manager card to complete the team.

Grade: B

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