As I spent some time perusing the fresh horrors device, I ran across an interesting tweet from Kim McCauley of All for XI.

I did not know what the Carragher Challenge was but some simple sleuthing led me to an explanation:

I immediately wondered whether this could be adapted to baseball and it consumed the rest of my afternoon. Well, not only mine, I wasted plenty of Collin Whitchurch and Ginny Searle’s time, too. We managed three complete lineups (one starter, one reliever). The results are below.

The Rules

  • You must have seen the player while you were alive (not in person)
  • You cannot duplicate countries/territories
  • You cannot duplicate teams (every team a player has played for counts)

The Results

Team 1

Position Player Country Team
C Johjima Japan Mariners
1B Pujols Dominican Republic Cardinals/Angels
2B Altuve Venezuela Astros
SS Bogaerts Aruba Red Sox
3B Vladito Canada Blue Jays
LF Bonds USA Pirates/Giants
RF Kepler Germany Twins
CF B. Williams Puerto Rico Yankees
SP Quintana Colombia Cubs/White Sox
RP Jansen Curacao Dodgers

Team 2

Position Player Country Team
C Y. Gomes Brazil
Blue Jays/Cleveland/Nationals
1B J.Abreu Cuba White Sox
2B Altuve Venezuela Astros
SS Bogaerts Aruba Red Sox
3B A. Ramirez Dominican Republic Pirates/Cubs/Brewers
LF L. Walker Canada Expos/Rockies/Cardinals
RF Ichiro Japan Mariners/Marlins/Yankees
CF Trout USA Angels
SP J. Berrios Puerto Rico Twins
RP Jansen Curacao Dodgers

Team 1 defeats team Team 2 pretty easily if you use WARP or WARP per season. Collin calculated it as 4.1 WARP/season for Team 1 and 2.9 WARP/season for Team 2.

We actually were stumped on a Left Fielder for this team until someone was actually helpful on Twitter and suggest Marvin Benard!

Team 3

Position Player Country Team
C Y. Molina Puerto Rico Cardinals
1B Votto Canada Reds
2B Altuve Venezuela Astros
SS Bogaerts Aruba Red Sox
3B J. Ramirez Dominican Republic Cleveland
LF Marvin Benard“}”>Marvin Benard Nicaragua Giants
RF Ichiro Japan
CF Trout USA Angels
SP Teheran Colombia Braves*
RP Jansen Curacao Dodgers

Can you beat our team(s)?

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John Collins
Fun. I date back a bit farther, so I can replace Kepler with Tony O (Cuba), for starters. Other changes would be tricky.
Jeffrey Hill
C DNilsson Australia Brewers
1B JAbreu Cuba White Sox
2B RCarew Panama Twins, Angels
SS ARodriguez DR Mariners, Rangers, Yankees
3B MCabrera Velenzuela Marlins, Tigers
LF LWalker Canada Expos, Rockies, Cardinals
RF RClemente PR Pirates
CF WMays US Giants
SP JLazardo Peru A's
RP ROsuna Mexico Blue Jays, Astros
Craig Goldstein
ARod was born in the US!
Jeffrey Hill
You are right! He's listed for DR in several places--not true. That would change things a lot. Hmmmmm...maybe another try later.
Jeffrey Hill
C YMolina PR Cardinals; 1B TOliva Cuba Twins; 2B OAlbies Curacao Braves; 3B MCabrera Venezuela Marlins, Tigers; SS XBogaerts Aruba Red Sox; LF MBenard Nicauraga Giants; RF OMercado Columbia Indians; CF Trout US Angels; SP MSoto DR Reds; RP MRivera Panama Yankees