danny kustow
revisiting detour

five years (2019-2023)

Every five years, my sister and I choose baseball players that we think will do well over the following five seasons. We pick one player for each position, 4 starting pitchers, and one reliever. That's all of the rules ... there are no substitutes (one of my choices once died during the five-year period, but I couldn't make a change). After five years, we see who made the best picks ... there are no hard-and-fast tools for evaluation, we just eyeball what they have done, and it's usually obvious. We pair the players by position, so we compare her catcher to mine, etc. This is our fifth time doing this, going back 20 years, and my sister wins every time. Here are our choices for 2019-2023:


C: JT Realmuto
1B: Freddie Freeman
2B: Jose Altuve
3B: Nolan Arenado
SS: Francisco Lindor
OF: Mike Trout, Roberto Acuna, Bryce Harper
SP: Gerrit Cole, Blake Snell, Corey Kluber, Walker Buehler
RP: Edwin Diaz


C: Gary Sanchez
1B: Cody Bellinger
2B: Javier Baez
3B: Alex Bregman
SS: Trea Turner
OF: Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Aaron Judge
SP: Chris Sale, Aaron Nola, Noah Syndergaard, Jameson Taillon
RP: Josh Hader

We dug up our first draft, from 1999. Here are the players we picked 20 years ago:


C: Mike Piazza
1B: Jim Thome
2B:Craig Biggio
3B: Chipper Jones
SS: Alex Rodriguez
OF: Ken Griffey, Ben Grieve, Shannon Stewart
SP: Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Kevin Brown
RP: Mariano Rivera


C: Ivan Rodriguez
1B: Carlos Delgado
2B: Todd Walker
3B: Scott Rolen
SS: Derek Jeter
OF: Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Bobby Higginson
SP: Brad Radke, Kerry Wood, Kevin Millwood, Jimmy Haynes
RP: Matt Anderson


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