All-Tough Guy Lineup
After the brief, but exciting, brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays on Sunday, we decided it would be fun to select a formidable lineup capable of a true battle royale when the benches clear. For obvious (alleged) reasons, Jose Reyes and Aroldis Chapman are disqualified. Pick on someone your own size, fellas.
Catcher – Yadier Molina (STL)
This should not be a surprise to anyone. He’s a warrior, and will protect his teammates like family. Not to mention, the neck tattoo is an effective form of intimidation.
First Base – Joey Votto (CIN)
Pretty simple: the guy is nuts. He snaps bats over his leg as often as Joe West turns games into a #UmpShow. He also teases fans with baseballs. That takes a truly heartless individual.
Second Base – Rougned Odor (TEX)
A week ago Odor would not have made this list, but he really fought his way onto it! As many are already aware of, he made a reputation for himself when he was brawlin’ in the minors in 2011. The heated matchup between the Rangers and Blue Jays will be spectacular for years to come.
Third Base – Josh Donaldson (TOR)
Between yelling obscenities after hitting foul ball homeruns, and defending teammates, Donaldson is an instigator. Besides his ability to bring the rain at the dish, he’s the guy I want in front of me in a brawl.
Shortstop – Troy Tulowitzki
This one was tough. Based on size alone, at 6’3” Tulo is an imposing figure that has been around in both leagues now. He’s been part of the many new rivalries formed with the Blue Jays, and does not have a problem asserting his leverage.
Outfield – Bryce Harper (WSH)
Make. Baseball. Tough. Again. Sometimes this guy’s attitude is like watching fire spread through a nitroglycerine plant. We saw it last week when he lashed out on the umpire after being ejected for arguing. While his attitude has gotten much better in recent years, he still rages from time to time, and isn’t afraid to exchange choice words with umps or opposing players.
Outfield – Matt Holiday (STL)
Can you imagine being pummeled by a guy the size of Matt Holiday? The thought makes me pray for anyone unfortunate enough to cross paths with the moose.
Outfield – Yasiel Puig (LAD)
Have you ever thrown a liter of soda off a parking garage five stories high? Waiting for it to hit the ground is kind of like watching Puig. The guy is volatile, and opponents hate the way he plays. But, he can back it up and has no problem defending himself or teammates.
DH – David Ortiz (BOS)
“This is our f*%$@*^ city, man!”
Starting Pitcher (AL) – Ian Kennedy (KC)
This may surprise some due to his lack of velocity compared to others, but after throwing at Zack Greinke last year, Kennedy earned his reputation as a headhunter. It takes some guts to throw at your counterpart, knowing retribution can come whenever you step back into the batter’s box yourself.
Starting Pitcher (NL) – Madison Bumgarner (SF)
He takes issue with anyone who showboats, and takes bull from nobody. He believes in the principles and traditions of baseball, which usually involve throwing a bean ball or two to prove a point.
Relief Pitcher (AL) – Kelvin Herrera
Since the KC bullpen is loaded with live arms, Herrera often embraces the roles of enforcer and intimidator. Knowing there’s a bevy of arms behind him eager to close out games allows him the freedom to headhunt.
Relief Pitcher (NL) – Jonathan Pabelbon (WSH)
While I do not respect him because of his notoriety as an awful teammate, I do not question his propensity for aggression and confrontation.
– Eric Hosmer (KC)
– Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
– Brett Lawrie (OAK)
– Chase Utley (LAD)
– Sean Rodriguez (PIT)
– John Lackey (CHC)