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May 11, 2010 at 10:58 PM

The Boys of Slumber: My All-Sleep team

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With all this fuss about snoozing in the clubhouse, I decided to come up with an All-Sleep team. With the aid of Baseball-reference.com and my dog-eared copy of Total Baseball, here’s the result (the list includes major- and minor-leaguers). If you don’t like it, I’ll take the blame. I made my bed, now I have to lie in it.

Nap Lajoie, 2B: Token Hall of Famer on this ragged team

Sleeper Sullivan, C : I love the fact that a guy named “Sleeper” needed another nickname: “Old Iron Hands.” Apparently not known for his fielding prowess. Or his focus.

James Yawn, 2B: Played four years in the Yankee organization, 1967-70. His career was a real yawner: Never got above Class AA.

Robby Hammock,, OF/Inf/C: Now in his 13th professional season, playing Triple-A for the Yankees. Had a cup of coffee with the Diamondbacks (hopefully decaffeinated).

Michael Restovich, OF: Yeah, it’s a stretch. It’s what I do.

Phil Bedgood, P: Won one game for the Cleveland Indians in 1922. Sadly, died five years later, at age 29.

Jerry Remy, 2B. Why is he on this team? He’s the REM-Dawg, of course.

Derek Dreamer, C: You can’t make this stuff up. Played four games in 1996 for two independent teams, Sioux City and Chillicothe. The fact that Baseball Reference has a record of him is why it’s the greatest website in the history of mankind.

Cot Deal, P: That’s Ellis Ferguson Deal, but fortunately for us, he acquired the nickname “Cot.”

Clarence Pillow, 1B: I repeat: You can’t make this stuff up. A Brooklyn Dodgers minor-leaguer from 1953-56.

Andy Sheets, SS: I could have gone with Ben or Larry Sheets, but I went with Andy because 1) He played for the Mariners and was a nice guy; and 2) People used to say I looked like him.

Josh Cribb, P: Had a 5-14 record in two seasons in the low minors in the Royals’ organization, 2006-07. Probably would be floored to find out he’s appearing in a Seattle Times blog in 2010.

Michael Quilty: We don’t know if he was left-handed or right-handed. We don’t even know what position he played with a team identified only as “Alaska.” But does it really matter? His name is Quilty. That’s good enough.

Ed Sandman. Another guy we know very little about, except that he played for Class D Richmond in 1910. Inspired a great song by Metallica. And then there’s this.

Sleepy Townsend, C/OF. With a .187 career average in four minor-league seasons (1887-91), Sleepy apparently never woke up.

Crash Davis, C. This late addition comes courtesy of the brilliant mind of my Cousin David.

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