Anyone who has ever coached or managed a baseball team, at any level, knows the importance of a solid, well balanced lineup.
Every manager dreams of having that huge power hitter in the clean-up slot, that speedy catalyst at top of the order, and that ninth place hitter who can lay down the perfect sacrifice bunt, all in the same lineup.
A balanced lineup where every hitter knows their role in the offense is a major part of being a great team. Would it be nice to have nine guys who can hit 40 home runs? Sure it would, but that's just unrealistic.
Having a quality player in every spot in the order, who execute exactly what the team needs when asked of him, is a great way to make every out tough for the opposing team. As any manager can tell you, one of the most frustrating things an offense can do is "give away" at-bats.
So what would be the most balanced lineup made up of today's players? Who would be the most prototypical player to man each spot in the order, regardless of where they play in the field?
Remember, this is not a ranking of the best players in baseball, this is a lineup consisting of the best type of hitter at each given spot in the order.
So what would your lineup look like? Let the debate begin.