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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Ranking the ultimate all-star lineups in NCAA baseball history

USC has twice as many CWS titles as the next-best schools (LSU and Texas), but it’s been nearly two decades since the Trojans were last seen in Omaha. Under the legendary Rod Dedeaux, the Trojans won six championships in seven years from 1968 to 1974. The Trojans have had 15 first-round picks, plus a slew of high picks back when the secondary phases of the draft existed. Two of the greatest pitchers of all time played for the Trojans, and the roster is so deep that Mark Prior, the No. 2 pick in 2001 and the highest-drafted Trojan, can’t crack the team….

The Trojans come close to Arizona State’s power—the starting nine hit 2,240 home runs—but they have Seaver and Johnson, two Hall of Famers who are at the top of any discussion of the greatest pitchers in major league history. With impressive pitching depth behind those two, USC inches past ASU’s Bonds-and-Reggie-led lineup for the most cumulative WAR among our 15-man rosters. Seaver and Johnson versus Bonds and Reggie? That would be fun to play out. (For the record: Bonds hit .306/.452/.551 against Johnson with three home runs in 62 PAs; Reggie was .226/.351/.581 off Seaver in 37 PAs, all late in their careers.)

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:20 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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