As usual, I was sitting at my desk, thinking about baseball instead of working...
Here's the thought: which manager could field the best team based on players he had managed? Is it a Joe McCarthy who managed a single team that dominated the league for years, or a better traveled manager like Joe Torre or Billy Martin, who managed a wider range of players?
Since I figure the great Yankee skipper will be well represented in the comments (Casey is my pick) I started looking at the non-Yankee options:
|John J. McGraw||Lou Pinella||Bobby Cox||Connie Mack||Sparky Anderson|
|C||Roger Bresnahan||Geovany Soto||Javy Lopez||Mickey Cochrane||Johnny Bench|
|1B||Bill Terry||Don Mattingly||Fred McGriff||Jimmy Foxx||Tony Perez|
|2B||Rogers Hornsby||Brett Boone||Marcus Giles||Nap Lajoie||Joe Morgan|
|3B||Freddie Lindstrom||Alex Rodriguez||Chipper Jones||Home Run Baker||Pete Rose|
|SS||Travis Jackson||Barry Larkin||Rafael Furcal||Jack Barry||Alan Trammell|
|LF||Willie Keeler||Rickey Henderson||Dale Murphy||Al Simmons||George Foster|
|CF||Fred Snodgrass||Ken Griffey Jr.||Andrew Jones||Ty Cobb||Chet Lemon|
|RF||Mel Ott||Dave Winfield||Gary Sheffield||Tris Speaker||Kirk Gibson|
|SP||Christy Matthewson||Randy Johnson||Phil Niekro||Eddie Plank||Jack Morris|
|SP||Carl Hubbell||Joe Niekro||Gaylord Perry||Lefty Grove||Gary Nolan|
|SP||Burleigh Grimes||Carlos Zambrano||Greg Maddux||?||David Wells|
|SP||Joe McGinnity||Tommy John||Tom Glavine||?||Dan Petry|
|CP||Rube Marquard||Dave Righetti||John Smoltz||Chief Bender||Willie Hernandez|
Obviously, I'm taking the players' careers rather than a specific season.
I think it's tough to beat Lou Pinella: although his starting pitching isn't as elite as Bobby Cox's, Lou has Ichiro and Carl Crawford to pinch run, Edgar Martinez to pinch hit, and he's got Willie Randolph for a defensive replacement.