Jeter fortunate to be a Yankee

The "knowing how to win" school of thought ignores the part accumulation of talent has to do with a team's success.

Updated: March 8, 2004, 9:31 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Let's start today with a question: What do you think of this team?

Catcher: Jason Kendall, Pirates
First Base: Todd Helton, Rockies
Second Base: Jose Vidro, Expos
Third Base: Tony Batista, Expos
Shortstop: Orlando Cabrera, Expos
Leftfield: Randy Winn, Mariners
Centerfield: Carlos Beltran, Royals
Rightfield: Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
Designated Hitter: Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays
Starting Pitcher: Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
Reliever: Eric Gagne, Dodgers
Bench: Shawn Green, Dodgers; Preston Wilson, Rockies;
Mike Lieberthal, Phillies; Javier Vazquez, Yankees.

Not a bad collection of talent, is it? How many games would this team win do you figure? Yes, they're a little weak at third base and their starting pitching needs some shoring up, but with hurlers like Steve Trachsel and Jon Lieber rounding out the rest of the pitching staff and players like Joe Randa on the bench, this is a team that could easily knock down enough wins to stay right with any division leader apart from perhaps those that inhabit the American League East.

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