The philosophy of putting together a lineup card is as old as the game itself. The number of ways to construct a starting nine are seemingly limitless with all the talent the big leagues has to offer.
Some managers, like Tony La Rusa, hit the pitcher eighth, some like to alternate lefty and righty throughout the order, others simply go with a traditional, conventional lineup.
Different teams have different systems, like the Yankees' focus on offense, or the Giants' stress on pitching, or the Angels' total team defense. While All-Star games are the closest thing we get to a perfect lineup, I like modeling my nine slot by slot, position by position.
So here is how defensive efficiency, offense production and potential fit into my ideal lineup.
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