I have been thinking about doing this topic for about a month or better now. I just feel that by knowing each other's preferences for enjoying the game of baseball, it would lend itself to a bit more tolerance of each other's stance on a particular issue. For example what style of play do you prefer, Earl Weaver or Whitey Herzog or perhaps something different? Do you prefer to watch homegrown talent or are you all about signing big name FA's? Would you employ all power pitchers or do you like a nice mixture of styles? What type of stadium/field would your ideal team play it's home games in/on? Is it a pitcher's park or a hitter's paradise?
Certainly we can all agree on the fact that winning is the most enjoyable aspect of watching the game. However if you could put together your ideal type of team to win, what would it look like. I like to keep in mind that there are always going to be financial constraints so you can't just always get what you want ideally at every position so perhaps make the team with the thought that you are a mid market team. Mine would be something like this.
I prefer a balanced offensive attack 1-8 where each guy is versatile enough to do whatever is necc. given the situation albeit at varying levels. In other words I want no glaring weaknesses, for example my #4 hitter better be able to at least get a bunt down. He doesn't have to be great at it as I will likely only need him to do it a couple of times a season at best, but when called on I expect him to not be awful at it. Likewise I want a leadoff hitter who has enough pop that teams give him the respect that he can drive the ball if need be.
Consider this my ideal minimum lineup
#1 - great baserunner/very good base stealer, very good plate patience/discipline, good batting avg, respectable amount of pop
#2 - Less speed, slightly more pop, excellent situational hitter
#3 - Hits for both high power & avg #'s, very good base runner and stealer
#4 - More power, much less speed, knack for driving in runs, good base runner, ok base stealer
#5 - Same as #4 except a tick down in everything except for knack for driving in runs and baserunning
#'s 6 & 7- Same as 5
#8 - Basically a lesser version of the #1 type hitter
I prefer my leadoff guy be a LH or SH, assuming he can actually hit from both sides equally well. And for me the more true SH that I have in the lineup the better. I also prefer a LH-RH-LH-RH method, all other things being equal.
I will sacrifice some offense for defense especially but not limited too premium defensive positions (I.E. up the middle). Basically here I prefer to be no less than league avg at every non-premium position (the corners) and above avg at every premium defensive position. Actually if I could pull it off I would be above avg accross the board but that might cut too deeply into the offense.
I want a mix of styles in my rotation. Both power and finesse, mostly power but just enough finesse to keep opposing lineups off balance. Variety of pitches being a determining factor all other things being equal. By example if I have a lot of guys in my pen that throw sliders then I want at least one or 2 guys to throw something else assuming there is no big drop off in production to keeping a curve guy over a slider guy.
I prefer to have at least 1 LHP in my rotation and preferably he be the #2 or #3 starter assuming my best starter is RH. I also prefer at minimum 2 LHP's in the pen. I like the idea of 1 Closer and 2 guys capable of set-up, 1 LH and 1 RH. And I also prefer 1 guy for long relief/starter in a pinch. Preferably his handedness should be opposite of the majority of the back end of the rotation.
The park/field should play as Nuetral for both hitters and pitchers. And be versatile in it's own right. Milwaukee's Stadium suits me just fine.
Again view most all of my preferences as the minimum, as any of us would love to have more. But basically I want to be able to play any type of ball that I need to, thus all the versatility/flexibility. Not a ton of strengths but absolutely no glaring weaknesses.