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.
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.