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Edskin
05-07-2008, 08:57 AM
I forget which book I read this in, or which manager it was...but there was a manager he was once so frustrated by his team, he simply decided to construct the lineup by pulling names out of a hat. He decided who would play that day and where they would play, but he simply randomly drew their names to determine the batting order.

Aside from being ridiculous and desperate, I actually do think it has a bit or merit in terms of loosening up the team. It's a humurous and self-depricating thing to do. Kind of makes it interesting. At least for a day.

Just for giggles, I gave it a try. If I were the Reds manager, this would be your lineup card for the day:

P Volquez
C Ross
SS Keppinger
LF Dunn
1B Votto
2B Phillips
3B Edwin
RF Junior
CF Freel

Ironically, my "random" lineup was close to the inverse of the current lineup Dusty has been using :)

redsmetz
05-07-2008, 09:18 AM
Just for kicks, I did it too.

P Volquez
2B Phillips
3B Encarnacion
1B Votto
C Ross
CF Freel
SS Keppinger
RF Griffey
LF Dunn

Marty would probably be pleased to see Dunner batting 9th.

nate
05-07-2008, 09:24 AM
Wasn't that Casey Stengal?

Edskin
05-07-2008, 09:26 AM
Just for kicks, I did it too.

P Volquez
2B Phillips
3B Encarnacion
1B Votto
C Ross
CF Freel
SS Keppinger
RF Griffey
LF Dunn

Marty would probably be pleased to see Dunner batting 9th.

Well, it's a consensus then-- Volquez should be leading off with Junior batting 8th!

HumnHilghtFreel
05-07-2008, 09:26 AM
I'll do it too, just for S's and G's

1.Griffey
2.Phillips
3.Keppinger
4.Freel
5.Ross
6.Volquez
7.Votto
8.Encarnacion
9.Dunn

Looks effective.

dabvu2498
05-07-2008, 09:50 AM
Wasn't that Casey Stengal?

Billy Martin.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA197704200.shtml