On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers started a line-up of very young players with the exception of CF Juan Pierre. Whether this was in response to the obnoxious comments made by Jeff Kent is unknown, but the line-up's extremely youthful make-up sures screams out to me that it was. It got me thinking whether the play-off contending Dodgers could actually have a better line-up of rookies and second-year players, the majority who do not have full-time jobs, than other less successful squads.
Looking this sample of starting line-ups would you prefer the Dodgers' squad in 2008 to any of these?
|CF||Juan Pierre||BJ Upton||Dave DeJesus||Cory Patterson||Vernon Wells||Marlon Byrd||Nate McLouth||Wily Mo Pena|
|2B||Tony Abreu||Akinori Iwamura||Mark Grudzalaniek||Brian Roberts||Adam Hill||Ian Kinsler||Freddie Sanchez||Ron Belliard|
|RF||Matt Kemp||Delmon Young||Mark Teahen||Nick Markakis||Alex Rios||Nelson Cruz||Xavier Nady||Austin Kearns|
|1B||James Loney||Carlos Pena||Billy Butler||Kevin Millar||Lyle Overbay||Brad Wilkerson||Adam LaRoche||Nick Johnson|
|C||Russ Martin||Dionar Navarro||John Buck||Ramon Martinez||Greg Zaun||Jarrod Saltalamacchia||Ron Paulino||Brian Schneider|
|LF||Andre Ethier||Carl Crawford||Emil Brown||Aubrey Huff||Reed Johnson||Frank Catalonotto||Jason Bay||Dmitri Young|
|3B||Andy LaRoche||Evan Longoria||Alex Gordon||Melvin Mora||Troy Glaus||Hank Blalock||Jose Bautista||Ryan Zimmerman|
|SS||Chin-Lung Hu||Brendan Harris||Tony Pena||Miguel Tejeda||John McDonald||Michael Young||Jack Wilson||Christian Guzman|