MLB's World Series All-Clutch Team- Active Players

Stephen BlackAnalyst IJuly 6, 2008

The criteria I used to make this list includes past performances in World Series games, heroics in these games (late inning plays to help win games), and their team's ultimate success in the World Series.


Manager: Tony La Russa


The Cardinals' skipper is one of only two managers ever to win the World Series with a National League and American League team. La Russa has managed the White Sox, A's, and Cardinals, and has taken all three franchises to the postseason. 



Starting Pitcher: Josh Beckett


The hard-throwing right-hander has won World Series games for two different teams. He was named MVP of the series while with the Florida Marlins during their 2003 championship season. The Red Sox ace has a career postseason ERA of 1.73.



Relief Pitcher: Mariano Rivera


The long-time Yankees closer has four World Series rings and holds the all-time record for postseason saves with a remarkable 34. Rivera was named the MVP of the 1999 World Series after closing out two of the four games.



Catcher: Jason Varitek


The Boston backstop is the unquestioned leader of the Red Sox team that has won two World Series in four seasons after not winning one since 1918. In last year's Fall Classic, Varitek batted a cool .333 with five RBI in the series sweep of Colorado.



First Baseman: Paul Konerko


Konerko was part of the 2005 Chicago White Sox club that shocked the baseball world and swept the Houston Astros to win the franchise's first world title since 1917. The powerful first baseman hit a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game Two to give the Sox a 6-4 win. 



Second Baseman: Aaron Miles


The Cardinals' second baseman provided a truly clutch performance in Game Four of the 2006 World Series. Miles got on base twice, stole a base, and scored twice, including the game-winning run. His performance helped help St. Louis win Game Four and gain an insurmountable 3-1 series lead.



Shortstop: Derek Jeter


Along with Rivera, the Yankees' "Captain" has won four World Series ring and has been a crucial part of all of them. Jeter owns the all-time MLB record of 150 postseason hits. The New York shortstop won the 2000 World Series MVP award after batting .409 with two home runs.



Third Baseman: Troy Glaus


During the 2002 series, the Angels' burly third baseman hit three home runs and batted .385 for the series, with eight RBI. The performance was good enough to earn the series MVP award. Glaus doubled home the tying and game-winning runs in the eighth inning of Game Six to propel the Angels to Game Seven.



OF: Jermaine Dye


Dye was named the 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player after batting .438 with a home run and three RBI. The clutch-hitting outfielder singled home the only run that would be scored by either team in the decisive Game Four. 



OF: Manny Ramirez


Manny was named Most Valuable Player of the 2004 World Series after batting .412 with a home run and four RBI.  The dynamic left-fielder hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning of Game Three to give the Red Sox a lead they would not relinquish.



OF: Garret Anderson


The long-time Angels outfielder had three RBI in the decisive seventh game of the 2002 World Series. Los Angeles triumphed 4-1 on the strength of Anderson's timely hitting to win the world championship over the San Francisco Giants.



Bench: Edgar Renteria


The shortstop from Colombia will be forever remembered for his game-winning single to win the seventh game of the 1997 World Series for the Florida Marlins. Renteria also batted .333 during the 2004 series as a St. Louis Cardinal.