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Old 10-04-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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I'm admittedly a fair weather baseball fan, but I know a little about MLB because I'm in general a pretty big sports fan.

I was looking at the As and Orioles rosters today and I don't see a single person that I would consider a star or rising star.

Has a team (lets say in the Wild Card era) ever won a World Series with such little star power. The As seem to thrive on their bullpen and the Orioles seem to get by with homerun power and ... something.

When was the last team that won with no notable stars?

The 2003 Marlins, but they had Pudge and a young Cabrera... Beckett too.

The 97 Marlins had Kevin Brown and Leiter and Sheffield.

Discuss.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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What about the '02 Angels?

or...the '05 White Sox, who won the WS without benefit of their one big star....Frank Thomas?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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What about the '02 Angels?

or...the '05 White Sox, who won the WS without benefit of their one big star....Frank Thomas?
Those are good ones, though I think Garrett Anderson was kind of a star, way better than anyone the Os or As have right now.

Wow. Those '05 Sox were scrubby. If I remember correctly, they collapsed towards the end too. They might have won 105+ games if not with that roster.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Paul Konerko wasn't exactly a scrub in '05 (or today for that matter).
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What about the '02 Angels?

or...the '05 White Sox, who won the WS without benefit of their one big star....Frank Thomas?
What about Troy Glaus? He had been a 2x All Star before 2002.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I was looking at the As and Orioles rosters today and I don't see a single person that I would consider a star or rising star.
Oakland A's
Yoenis Cespedes
Brett Anderson if he could stay healthy

Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones
Matt Weiters
Manny Machado
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Add Josh Reddick...32HR at age 25 constitutes "rising star" status.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Add Josh Reddick...32HR at age 25 constitutes "rising star" status.
Not sure that I'm sold on Reddick

He's a good player, but I think that he falls a bit short of star.

His season this year, wasn't all that different from his season last year.
2011: .327 OBP/.457 SLG = 4% better than the league average hitter
2012: .304 OBP/.463 SLG = 9% better than the league average hitter
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Possibly...his situational batting can be atrocious. I suppose it's a wait and see like the rest of these teams' "potential stars".
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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How about the 1940 Cincinnati Reds? The only famous guy on the roster was catcher Ernie Lombardi, and he made it to the Hall of Fame, except he was one of those players elected by the Veterans Committee a hundred years after he died or something.

1b Frank McCormick
2b Lonny Frey
SS Billy Meyers
3b Billy Werber
Of Mike McCormick
Of Ival Goodman
Of Harry Craft

Rotation:
Bucky Waters
Paul Derringer
Junior Thompson
Jim Turner
Whitey Moore
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