c - pudge (puerto rico is an american colony, yes?) 1b - d.lee (because defense will also matter) 2b - kent 3b - blalock ss - a-rod (because that's where he belongs) of - crawford, beltran (another puerto rican!), sheff
i'll hit the pitchers later.
I heard that Puerto Rico was going to field their own team just like they do for the Olympics.
Do the MLB player contracts even allow them to play for another team? I would seriously doubt it. What if they got hurt playing in the World Cup? Not only that, but if they have a World Cup, it's going to take place during summer. MLB clubs aren't going to pay their players to play for another team during the season.
I realize it would take a HUGE effort by the MLB to get their players in the olympics, not the least of which is subjecting them to Olympic drug testing (though I think thats the direction MLB is eventually headed, theyre just being #()*&$# retarded and whiny babies), but it would still be great to watch those teams compete against each other. (And yes puerto rico would field its own team) -- as to dual citizenship players who reside in the US, they get to chose, just like they do in hockey, basketball, or any other sport. You can represent any country you have citizenship in or have resided in for a certain number of years (dont know it off the top of my head)
American lineup: (starter / backup)
C - Piazza / Mauer
1b - Helton / Texeria
2b - Kent / Giles
3b - Arod / Blalock
SS - M Young / D Jeter
OF - Sheffield, Damon, C Crawford
Bench - Rolen, Berkman, Dunn, Giles
SP - Schimdt, Sheets, Oswalt, Clemens, RJ, Schilling, Peavy,
RP - Lidge, Nathan, Foulke, Wagner
C - ?
1b - Pujols / Ortiz
2b - Soriano / L Castillo
3b - Feliz
SS - Tejada / Furcal
OF - Vlad, Manny, Sosa
Bench - Guillen
SP - Pedro, Colon, Od Perez,
RP - F Cordero, O Dotel, Y Brazoban, A Benetiz, G Mota, J Mesa, (do they even need a starter??)
C - V-Mart / R Hernandez
1b - E Perez?
2b - Rivas / Izturis
3b - M Mora / E Alfonzo
SS - O Infante / A Gonzalez
OF - Abreu, M-Cab, M Ordonez
bench - E Chavez, C Guillen, R Hildago
SP - J Santana, F Garcia, C Zambrano, G Chacin, C Silva
RP - F Rodriguez, U Urbina, J Julio, J Rincon
These are all pretty nast, particularly the Venzualian staff -- this would just be great all around